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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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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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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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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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Not in Maine

A Big Life: Encouragement for People in the Arts – Years ago when I was in a theatre in the East End of London, a young Cockney boy sitting in front of me noticed my American accent. When I answered his demand to … 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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