The Leading Lady

Beyond the thick red curtain, I can hear the murmur of the audience. I walk the stage through my opening scene, running the lines in my head, my usual ritual before the start of each show. I wonder if I’ll remember my blocking; I wonder how the audience will react; I wonder if I will... Continue Reading →

A Pandemic Summer, An Extraordinary Life

Springtime came in quietly this year, lush with vibrant life and cherry blossoms. It was an unusual spring. The commerce that ran our daily lives was suspended in the web of an inhospitable virus. For a few weeks, the human footprint was reduced, and the natural world flourished. Mother Nature was given her chance to... Continue Reading →

Resurgence: A Covid life with RA

The sun warms my skin through the window. The mountains rise on either side of the road, green and lush from the spring rains sweeping through the valley. The blue sky is dappled with wisps of high cloud as we drive down the twisting highway. Once over the peak, we dip down into the desert... Continue Reading →

The Twilight

The day is nearing its end. The traffic is hushed, the wind wafts softly through the leaves; the birds are singing their evening song. The heaving world is moving into stillness. I sit on my patio and exhale the remains of another day, take a moment to unwind beneath a purple sky pin-pricked with starlight,... Continue Reading →

Re-Imagining the New Normal

These are strange days for the world. A viral epidemic has set boundaries on our lives, and cultivated fear in the masses. It’s created an environment where groups and communities compete to set themselves above others, when all of humanity is on equal footing in the face of this outbreak. This is an unprecedented time.... Continue Reading →

25 Minutes…

The west coast winters are rainy and damp as opposed to icy and snowy - but in recent years, we’ve had random episodes of snowfall, small in comparison to the rest of the country but significant enough that our little harbor city becomes a little more challenging to navigate. The snow we get is wet... Continue Reading →

RA Sins in Sin City

At the end of 2019, we took our annual trip to Vegas - it was a much-needed vacation after a year long program with the Writer’s Studio. The desert calls to me and it always offers a reprieve from painful joints. Winter or summer, the dry environment makes RA disappear from my world for just... Continue Reading →

A Vintage Year

Like wine, the calendar years can be excellent, fair, or poor, and difficult to predict what you're going to get until you pull the cork and take your first sip. My personal and creative life started out rich and full of flavor, but RA made some moments a little bit sour, like drinking wine with... Continue Reading →

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