More connections – more future stars: where are they now?

Here is an update to the earlier post from 2/9/2018:

These wonderfully bright and talented girls are still at New Mexico School for the Arts creating exciting performances.  Avonlea, Bella, and Gillian, my actresses, will be graduating this year.  Jayden remains at the school but triumphantly so!
I can’t say enough about them and how fortunate I was to be able to work with them.

Earlier post below for reference:

My friend Talia Pura talked me into submitting to her special event (featuring women Playwrights in Santa Fe )a short play she knew I had written. Because the cast of this play featured two young women (late teens early twenties) I connected with the New Mexico School for the Arts. Previously I had seen a number of their students in adult productions. I knew they were very talented. Thanks to one of their teachers, Barbara Hatch, I was fortunate to secure these very talented girls. Thanks to Talia for talking me into this!


Avonlea and Bella

At rehearsal


Jayden - A new playwright

Updates on People from Before

Some updates on people I’ve posted about before.

Renee has taken retirement and continues to enjoy her family and inspire
those around her.

Mary has just published a book for writer’s and is doing a workshop
related to information in the book. She continues to be one fantastic
editor. She also recently facilitated the development of a group
discussing ways to improve racial relations.

Wishing my friend George Tate were still alive. He could contribute so
much to this group. See my post on George 11/6/2015.

Doug continues to shine at Vanessie though there’s a new owner and sort
of a new name: FelixVanessie, he continues to do “gigs” all over the
country. I enjoy his music whenever possible.

Charles relocated to Arizona where he continues to give presentations and
sells his books. Was thrilled to meet up for lunch this past year and hope
to do that again. I told him about the my new book. While I was
explaining the underlying structure to him, it dawned on me his book has a
similar type structure. Unfortunately I mentioned that to which he
responded I would have to give him a cut off of all books sold. Love him
and miss his being here in Santa Fe.

Connie and the love of her life, John , recently retired to Las Cabos
Mexico. I look forward to visiting them in the future. It thrills me to see
couples who are so much in love as they are. Connie of course continues
to be Connie; she does quite a bit of posting on FB raging against the
current political climate in our country. But then remember, her Mother
grew up in Germany under Hitler’s reign. I admire Connie’s spunk.

Meghan continues to be cancer free; she continues to write.
She works and goes to school plus raising three darling boys with their
Dad. I hope to have another guest piece from her in the future.

Today I discovered “Rumi Bracelets” and rediscovered Fox Jewelry!

On this day I was pretty much wandering aimlessly around our DeVargas Mall having discovered that the hair cut appointment I thought I had, once again was wrong!  I was leaving for Dallas in a few days and decided I wanted to pick up something for my daughter there who would be celebrating her birthday during my visit.  I don’t normally give gifts to my daughters or son on their birthdays now that they are older, but this was a special one - her - well best not put that in print!  Anyway, I’m slowly strolling up and down looking at windows.  This mall is the oldest in Santa Fe and was pretty much going down hill till this wonderful thing happened. Another place was bought out to develop a home for the New Mexico School for the Arts, one of my favorite groups.  Almost all of the stores there relocated to DeVargas.

As I walked slowly, I spotted Dell Fox Jewelry, a place where  I had many years ago purchased something at their previous location.  As I looked in the window I saw the perfect gift for this daughter’s birthday, a very delicate chain with one single pearl.  The pearl is always symbolic to me.  It represents much hard work but also diligence for that pearl to be made.  Both of my daughters seem to be on overload these days, so this was perfect now.

I went in and met the owner, Dell, who was extremely helpful.  I also happened to notice a display of bangle bracelets with sayings engraved on them.  I started reading the sayings and Dell informed me these were known as “Rumi bracelets” and had become quite popular.  She pointed to a Rumi poem on display in the store.  She also said that recently some people saw these and started thinking of other ways to use them.  She was still searching for what to call this new version.  People were ordering them to commemorate special special occasions in their lives like birthdays, weddings, deaths, etc.  All including the Rumi ones can be special ordered.



Well I have a thing about bracelets for gifts, so of course I had to special order!   Recently I had the call that the special order was in and Glenda, Dell’s assistant, was there to give it to me.

I can’t rave enough about the quality of the merchandise.  Dell is the jeweler and refers to herself as a “classic jewelry” maker.  You can find so many things in this store.  Dell and Glenda are such wonderful accommodating people.  If you love Rumi poems or have a occasion where you need something special, this is the place to come.  Many tourists do and also come back when they are in Santa Fe again.  But, you could also go online and/or phone and talk with Dell about special orders.  ( or 505-986-0685)

My Friend Talia

Way too much to update on this phenomenal  gal!

But, the most recent news is the opening of her play (She wrote, directed and starred in!)  This is the Santa Fe premiere; it originally was produced in Canada.

Perhaps the most exciting thing in her life currently is that sweet hunk of a baby in her arms…better known as Oliver, her grandson!

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And she continues to rise!

Loralai’s latest accomplishment was playing Dolly in “Hello Dolly”.

This role was a challenge , but like all others she rose to the occasion.


I really don’t know how she does it.  On one day she auditioned for a new show with a new company in the morning.  Next she performed the matinee of Dolly, then went on to do a performance in her high school contest play that evening.  Early next morning she had callbacks for the new show and company, another performance of Dolly, the next morning she had to be at school some time around 4 a.m. to leave for the contest competition.  She returned around 11 that night.

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She Continues to Rise

From chorus to lead…

Here she is again, as Maria in The Sound of Music

Just got word she will be “Dolly” in Hello Dolly a few months from now.  What next?  Hope it will be in WICKED!!!!!!!!

Just two years ago Loralai was a chorus member in the Plano Youth Theatre’s production of Les awMiserables. Now here she is playing one of the leads - Fantene - in Les Miz, again at Plano Youth Theatre. She continues to be a “rising star”.

Proud Daddy

Proud Grandma

Proud Mama, Loralai, Another proud Grandma

True confession …

Yes , she’s my granddaughter! I’m fortunate to have two very talented young ladies as granddaughters. Annemarie is the writer; Loralai the actress/singer.