Life Behind the Scenes

  In my acting debut at age nine, I played Clara in The Nutcracker. Clara’s beloved nutcracker Franz was injured at the end of act one, so I spent the rest of the play pretending to be asleep at the edge of the stage, while the rest of the story unfolded like a dream behind me. I never stirred, never opened an eye to peek at the story going on behind me, and even resisted the urge to peer out at the audience to see if Uncle George had made it to the show that night. Truth be told, what
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Simply Part of the Landscape

  The summer I was ten, I spent many a toasty morning traipsing barefoot, up and over the hill behind our house, then down to the lush green park that sprawled out for acres below, on the other side. It was an oasis of distraction and fun. I swung back and forth on the rings till my armpits ached. I flew up high in the swings, bailed out, then landed on the soft sand, below. I dug tunnels in the sand and let the cool, moist grit inside the tunnels soothe my sunburned arms. Over and over, I swung and
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Not Exactly the Great American Success Story

  I have said “No” a thousand times before. I remember, because I distinctly heard myself say “No” every time the subject came up. “No. I will never blog.” And today, I find myself writing my very first blog. Welcome to my upside-down, inside-out, Christmas-in-July world. When I was nine I fell in love with the theater. I pursued an acting career for thirteen years, ‘till I became a professional actress and was gaining more acclaim each month. But when I held my firstborn child in my arms, all thoughts of the limelight faded from view as family suddenly took
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