You Are What You Eat

Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.

I hope you have all been having a good week of finding the good. I’ve been busy, with auditions, and callbacks, but I have tried to be positive and not get bogged down in the negative. To help this, I have taken Facebook off my phone. I didn’t delete my account or anything, I just made it a bit harder to spend time there. That’s good.

Today, in my attempt to find the good, I have started a Paleo Whole 30. For those of you just joining us, that is 30 days of no sugar, no sweeteners, no grains, no soy, no dairy, no processed food, no alcohol, no cheating. I’ve done this before, and my body reacts very well to this program. If you would like to join me, just Google Whole 30 Challenge. It’s not as difficult as you might think, and who knows, maybe you’ll like it.

Now don’t get me wrong, after this month is over I will sometimes drink wine, and eat cheese, and occasionally have cake. But I also know that I don’t don’t feel as good when I do that. I’ll never be perfect, but as long as I keep trying that’s what counts.

This brings me to today’s TRIVIA SUNDAY! topic: Who coined the phrase “you are what you eat”?

We all know what this means; if you eat better food, you will have better health. Kind of a no brainer. In fact, the earliest known printing of the phrase is from a 1923 beef advertisement in the Bridgeport Telegraph for ‘United Meet[sic] Markets’ which read, “Ninety percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” This idea was in line with the new Catabolic diet created by the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr. In 1942 he wrote the book You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet. In the 1960’s the phrase really entered popular speech when the hippies started to champion the new Macrobiotic lifestyle. Since then, the phrase has been a part of everyday life.

However, it goes back a bit further.

In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante (Physiology of Taste, or Meditations of Transcendent Gastronomy), “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.” (Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.) Same flavor, different package. See what I did there?

Thanks to Phrase Finder UK for the information.

I know a lot of folks think that Paleo is a fad diet, and that there is no proof that it works. To them I say, “Cool.” I don’t know if this diet is right for everybody, but it’s right for me. I feel better. I lose weight/size/belly fat. I have more energy. And, this is the biggie, I don’t feel gross after eating my food. Seriously, eating wheat make me feel gross. It also makes me feet swell, and I feel flushed, and very sluggish. So there you go. Again, I’m not saying I will never eat cake again, but I know how food makes me feel, so I’m going to eat the food that makes me feel good! If you pay close attention, you will see that you are, in fact, what you eat.

That’s all for today. Until next time my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!



Finding The Good

Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.

It turns out that people actually read this. In fact, not only do they read it, but they enjoy it. And, not only do they enjoy it, they look forward to it! Who knew?! This is very encouraging. So, I guess the people have spoken, and here I am.

I read an article today about a man who has put up a “current events blockade”. He was very upset about the current occupant of the White House getting elected. He decided to not read/watch/listen to the news for a few days, which has now turned into 16 months. He has no idea what’s going on in the world. If this is what he needs to get through this, well, that’s his decision.

I’m as upset as anyone else about this “administration” (you know why I’m using quotes). However, for me, totally checking out is not the answer. We have too many things to fight for, and protect to just walk away. I don’t have a lot of power, but I can try to be an encouraging influence to people.

This brings me to today’s topic.

This morning I also watched a great video on my friend Andrew Hamling’s Facebook page. It was a Tedx talk by a man named Dewitt Jones. He is an award winning photographer, and has two Academy Award nominations for Climb and John Muir’s High Sierra. His talk is entitled, Celebrate What’s Right In The World. On a rainy/snowy day, it was just what the doctor, not to be confused with The Doctor, ordered.

Mr. Jones talked about how we can go through life focusing on the negative, or the positive. He feels that attitudes like “Second place is the first loser” are too cynical, and if we live with that kind of belief we are limiting ourselves to never find the good.

As a photographer, he had many instances in which he thought he had the “one right answer”, only to back up and realize there were so many more answers. By taking a moment to change you lens, and perhaps use a different focus, you can find a better view. He not only uses this in his professional life, but also as a personal philosophy.

