Learning by Heart

Grew up in Hollywood, California, and spent a couple of grade-school years just outside London. Have lived and worked in the western US as a graphic designer, editor, writer and artist. 12 years of live theatre, tell stories in about a dozen accents, and LOVE to sing in public.

My favorite diaries:

poolagirl profile - diary
comments: I admire her compassion and heart, not to mention her beautifully paced turn of phrase! She can write words and music of such depth, I'm mad about her.
brotherjacob profile - diary
comments: He is blogging elsewhere. Check him out if you want a taste of spirituality with self-deprecating humor; you may recognize yourself in his words.
lizardspace profile - diary
comments: Evocative, sophisticated word use juxtaposed with honesty and immediacy -- but on hiatus for now.
ms-do profile - diary
comments: I'm charmed and enticed by her creativity, her honesty, her humanity. A must-read.
im2qt2kr profile - diary
comments: Gorgeous, courageous, honest, poetic, learning to believe in herself. I'm honored to be her friend.
hissandtell profile - diary
comments: A kindred spirit in many ways, I'm finding. I am continually amused, enlightened, satisfied, intrigued, and gladdened by her entries; then chastened by her writing prowess and intellect. Wow.
niceguymike profile - diary
comments: His writing indicates a blended, humorous, sensitive-but-manly guy. I really enjoy reading his entries.
dangerspouse profile - diary
comments: I'm never playing liar's poker with this guy, and know better than to drink anything while reading his entries -- it comes right out my nose. Even if some of his tales are apocryphal, I don't care, I'm hooked.
wench77 profile - diary
comments: Her entries are colorful, conversational, smart, and contain Extras that fascinate.
bornearly profile - diary
comments: Musician... there's a vernacular and a viewpoint about life here that sounds like home.
chaosdaily profile - diary
comments: Windows into her world are finely, economically drawn; there's a love of life in the midst of the chaos.
marn profile - diary
comments: Don't know why I didn't add her before. I mean, really, her feline companions have a "kitty-fu dojo."
squirrelX profile - diary
comments: I'm in awe of this woman's voice as a writer; she's drawn me in utterly, masterfully. So grateful to have found her.
purplecigar profile - diary
comments: Can't say enough good things about her; her humor, her style, and most recently, how she describes illness... I'm still laughing.

My favorite music:

Great Guitars
comments: Three of the best jazz guitarists alive all at once. They make it look easy when it isn't.
Boss Brass;
comments: Horrible name for a stellar Canadian big band, amazing, complicated, beautifully played arrangements
Jazz singers, then and now:
comments: Betty Bennett, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Patti Austin, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves (almost all are also pianists and their phrasing shows)
Anonymous 4
comments: Most early music is by men, and I love it, but these women are in a class by themselves

My favorite movies:

The Winslow Boy
comments: The family's solidarity and strength profoundly affected me.
Whale Rider
comments: Grrrl power wins in the end, beautiful scenery along the way, and this family definitely puts the fun in dysfunctional!
To Kill a Mockingbird
comments: A lifelong favorite, I see new things each time
comments: All three--as good as or better than I imagined when I read the books in junior high
Truly Madly Deeply
comments: And anything (despite cardboard-cutout costars) with Alan Rickman. He stays with me for days after seeing him in films, dunno why.

My favorite authors:

Barbara Kingsolver
comments: Well-drawn lives, heroines are not kids but have interesting history
Bill Bryson
comments: Witty, chewy language, and an Anglophile. Winner all round.
Stuart Wilde
comments: Wise words aimed right at your heart by way of slappin you upside the head

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last updated: 2004-08-14 00:33:29
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user since: 2003-09-08

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