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Devra Thomas
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What If Success Was Easier?
success : 1. obsolete : outcome , result 2a : degree or measure of succeeding b : favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence 3: one that succeeds succeed : 2a : to turn out well b : to attain a desired object or en...

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9 Seminars I'd Love to Teach
Arts Hospice: Palliative Care for End-of-Life for Arts Organizations Healthy Ecosystems in Small Cities: Why Diversity of Size and Content Matters Try Today, Buy Tomorrow: How Performing Arts Can Use Samples to Build Audience Fear-Setting in the Arts: Mitig...

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Permanent Theater Venues, While Useful, Are Not A Panacea
Much has been discussed about how the Triangle needs more black box theaters, more fertile ground to grow the native, nascent nonprofit theater groups and companies. With Common Ground Theater closing up after ten years and Sonorous Road Theater’s future in...

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Green is March's Favorite Color: Use It To Take Care of Yourself
I'm not certain if it was something I ate or didn't eat or Divine Spirit or earth energy or what, but I sat bolt upright last night in bed with the phrase "Go Green for March" on my tongue. 2 more thoughts immediate popped into my head, plus a visual: "go",...

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Doing Your Best Work With Others When You Feel Alone
I love any piece of writing that covers "creatives" and "artists." Even more, I love it when business magazines like Fast Company, Inc, and Harvard Business Review write articles about us arts folks. In one of the latest at Fast Co, author Jeff Goins tackle...

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"Everybody does it this way"
Once in a while, start with zero, not with what might be the standard right now. -- Seth Godin [ original post here ] We have a lot of calcification in the performing arts. Instead of doing what everyone else does, what if you did the exact opposite? 1. Sel...

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My first post for 2017! Of course it's about books.

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Reminiscences of Books Past: My 2016 Reading Log
Yall know I like to read every now and again.* I thought I'd go over my 2016 book highlights. So, I started the year with the intention of reading my entire backlog, which was probably 8-9 years old (the astute reader will remember my daughter turned nine i...

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Advocating for the Right Reasons
I've had Barbara Kingsolver's High Tide in Tuscon: Essays from Now or Never  sitting on my To Be Read pile for, oh, five or six years now. I picked it up after reading her essays on farm life,  Animal, Vegetable, Mineral,  but then it got shuffled into the ...

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Cultivating A New Arts Writing Format
I'm a sucker for non-fiction books about women's friendships, or compilations of letters, or North Carolina history. So this book hit all three. March 1974 "The Observer dropped my column several years ago. They wanted the space for a staff member to do a h...
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