Inside My World

The SAG Awards & Plastic Screeners: An Actor’s Dilemma

A stack of DVD screeners sent to me for the SAG Awards
Springtime in LA is synonymous with awards season -- that glitzy time of year where Tinseltown shines klieg lights on entertainment's best and brightest. Deals are made. Stars are born. ...

Anti-Racism and Environmental Justice

Ask Umbra
The reckoning of the last three months has forced pluri-privileged white feminists and environmentalists such as myself to examine how our pursuit of "justice for all" has historically, and continues ...

Earth Day Every Day

Pandemic Portrait of Gia Mora and fiancé Denny Rivas by Rachael Porter
From Our Balcony to Yours Happy Earth Day! And a healthy spring to one and all. We're hunkered down here, only stepping out for the occasional pandemic portrait or post-op appointment. ...

It’s Not a Swarm of Bees—They’re My Emotional Support Companions

Victorian cartoon of bees stinging a man
Excuse me. Excuse me. Lynette, is it? I can tell you are super excited to see all of us here at Gate A17. All your shouting and waving—trust me. The ...

10,000 Auditions: 10 Year Reunion

“Do you sing?” asked director Keith Baxter. I started crooning Gershwin. “Oh, not like that. Stand at the back of the room and sing to the wall.” Ten seconds into my ...

On Family Resemblance

My sister is the spitting image of my dad. So Italian, so petite. Dark hair, dark eyes. A nose that is Roman but not too Roman. And the older she ...
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