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Building Community

Building Community

MY WEEKLY BLOG Building Community One of the most challenging aspects of the society in which I live is building and maintaining community with like-minded people. When I leave the house to run errands, I’m mostly in my car and I don't necessarily have a lot to do...

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WRITING MY BOOK

WRITING MY BOOK

MY WEEKLY BLOG Writing My Book About two years ago, I taught my first writing class. I'd been ghostwriting for celebrities for decades, I had a number of bestsellers on the lists, I’d written a book about my healing experiences,, I’d penned my memoir, I'd played...

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What Do Birthdays Mean?

What Do Birthdays Mean?

Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, is my birthday and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On my fiftieth, I had just ended a marriage and I remember being devastated when someone welcomed me into the half century club, a club that I had no desire to join, especially now...

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Asking for Help

Asking for Help

I left home at age 14 when I moved from Massachusetts to Washington, DC, to attend the first school in the United States that offered ballet and academics under the same roof. I started each day with a ballet class, I went on to French and math class, I had another...

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GOING INSIDE

GOING INSIDE

Yesterday, December 21st, 2019, was the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. We are presently getting only nine hours of sunlight each day and I think we all feel this in some way. You don't have to be spiritual to see the significance in...

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Giving a Gift

Giving a Gift

A couple of days ago, I was at my local knitting store, La Knittierie Parisienne, on Ventura Boulevard, with my community of people who sit together for hours on end to practice our shared craft. I’ve come to really appreciate these women and men as time passes, a...

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Being Original

Being Original

My friend, John McCrite, invited me to the Ahmanson Theater to a performance at of Swan Lake, re-choreographed and staged by Matthew Bourne in 1995. The original ballet with music by Tchaikovsky, premiered by the Bolshoi Company in 1877, is one of the most popular...

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Can’t We All Get Along?

Can’t We All Get Along?

In May, 1992, there was a brutal police beating of an African American man named Rodney King. When the officers involved were acquitted in a trial, six days of riots broke out that resulted in 2,383 injuries and 63 deaths. In the midst of the riots, Rodney King held a...

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Consistency

Consistency

This is my 100th weekly blog. When I realized that this morning, I had to lean back and take a deep breath. I reviewed some of the topics I’ve written about and recalled how it felt when I started. I couldn't imagine how I would reach other people and...

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EMBRACING FEAR

EMBRACING FEAR

An Australian friend came to stay with me this week for a few days. We hadn’t seen each other for years and as we did what she likes to call “chin wagging” (talking non-stop about anything and everything), we picked up right where we had left off. We...

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