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Sam Crespi

<p>A traveler/explorer since that moment when I was five, hiding under the dining room table.&nbsp; Convinced that I was in the wrong place, had been somehow left behind by God knows who or what, I prayed to be told about the 'why' I was there.&nbsp; What was I meant to do and would someone please come help me find a way to do it!<br /> <br /> As a child, I studied the violin in the hopes that I would find that magical chord - the one that could soothe the savage beast.&nbsp; I found the chord&nbsp;that soothed me; gave me a profound sense of peace and connectedness.&nbsp;In my teens, I studied opera.&nbsp; Went to college when just before my 16h birthday, dropped out.&nbsp; I was an intuitive learner and at the time, the system didn't know how to help or support students who learned that way.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> After auditioning to sing an opening song in a Vegas show, I was hired to&nbsp;as a&nbsp;showgirl (dressed from head to toe in velvet with a fur headress) until the next show opened.&nbsp; From there I went to Manhattan where I worked taking orders in a car parts factory while continuing to study music.&nbsp; While in NYC, I auditioned and got a scholarship to attend the School of Performing Arts at the Los Angeles Pavillion where I studied mime, movement, improv (the very talented Goldie Hawn was in my improv class).&nbsp; Signed up for summer stock in Northern California, where I ended up sitting on the stage because I towered over the stars of the show.&nbsp; Although it was fun, I really preferred to be on my feet!<br /> <br /> In short strokes, I was an actress, a model, a playboy bunny.&nbsp; Later, I acquired a title - the Countess - and lived abroad in Europe, South and Central America.&nbsp; Returning to the states, I gave birth to Chloe, who remains one of the strongest lights in my life.&nbsp; During her early years, I worked opened a boutique PR Agency with my former husband. &nbsp; Following our divorce, I entered the movie industry, working my way up from secretary assistant to Vice President of Development and Associate Producer for one of Hollywood's biggest Indy production companies.&nbsp; <br /> As a writer, I've done PR copy for businesses, web content, and been published as a journalist covering sustainable agriculture and education.<br /> <br /> But just when you think&nbsp;you're moving steadily along,&nbsp;life has a way of&nbsp;grabbing hold.&nbsp; You're needed over here!&nbsp;&nbsp;For me, that involved several years of death and dying; my father, my mother and finally my anam cara - soul friend - Hayden.&nbsp; They were painful, but insightful years.<br /> <br /> As a volunteer (something I truly enjoy) I put my efforts into voter registration, led reading classes in elementary schools, along with philosophical discussion groups.&nbsp; While editing and writing for regional Alzheimer's Association, I gave classes on journaling for caregivers&nbsp;and assisted in a compassionate communication class in a women's maximum security prison.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> p.s. I've started growing a blog where women 40+ who are concerned with growth in body, mind and spirit.&nbsp; I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!&nbsp; Here's the link:<br /> http://womendare.blogspot.com<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>

Stories by Sam Crespi

“War is unhealthy for children and other living things.” ~Larriane Schneider Shortly after the Civil War,...
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. – Albert...
As adults, we’ve learned how to cope with today’s climate of fear, but just coping isn’t always enough....
Full moons are known as mood enhancers, usually the restless and edgy kind. The last full moon seemed particularly powerful, evoking ancient images,...
“Change comes like the perfume of wildflowers in the grass.” - John Steinbeck Currently, I’m residing in a town that has an...
If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.—Siberian...
Who doesn’t know of the beauty and wonder of the ordinary may as well be blind and deaf. It’s February and one of the coldest winters on...
When it turns on you, that beginning of the year list—the one with the identifiers “I will … so that I can …” can be...
From the time I was six and ran away to spend the night under the sheltering branches of an avocado tree, to those moments when I find a really big...
Okay, I confess—for years, I was a Christmas Grinch! Hated the holiday and the hoopla that surrounded it. But, looking back, there were some...
Blanche lived on Bliss Street, in Queens, New York. I’d come for lunch and went home with much more. With a sweet tooth, and in her eighties...
Living in Rome, I was richer in love and with friends than money. Our apartment, located in the old part of the city, was in a building dating back...
Curiosity didn’t kill the cat! My mother was fond of telling me that ‘curiosity killed the cat,’ which was her way of saying don...
For thousands of years, song and instruments have been used to celebrate new life and to ease the passage for those who are dying. Music was used to...
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”—Mae West One of the quintessential bad girls, no one had to invent Mae’s...

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