Category Archives: Self Identity

Blinders and Dung

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – I like getting older. I like it because every ten years or so my brain explodes. Neurons fire, cells increase, memories connect and event after event that I absorb in life expands … Continue reading

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Death in a Blue Spotlight

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Once a long time ago I was cast in a really bad musical. The story was one of quirky Americana about the Wild West. I played a pioneer girl who didn’t get the … Continue reading

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Full Circle

 A Big Life:  Encouragement for People in the Arts – “Resiliency, not perfection, is the signature of greatness.” Jim Collins, author of Built to Last – When I first began my working life as a young college grad I moved … 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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The Star and the Coward

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – The year before I went to act at the Shakespeare Theatre Company* in Washington, D.C., I caught one of their productions which featured a beautiful and well known film actress … Continue reading

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My Girl Super Hero

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time watching television.  In my fantasies, I always made up a girl hero and inserted her into … Continue reading

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My Fanny and Me

A Big Life: Encouraging Words for Those in the Entertainment Industry – In my early New York actress days, I had a boyfriend who once made the uninvited remark that I was perfect in every way except “from here to … 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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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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