Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Mouseketeer Shows Up for Dinner!

If it hadn't been for a well-placed coffee table, my surprise dinner guest would have turned my kitchen into a Disney amusement park and tapped danced through every nook and cranny of my home. 

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

In fact, this dinner guest wasn't interested in the dinner menu or enjoying small talk over a glass of wine. 

Not at all. 

To make sense of this story, we have to back up to where it all started at a bank parking lot. 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Audition Confessions From: Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities

Just thinking about the word audition can cause a tight throat and a whirling mind. So, why would I decide to put myself through another audition experience?

Where were my thoughts, what was my heart searching for, who am I trying to be? I can't explain it, but something in my gut was telling me to audition for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER."  They were looking for writers, mothers, and storytellers to share and read their unique motherhood story. What’s the worst that could happen? It might turn into a meaningful experience.




I’ve only had a handful of auditions in my short-lived turn on the theatrical stage. It started as a bold challenge in midlife to get out of my comfort zone and fulfill a lifelong acting dream. (Read about that first time here).

You might have guessed that I’m not a seasoned thespian, not an experienced public speaker, or even a remotely good curtain holder...in fact; doing any of these makes my tummy twist. 

It's true; I'm still plagued by that stage curtain fiasco. But, that’s another story. 

So why do it? 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Red Copper Cooking: Reduced Fat Pizza Potato Casserole

I had a little time during spring break to prepare another recipe in my Red Copper pan.  I had a craving for something hearty and meaty, but yet lean with reduced fat. Once again, I love one-pan cooking! If you have time, pop over and check out this other meal I made using this cookware - Uncle Ben’s Rice with Chicken,Veggies and Lemon. Don't have the Red Copper pan...no worries, feel free to use a casserole or baking dish for this recipe.





Let’s get cooking my little chefs!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Talents Discovered: Connecting Through American Sign Language

What a wonderful world it is to be able to express your thoughts and words through the complexity of hand movements and facial expressions that flow with ease, grace and mastery.  


Image Credit: Pixabay.com - Darelle


American Sign Language (ASL) is a fascinating and beautiful language to watch. My son is taking Advanced ASL classes in high school and I've been very impressed with his commitment to the language and how he is constantly improving his skill level. 

Being able to communicate with someone who is deaf opens up a very intimate and personal connection to people that would otherwise struggle in our hearing world. 

I had the opportunity to sit down with my son's ASL teacher to interview him for an article I was writing featuring Deaf Awareness Day for a community publication called, Town Life Magazine.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Mysterious Bookstore Encounter

I discovered mystery stories don't just lie on the book shelves of Barnes and Noble. Sometimes it's the patrons lingering between the shelves that present the mystery. 

Many books are displayed on the shelves having their cover titles facing outward with the intention to draw the eye in and seduce the curious reader. I stood completely absorbed in front of one of these book displays when I felt the presence of someone standing next to me.

Image Credit: Pixabay.com - Jessicajin


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