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I am Cat. This is what my husband and almost all our friends call me. You can call me that too. It's a nickname with a story.

I'm Leo Sun/Capricorn Rising—also a story in itself. Some days I'm more Capricorn than Leo, hence the choice of my HubPages handle.

I've been a professional performer with degrees in theatre and dance, as well as a college professor of performance, for a handful of decades now, so you might see some hubs on those subjects scattered here and there among my creative work in these pages.

Been writing ever since I could hold a pencil and blogging ever since I taught myself to code pages back in grad school. Just moved with my new husband to the coast of North Carolina, and exploring ways to make my passion for writing work for me on a number of levels.

Been alive a good enough while to feel I might have something to say, so here I am. Hope you enjoy my meanderings! ◊

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THE SOCAL YEARS


I've begun with a series of narrative essays that I wrote immediately following grad school. I wanted to look at them again, revising along the way, and perhaps publish the best stories as a set.

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  • 25

    Grey

    19 months ago

    a poem

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    The SoCal Years 45: Wake Up And Smell the Rainbow

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl brings up her hot-button topic regarding the Hollywood showbiz machine. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school...

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    The SoCal Years 44: Giant Boulder Tumbling (Softly)

    18 months ago

    In which our heroine plays some original tunes for an old unrequited love. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 43: Too Dressed Up to Change a Tire

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine misses a luau, and makes a phone call she doesn't want to make. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when,...

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    The SoCal Years 42: Rollercoaster Revisited

    18 months ago

    In which our heroine ponders the meaning of some crazy coinky-dinks, regarding an old heartache. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school...

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    The SoCal Years 41: Telling Them Everything—Everything

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine realizes that family deserves to know everything. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would...

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    The SoCal Years 40: Rest in Peace

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine mourns the loss of some of her generation's royalty. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would...

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    The SoCal Years 39: A Spirit Recharged

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl reminisces on the end of summer teaching in Fargo. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 38: The Next Adventure

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl realizes what she has been looking for all of her life. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 37: Grab Bags and Secrets

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine explores and reflects upon the hidden things of Fargo. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 36: Fargo In Junetime

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine spends a summer in the northern plains, honing her teaching skills on some amazing young people. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11,...

  • 4

    The Skin I Live In: An Indie Film Review

    19 months ago

    CapriCat's movie review of Sony Pictures Classics' independent feature film, THE SKIN I LIVE IN, directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

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    The SoCal Years 35: Movie Sets and Jumbo Jets

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl scores her first dressing-room trailer on a feature film set. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when,...

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    The SoCal Years 34: Ramble About A Galaxy Far, Far Away

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl discusses movie opening weekends vis a vis a monumental film. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when,...

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    The SoCal Years 33: Smooches For a Sweetie

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine sends out an cyber birthday kiss. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming back...

  • 0

    Martha Marcy May Marlene: An Indie Film Review

    19 months ago

    CapriCat's movie review of Fox Searchlight Picture's independent feature film, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, directed by Sean Durkin.

  • 6

    The SoCal Years 32: Culture of the Courtesan Nouveau

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine ventures into web design for the high-end callgirl industry. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing...

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    The SoCal Years 31: Euphoria By the Glassful

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine and a best friend have a girls' night in. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    Year 2011: 9 HubPages Articles That Took My Breath Away

    19 months ago

    CapriCat's favorite hubs: articles, short stories, poems, and humor published on HubPages in 2011.

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    The SoCal Years 30: A Bottleful of Olive Oil, Some Tweezers

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine ventures into the uncharted artistic territory of nude figure modeling. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school...

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    Best Films of 2011 You Probably Didn't See

    19 months ago

    A listing of best, favorite independent or limited-release films of 2011, with brief reviews and trailers, including The Tree of Life, Win Win, Melancholia, and Midnight In Paris.

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    The SoCal Years 29: Feasting in a Famine

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine uses a food metaphor to discuss matters of the heart. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 28: Student Shorts and Stories To Tell

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl flexes her Hollywood schmoozer muscles. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    The SoCal Years 27: Counting Blessings

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl reflects on those less fortunate. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming...

