Inside my new memoir: Drama Club     In 1982, a 50s theme school dance was embraced whole heartedly by our crew of high school drama kids. Always looking for ways to push the envelope, we did a couple of things off script.     First, Michael Marriott wore a dress. HE WORE A DRESS! I was shocked and confused that his offering was received with sustained enthusiasm. It was triumph over Idaho masculine ideals that taught me [...]

The huge cake sits forlorn on a conference room table.  The few faithful gather near as the room’s negative space grows heavy with expectation. The clock ticks. Phones are pulled from pockets and digital numbers document reality. The farewell party started ten minutes ago. No one speaks. Until, “At least the weather is good for [...]

Contemporary culture would have us believe that all endings are bad - that a perfect world is one where no one dies, no one ends a relationship, and no club or institution ever closes its doors. This fantasy places our intentions in the wrong place. Instead of investing in the quality of our own lives, [...]