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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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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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