A film of words, women and an enforced divide

“The air became charged with unspoken profanity.” — A line from A Quiet Passion (2017) The new biopic about Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion, was an extraordinary experience last week, and bits and pieces are still rattling around in my mind.  Starring the wonderful Cynthia Nixon, this film is about confinement, expression in spite of repression, and […]

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Why performers should blog

A friend recently enthused that she wanted to write for my “other” blog*, Singerpreneur, because he wants to hone his skills so he can work for a newspaper someday. How many things can you see wrong with the statement above? This isn’t the first time I’ve heard it, but that wish always catches me off-guard, as it shows […]

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Now I lay me down to sleep (surrounded by critter sounds)

I love nature sounds and rain apps.  The sound of rain is very useful when trying to focus on my work:  I turn on the app, plug in the headphones, and whether I’m at Starbucks or in my own living room, trying not to hear myself thinking, the white noise gives my brain a sort […]

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OMG, I grew something!

I have a black thumb.  Not because I need to wash my hands, but because I don’t tend to be attuned to the needs of plants, and am more likely to let green things die or get terribly overgrown than to help them thrive. When my beloved produce service, Farm Fresh to You, offered flower bulbs […]

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Fight for a neutral net

If you don’t know what “net neutrality” is, you need to.  It’s not just tech jargon for the cyberelite, but the focus of an ongoing battle that has been waged for years already.  And it affects every one of us, particularly those in the arts. Now, the FCC, Congress and the Supreme Court are taking […]

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