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June 26, 2018

For those of you who have read my blogs in the past you may have noticed that it’s been awhile since I sat down to write something for the public. In the past week, no less than five people have asked me how I was coming along on my stage project, Borderland. Well…life happened and […]

August 17, 2017

When I was a Junior in high school my history teacher gave us students an assignment to interview someone who had lived through World War II. We could gather information from a veteran, a civilian, anyone who could remember those six years of war. The closest person to me would have been my father. Despite […]

June 1, 2017

Before I took a work trip to the East Coast last fall, I had over the course of a year drafted two outlines for Borderland. One was a two-page synopsis for a quick summary. The second was twenty-six pages of narrative detailing each scene and musical numbers. The first Act touches a bit on the […]

May 23, 2017

I had a meeting with my publicist this week and we realized it’s been seven months since I wrote my last blog. Earlier that day I reviewed my manuscript and music of the stage production I’m working on, Borderland. Over the course of the seven months it seemed to me the work had been composed […]

October 26, 2016

Nearly a year ago I deigned to let the cat out of the bag and blogged about a project I began researching and writing – From Whence I Came. To encourage myself to keep moving forward on this idea I took some time this past spring to put together a killer proposal for a McKnight […]

March 7, 2016

I started St. Olaf College when I was seventeen years old. I thought I was really deep and philosophical and a renaissance kind of person. Before my very first semester ended I had to register for my one class I would take during the month of January, which we called Interim, a.k.a. J-term. There were […]

February 12, 2016

From the time I was eleven I developed a knack for sight-reading music. The success of being a good sight-reader is knowing which notes you need to play and which ones you don’t. By the time I was a junior in high school my peers believed I was the best piano player in the entire […]

January 19, 2016

The major holidays have come and gone on this cold, wind-chilly day in January. Many make resolutions to begin a new exercise regimen. Others look at their diet and tell themselves they need to eliminate or add foods. In the throes of my creativity, I have to remind myself to eat, which helps with that […]

December 3, 2015

In 1983 I was living in Washington, D.C. and came upon an exhibit somewhere on Capitol Hill. It was the 50 year commemoration of the Ukrainian Holodomor. If I’d have heard the word Holodomor used before it was probably at the Ukrainian/American Home in Minneapolis. More than likely the Holodomor was talked about at what […]

November 19, 2015

Several years ago I went to my semi-annual visit to see my psychiatrist. She asked, “Are you feeling good these days?” “Yep.” “Are you eating well?” I really should cut down on the ice cream… “Yep.” “How about exercise?” “Can you be more specific?” Are you doing any aerobic exercise to raise your heart rate?” […]