Author Archives: Katie Bennett

Happy (New Year)

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 to be forgotten but I don’t and I won’t so … 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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Sharks Under the Floorboards

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – March 16 2020 At Newport Aquarium, Oregon Two dogs knocked me down by the side of the road and started eating my back. “Surely someone will stop to rescue me,” I … Continue reading

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