Amy Brenneman

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 […]

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 […]

Darsan IV: Original Church

January 23, 2015 Darsan IV: Original Church For me, the Mona Lisa is a disappointment.   I mean, we’ve seen that poor woman’s visage SO MUCH. We’ve thought about it to death, analyzed her smile, her clothes, and the backdrop. By the time we actually trek through the Louvre to see the original, we’re tired, […]

Musings from the Old World

January 6, 2015 Musings From the Old World Stumbling around back home, jet-laggy and filled with images from the last two weeks in Europe.   Paris, London, Edinburgh. Guiding our children (and ourselves) through history, hurtling back centuries as we turn every corner.   In California, things are old at 70 years. At Stonehenge, the […]

That List-y Time of Year

December 14, 2014 That List-y Time of Year Oh boy do I loathe it, this time of year.   Not the holidays – I am a big booster of those. Lights, prezzies, treats loaded with sugar and white flour? Big fan.   No what I’m talking about are the endless articles in every newspaper, article, […]

Pippin and Patience

December 11, 2014 Pippin and Patience Sometimes when my children are screaming I pretend I’m not their mother, and feel bad for whatever poor shmuck is.   I slept like crap list night. My gut is bad and I’m up and down all night. The alarm goes off at 6:15 and my first thought is, […]

Domestic Geology

December 4, 2014 Domestic Geology As preparation for the, um, 40-50 folks who passed through my house last Thanksgiving weekend, I did some deep cleaning. As in, looking into the nooks and crannies in my kids’ toy bins. I put on my sloppy clothes and protective goggles, took a final breath of the clean top-world […]

But Fear Itself

November 26, 2014 But Fear Itself Over the past couple of weeks – more since the election, I suppose – a couple of times readers of my blogs have cautioned me to “be careful. You have a lot of fans.” While I really appreciate concern from anyone, I’m not sure what this means.   My […]


November 22, 2014 Unified Maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s menopause, but there are so many moments in my life these days where I’m not sure if I’m where I’m supposed to be.   I visit a friend in a quaint small town. “I could live here! What would it be like to live here? […]


Novemer 16, 2014 Update For those of you – so many of you – that read and responded to the post “When Anything Can Happen,” I wanted to keep you in the loop. You have become part of my far-flung circle, as I hope I have become part of yours.   The weather finally cooled […]