By Diane Ripstein
There Are No Wings On Our Screens
In The Wings When performing my one-woman show, Move on the Cha Cha’s, I wait in the wings for my Stage Manager’s cue to enter, as the lights go down and the music comes up. What is going through my head? Sometimes I pray. Sometimes I jump up and down to keep revving up my [Read More…]
February’s Not For The Faint of Heart
What Day Is It? These are difficult times and tough days. And yet, here’s Valentine’s Day once again. In that weird, stretched out, molasses-time that COVID has given us, this February is feeling like oh, about a year long. And yet, the Day of Valentines catches me off-guard. Like, where did you come from? The [Read More…]
Lessons From The Jigsaw: It’s All A Puzzle
To Be Clear I am writing exactly one week since the shocking and tragic rioting in the US Capitol. The House has voted for a second Presidential impeachment, the National Guard is gearing up for more violence, we’ve just set a new daily record for COVID deaths and vaccine rollouts are not going smoothly. It’s [Read More…]
‘Tis The Season And yet, it’s a Holiday Season unlike any we have ever experienced. It’s hard to know what to think, let alone what to say and what to write here. So I Turned to the Past and read the previous 11 years of December newsletters written to you, my dear readers, clients, supportive [Read More…]
Can We Agree to Disagree?
The Gloves Are Off Yikes, there’s a whole lot of disturbing rhetoric in the USA these weeks following the (never-ending) election. It seems whatever norms of civility and appropriateness we had are being shattered every day. It’s not enough that I don’t agree with you; I now consider you an unmentionable #$&%*! This Got Me [Read More…]
We Have Just Experienced the first Presidential Debate of this American election. Speaking as a communicator who puts a value on how words are used, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll just leave it there. This does, however, seem like a good time to pivot to my Canadian roots. It’s Become a [Read More…]
Jest Deeew the Waerrk!
Six Years Ago I was at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland performing my one-woman show, Move on the Cha-Chas. If I had known what an overwhelming scene it was, I never would have had the courage to go. World’s Largest Arts Festival That summer, over 24,000 performers delivered 50,000 performances of 3200 different live [Read More…]
All Mothers Were Summoned when George Floyd died, calling out for his Mama. I can’t write those words without crying. I am a proud White Mama of Black sons. Biracial sons, to be specific. And every day for the past 31 years, I have prayed that they be safe from violence. We All Have a [Read More…]
Just Pick Up the Phone
Nice to See You, But No disrespect, Zoom (Microsoft Teams, WebEx). I appreciate you and I’m using you as much as the next person. But you know what I miss? A phone call. Can We Keep It Simple? A long-time client and I were trying to figure out a time to catch-up. The date settled, [Read More…]
Is It a Doughnut or a Bagel?
Grateful To Be Healthy and now into my fifth week of self-isolating during this pandemic, I’ve enjoyed my share of Netflix, Amazon and HBO binging. But my eyes needed a break, so I turned away from my screens and towards my bookshelves. I Dug Out An Old Classic Originally published in 1989 (yes, the pages [Read More…]