Category: Current Affairs

Envy. Envy. Envy.

Green-Eyeglasses

[Re-posted from an SCV Gazette Afternoon T. article]  Q: How do I fight the green-eyed monster of envy? An ex has replaced me and I am practically stalking the new love on every social media platform. I can’t even say it’s about the two of them being together. I’m obsessed with everything my ‘replacement’ does. I don’t know how to stop this crazy-train.  A: First let’s clarify a couple of things. 1) There’s no such thing as ‘practically stalking’ if […]

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#Word

As a storyteller, when people ask what I do I usually describe it as “Words: Spun, Sung, Spoken and Scrawled. In my life, I’ve had the good fortune to present words in all their formats. As a vocalist I spent time as a singer in studios and on stages. As a writer I’ve had my work of words printed in magazines, newspapers and children’s chapter books. As an actress I’ve gone deep into characters that delivered words I never dreamed […]

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Flood, Mud, Fire and Earthquake.

Folks often say that California doesn’t have seasons. While it’s true we don’t experience the seasons typically associated with gorgeous Pinterest pages — and oh, how I love me some images of crisp autumn twilight and mugs of hot beverages – we can consistently expect the arrival of Flood, Mud, Fire and Earthquake. As a Native Californian, I grew up reading the history of how earthquakes, floods, muds and fire have destroyed many a town up and down our fine […]

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You da’ bomb.

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Answering the phone at lunch, especially when you see that it is your place of employment calling, can be risky business. Last week, when work called I was told not to come in. Being insecure and always living in fear that I’m not good enough my response was: “Why? Am I being fired? Is this the day that finally happens?!”  The voice on the phone chuckled nervously and said, “No, don’t come in because the entire area has been evacuated […]

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Love, the Dalai Lama and “What’s for Breakfast?”

Dalai Lama n Me June 17 2016

I’m a SUPER big fan of love and today, I had the unbelievable (no really, still pinching myself) opportunity to breathe the same oxygen of the man whose whole existence is all about love: The Dalai Lama. The 200 women (and a small group of men) in attendance got to hear a bit about the philosophy of love and how the world would be a better place if everyone could start with that one (sometimes not so simple) element and […]

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Be someone I want to respect.

I am not a big fan of rude, despite the fact that some days, it seems that rude people rule the world. At some point, I thought maybe it would stop. Surely, kindness, consideration and an overall sense of justice would kick in and some kind of decency equilibrium would be restored. Oh, silly me. Apparently, even the mentors of the world are allowed to slap on a jersey and ball cap and coach folks into leading their lives backsides […]

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The Emperor’s New Clothes *SPOILER ALERT*

You’ve heard the story, right — The Emperor’s New Clothes? It is an old one and I want to believe I wouldn’t be ruining anyone’s expectations by exposing (pun intended) the ending. Yet, over and over again, I find that there are legions of folks that go through life as though they’d never even heard the original tale.  I often have a ringside seat, where I watch intelligent adults fall for the most transparent of con games. These seemingly bright people invite […]

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