Sam Crespi

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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

Computers, Facebook, and email are an integral part of my life today. Google and I have become old and dear friends, as I spend hours pursuing...
The phrase “women hold up half the sky” is being heard more and more from all directions. And although women may, by their sheer...
As a writer, I happily spend hours of alone time and when the writing is going well, I draw an invisible circle around me to fend off others....
Wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now … —Maya Angelou, writer and poet. It’s no secret that getting older has it own...

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