The Ride of Your Life

I love this interview with Patti Smith.  She gives great advice for creative people.  AND she compares life to a rollercoaster ride, (one of my all-time favorite scenes from the movie Parenthood) I’ve included the Parenthood clip below Patti’s interview for your enjoyment.  Have a great day! Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Patti Smith: “Be concerned with doing good work, make the right choices and protect your work.” “It’s part of the package, we are born and we also have to die.  We’re going to be really happy and things are going to be... 

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It’s Never Too Late to Try Your Hardest

This is the 10th blog post in my screenwriting series, it all started here Day 21 – 19,092 words down  I’m packing for the Sundance Film Festival! I can only imagine how disappointed I would be with myself if I hadn’t taken on this challenge and I was going back to Sundance without accomplishing much of anything this year. I am so friggin’ happy that I finished the first draft of my very first screenplay. One more look at the awesome-ness of the finished 1st Draft And technically, I’ve finished the 2nd draft too.  I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Looking... 

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Can You Write a Screenplay in 22 Days?

me skiing at Sundance Film Festival 2011 *I wrote this screenwriting blog series about 6 months ago–it took me this long to get the BALLS to post it.* I should start by telling you how I fantasized about writing a screenplay for more than ten years.  Then, about three or four years ago, I actually began saying, out loud, that I wanted to write a screenplay.  As in, out loud to other people. But only in a joking way. Like, “One day I’m going to write a screenplay and win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  Ha Ha Ha. Isn’t that hilarious? I mean, that’s ridiculous, right?... 

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Social Media Sabbatical

So, I’m not entirely sure how I decided that I needed a Social Media Sabbatical, like, right this very minute, but I just asked my good friend Melani to change the passwords on my Facebook & Twitter accounts and had her promise not to tell me what they are, no matter how much I might beg and plead until next year. January. 1st. 2012. Whaaaaaa?  How am I going to do this?  I think I might be cheating already.  Because I’m writing this before I’ve actually given Melani the current passwords to these accounts.  Because….. you know……  I need to leave these... 

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Interview with Tony Heish, CEO of


“How to Build a Fabulously Successful Empire & Have a lot of FUN with special guest Tony Heish, CEO of” Under Tony’s leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to now upwards of $1Billion by focusing relentlessly on customer service. During this interview Tony shares the inspirations from his early days, lessons learned along the way and secrets every entrepreneur who wants to build a successful business & have FUN along the... Read More


It Ain’t About the Money ~ or is it?

Edward Burns. Portrait by Leslie Hassler.

Edward Burns. Portrait by Leslie Hassler. My daughter & I were singing in the car the other day (and dancing at the red lights) when this Jesse J. song came on. Price Tag. Have you heard it? (I posted the video & lyrics below for you)  The first few lines of her song have been haunting me. “Seems like everybody’s got a price, I wonder how they sleep at night. When the sale comes first, And the truth comes second, Just stop, for a minute and Smile …… Why... Read More


Perfect Moments

Best Present Evaaaaah


I met the faaaaabulous artist Maureen Womack last night, live in person -she’s visiting Colorado from Texas (although it feels like we’ve known each other forever). She said she had a “little something” for me, I had NO IDEA she created this beautiful painting just for me!!! It’s so beautiful, if you look closely you […]



Happy Holidays + Dancing


This made me smile…. and I wanted to share it with you. Happy Holidays. mmwwaahhh!



Happiness Is…

Happiness in the flowers 6

I recently interviewed the faaabulous Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, during the Colorado stop on her book tour. In this video, Gretchen shares lots of great tips on how to bring more happiness into your life, today! Tell me, what makes YOU happy? Click here to start your own Happiness Project.



Movie As A Mirror For Your Holidays

Connie Britton & Ed Burns in Fitzgerald Family Christmas

This Thanksgiving week holiday, I’ve watched Skyfall, Lincoln, Funny People,  The Five Year Engagement, Being John Malkovich and Fitzgerald Family Christmas.  I wonder what this collection of movies says about me. I love movies. I love watching movies. I love reading about how movies are made. I follow Edward Burns (Writer/Director of Fitzgerald Family Christmas) on twitter. […]