Amy Brenneman

About Last Night​

April 5, 2016 About Last Night I had music in my house last night, a jam session that roused the heavens. There was freedom, and harmony and joy. And it happened next to the Thomas the Tank Engine table. My tribe from the east coast blew into town and we hung out all weekend. On […]

Deep Contemplation

March 16, 2016 Deep contemplation… Deep contemplation is always what’s in short order these days. In these days, of seeming world collapse – social, political, environmental – and social media pinpricks that don’t give you time to recover from another catastrophe.   Deep contemplation, soothing brain waves that heal from the constant affront. It’s not […]

The Worst Mothering Moment Ever

January 20, 2016 The Worst Mothering Moment Ever There are so many, really, how to choose just one?   The time I had to wrestle my tantrumming 3-year old daughter as the plane descended into JFK?   The time I pretended to be asleep so that I didn’t have to weigh in with my squabbling […]

Little Resurrections

January 20, 2016 Little Resurrections The cry was deafening: “MOOOOOOOOM! MOOOOOOM! Something’s going on!!”   Charlotte was upstairs getting ready for school. Her chore list includes feeding her beta fish Sammy Butterfly. Her yell jolted me out of my pre coffee haze and my stomach filled with dread.   We’d recently lost a sweet, terrified […]

That Old Shame-y Feeling

October 26, 2015 That Old Shame-y Feeling My son has started a new school.   We have ventured out from our scrappy, woefully underfunded public school (one with amazing people, amazing mission which in turn gave ME a sense of mission) to a well-funded fancy private school filled with people that I was prepared to […]


September 28, 2015 Be-Screwed There are three diamonds and Bam! A hyper cube – jewels tumbling down and – oh no the scary Jafar guy says “THIRTY SECONDS” and I scamper like a terrified rabbit… swiping, looking, jewels explode and roar and OMFG – I am topping 300,000 but then the dreaded drone signaling the […]

Vi’s Hair

September 27, 2015 Vi’s Hair Like the whole world, I cheered for Viola Davis last Sunday. Her historic win, her blinding honesty, her grounded beauty. It was one of those moments where we all thought together: this is good. This is a good moment in history and a good woman to make it.   I […]


September 21, 2015 Training During the Emmys yesterday, I was watching trains go by.   It is Bodhi’s newest obsession: finding crossings of the Pacific Surfliner as it roars through the San Fernando Valley in between Santa Barbara and San Diego. A friend brought him to the Chatsworth crossing – they hiked through dry hills […]

Hey sweet friends…

June 24, 2015 Hey sweet friends… Sitting in my steamy patio here in Austin. Wanting to write something (remember when I used to write? Back in the winter? Before my NBC pilot?) but my thoughts are all squiggly and unformed. Unruly kindergarten thoughts.   But my heart is filled with gratitude for you, my cyber […]

Recent Report: Part 1!

May 7, 2015 Recent Report: Part 1! Prepare yoursleves, the mystery unfolds. It’s been a while since I wrote anything coherent, eh? I had such plans for regular writing in 2015, but here the “first quarter” (what am I, a financial analyst?) has come and gone. I wash up on the shores of May sputtering […]