Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life!

My first Creative Convivium on August 9th was a sweet success! Lunch-goers swooned to Ms. Alise’s soaring delivery of “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life” from the balcony loft, smiled to Mrs. De Aguilar’s cheerful rentition of “Sunny Side of the Street,” and sang along to “Accentuate the Positive,” highlighting the goals of The Flourishing Artist…

Convivium: “La Dolce Vita”

What does the sweet life have to do with the sweet spot? How many sweet spots make up the sweet life? Is the sweet life one big sweet spot or would that get boring? Do sticky spots make the sweet life less sweet? Why is it that the sweet life is also savory? On August…

The Flourishing Artist LAUNCH!

This summer, I am thrilled to present a new creative effort that goes to another level. It’s not theater, it’s not literature, it’s not a performance: it’s YOU. I woke up one morning and realized the people who are most attracted to my literary works and death-defying creative efforts are the coolest people in the world….

Momedy Hour! 5/5/17

Motherhood elevates us to the loftiest heights… …And sinks us to depths we never imagined.  I’ve been wanting to host a comedy hour for moms to share their stories since I was schlepping toddlers around like so many sacks of sentient, happy-mouthed, farting potatoes. My friends and I would crack each other up on those life-saving…

Book Launch: The Vesuvian Affair

I  don’t know what was more heart stopping—the weird adventure that inspired me, the dangerous feeling of discovering new literary territory, or finding the nerve to read something “a-spicy” to an audience…. but altogether, bringing Carla White’s hot supernatural romance to life through Cosima was like stepping into an alternate universe. The “Afternoon at the Caffe Florian” Carnevale…

Carnevale in Oakland!

photo courtesy Laure Jaquemin  Let us revel in each other’s company, delight in each other’s creativity. This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty – this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous…

By A Waterfall

People are still talking about the grand opening of the new pool murals at the Bellevue Club featuring a “water ballet” by the famous DecoBelles! The Art Deco Society had just moved their offices to the site, and co-hosted the open house with members of the club to celebrate the new mural, “Birds of Lake Merritt,” by Cleo Villet…