As I move forward in my life, I think this is a good philosophy to adopt. I’m not going to bury me head in the sand, and only look at things that won’t upset me, I am going to join the conversation and try to find another right answer.

I feel like this is happening on a large scale. More women than ever are running for office. Another right answer. The young people are not allowing our elected officials to ignore them. Another right answer. More people of color and women are demanding a place at the table when it comes to art and entertainment. Another right answer.

For me personally, my right answer is to continue to engage. It’s also to keep trying new things. You know that I believe we should do things we’re really bad at so we can always be learning and growing. This is my biggest “Another Right Answer”.

I hope that you will join me in Celebrating what’s good in the world, and always looking for Another right answer.

Here’s Dewitt Jones putting it much more eloquently than I ever could.

That’s all for today. Until next time me friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!

Hello Again!

Good morning my friends and faithful followers.

It’s been a while.

If you were following along, you know that back in August I decided to take a break from writing every day. I was in a “The news is killing my soul” rut, and everything felt really negative, so I took a break. It was good for a while, I didn’t feel any pressure to write, so I knew it was the right decision.

Fast forward to today.

While the news is still killing my soul, I’m not going to talk about that. Too much. I mean come on. You know I’m going to talk about some of it. A military parade. Seriously? But, as I often do, I digress.

I’m back because I have found myself falling into the traps of my pre-blogging days. I spend too much time on the Facebook. I play too many video games. I worry about the fact that I lost roles to actresses twenty years my junior. I eat the wrong foods. I stay up too late. I don’t go outside enough. And on. And on. And on.

That ends today.

Mind you, I don’t feel any more motivated today than I did yesterday. However, I know that nothing, and no one, is going to come knocking on my door. Especially since the buzzer to let people in the building is broken.

What does this mean to me?

It means I have to create my own agenda. I have to give myself things to do. I have to get off my ass, even if no one is telling me to get off my ass. For someone who really enjoys her alone time, this is often easier said than done.

One thing I have already done on this front is that I have started running. Well, I’m in the very early stages of running. I have teamed up with the lovely, talented, physically fit, and amazing Monica Rounds! She is acting as a coach for this old lady. She plans on running the New York City Marathon within the next two years, which is awesome. I want to do the same. Not in two years! I don’t think that would be possible. But, at some point I will participate in that event.

I know it sounds crazy, but I have privately dreamed of running since I was a little kid. I’m terrible at it, but like fencing, I think it is important to do things you are really bad at. Setting goals, failing to meet them, trying again, all of this leads you forward. As we learn in Alexander Technique, Lack of motion is lack of living. That’s not a direct quote, but something like that.

I must move forward. And, to that end….

Here’s the Plan for today:

  1. Coffee and breakfast. Done.
  2. Read the news that is killing my soul. Done.
  3. Send a text to the lovely and talented and physically fit Monica about meeting up soon. Done.
  4. Contact folks about upcoming seasons.
  5. Look at the Duolingo website, that I didn’t know existed, to move forward in my French lessons.
  6. Work on a new song.
  7. Work on a new monologue.
  8. Make lunch/Dinner.
  9. Fencing!

That’s all for today. Until next time my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!

Oh! I also got new headshots. I tried to change my profile picture, but it wouldn’t upload. I’ll try again. Here they are. Let me know what you think.




DAY 210 of the Rest of My Life: In which I’m doing a skit.

Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.

It was the first day of rehearsal for Elijah here at Bristol Valley Theatre. We did a lot of table work, because we’re missing one cast member.

This play is very interesting. It’s about the issue of the death penalty, but not really. Much more than the right or wrong of it, it’s about having a conversation, and the assumptions we make about each other. There is a lot going on in this story, and I’m really looking forward to driving into it thoroughly in the next couple of days.

This evening we will be going to TGI Fridays for a photo shoot.

