I have been feeling a sense of guilt and pressure from taking such a long hiatus between blog posts. I started this as an outlet for my thoughts and to share my perspectives on things that matter to me, and somehow I have created an overbearing feeling of “You need to do this and do … Continue reading Juggling Act
I tend to be a positive-minded person who loves to support others and find the good in any situation. I love to listen and encourage others, and it makes me feel like I make a difference. I believe that mental health is so incredibly important, and while I have never experienced anxiety or true depression … Continue reading Listen
I first met Madison through our shared lease of a bay Thoroughbred gelding named Fortune. We bonded over the quirks and needs of this special horse, and out of the experience we developed a great friendship. Madison is an amazing trainer, and every lesson I learn more about the biomechanics of my body and I … Continue reading Sensibilities with Madison DeCook
What is real? In this world of pixels and snaps and tweets and the ceaseless noise from like, like, like, share, comment, double-tap, text, how do we manage to make meaningful connections across the multitude of platforms available to us for instant connection? How do we sort out those who have truthful intentions from those … Continue reading Real
There’s no sugar-coating it: horses are expensive. I have never been financially stable enough to afford to own a horse. Sometimes people ask me if I have a horse, and when I answer no, there is a change of attitude in their voice and their opinion of me. Oddly, this especially happens with people who … Continue reading Empty Wallet, Full Heart
I can still hear the sneer in the kid's voice when he bullied me on the bus ride home from elementary school. A holier-than-thou tone mixed with his own gently nurtured southern twang as he squawked at me, “Hey. Did you know your arms are fat? You have fat arms!” Feeling embarrassed and ashamed, I … Continue reading Breech Body
The stage was shrouded in darkness and only a faint blue light lit the actors’ way in the black as they got set in position. I peered through the glass separating the booth from the audience, looking out to see the stage, watching for their movement in the dark, knowing that if they took too … Continue reading What is a Stage Manager?