Category Archives: Oregon

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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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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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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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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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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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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Lonesome Some More

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – It is hard to be honest. Lots of people don’t like it. I don’t even like it when people are honest with me. A good friend told me once, “People don’t want … Continue reading

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