January 2019

  Dear Friends and Family, 2019 has started fast for me and ‘The Snow Clown‘, with lots of book events and interviews (see below). In my spare time, I have, like you, been reading, listening to and watching stories about everything from the wonderfully diverse class of new U.S. Representatives to the government shutdown to the four beautiful circus/theater shows I attended in December. Stories are a hot topic in 2019, and not just … Read More

The Power of Storytelling

In a recent interview with the NY Times, Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) talked about the power of storytelling: Michelle Obama: When I say “go high,” I’m not trying to win the argument. I’m trying to figure out how to understand you and how I can help you understand me. Tracee Ellis Ross: Knowing other people’s stories is how we connect with them. That’s where the compassion is ignited. If people who … Read More

December 2018

Dear Friends and Family, On Sunday, I finished performing in a three-week run of a wonderful circus/dance/music piece called ‘JOY!’; the next night my family lit the full menorah to celebrate the last day of Hanukkah. Some holiday light at the darkest time of the year.   The Power of Storytelling In a recent interview with the NY Times, Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) talked about the power of storytelling: Michelle Obama: … Read More

November 2018

Dear Friends and Family, In this Gazette: a FREE event, a Big Book sale, some holiday ‘JOY!’ and thoughts on the Politics of Human Connection – what more could you ask for? The Politics of Human Connection A few weeks ago, I was working a phone bank supporting progressive candidates. One guy started our conversation with, “I would never vote for a Democrat in my life.” I asked him why and he told me … Read More

The Politics of Human Connection

A few weeks ago, I was working a phone bank supporting progressive candidates. One guy started our conversation with, “I would never vote for a Democrat in my life.” I asked him why and he told about a bill that Jerry Brown signed into law that “Ruined my business!” I said, “That makes sense” and asked him to sell me on the Republican candidate. We talked for twenty minutes, laughing a lot, teasing each … Read More

October 2018

Dear Friends and Family, Today’s virtual swag includes invitations to Dell’Arte International for a Snow Clown book event on October 20 and Medical Clown Project’s Grand CIRCUS Rounds at Laguna Honda Hospital on October 7. First, I have a few thoughts on living in the moment. “Be Here Now”, the deceptively simple idea that Ram Dass introduced to mainstream America in the early ‘70s, shows up in improv, education and even Judaism, sexist language … Read More

Be Here Now Philosophy in ‘The Snow Clown’

TUESDAY WAS ACROBATICS DAY, starting with a dozen fourth graders. I asked the kids to take off their shoes and line up. Nothing happened. 24 eyes just stared at me. I repeated myself, a little more slowly and with better articulation, “Please take off your shoes so we can do acrobatics on the mats.” Twelve kids stood completely still with blank looks on their faces. Tina took off her shoes and did a string … Read More

September 2018

Dear Friends and Family, The Snow Clown has dropped! All of you who pre-ordered copies should have them in your hands soon; if you were waiting, now’s the time to get yours – thesnowclown.com, Books Inc. Alameda or Amazon. Everyone in the Bay Area please come join me for a reading at Books Inc. Alameda on November 8 at 7pm (come early – they ran out of chairs reading for The Secret Life of … Read More

August 2018

  Dear Friends and Family, You are reading these words, my first e-newsletter, because you’ve also read The Secret Life of Clowns or because you’ve expressed interest in my work or because I really hope you’ll express interest in my work some day. If none of these are true, you still may want to get this monthly newsletter because there will be a gift in every one, virtual swag. This month’s swag is the … Read More

Body Language – An Excerpt from The Snow Clown

From Jeff Raz’s new book The Snow Clown The Snow Clown – Chapter 30 “A Cross is Burning” ON THE FIRST DAY of rehearsal, 22 of us sit on folding chairs, just barely fitting in the long, thin classroom we’ve been assigned. Some folks make it clear with their body language and monosyllabic responses that they would rather be anywhere else. I want to get right to the tough stuff: institutional racism, hate symbols, … Read More

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