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What you really want

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I had a dream that I was carrying around a placenta in a leaky fabric pouch. It was warm and very Waldorf-y and kind of a mess. I began to feel dread. I had done something wrong. Been negligent. Cause irreparable harm. Then I realized the placenta belonged […]

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Saying Uncle

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I took myself on an artist date the other day. I went to see Clemency because I wanted to see powerhouse acting and that I did (Whoa–that Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge!), but ultimately the story was too unrelenting for me, without redemption, justice, or […]

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Terrible Reviews

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When I was 18, I went to an acting conservatory. There were about 20 of us in my class, ranging from 18, me, the youngest, to some in their mid-30s. The director of the program, one of our acting teachers, was a gritty, straight-talking, chain-smoking […]

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Get in the Inspiration Business

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What business do you want to be in? The money-making business? The influence-gaining business? The play-it-safe business? The go-with-the-flow business? I’m 60 years old and I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my life but I’m clear that the business I want […]

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Sing it

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I like when I discover I’m more than I thought I was. It can happen by accident or by grace or after a period of hard, hard work. It can happen by pushing through or letting go, dropping down or leaping off into the unknown. […]

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Focus on your WHY

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I did a presentation of Part 2 of my solo show last week. On the ride there, I started feeling nervous, so instead of focusing on how I would do or whether I was ‘ready’, I pulled into a rest area and recorded my WHY. […]

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That’s a Negatory on the emergency

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This poem stanza really spoke to me: Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous error!— that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.–from Last Night As I Was […]

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There is no freedom without risk

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“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.” –John Eliot What are you not supposed to do? What’s off limits? What’s against the rules? Now, I’m not talking about running a red light or dining and dashing, […]

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Take. Up. Space

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“Take up space. Do not minimize yourself for the convenience of others.” –Tanya Ingram I kicked the TV out and claimed this space for myself. I bought some plants. I set up lights. I painted one of my old file cabinets to match my new […]

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First BE.

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I have a dear friend who is an amazing painter. She’s been an artist as long as I can remember (we were toddlers together). Her artistic sensibilities delight me, inspire me, and influence me. I own a number of her paintings. They feed me every […]