By Diane Ripstein
Another Op’nin’, Another Show!
Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate was a Broadway smash in 1948, making its way from stage to screen. The opening song, “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” an instant hit, stayed popular through the years (even featured on The Muppet Show in the ‘80s) and still remains a show business anthem today, 73 years later. Whoah, that’s [Read More…]
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…]