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Do you take things personally?

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Do you take things personally?

As a professional writer, I’m often under scrutiny when I write. If I’m writing my own pieces, chapters, essays or books, it’s all free form, a thrill when the words start to appear on the blank page. But when I ghostwrite and collaborate, I have several people to please: the client for whom I’m writing the book, the agent who has a bad habit of sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, and then there’s me.
 

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Hollywood Is Growing Up

Andrea Cagan - Monday, January 08, 2018
Hollywood Is Growing Up

The Golden Globe awards were not at all what I expected. I usually spend most of the show admiring the gowns and millions of dollars worth of diamonds dripping from necks, wrists and ear lobes. But when every attendee, actor and civilian, showed up in black, it was a stunning sight to see. Diamonds look shiny and exquisite on black but no one asked anyone “what they were wearing” or from whence their magnificent jewels had been rented. The issues were far more important, it appeared that everyone agreed, and there was a comforting and exciting show of solidarity, something the industry has been sorely lacking. 

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Happy ? New Year

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Happy ? New Year

“Whew! Thank God it's the New Year. It has to be better than last year. It was brutal.”

I don't know how many times I’ve heard someone say that when I was drinking a toast to Auld Lang Syne. I’ve said it myself and most everyone agreed. And then, when the supposed “better” year comes to an end, we say it all over again. As if we hadn’t done that last year.

At first glance, it’s hard to find anything good about 2017. Our political climate turned upside down and became deeply negative, the polarization between political parties was never so blatant and damaging, there were mass shootings and terrorist attacks, and there were massive sexual assault upheavals in corporate businesses and the film industry. Global warming was never so obvious, we felt the extreme heat and the seasonal aberrations and still, lawmakers refused to acknowledge what was so obviously going on. 

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Finding Your Center in a Chaotic World

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, March 23, 2017
Finding Your Center in a Chaotic World

When it feels like the world is going off the deep end, how do you find your center? I was a cable news junkie until the election, following all the ups and downs each and every day like a loyal dog. When the worst happened, I was so distraught, I turned off MSNBC and CNN, and I had some extra time on my hands. I decided to focus on artistic endeavors, writing and making things, rather than witnessing the rehashing of each upsetting detail that proves that our current presidential imposter needs to have his head examined. According to psychiatrists at Johns Hopkins he is a “malignant Narcissist.” These kinds of Narcissists are:  

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Writing from the Soul: 5-Week Classes with Andrea Cagan

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Writing from the Soul: 5-Week Classes with Andrea Cagan

Do you want to write your story but you don't know how to begin?

Please join me at for a five week course in the Agape University Summer Series.

The class will help you organize your thoughts as you search your soul to find the stories within you that you feel compelled to tell. In an encouraging and spiritual atmosphere, find your unique voice, tame your inner critic, and express your authentic self on the page. 

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Creativity Equals Happiness

Andrea Cagan - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Creativity Equals Happiness

In a world where violence and insane politics seem to reign, I have found that for me, my only true happiness exists with artistic creativity. There seem to be obstacles to wellness, emotional and physical, at every turn. Was it always like this? It's hard to say, but the only way I can feel decent and leave anxiety behind is by involving myself in something creative, which allows me to lose time. 

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Election or Three Ring Circus?

Andrea Cagan - Saturday, January 23, 2016
Election or Three Ring Circus?

I’m not in the habit of writing political blogs but how can anyone overlook what’s going on during this election cycle of 2016? From hideously coifed reality stars to religious fanatics, from failed CEOs to dynasty members, from climate change deniers to the emergence of a new term called “democratic socialist, from racist hypocrites to immigrant haters, have we ever seen anything like it? It sounds more like a three ring circus than a slate of would-be presidents.  

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Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Right to Die

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.  

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A Friend Indeed

Andrea Cagan - Friday, October 02, 2015
A Friend Indeed

The idea of a “friend” is loosely tossed around these days. When someone says, “Let’s just be friends,” that means a lot more than, “Let’s not be lovers any more.” To me, it means that they want to share something with me that is sacred, safe and respectful. But something seems to have been lost in translation. 

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The Learning Curve

Andrea Cagan - Friday, July 24, 2015
The Learning Curve

The past few months have been filled with so many new twists and turns, it leaves me breathless as I think back. I took on the task of self-publishing my memoir partially to avoid certain miseries like rejection, (I had no interest in facing the kinds of cruel comments and rejections typical of agents and publishers), endless waiting and criticism about what did or did not belong in my book. I figured that this was my memoir and I was the only one qualified to make those choices. Granted, publishers have tough decisions to make, but I often wonder if they put any thought into the fact that there is a human being on the other end of the manuscript they are evaluating and criticizing, choosing and/or tossing aside. 

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