Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (February 16, 2018)

Dear sanity-questioning readers, I won’t bore you with details but I’ve rented cars from three different car rental companies in the last two weeks. My Honda was in the middle of a six-car pile-up so it’s been in the shop getting repaired. The repairs took longer than expected so I called the rental company to […]

The Drama Review (December 9, 2018)

Dear wishing-for-more-integrity readers, I wrote a magazine article a few years back entitled, “Infecting Your Kids With Integrity” which I’ve posted before on The Drama Review. Drama people are sometimes described as “complex” which usually means, “I can’t reconcile who he is in public with who he is in private. Those things never come together […]

The Drama Review (February 2, 2018)

Dear confused-by-drama-people readers, Drama people are nothing if not perplexing. Lundy Bancroft once wrote a book entitled Why Does He Do That? in which he attempts to explain the psyches of abusive men. Indeed, most of us are bewildered by drama people. They dump sand into our mental transmissions and leave us stranded aside the […]

The Drama Review (January 26, 2018)

Dear drama-watchers, Have you ever thought about the fact that much of our folk wisdom was originally derived through someone’s hard-earned experience? Take the Jim Croce song, “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” for example. Apparently, Jim was a guy you really shouldn’t mess with. But to make that point, he compares the stupidity of […]

The Drama Review (January 19, 2018)

Dear fantasizing-about-Springtime readers, Johnny Carson once quipped, “It was so cold today that politicians kept their hands in their own pockets.” And on another occasion: “It was so cold in New York City today that flashers only flashed pictures of themselves.” Anyway, old stale jokes aside, it’s been COLD! One of those Southwest “wanna get […]

The Drama Review (January 12, 2018)

Dear disgusted-by-the-latest-revelation readers, If you’re like me, you’d be hard-pressed to come up a satisfactory description for 2017. What’s a word for non-stop drama? And thus far, it seems like 2017 is the gift that keeps on giving to 2018. Of the many recurring drama themes from last year, perhaps the foulest was that of […]

The Drama Review (January 5, 2018)

Dear polar-vortex-and-tweet-storm survivors, In 1974, the highly acclaimed 26-episode series, World at War, was released which began with a segment chronicling Hitler’s rise to power. In the opening scene, we see a massive torch-light parade snaking through the streets of Berlin accompanied by triumphant Wagnerian music with a voice-over of the narrator, Sir Lawrence Olivier, […]

The Drama Review (December 29, 2017)

Dear drama watchers, You might have been thinking, does this guy never not use a movie reference? Rest assured, if you’ve had that thought or uttered those words, you’re not alone. You have a large peer group. So, I’ll do it again this week. Perhaps my favorite Christmas movie of all time is It’s a […]

December 22, 2017

Dear ready-for-the-holidays-to-be-over readers, My business is usually brisk in December and January. December clients talk about things like the dreaded upcoming family gathering which creepy Uncle Virgil never misses. Or the internal list of holiday expectations that can never be met. Or the gap between the December of Christmas cards and the one that plays […]

The Drama Review (December 15, 2017)

Dear ready-to-change-the-subject drama watchers, If you’re like me, I’m fairly exhausted by all the national drama. But then, real-life dramas are just that . . . exhausting. The ones on TV shows or the big screen are fun, compelling, and enervating. The ones on the news are sickening, maddening, and energy-draining. So, you’d think I’d […]