My thoughts on Hillary’s health – a personal post


My thoughts on #hillaryshealth:


I am someone who has lost two parents out of the blue, both after clearance from medical professionals; both would have been considered at extremely low risk for the adverse events that caused their deaths.

I, myself, keep managing to truly thrive and accomplish absolutely everything I care about despite some medical doozies, with the help of both awesome science and some good luck and support. And I know many extraordinary women and men of all ages who do the same.

So to me, the idea that we can learn, predict, or guess what ANYBODY can accomplish in their remaining lifespan is an absurd denial of the human condition.

That denial, of course, is the same denial that stops curiosity. Prefers authoritarianism. Whipsaws between believing broad emotional statements, and conspiracy theories. Cannot tolerate nuance. Et cetera.

We cannot be in denial about the precarious nature of our lives and health. But none of us can see the future. What we can do is be present to the moment and continue to learn from the past. (Isn’t that basically the definition of the scientific method?)

Through that lens, I will continue to support, work and vote for a woman who has spent years fighting for justice. At present, her passion for the people of this country caused her to work through pneumonia, something I’m pretty sure 90 percent of my Facebook friends would do. This is optimism. This is dedication. As much as Hillary deserves a little rest and some good fluids, she deserves our vote.






Joanna to star in “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” at the Gallery Players

Joanna will play Mrs. Bob in the Gallery Players’ production of Christopher Durang’s “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” from December 5th through December 20th.

Click here to buy “Mrs. Bob” tickets on-line

Stay tuned for pictures and details.

The Gallery Players is a beloved Brooklyn institution located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and has been producing original plays and recent Broadway and off-Broadway revivals since 1967.

From the Gallery Players’ description of the show:

In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge’s exclamations of “Bah, humbug!” are an undiagnosed “kind of seasonal Tourette’s Syndrome,” and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does)… Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She’s sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, “The Gift of the Magi” and It’s a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge’s tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head.

Joanna on “”

I was thrilled to be part of’s radio podcast– Damon Jacobs and Roger Newcomb are hilarious, kind and knowledgeable. The site is for soap opera news, reviews, history and more. I talked to them about what it’s like to be part of the mighty under-five and extra team on soap operas (my experience has been with AS THE WORLD TURNS)– us working New York and Los Angeles actors who come in to say a line here or play a bit part there and support the storylines and characters you’ve known and loved forever.

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I brought my guitar along, and you can hear audio and see video of Damon, Roger and I making up a tune about Eric Braeden’s contract trouble with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; I also do some little snatches of a goodbye song to (my favorite) GUIDING LIGHT; and a wee bit of “When Cousins Marry”. And check out the rest of the site– these boys are in the thick of it and do a magnificent job.