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June 21, 2017

Being Famous

It is always interesting to me to ask the kids I teach what they think is important. I can remember teaching one group that all said they wanted to be singers and actors, but not a one of them wanted to read, memorize anything or have to even stand up! I decided that that particular group really wasn’t interested in theatre and had issues I felt ill equipped to handle. I decided I was not a good fit with that group. I always ask kids what their theatre experience has been, what......

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June 18, 2017

Doubt

I always take time out of every acting class to sit and talk with the kids. Sometimes I tell them stories, sometimes I ask their opinions, sometimes I teach a lesson about the history of theatre. The kids just want to play silly games or rehearse and we do a lot of that. I feel I have to try to teach them something every time we meet. One question I almost always ask is- Do you think theatre is important? Being kids, their answers always revolve around how it is important to......

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June 14, 2017

What Do You Do?

A harmless and simple question to be sure. The other day I was finishing up an appointment with my husband when the lady who was working with us asked me, ” And what do you do?” I always have to stop and say, “What DO I do?” By now you would have thought I’d have come up with a set response that I can whip out, but I haven’t. As someone who can spin anything into a positive, you would think I could answer a common question like this in a moment.......

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June 12, 2017

Naughty Marietta

Right as the 1940’s became the 1950’s, my mother was a teenager in Puerto Rico. Her early life, as she told it to me, sounded idyllic. Always warm days, dressing up for parties, walking with friends to school, and every Saturday paying a nickel to see a movie matinee. Back then the movies were accompanied by a newsreel and a cartoon. On special Saturdays there would be a double feature. My mother’s favorite movies were musical and she loved the films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The romance, the music, the......

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June 07, 2017

Trends

Although I am too old to follow trends blindly, I do try to keep up with what is going on in the world of politics and pop culture. I have lived long enough to know what I should and shouldn’t wear and what works best for me as far as what to eat and what products to use, but I still try to keep up with innovations and advances. I’ve never been one to jump on a “fad” diet- I eat fresh food in moderate portions. Whatever the latest thing to avoid......

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June 01, 2017

Pecan Pie

I think I have told you before that I was not allowed to go to funerals as a child. (Sometimes I feel like I am becoming an old person quickly, telling the same stories over and over again!) My parents thought it would scare me or damage me somehow if I went to one, ever. Even as a teenager I wasn’t allowed. As with a lot of things they did, it caused more harm than good. I was in my 30’s before I went to my first funeral, but since then have......

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May 27, 2017

Flying

I was stopped for a while at an intersection today and noticed a red tailed hawk flying around above me. I watched for some time and noticed that the hawk was just going around in circles. She didn’t go after anything, she didn’t seem concerned, she just floated around and around and around the same intersection. I thought how beautiful she was, but also how she seemed to be flying just because she could. Maybe you smart people out there could tell me all of the reasons for her flight and what......

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May 25, 2017

Gentle Giant

I am supposed to go to a fundraiser tonight, but I just don’t have it in me to carry on “small talk” right now. I am not really very good at small talk. When I was the newly married wife of a business owner, I tried to work on that skill. I would challenge myself to talk to 3 people I didn’t know at an event, or see if I could shake hands with ten new people at a meeting. I got better at it, but it is still a challenge. One......

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May 24, 2017

Asking for Help

I was raised to be self sufficient. Even when I asked my parents for help and advice, I was often told to figure it out on my own. In this day and age of helicopter parents and everyone getting a trophy I guess that sounds very harsh. I have to say it was tough sometimes when I was really lost and needed guidance, but overall it made me a stronger person. Learning to ask for help as an adult has been a tough lesson that I still haven’t really learned. I never......

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May 21, 2017

Explain That

We don’t agree on politics or lots of other important things. He’s a slob and I am a neat freak. He hates vegetables and healthy food of most kinds, I am a health nut. He claims he can’t read although of course he can, he has a college degree for goodness’ sake. Reading is my hobby. I grew up going to the theatre- he saw his first play with me at the age of 27. He likes drag racing, I like quiet walks on the beach. He listens to loud music that......

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