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There are many facets and colors in the fabric of me. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, student, employee, friend and devoted mother to a ten pound Chihuahua named Jazz.

I am a perfectionist, creative artist (former actor); spiritual and intuitive.  I am happiest when I am working with words and expressing my self in writing, hence this blog’s existence.

In my teen years and early twenties, all I wanted was to be an actor.   I got an advanced degree in theatre performance and worked as an actor for nearly fifteen wonderful years.  I also dreamed of a writing career, but it seemed then to be only fantasy; just a hobby and a just a dream.  Writing is a very personal business, and it scared me.

So, moving from acting to writing was not a conscious or well thought out decision, it just happened. (Don’t you love when things just happen?  I do!)  And this blog is a dream that just happened – hence its title: “only dreamin’.”

I write because I love the sound of words and love visualizing the pictures that words conjure up. To write in colors; and make words sound like music is beyond the beyond of fantastic.  I am guilty of painfully, laboriously struggling for hours over a single sentence.  I tend to think many writers do the same.

Writing is a passion that requires becoming practiced at the constant of change.  Writing forces you to become proficient at learning, at observing, and seeking – not always knowing, but writing to know.  (There is much to learn.)

It’s simply a dream to imagine that my writing, observations, or ideas will have a tiny impact on someone or change something in them…. Oh, I know…that’s a BIG dream.   And, truthfully, I am not so naïve to believe that what I write will have lasting impact, or create change, or affect the world (though it’s nice to dream in that vein).   So, I’m happy to simply communicate with you – to get out what is in me – to share.

This blog is dedicated to dreamin’ about happiness; about the meaning of gratitude, about justice, good health, friendship, and did I say happiness?   In short, I intend to write about anything and everything that interests me.  So, don’t expect a theme or a definite topic because I’ll be all over the place…!  This blog and me – we are a work in progress.

If all else fails I hope writing here will enrich my ability to be appreciative, to be gratefully human.

I’m pleased that you have visited this, my personal odyssey!

With gratitude,


22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Barb
    Aug 7 2009


    I’m so glad you shared this with me. Sounds like you’ve found a good place to focus on and move on from the negative inevitables during these challenging times.

    Take care of yourself and I’ll check in to see what you’re up to.


    • Andrea
      Aug 7 2009


      Thank you so much for your comments! Yes, this has been a lovely outlet and a great learning experience, too.

      Thank you again, Barb. I am grateful to count you as a dear, dear friend.

      Love and peace,

  2. Aug 23 2009

    God bless you in all of your endeavors! May all your dreams come true and when they do may you say, Am I dreamin’? 😮

    My drama teacher, Dee Green, taught me that there are no bit players in a play. Everyone is needed and everyone makes an impact in the lives around them (that’s why It’s a Wonderful Life is a favorite of so many people!).

    • Andrea
      Aug 23 2009

      Oh Coreysmom!

      I cannot thank you enough for your kind words here! And, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is my number one favorite movie of all time, well, maybe second to “Victor Victoria” or “Sound of Music” or… well, anyway… you are right, we all have our purpose here on earth, as well as on the stage, too. I’m not sure who said this, but a famous line about actors and acting is: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” True about life, too, huh?

      I enjoy hearing from you so much… thank you for visiting my dream here….

      All the very best to you,

  3. cali patti
    Dec 13 2010

    thank you, what a very fine young woman you are
    I wish for you many joyful life surprizes

    • Dec 13 2010

      Cali Patti, Aren’t you sweet to say that! I really appreciate that so much. I am so glad that you visit – I always look forward to hearing from you. All the very best always. Big hugs, too!

  4. CptKD
    Apr 26 2011

    Aaahhhh –
    You (and your niece) are so adorable!
    You’ve got the greatest smile!

    Thank you for sharing so much about yourself with us, Andrea!

    I love your writing, and appreciate your ‘her-story” on how you became the great author that you are –

    Like yourself, I’ve always enjoyed the ‘written word’!
    I love to write – And love reading ‘good’ writing!
    You deliver that, my friend – And I don’t say that to many people…LOL!

    I am so glad that I stumbled upon this great place!
    And I am honored to be part of the circle that supports your ‘Only Dreamin’

    So very much, I thank you!


  5. soaringdragons
    May 23 2011

    Please read and delete:

    An Open Invitation To Compose “Dying Sayings” in comments at

    This is an invitation that I am posting into the comments of the “About” pages of 188 randomly selected blogs. How did I find you? From Tag Surfer under “Justice.”

    The inspiration for this request comes from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Centenary Edition, Revised, 1981, Harper and Row, Publishers, New York. This book has 187 “Dying Sayings,” and I’m sure living WordPress bloggers and blog readers can write no less inspiring self-composed epitaphs than the historically famous.

