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Author: Gwen Overland

For the Love of Acting

For the Love of Acting

Every so often I enjoy working in the theatre either as a stage director or actress. I’ve had solid training and wonderful professional experiences in my life, and so when I do get the opportunity to appear on the boards, I usually seize it. I have belonged to the Actors Equity Association for thirty years, a union which I believe in, and which has stood by me throughout my career. This Saturday I begin rehearsal for the role of Kate…

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Siegerrebe or Madeleine Angevine?

Siegerrebe or Madeleine Angevine?

When doing research for my Salmon Run series, I wanted to know all I could about the best wine crops in Northwest Washington state wineries. Because the weather is mild and the air and soil often wet, the best wines produced are the whites: Madeleine Angevine, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Siegerrebe, and the only red: Pinot Noir. If and when I drink wine I usually choose a red, but in the name of research I took on the task of…

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Castles of Germany

Castles of Germany

One of most beautiful and frequently visited castles in Germany is Schloss Benrath, a suburb of Dusseldorf. This lovely Baroque-style mansion was built between the years 1755 and 1770 for the Elector Palatine Theodor and his wife the Countess Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach. A visit to this castle is a much happier experience apparently than their marriage ever was. Theirs was a union based on political efficiency and not much else. Interestingly after twenty years of marriage they finally had…

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Yay! Chelsea FC

Yay! Chelsea FC

I am a soccer nut! I probably should be in some kind of support group, because I spend an extraordinary amount of time following my favorite teams and players domestically as well as internationally. I don’t play the sport, but I know a heck of a lot about it—formations, plays, strategies, and player bio. This week the team I call “my team” won the English Premier League title and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Last year they finished tenth in…

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The Beauty of a Small Town Church

The Beauty of a Small Town Church

Call me old fashioned, but I love the quaintness of a small town church–nothing fancy but strong on warmth and character. I also enjoy knowing everyone who attends from the oldsters to the youngsters. Salmon Run is just such a small town, chuck full of these small community oriented churches of all denominations.  Situated in the Nooksack River Valley, the town is nestled among tall maples and cedars. The only competition with the trees is the numerous spires from the…

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Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars

At the age of 82 my mother took up ballroom dancing. She had always loved to dance, but after my step-father passed away, she was hesitant to venture out as a single senior alone. Then the senior center in her home town opened an afternoon soiree three days a week for those who would enjoy getting together for a dance lesson or two followed by an hour of dancing. They met at noon for a potluck lunch and were out…

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Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

At least once or twice a year I have the privilege of acting or directing for the stage.  This production of Calendar Girls by Tim Firth I directed runs through the month of February at the Camelot Theatre in Talent, Oregon. The following are my Director’s Notes for the program.   A determined and well -focused group of women can be dangerous for they can change the world! Of course, this is true of anyone, regardless of their gender, but…

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Cowgirl Gwen

Cowgirl Gwen

When most people think of ranching, their thoughts immediately turn to Montana, or Texas or even southern California. Rarely does one entertain the Pacific Northwest as a possible hot bed of cattle raising and horseback riding. But it most certainly is! When I was about six years old I begged my mother for horseback riding lessons, not realizing how expensive they were and how little money we actually had as a family. Nonetheless, she called the neighbor to see if…

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Sugar Pumpkin Lasagne, YUM!

Sugar Pumpkin Lasagne, YUM!

Can you even imagine how good this dish tastes? And how much work is involved in putting it together? Now that fall is here, anything pumpkin tends to flavor my day. So when I saw this recipe on the internet, I knew I had to try it! Cook time:  1 HOUR 30 MINS Total time:  1 HOUR 30 MINS Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 2 small sugar pumpkins, about 6-8 inches in diameter 1 teaspoon cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon per pumpkin) ½ teaspoon kosher salt (1/4…

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Bossa Nova Brazil Baby!

Bossa Nova Brazil Baby!

I admit that I am a soccer junkie. And nothing makes me prouder of the game and more respectful of the power of the underdog than when I view two teams playing the beautiful game with such skill, poise and teamwork as was exhibited at the final game of the Olympics between Germany and Brazil. Notably Germany is the Goliath, having recently beaten Brazil mercilessly at what was once considered ‘their game’. But now it was Brazil’s turn to atone…

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