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Orphan Rituals

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This morning I woke up out of breath. It’s a usual thing…maybe it’s allergies, maybe I have emphysema. Who knows? These are the kinds of crazy thoughts I have.  Every … Continue reading

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Resurrection Girl

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.” – Bethany Hamilton Last week I was nervous. Some of the nerves were over good … Continue reading

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The Art of the Day Job

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – A couple of years ago when I was working as a featured actor on a commercial, a couple of extras waiting to go on asked me if performing was all … Continue reading

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Choosing Chaos

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being free.  Free not to have to pretend to be happy or smart or foolish.   Free to pursue my dreams … Continue reading

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Piano Demon

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was seventeen, a cute singer from my peer group asked me to play the piano for him.  I had never accompanied anyone before but I wanted to please … Continue reading

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Green Braided Beard

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Wind. Snow. Darkness. Night. Still and joyous. Almost joyous. This year has been one of pain and emotional strife but on this night the year all seems to be telescoping … Continue reading

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Tennis Shoe Politics

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – I don’t believe in sides. I really don’t. I am someone who is always looking for a third way of looking at things. Politically I am a moderate. Yet this … Continue reading

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The Me Season

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Life this year has been hard. Not because I am unloved or don’t have friends. Not because I do not have family who will come and help me if I … Continue reading

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Houses with Secret Rooms

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – When I was a little girl I used to sit in the fields above my house on a hill and hide in the tall grass. I would tramp it down … Continue reading

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Singing Ugly

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts  – Last spring I lost my voice. This was a true disaster. In two days I was due to travel to New York to begin study with a world famous voice … Continue reading

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