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On February 27, 1932, Elizabeth Taylor was born. She was a full-fledged movie star. Is it just me, or do people not look like this these days? I loved watching old movies as a kid, and I still do. The first film I ever watched  her in was National Velvet. Those eyes – a remarkable shade of violet. A trait, perhaps, you see once in a lifetime. Her perfectly coiffed dark hair and stunning porcelain skin. In her personal life, she may have been imperfect – but on the big screen she was absolute perfection. Though she’s been gone for nearly a year (March 23), I am honored to share my birthday with a legend. She would have been 80 years old today. Let this beautiful person remind us to CELEBRATE life!

On February 27, 1979 I was welcomed into the loving arms of my family and have not shut-up since. That’s right. I am 33 years old, and I am only getting better and louder. Life is amazing, even the difficult parts I wasn’t sure I could survive. I feel like I am just getting started and the best is yet to come. I love my birthday. Generally, I love the month of February with Valentine’s Day and then my wedding anniversary on the 20th. But my birthday…it takes the cake. No pun intended. Why do I love it so much? No clue. I find most women WANT a big deal but refuse to admit it. I am not that kind of woman. I say what I mean and I say what I want, and when I say I want a cake that looks like a short stack of pancakes, that’s…

For my 25th birthday, I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of a party, I decided to make a list of things I’ve always wanted to do – what some may call a “bucket list”. I would then check these items off my list during my 25th year of life. One of those items was to audition for a play. I researched and found an audition at a prestigious theater company. Among their requirements was a headshot & resume. So, here is the headshot I had taken and presented at my very 1st audition. I thought it went ok, but I was SO nervous, and my husband recalls that I was devastated to not be offered a part. To be honest, I don’t remember so I am taking his word for it. I found this picture while packing and cleaning up our home that we lost to foreclosure in…

I’d like to preface this by saying I have ALWAYS had wonderful experiences with Southwest Airlines and have received excellent customer service from them in the past. But I will get to that momentarily. Allow me to set the stage for you. Me. Reno for some gigs. Hotel approximately 10 minutes from airport. I departed shortly before 6am for my 7:30am flight. Ample time, so it’d seem. I had my GPS ready to go. I came to the I 80 East entrance to find it closed. Hmmm. GPS re-routed me to another entrance to said freeway. It was closed as well. Road work. GPS would/could not find me another route. After about 30 minutes of this nonsense and starting to feel panicked, I pulled into a gas station and go inside and ask the clerk, “I 80 East is closed. How can I get to the airport?” Deer in the…

It was pouring down rain on a typical Oregonian winter day. I made it to my car without getting soaked. A feet Houdini himself would’ve marveled at. As I turned into the parking lot of the Lakewood Theater for my audition, the clouds parted and a bright ray of sun broke up the dark sky. It was beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, my heart was overwhelmed. An attitude of gratefulness washed over me as I walked up those steps; the same steps I walked up to my very first audition 8 years ago. The outcome was the same for both auditions; I was not cast. Honestly, how can I take it personal? I had an absolute BLAST. I got to meet great people. I got more experience under my belt – and I have not had much experience auditioning for musicals. I am thankful just to be seen. Someday I will walk…