“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
― Woody Allen
I can’t believe we’re already into the month of May, and I haven’t made any updates in almost three months. It’s certainly not for a lack of trying; I’ve just been preoccupied with other priorities as of late. Already I had to put things on hold following my father’s death last fall, so I requested a hiatus from my day job at Warner Bros. to refocus on my health, some personal matters, and (finally) more time for creative projects… You know, stuff like painting and movie making and splitting the atom and everything else you eventually hope to get around to when life stops getting in your way.
Oh, but how foolish I was.
Only ten days into my sabbatical, God laughed, and life got back in the way again. A loved one suffered a heart attack and required double bypass surgery.
Mercifully, the medical procedure went well, and he’s now back home, recuperating. I’m so very grateful that everything seems to be OK, and he’s improving. I'm also grateful to have the time and freedom to help look after him. There's a long road of healing ahead, and, as anyone who has survived this type of trauma knows, such a trek can't be done alone.
Yet these past weeks have been by turns terrifying, exhausting, and mind-numbing. They’ve made me reassess my priorities, and realize just how lucky I am to have certain people in my life – though such luck is both fragile and delicate, and I should never take it for granted again.
From now on, I will try to commit to posting at least one new update here each week. I certainly have a lot to write about, including numerous interviews I’ve filmed over the past year, additional interviews planned in the near future, and – coming very soon! – a tribute to Richard Amsel that’s more than three decades overdue.