Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (June 9, 2017)

Dear drama participants, I once heard someone say that if you want to develop patience, spend lots of time at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I would simply add—or airports. For me, traveling provides opportunities for developing various character traits.  An airport—any airport—is like a petri dish in which I’m forced to grow qualities like […]

The Drama Review (June 2, 2017)

Dear those of you wishing you were in the small group that understands the meaning of “covfefe”, Like Pavlov’s dog salivating at the sound of a bell, hearing The Twilight Zone music still brings to mind warm childhood memories of Friday nights and hot chocolate. Chain-smoking Rod Serling would set up each episode and then […]

The Drama Review (May 26, 2017)

Dear exhausted drama participants, Earlier this week, a couple in my office was having conflict over the way they handle conflict.  “I hate arguing with you,” groused the husband, “because you always have to be right.” “It’s not that I HAVE to be right,” the wife shot back.  “It’s just that I always am.” This […]

The Drama Review (May 19, 2017)

Dear don’t-believe-your-lying-eyes drama participant,   When I was growing up, every boy I knew was fascinated with World War II.  My friends and I spent countless hours playing army in the woods close to my house.  We wore homemade uniforms, took turns being Allied or Axis soldiers, and made gunfire noises with our mouths.   […]

When Your Mom Wasn’t Worthy of a “Day”

I won the mother lottery.  I was raised by a great one and married a great one.  I had the first one for 17 short years.  I’ve been with the second one for almost 40.   So, I’ve had 50 yard line seats to watch Super-Bowl-winning moms for decades.  For me, Mother’s Day conjures up […]

The Drama Review (May 12, 2017)

Dear trying-not-to-cringe-drama participant, I travel a lot doing seminars.  I was checking into my hotel one evening and heard a clamor coming from down the hall that sounded like a cross between a hog-calling contest and what you might hear at a primal scream group therapy session.  Some of the noises occasionally coalesced into rhythmic, […]

The Drama Review (May 5, 2017)

Dear hoping-for-an-intermission drama participant, You might’ve assumed this past week that, since I live in Nashville, I would know the best places to purchase those WWAJD (What Would Andrew Jackson Do) bracelets.  I’m looking into it but every store I’ve called is sold out. I’ll keep you posted. I’ve continued thinking about a topic I […]

The Drama Review (April 28, 2017)

Dear drama-watchers, My wife and I are long-time Law and Order junkies.  Most episodes start off something like this: a couple is jogging down a NYC street and stop to catch their breath.  Their conversation is light-hearted and playful although sirens blare in the background.  Then, one of the joggers notices a hat covered with something that […]

The Drama Review (April 21, 2017)

Dear looking-for-the-exits drama participants,   I’m trying to reach the point where I can honestly refer to this commentary as “weekly” without using quotation marks.  It’s been out three weeks and I’ve only hit two of the three so I suppose it will be a while before I can’t be accused of embellishing when I […]

The Drama Review (April 14, 2017)

Dear exasperated ones, I sent out my first “weekly” email two weeks ago requesting an advance on grace points for times I might miss a week.  Having missed last week, I’ve already had to cash in.  Three things derailed my plans: travel issues, technical difficulties, and discipline deficiency (not necessarily in that order).  But as […]