Author Archives: Katie Bennett

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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Sharks Under the Floorboards

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  Two dogs knocked me down by the side of the road and started eating my back. “Surely someone will stop to rescue me,” I thought  as a car went right … Continue reading

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Hard Words in the Snow

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  Snow Day! Today is a snow day for schools on the coast! Checking the district website, I confirmed this at 6:40 a.m. this morning. The information was as clear on … Continue reading

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Cold Teeth and Overhead Lights

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts –  As I rushed down the oceanside promenade, the blowing rain whipped my hair into my mouth. Despite my repeated efforts to push it back under my hood, it seemed to … Continue reading

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Goalie No More

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – I keep meeting people who are all about the no. I used to be this way too. Once upon a time I thought I would just live in one place … Continue reading

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Uninvited

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Lately I have been thinking about rape. A tough subject, I know. However, sometimes when people talk about the elephant on the table it helps the other baby elephants in … Continue reading

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My One and Only

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – As I gazed into the face of my true love, my heart began to pound. It was a crucial moment, yet neither of us spoke.   I glanced down at my … Continue reading

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