Juggler Wisdom

I’ve been listening to Penn Jillette’s podcast since it was a radio show. And it stopped being a radio show in 2007(!).

One constant of the show has been cohost Michael Goudeau. I always enjoyed Goudeau’s quick wit and generally happy attitude. What’s not to love about a juggler whose favorite song is “Tomorrow” from Annie?

Michael Goudeau – photo from mikegoudeau.com/media

Earlier this year (maybe it was this year? It’s so hard to remember anymore. 2020, amirite?) Goudeau said something on the podcast that really struck a chord for me, so I wrote it down.

Last week I started thinking about the quote again and it occurred to me that it contained a new resonance in this time of lockdown. So I wrote an article about it, published in the online magazine An Idea.

It’s called The Secret to Enjoying Lockdown — and the Rest of Your Life: How a juggler taught me the meaning of life in less than 90 seconds. Please do check it out and let me know what you think!

Writing Roundup

Here are some pieces I’ve put out into the world over the past few months.

My first piece for Trek Movie, a Star Trek site I’ve been reading for many years. It’s an 

interview with New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward about his latest book, KIRK FU MANUAL.




And speaking of Star Trek, I wrote an article for the official Star Trek website, all about my own personal trouble with Tribbles.

Theatre Reviews

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – Review of a fantastic production at The Warehouse Theatre.

THE HEATH – another great production at the Warehouse, this of a new play by Lauren Gunderson.

BRIGHT STAR – I saw the original production of this Steve Martin/Edie Brickell musical when it was on Broadway. I incorporated that experience into my review of a terrific production by the Mill Town Players.

NEWSIES – This production at Greenville Theatre was top notch (and, disclaimer, my son was in it).

DEAR EVAN HANSEN – the touring company came to the Peace Center.

COME FROM AWAY – What a wonderful show! We saw the touring production. I interviewed Julie Johnson, who graduated a year or two ahead of me from Austin College (in Sherman, TX).

Bonus – Five Great Local Hikes, written for a tourist guide to our town, published by the Greenville News.

My new book – Growing Greenville for 50 Years

I wrote a book.

It’s called “Growing Greenville for 50 Years: A Celebration of Greenville Technical College 1962-2012.”

Produced for the college’s 50th anniversary, the book was released last night at a celebratory gala. I am co-author, having written many of the chapters and helped arrange the overall flow.

It was a fun project to work on and I’m proud of the result – it’s a great looking book. And I learned a lot about the huge effect Greenville Tech has had – and continues to have – on the community.