Did I not mention that the play takes place on a Fridays? Yeah. We’re also doing research by eating Endless Apps.🐲(I love Potato Skins Dragon) It’s a rough life.

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!

DAY 208 of the Rest of My Life: In which Hope springs eternal.

Good evening my friends and faithful followers.

The last two days have been very disheartening. I don’t really know what to make of them. Between President TGOA treating a Boy Scout Jamboree speech like a campaign rally, complete with mocking President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the complete inability of the Senate to do ANYTHING, the DOJ deciding that civil rights and worker protections don’t include the LGBT community, and Presidet TGOA tweeting his hate filled “policy” reversal, I just don’t know what to think or feel anymore.

As a country, we had made so many social advances. I use the past tense, because it feels like we are going backwards. With Donald Trump’s tweet yesterday, he declared that the transgender community should go back in the closet. He made it clear that he has no respect for the LGBT community. He made it clear that unless you live your life how he, and his base see fit, you don’t deserve the same rights and privileges as everyone else.

You can say that I am over reacting, but less than half of the states offer nondiscrimination protections to the LGBT community. Today the DOJ announced that it will not continue to apply Title VII protections to workers who are LGBT because they don’t consider gay rights to be civil rights. All over the southern US states are passing laws prohibiting cities from making their own laws to protect the LGBT community. In over twenty states, you can be fired from your job, or denied housing simply for being gay. These are not things to be proud of.

Last year, thousands of transgender Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen/women came out of the shadows to proudly serve their country openly, and as their true selves. There was no disruption. There was no loss of unit cohesion. Many soldiers said it was easier to have the transgender members of their units come out, because they wouldn’t have to pretend anymore. They could be honest with each other, and that strengthened their trust. That’s the opposite of what Donald Trump is alleging.

We’ve seen all the memes about how it costs more for a few trips to Mar-a-lago than it would to cover all the medical costs of the transgender military members. Or how they pay ten times more for Viagra. For me though, the question really comes down to this one. Why are the people who support this decision so incredibly cruel, and so willfully ignorant?

So many transgender troops have spoken up about how they will not go down without a fight. Why would you make them fight? These brave men and women are CHOOSING to serve our country, and possibly make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. No one is making them do this. We have an all volunteer military. Why would we turn able bodied volunteers away? What is it in the heart of a person, that would make them say, “I don’t want your kind fighting for me?”

It’s obvious that the people who feel this way have no understanding of what it means to be transgender. It’s not “a dude in a dress.” I understand that many people have never met a transgender person, so they feel uncomfortable talking or thinking about them. But to tell an entire group of people, who were just told in the last year that they were welcome, that they no longer are, and it’s because they make you uncomfortable, well, that’s deplorable!

Let’s throw on top of the incredible s#!t show, that the Donald totally lied when he said, “after consulting with my generals….” The Pentagon had no idea this was going to happen. With whom did he consult? His imaginary friend? This is all political theater. He has never stopped campaigning, because he has no idea how to do anything else.

How much longer is this buffoon going to be allowed to stay? I’m exhausted, and it’s only been six months.

But, I still have hope. Even though this “person” continues to be the most awful representation of our country, you have all shown that you love and support each other. As Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high!” That’s what I have seen in the last 36 hours. Millions of people standing up, speaking out, and saying “We will not let this stand!” That shows real strength.

To all my friends in the LGBT community, I want you to know that you have my complete support. You are not a burden. You are not a distraction. You are all amazing, and my life would be less without all of you. If you need to talk, I am here. If you need to scream, I am here. If you want to drink wine and make inappropriate comments about our current President, I am definitely your girl.

I love you all. You give me hope that we will someday find our better angels.

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That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!


DAY 206 of the Rest of My Life: In which this will be brief.

Good morning my friends and faithful followers.

It has already been a good morning. I have meditated, submitted my invoice to Watson Adventures, checked my email, read the news, had coffee and breakfast, and done the dishes.

