Not dead...yet

I never intended to take a month plus long break from mouthing off on Artsy Schmartsy. Things just got in the way.

I prepped my raised garden boxes for eventual planting. I don't rightly know how farmers do it day to day. I guess the promise of the juice from a tomato dripping down your chin from a chomp you take right after plucking a Roma straight from the vine has something to do with it. And it's fun to be dirty. (In every single way, if you know what I mean.)

I also went to New York City for 28 hours or so, saw a bunch of friends, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, ate ice cream and cheeseburgers at two of my favorite places in the world, dreamed about all the things I didn't quite finish in the city I called my home for close to six years, and saw a super production of WAITING FOR GODOT with Bill Irwin, Nathan Lane, John Glover and John Goodman. John Glover is now my drooling aphasia inspired hero.

My wife has continued to train for an iron man triathlon, and I have continued to take notes on how this effects our family dynamic and what it means about my ever enthralling relationship with the stunning lady who married me. She finished her first marathon in 4 hours and 21 minutes, a full hour and two minutes faster than the one I ran several years ago. Having since sworn off these organized athletic events, it didn't mean much to me to be beaten by a girl. That's why I've now downloaded the application to the New York City Marathon. Try as I might, a life in front of the television is not in the cards for me.

There's also the job.

No more on that, really. It's a great job. Nuff said.

But the one thing that I hadn't anticipated that tends to take up a lot of my time these days is promoting my book, "Milwaukee's Live Theater." I'm not going to dwell on promoting it here on Artsy Schmartsy, but I did want to alert the book-loving world to a few new signings on the horizon. I sign the books, talk about live theater in Milwaukee, kibbutz with anyone who likes to kibbutz, and then talk about a new project I'm tackling (more on that in a minute). Here's the readings/signing I have on the horizon that I hope to see folks attend:

Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm (Boswell Books on Downer Avenue)
Friday, June 12 at 7pm (Barnes and Noble at Mayfair Mall)
Saturday, June 13 at 2pm (Sam's Club at 77th and Calumet in Milwaukee)
Thursday, July 16 at 5:30pm (Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove)

The new project is something called "Your Live Theater Story." And rather than bore you here with details on that, visit the new site I set up for that at

No more month long breaks...I hope. Nice to be back. This is a very nice place.