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A little something to remember...

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says,
"I will try again tomorrow."

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Quote of the Day

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

-Dr. Seuss

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Yay Hillary!

You've got my vote girl! It's time for a woman to run this country. She's been a great senator for New York. It's been proven the past few years, that not all men can run this great land.

It's unfortunate that the US can sit idly by and watch George Bush continue to fail as leader and do NOTHING. Bill Clinton was impeached for his scandal with Monica, but it's ok for George Bush to do the things he's done?!?!? Where's the reasoning behind that?

Friday, January 12, 2007

Cancer

A friend of mine in his 30s has just been diagnosed with cancer. He's beginning his chemo this week. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A Prayer for 2007

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of speech and expression.

We have ridiculed the time honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.

In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea .

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called "one nation under God."

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."

Where's my luggage?!?

After a successful flight (I consider any flight that stays in the air and arrives safely a success), I proceed to baggage claim. After about 10 minutes, my little red suitcase starts its journey around the carousel. I claim it, then wait, and wait, and wait...and wait for my big red suitcase to make the same journey around the carousel. It never does.

The luggage attendant tracked it and said it would be on the next flight. What I don't understand is this: I arrived 3 hours early for the flight...most likely before at least half the other people flying with me. Why was my bag the one that got bumped? I told the attendant I needed the contents of that suitcase for an audition the next morning, and she told me they wouldn't deliver it until the afternoon. Great service Northwest!!! You guys rock.

I asked her to call the delivery company and request an overnight delivery, she told me she would ask and call me later. At about 10:30pm, I received a call saying that if my bag was on the next flight I would have my suitcase by 7:30am. IF?!?!?!? Northwest is responsible for my suitcase, and now they say 'if it arrives'. Unbelievable. They delivery company was informed to call me before delivery. It's now 8:46am, and I've received no phone call and no suitcase. I've tracked my luggage. It's in NYC somewhere. But, it's not in my hands like I was told it would be. I'm angry.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Gangsters, Prohibition, and Closings

Tonight, the St. Paul company of White Christmas closes. We've been at this since before Thanksgiving, so I think everyone is excited to get back to NYC. It's five weeks until Valentine's Day...definitely time to close a Christmas show.

This morning, my family and I went to Wabasha Street Caves. These caves, really mines, were carved for their sandstone years ago. During Prohibition, the caves became a speakeasy offering gangsters a place to drink. John Dillinger was one of the notorious people who spent time in the caves of St. Paul. The caves still retain the original stucco and brick work from the 1920s and 30s. It was truly fascinating!!!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

GREASE: Not The One That I Want

Another revival of GREASE. Just what Broadway needs. With good shows waiting for a free theatre, I cannot fathom why they are wasting good theatrical real estate with this junky revival with leads picked American Idol style. I'm appalled that the reality craze has hit Broadway. I feel like it's a slap in the face to everything I've spent my life training to do. I suppose, if America truly votes for the most talented person, the outcome could be alright. However, how many people have the put on the show for shock value? How many William Hung's will get their 15 minutes of fame. What irks me is the idea of stardom without paying your dues. For those people who think they can just jump into the run of a Broadway show....I say, 'Good luck!' Performing 8 shows a week is difficult. Mentally and physically. Besides, starring on Broadway as Danny or Sandy doesn't really make you a Broadway star. More or less a quick flash in the pan with lots of burn out potential. Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, Ethel Merman....those are stars!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Controversy Creates Buzz, Buzz Creates Ratings

Isn't it funny that Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump are feuding right before the next season of 'The Apprentice' airs. I feel it's nothing but calculated hype to boost ratings for the Donald.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

arriving tomorrow!

My family is flying up to Minneapolis for the weekend. We finally get to celebrate Christmas together...just a few days late. :-) I'm thrilled to see them, and so excited that they get to see me in the show! My mom flew to LA last year and got to see me in the show three or four times. This year, my stepdad and brother are coming with her. It'll be fun to have them all here for the closing weekend.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Ordway Rocks!!!

Yesterday the Ordway Center treated the cast to a wonderful dinner at the M&S Grill in Minneapolis. The food was amazing, and the atmosphere couldn't have been better. Members of our orchestra volunteered to come play as a jazz string quartet to add ambience to the evening. We have the best orchestra in the world. Not only are they fine musicians, but they all have hearts of gold. It's been nice actually getting to know the players in the pit this year!

I saw Dreamgirls again last night. Liked it soooo much more the second time around. I still cannot stand the 'We Are A Family' scene. I think it's shot entirely wrong. That's my main beef with the movie. Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose blew me away. Miss Anika has been so over-shadowed by Jennifer and Beyonce, but take another look at the movie and focus on her....she's amazing! And, look at the heels she had to dance in to make her taller. No small feat.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year 2007

Happy New Year! I just returned to my home away from home in Minneapolis, MN after a wonderful cast gathering to ring in the new year. This group of people sure knows how to have a good time!!

I've set a few resolutions for the New Year:

1. Keep NOT smoking. I quit 4 years ago. I told myself when I quit, I would consider myself a non-smoker when I hit 5 years. This is the year for that! I haven't touched a cigarette since November 9, 2002.

2. Do something artistic everyday. Too often days pass where I do nothing creative from morning to night. I want to remedy this. I will draw, write, sing, dance, act, play the piano, take pictures, knit, crochet, sew this year.

3. Read the Bible. I did this two years ago. I need to do it again.

4. Be nicer to people. New York tends to make people self-absorbed. I want to be nicer to the people around me this year.

That's all I've got so far. Wish me luck, and I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2007!!