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The Old Lady in My Bones

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Dancing with the Ripples

A cloudless blue sky looms over the tepid waters of the pool – a light breeze brushes the leaves, startling them into whispered conversation. The liquid glass surface shimmers beneath the sunlight, rippling gently against the pool’s edge. The days of summer stretch out ahead of me, sparkling like the ginger bubbles in a glass … Continue reading

A Quiet Courage

I recently attended a fundraiser for an amazing organization called Dress for Success. It’s an inspirational group dedicated to helping women re-enter the work force by empowering them, building their confidence and giving them the tools to persevere in a changing world. The fundraiser included a fashion show (where a friend of mine rocked the … Continue reading

Advocacy – Living the Best Life I Can

The word “advocacy” has many definitions – according to the internet it’s defined as “public support of a cause, backing of, promotion of, championing of, argument for, push for” etc. This description doesn’t make advocacy sound very inspiring. It’s rather a dull definition of an advocacy life. It lacks the color of the genuine sincerity … Continue reading

The Seatbelt Sign is On

The turbulence of our lives is always undulating beneath the surface. Every couple of months my life speeds up like a plane racing along the runway towards take-off. Every year there’s a bout of family celebrations, holidays, weddings, work, rehearsals, performance, vacation and work deadlines. My busy times come in waves and, most of the … Continue reading

Arthritis Awareness – What It’s Really About

“RA had not stopped my life – it simply cast it into a new shape allowing me an opportunity to reinvent it. It forced me to pursue ambitions that had been skirting the fringes of my life, waiting for me to give them my attention – and now I could. There is a learning curve … Continue reading

The Show Must Go On…

“My passions are who I am. They are written into my DNA. They are my sustenance and my lifeline, and no amount of growling from RA is going to stop me from pursuing them. I will always find a way to shape my creative life around chronic illness, whether it’s on the stage or on … Continue reading

Stepping Stones

I have always moved. I danced, I hiked, I jogged, and I walked. I was enthralled with the muscular flexibility of my body. I reveled in my aptitude and strength. I found music in the way I moved. RA changed all of that, switching my rhythm to an unwanted cadence. The graceful unfettered flow of … Continue reading

Wanted: A Spring in my Step

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, and the only green thing I drank was tea and the only party that went on was RA. The dreary clouds outside my window did little to boost my spirits. Old Man Winter had laid down roots and extended an invitation to the north wind, transforming our lush … Continue reading

Aftershocks (Revisited)

I am in the midst of finishing off a writing deadline, working on a new post and beginning rehearsals for a new show, so I’d thought in the interim, I’d re-post this piece from last year. It seems an appropriate time to bring it back as things have been a little “shaky” in our part … Continue reading

Twists and Turns

What is that saying? When it rains it pours? Never truer than in our misty coastal city, where winters consist of a string of overcast days dripping with Mother Nature’s tears. This winter, our mild climate was usurped by an unusual bout of bitter arctic air transforming our rain-soaked days into blasts of mini-snowstorms. Our … Continue reading