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Home for Christmas

This is the first time in a few years that I've been home to truly prepare for the Christmas season. I realized, I didn't feel like decorating, wrapping presents and I never feel like shopping. I needed to be home to play games, cook, listen to and sing music, dance...

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The Last Few Years

The last few years I have been lucky enough to have an extremely busy concert season, but well spaced so I had time to think, percolate, interpret....Ahhh....time to think... That was not so much the case to begin this season and I had to call upon my skills as an...

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Happy Fall

The first week of school is always tricky as the bodies and brains get back in to a strict routine. This year, however, was a big transition year in our house. I have a middle schooler in a new school. (Actually, she was in TWO new schools in the first five days!) I...

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Who Am I?

Who am I? This is a question that I am sure all of us have asked at one point, or at several pivotal points in life. For me, it’s something that glares at me when I am doing a show away from home, because my role/roles in my home life are many. Lunch maker, car pool...

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Rehearsal Tag Alongs

Yes, as an Opera Mom, I often have my rehearsal tag alongs...my two amazing children! I know, I know, EVERYONE thinks that their children are amazing. What I know, is that I will be able to concentrate at a rehearsal while my children are present. They know that they...

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Edward Ortiz Interview

Edward Ortiz interviewed me about singing in the "English Grandeur" concert with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra this April 14th. We, of course, talked about the deep meaning of the Vaughn Williams piece on which I am soloist, "A Song of Thanksgiving"....

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This is going to sound ridiculous, but it’s the honest truth, January 1, 2022 was the first day I acknowledged that I was, and am, a creative being. What?!???? Yup. The picture above is something I drew in the Spark File New Year Creativity Kick Off workshop while...

Dear Resistance….

Dear Resistance….

As I share more of my writing and this wild idea of a one woman show about me begins to take baby steps toward a shape, a focus and a purpose, my deep-seated resistance comes up. My mind wants to wander. My stomach churns at the thought of writing and I find...