Author Archives: Katie Bennett

A Lesson from the Afterlife

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  It is good to be the Queen. Until your new husband accidentally poisons you to death in trying to kill your child when he is home on a sabbatical from … Continue reading

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Happy (New Year)

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  It seems a sin to say that last year was good as we move toward fireworks and cheering– many want me to agree it was dreary, that what happened is … Continue reading

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What I Want

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  I said to the wanting creature inside me, what is this river you want to cross? On the other side of the water, the eagles stand, close enough to see … Continue reading

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My Early 4th of July (Patriotic) Wish

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  There’s a part of me that thinks that if I believe something hard enough, I can make it happen. Believing in fairies as a child–as well as in Santa and … Continue reading

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Fired

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  To be a success at anything in life seems to mean to be of service to others. This doesn’t mean the service is always acknowledged. That’s not the point. Sometimes … Continue reading

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The Tangled Line

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  I have a friend in the house. I didn’t realize it at first. Such a tiny thing he was. Not a reality exactly. On the periphery of my awareness. I … Continue reading

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Believe!

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  When I was a very young person, people told me over and over that I should only pursue the arts if I really loved them. To me this felt like … Continue reading

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Forty-five Fifteen

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  At the start of the pandemic, it was grey out, cold and raining. My shelter in place when things closed down in March of 2020 became an oceanside town in … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Bob (a sequel)

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  Bob is the alpha cat in my Seaside neighborhood. He challenges racoons and other cats who like to use my yard as a sandbox. There is less room now to … Continue reading

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Rubber Bullets and the Cats of Gili Meno

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  “Don’t worry. It is safe.” This was the voice of my Hong Kong tour guide on the phone last summer giving me advice on whether I should go on a … Continue reading

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