Now I need to jump in the shower so I can go to the post office to send keys to Katrina, a book to a former director, the library to return my library book and work on some lines, the park to run, and the grocery store.

Then, I’m going to come home and go through my clothes and do a culling. I have a lot of stuff I haven’t worn in a really long time. It’s time to let it go!

Then I will start packing the things that are not currently at the laundromat.

Oh my God. That’s a lot.

Okay. Gotta go.

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!

DAY 205 of the Rest of My Life: In which I’ve got a ticket to ride!

Good morning my friends and faithful followers.

Living in New York City is not for the faint of heart. While there are perfect days in the spring and fall, in the summer and winter it is either surface of the sun hot, or ninth circle of Hell cold. If you haven’t read Dante’s Inferno, that’s the frozen circle. Throw in the horribleness that is the Metro Transportation  Authority, and I am done. Seriously.

Luckily, in four days, I get to go to Naples, NY, and the wonderful Bristol Valley Theatre.  Even if I weren’t performing, I would be very excited about this. Naples is beautiful. In fact, Phillip is going to come up for my last performance, and then we’re just going to stay for a few days. I can’t wait.

Just a little reminder of the loveliness of this hamlet in the Finger Lakes. And who knows, maybe I’ll find my glasses in Lake Canandaigua. A girl can dream!

Here’s the New Plan for today:

  1. 9:00am: Wake up and contemplate how tired I still am. Done.
  2. 9:15am: Email and news. Done.
  3. 10:00am: Dishes and Breakfast. Done.
  4. Now: Write this. Almost done.
  5. 12:00pm: Shower and warm-up. I have an audition for this afternoon. Send me some good juju at 3:50pm.
  6. 5:00pm: Have dinner with the lovely and talented Andy Redeker! I love Andy, he’s so fun to be around!
  7. 11:00pm: Bed for at least 9 hours. I’m tired!

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!

DAY 204 of the Rest of My Life: In which Sisyphus has nothing on me.

Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.

The last few days have seen me getting a lot of things done. They have also seen me not getting things done. I haven’t been running, but I have been walking my ass off all over the city. I have been getting more sleep, but I have not gotten up early enough to do my morning pages. I have shopped for make-up and what not, but I need to pack! Oh, and I still don’t have a bathing suit. I will probably just do what I did last year, and wear workout clothes instead. Whatever.

This brings me to the topic of today’s Trivia Sunday! The myth of Sisyphus.

Often times we will say we feel like the further we roll the rock up the hill, the further it rolls down. This is basically the punishment of Sisyphus. What you might not know, is that Sisyphus was kind of an Ass.

Sisyphus was the King of Ephyra (Corinth). He was a very cunning man, who thought he was far more clever than even the gods. This was not necessarily false.

At the end of his life, Hades, the god of the Underworld, came personally to fetch Sisyphus. Knowing about his reputation, he brought a pair of shackles to bind Sisyphus for the journey. Sisyphus said he had never seen anything like them before, and asked Hades to show him how they worked. Hades obliged, by putting them on his own wrists. Sisyphus then threw Hades in a closet and held him captive for a time.

As long as Sisyphus held Hades captive, he also held death at bay. Unfortunately, that meant no one could die. A soldier could be horribly maimed in battle and still show up for dinner. These were not pleasant times.

Hades finally broke free and ordered Sisyphus to the Underworld immediately. Sisyphus did report to the Underworld, but not without a trick up his sleeve. Sis, I call him Sis, told his wife not to bury him. This way he was able to convince Persephone to let him go back home to make sure he was given the proper funereal honors. After all, if you aren’t given a proper funeral, how will you have the coin under your tongue to pay Charon, the ferryman of the river Styx? I mean, come on. Persephone assumed he would come back quickly. You see where this is going, right?

So yeah. The whole, “I’m smarter than the gods” thing, not false.