    Among the “Dying Sayings,” pp. 369-372, are the below fourteen entries plus my own:

    Newton: “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

    Richard I: “Youth, I forgive thee!” (Said to Bertrand du Gourdon, who shot him with an arrow at Challus. Then, to his attendants, he added): “Take off his chains, give him 100 shillings, and let him go.”

    Augustus (to his friends): “Do you think I have played my part pretty well through the farce of life?”

    Beecher (Henry Ward): “Now comes the mystery.”

    Goethe: “Light, more light!”

    Hannibal: “Let us now relieve the Romans of their fears by the death of a feeble old man.”

    Jackson (“Stonewall“): “Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

    More (Sir Thomas): “See me safe up [i.e. on ascending the scaffold]; for my coming down, let me shift for myself.”

    Mozart: “You spoke of a refreshment, Emile; take my last notes, and let me hear once more my solace and delight.”

    Poe (Edgar Allan): “Lord, help my soul!”

    Roland (Madame; on her way to the guillotine): “O Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”

    Saladin: “When I am buried, carry my winding-sheet on the point of a spear, and say these words: Behold the spoils which Saladin carries with him! Of all his victories, realms and riches, nothing remains to him but this.”

    Webster (Daniel): “Life, life! Death, death! How curious it is!”

    Wordsworth: “God bless you! Is that you, Dora?”

    Soaringdragons: “I have been waiting for this moment since my youth, and it is with extreme anticipation that I wait now.”

    Feel free to compose as many of your own “dying sayings” as you wish in comments. Please bear in mind that this blog is P.G. and contains 19,000 words, none of which are swear words. So, the rule is that if your response includes ‘swear words’ (my own private definition being the standard) I will either edit the response or delete it, my option.

    I hope everyone contributes. Cheers!

  6. Nov 3 2011

    I cannot thank you enough for your kind words here! And, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is my number one favorite movie of all time, well, maybe second to “Victor Victoria” or “Sound of Music” or… well, anyway… you are right, we all have our purpose here on earth, as well as on the stage, too. I’m not sure who said this, but a famous line about actors and acting is: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” True about life, too, huh?

  7. Nov 18 2011

    Hi Andrea, I just wanted to thank you for the pingback on the Weekly Photo Challenge:Breakfast, then I read you About page and was hooked!
    I love that the change from actor to writer just “happened” for you, as I can see how passionate you are about writing – it spills out of your heart, you can’t stop it! That makes the best kind of writers in my view. I especially can’t wait to read about your 4 legged children as I am an animal lover too. I have a shih-tzu called Poppy and I often write about her.
    Hoping to get to know you more as we interact with each other, and I wish you well in whatever you desire from life.

    • Nov 18 2011

      Thank you very much, Barb! I think your blog is wonderful too! I like the theme you’re using, too. I’m thinking about changing my theme yet again! I’m thinking about trying one of the premium themes…. the “traction” theme is the one I’m thinking about…..

  8. Nov 19 2011

    I’ve used this theme for a while now and I really like the way it displays what I want.
    I just checked out the Traction theme and it’s very smart and clean looking but if I paid for a theme, I’d want to use it all the time to get my money’s worth!

    • Nov 19 2011

      Hi Barb…. I know what you mean…. I’m torn right now. I do like my current theme, but there are some things that the Traction theme can do that mine can’t…. But, then there’s the cost factor too – it’s not the greatest return on investment considering blogging is certainly not profitable… at least for me! …But, maybe someday if I dream really big!

      • Nov 19 2011

        Hold onto your dreams and dream BIG Andrea – there is no other way is there?!

      • Nov 20 2011

        You’re so right, Barb…. from one dreamer to another: Dreaming big is the secret to happiness!!! 🙂

  9. Dec 3 2011

    hi, Andrea! thank you for visiting my photo/writing blog today and “liking” so many posts! i appreciate it. you have some awesome photos here! (smile) cheers, y

    • Dec 3 2011

      Hi Yi-ching! Thank you for visiting! Your work is incredible – I was absolutely enthralled. 🙂

  10. Jayson Strike
    Jan 14 2012

    Very interesting details you have noted , thankyou for putting up. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

  11. Mar 19 2012

    Hi Andrea – many thanks for all the ‘Likes’ on my photo blog. You have an amazing blog here, a wonderful variety of photos and writings. I will try and come back and read more. I do find that I write and create more than I get to read – I seem to run out of time. Keep up the great work!

  12. Apr 8 2012

    Thanks for visiting me! I haven’t been here for a while and I realise how much I’m missing so this time I’m following!

    • Apr 8 2012

      Hi Gilly! I know, it’s so difficult to keep up with the wonderful work of our fellow bloggers! I particularly enjoy visiting your blog! 🙂 Thank you for visiting me, too!

  13. Nov 16 2012

    Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and appearance. I must say you’ve done a great job with this. In addition, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Opera. Excellent Blog!


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