the essentials: coffee, laptop, brain (not pictured)

the essentials: coffee, laptop, brain (not pictured)

The sanity of writers and thinkers and strugglers often finds itself feeling most comfortable in the aromas, company, and silent encouragement that comes from coffee shops.

Unfortunately, the small town I call home is also filled with only Starbucks and Coffee Beans. What I’m looking for is the inspiration of local artwork sported by Portland and New York boutique coffee shops. The closest I have come is a place called It’s A Grind. It’s still a chain, but it’s a chain that has open mic nights every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, so I’m sold! It’s this or driving the 40 minutes out to Los Angeles, so most days out of the week, I’ll be here.

On a more positive note, I have had the pleasure of revisiting and thus reliving my monologues journey through transcriptions of interviews! I remember the smiles, the laughs, the anxieties as I read through each line of text, trying to piece together themes and recurring sentiments. The more I read, the more focused I become. The more focused I become, the closer I get to sharing monologues with you!

peace to you,

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