Even for the most cunning of all men, gods are still gods, and they eventually run out of patience, coin under the tongue, or not.

After several more years of Sisyphus eluding death, Hades just grabbed him, and dragged him down to the Underworld. Here, he was given his final punishment.

Sisyphus was tasked with rolling a giant boulder to the top of a hill. Being very strong, he thought this was not so bad. Unfortunately for him, once the boulder reached the top, it would roll back down. No matter what Sisyphus did, the boulder never stayed at the top. Hades finally found a punishment that Sis couldn’t wriggle out of.

Now, when we are doing tasks that seem laborious and futile, like keeping my apartment clean, we say these are Sisyphean tasks.

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That’s a hilarious picture!

I don’t feel like anything I am doing is futile, I just need more hours in the day. Speaking of hours…

Here’s the New Plan for today:

  1. Sleep in because yesterday was a train nightmare, I was exhausted by the end of the day, and I don’t want to talk about it! Done.
  2. Meditation. I’m actually on track for the first time in forever! Done.
  3. Make Brunch. I didn’t eat breakfast at a reasonable hour, so I just decided to make Blue Apron meal three. Done. Delicious.
  4. As soon as I’m finished here, I will head to Staples to print out the stuff for Tim and Katrina to get their apartment.
  5. TJ Maxx to return two shirts I’ve been meaning to return for days.
  6. Get ready for tomorrows audition.
  7. Off to the city to see a musical in the New York Musical Festival.

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!




DAY 202 of the Rest of My Life: In which I will make a cake.

Good afternoon my friends and faithful followers.

This will be brief.

This morning I was distracted by my husband, and epic SciFi action.

Now I’m going to make a cake. It’s not a special occasion or anything, Phillip just saw a recipe for a no-bake cake that he thought looked really delicious. So, I’m going to make it for him. I’m going away for five weeks, so he deserves a cake!

Here’s the New Plan for today:

  1. 9:00am-Now: Spend the morning with my Dearest Darlingest Love, and Rogue One. We started watching last night, then Netflix went out. Ahh the joys of living in an old building. Done.
  2. 1:00pm: Write this. Almost done.
  3. 1:15pm: Make a cake!
  4. ?:00pm: Return the shirts to TJ Maxx if I have time.
  5. 5:30pm: Off to Fencing! I have two more classes on my card that I need to finish before I leave.

Not the most productive day ever, but I love my husband, and he deserves a cake.

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!


DAY 201 of the Rest of My Life: In which It’s too darn hot!

Good evening my friends and faithful followers.

It’s about that time of year, where I feel obligated to talk about HOW FREAKING HOT IT IS!

We are in the dog days of summer, and I’m feeling it. For the last week, I have spent quite a bit of time out of doors. I know I did this all the time in the past, but I’ve gotten soft in my tolerance of surface of the sun temperatures.

I mean, it’s 8:30pm, and it is still 93 degrees outside. If we had the luxurious central air, it wouldn’t be so bad, but we only have window units. Tonight I will go to bad with an ice pack. Sexy.

Tomorrow I don’t have to be out too long, but fencing will be toasty.

All that aside, it was a great day. I had a bit of work to do today. The first bit was actual work, the rest was just stuff I needed to get done before I leave next week. It was an expensive day, but good make-up is a necessity, as are chargers for my technology. My really nice lunch was a luxury, but I accept that bit of frivolity.

I have been great at completing my tasks for the day. Most days I miss one, but today I hit them all.  There were morning pages, a scavenger hunt, a lengthy trip to Sephora, a search for a phone charger, meditation, dinner, and now we are watching Rogue One.

Great day!

Tonorrow will be equally busy with craft work, and returning a couple of workout shirts to the Maxx. I thought they would be more “flowy” than they were. Yeah, they weren’t too small, just not “flowy” enough. Whatever. I’m working on it.

That’s all for today. Until tomorrow my friends, thanks for reading, be well, and remember to Live Your Dream!