Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (March 16, 2018)

Dear drama watchers, If you’re a regular reader of The Drama Review—and I think there may be a 12-step group for that—you’ve heard me say many times, “You can’t reason with an unreasonable person.” I recently came across a similar quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed by the Gestapo for his role in […]

The Drama Review (March 9, 2018)

Dear drama watchers, In response to the question, “How’ve you been lately?”, we’ll sometimes blithely say, “Oh, I’ve been really busy.” But lately, I’ve been REALLY busy. Between conducting my seminar on the road, maintaining my private practice, and writing evaluations for couples adopting from overseas (a great privilege, I might add), I’ve been busier […]

The Drama Review (March 2, 2018)

Dear confused-by-the-drama readers, For several years, I’ve conducted a seminar entitled, Inside the Manipulator’s Mind. If you could actually crawl inside that mind, it’d be a scary and confusing place. You’d probably feel like you were in a real-life episode of The Twilight Zone, introduced and closed by the chain-smoking Rod Serling. Like comedy shows […]

The Drama Review (February 23, 2018)

Dear wishing-they-would-grow-up readers, I realize the story I’m about to tell might seem like an illustration in search of a point. But being the Indiana Jones-like risk taker I am, here it is. When I was 12, my dad graciously offered to take me and a friend to the state fair. If you were a […]

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 […]