Category Archives: Writing

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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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 –  Two dogs knocked me down by the side of the road and started eating my back. “Surely someone will stop to rescue me,” I thought  as a car went right … 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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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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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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On Fire at Second City

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This summer I told a non-actor friend that I was to about to go take some comedy classes at the Second City Theatre in Chicago and she asked warmly, “What’s that?” “It’s … 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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You Picked It

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – This blog is intended to give encouragement to actors, writers, producers, teachers, directors, crew, designers, artists, agents, managers, stylists, photographers, editors, musicians, singers, models and dancers in the entertainment industry. … Continue reading

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A Small Life

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Recently for the first time in my life I found myself on unemployment. This had never happened to me before. Many people would be discouraged, but I relished the time.  … Continue reading

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