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Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014 Winds of Change

Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014 Winds of Change Continue to Blow(13)

January 1, 2014

Hello my old friend. I’ve had a wonderful ride here and the past year has been one of change, challenge, camaraderie and catharsis. Enjoyable yet disconcerting, 2013 has been an amazing followup year to 2012. Events that took place in the year prior to ’13 are still resounding in me and their long term affect… Read More ›

My Summer Vacation

My Summer Vacation: Acting and Adventure

The film I worked on this summer has now been made available for public viewing on Vimeo. It was filmed in July around Sidmouth, England with an intimate cast and crew. I worked with some brilliantly talented people and hopefully will work with them again. The experience was another life changer for me. I had… Read More ›

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Puddin Is the Name

For those who follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you will have noticed that I have had an addition to my household. A lost cat who tried to “adopt” me roughly four weeks ago. He is now a fully fledged member of the Smith clan, United Kingdom branch. His newly christened name is Puddin as… Read More ›

Something Big: Something We All Want

Something Big: Something We All Want?

I ordered the DVD for Dean Martin’s Something Big film after realising that I did not have a copy already and that I had not seen it for ages. I love the film, or more accurately, I love the theme of the film. It goes without saying that this would be a personal favourite. I… Read More ›

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Remembering a Year Ago Today

My body remembered, even if I did not. While setting up my calendar for appointments next week, I forgot to set the calendar back that resides on the front of my fridge. Being naturally scatty sometimes (Sometimes? I hear you cry. Only sometimes?) I glanced at it on Thursday and decided that today, Friday, was… Read More ›

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Living Alone after a Lifetime Living with Others

Writing the other day of my thoughts on mortality and the avoidance of becoming consumed by the fear of death in the wee hours of the morning, I got a comment from my good friend Tash over at Films and Things. She mentioned that when she was younger she had the irrational fear that she… Read More ›

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Happy Heart Attack Anniversary…Almost

As it gets closer to the one year anniversary of my heart attack and near-death experience, I find myself  in that state of cautious anticipation at night before sleep. The one where any little twinge in the chest or forearms – it was agonising pain in my forearms and hands that presaged my heart attack… Read More ›

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Casualties of the Entertainment Business

When I was growing up there was an old saying in my house about celebrities always dying in threes. I doubt that the idea was exclusive to my small household, as I’ve heard variations on that particular theme elsewhere.  But the idea of celebrities (spelt actors or movie stars) dying in some sort of deathly… Read More ›

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South Africa a Personal Journey: On the Road to Pretoria

While in South Africa, I visited many neighbourhoods and townships around Johannesburg as well as outlying towns. After our visit to Soweto, we waited until the next day for Pretoria. My personal journey was all too quickly coming to an end. My excitement during the entire trip was tinged with disappointment that the stay would… Read More ›

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Smoking Nazis Attack Electric Cigarettes

I’m on my way to see my daughter and her boyfriend. I’m sitting in the first class carriage of the train and using their internet, free, worth the extra price of the ticket, in my humble opinion. But I am quietly seething while I attempt to write this blog post on a train that is… Read More ›

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