"Now tell us your name." "My name is Alyson Grauer." "Hmmmmmm." I stand still, watching Nan peer thoughtfully at me behind her owlish glasses. My classmates are silent, listening, watching. I know I'm not supposed to feel nervous, but being on the spot in front of Nan is inherently an intense place to be. This… Continue reading “Oh, Kiddo!” – Remembering Nan
"You're doing a dystopian Much Ado?" Yes. Yes, we are. Now, I know what you're going to say... "We may as well put Twelfth Night on the moon! Or Romeo & Juliet in a pet store!" Well hang on a second. Give me a minute to explain. This isn't as ridiculous as it sounds. Or, wait. It's exactly as… Continue reading Messina3004: A Dystopian Adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing
Happy New Year, everyone!!! Here we all are in 2016, a futuretime beyond our wildest imaginations where terrible things are in the news every single day and our student loan debt continues to threaten to devour us just like Artax in the Swamp of Sadness. And yet also in this futuretime we have some pretty badass… Continue reading The Big New Year’s Announcement Post for 2016!
1. "Have you seen Star Wars?" The question is hazy in my mind now, but back then it came unbidden to my lips as a new friendship blossomed with a boy in my second grade class. He was a scrawny, rough and tumble kid with scraped knees and a really cool bike. I don't remember… Continue reading Leia on the Playground: Scenes and Memories of Star Wars
The first thing I did after telling everyone I was engaged to the Fella was go buy a copy of The Knot: Chicago magazine. I was thrilled to finally get a chance to delve into the frilly, glittery world of wedding planning, eager to feel special and pampered and indulgent for a change. Since I… Continue reading Before The Wedding: Why Didn’t I Feel Like A Bride?