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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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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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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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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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