Category Archives: Oregon

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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Histamines and Hormones

A Big Life:  Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – Spring in Portland is a cheerful, vividly green pitter-patter time. Frogs are noisy, the snakes are out and even the spiders are starting to unwind from the giant … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Losing Your Life

 A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – One snowy night when I was a college student, I met a smart, flirty guy who was an expert at Backgammon.  I had never played before. We sat … Continue reading

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A Trip to Heaven on a Carpet of Newsprint

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – When I was a little girl in Klamath Falls, Oregon, my mother used to go down to the Herald and News and get us a free remnant of blank … Continue reading

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My Pirate Life

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – HARPER: It’s good to be back on The Night Hawk, eh, Captain? FALCON: Aye, it is. What do you see, Harper? HARPER: Naught but waves and open sea. … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Last Monday, someone stole my bike. It happened in the Hawthorne District outside the Bagdad Theatre Backstage Café while I was in my screenwriting class. On the night it was stolen, I … Continue reading

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Drawing Inside the Gorilla’s Mouth

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – When I was six years old, my mother was horrified when my first grade teacher began to teach us the “right way” to draw trees. Her abstract method (which did not … Continue reading

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When in Spain…Do as the Children Do

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go. – writer Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy One summer after a busy year of … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Lights

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from … Continue reading

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Firestarters and Jello

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Why is “a year” such a marker? We measure birthdays by it, school years, years on the job, years in a relationship and the number of years ago a loved … Continue reading

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