  • 4

    The SoCal Years 26: Odd Little Ode On A Binge

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl extols the virtues of beautiful food.

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    The SoCal Years 25: Filipina Girls Want To Meet You

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine discusses the ins and outs of the misogynistic come-on.

  • 13

    Inamorato (Blue)

    2 years ago

    A poem about a new love affair.

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    The SoCal Years 24: Bay Area Weekend

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine attends the marriage of a dear college friend . | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    The SoCal Years 23: The Sunniest Place On Earth

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl expounds upon the many characteristics of the Land called Holly. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when,...

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    san diego interlude

    2 years ago

    A poem about the cherished memory of a first meeting between kindred spirits.

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    The SoCal Years 22: Life Mimicks Sitcom

    18 months ago

    In which our actor-girl discusses soulmate dynamics vis a vis life in a sitcom. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    Grounding

    2 years ago

    A poem about the fear of endings, or never-beginnings.

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    The SoCal Years 21: Musical Pulse of the Planet

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl waxes poetic about her favorite folk musicians. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would...

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    The SoCal Years 20: Dream Team Season

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl reminisces about her life with sports. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    The SoCal Years 19: Grandpas Kicking Baby Butt

    19 months ago

    I which our actor-girl drools over seductive older men. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming...

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    Dreams: Poems

    2 years ago

    Poems based on dreams.

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    The SoCal Years 18: Pink Shots On CD

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl learns the definition of a "pink shot." | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would...

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    Seventh Avenue Local

    2 years ago

    A poem about a small, bored boy on the new york city subway.

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    The SoCal Years 17: Behind the Iron Gate

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl seems to encounter the slightly seedier side of Hollywood. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing...

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    Translations From the Chinese: Poems

    2 years ago

    Translations of poems by 8th century Chinese poets.

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    The SoCal Years 16: Toward A Wonderful Life

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl has an epiphany on Christmas weekend. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    In the Making

    2 years ago

    Poem written during and about a college romance.

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    The SoCal Years 15: A Christmas Postal

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine goes postal, two days before Christmas. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    The SoCal Years 14: Coming Up For Air

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl experiences a rash of positive occurrences. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run...

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    The SoCal Years 13: A Utah Thanksgiving

    18 months ago

    In which our heroine drives through the Southwestern desert with a gal pal to have a Turkey Day adventure. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after...

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    The SoCal Years 12: Knots Are Meant To Be Untied

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine turns weepy and self-indulgent. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming back...

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    The SoCal Years 10: Dirt and the Dirty Web

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine finally leaves a dead-end actor-job. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming...

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    The SoCal Years 11: Itch and Scratch

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl caves and enters the Los Angeles office-temp rat race. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 9: Thesis Day On the Promenade

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl lets herself be distracted from the grad school thesis grind. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when,...

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    The SoCal Years 8: Sitting On A Tree

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl contemplates her career and life possibilities. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would...

  • 9

    Dressing For the Mouse

    2 years ago

    Hair, makeup, jewelry, and personal hygiene guidelines for dressing to work at Disneyland.

  • 0

    The SoCal Years 7: Adventure At Pooh Corner

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl reveals some backstage secrets at the Magic Kingdom. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    The SoCal Years 6: Weekend Home

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl waxes nostalgic about her undergraduate alma mater. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

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    Art: Poems

    2 years ago

    Poems surrounding the topic of the arts, written during my sophomore autumn in the flatlands of Ohio.

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    The SoCal Years 5: Meditation On An Unlocked Door

    18 months ago

    In which our heroine has to contend with a perpetually unlocked front door. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she...

  • 5

    Home: Poems

    2 years ago

    Two poems by a first-generation Filipina American - verse studies contemplating home, family, and identity.

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    Don't Step On the Flowers

    2 years ago

    A short story about a young undergraduate, who has better things to do than to babysit her boyfriend's Russian professor's daughter, but reluctantly agrees to give up her afternoon.

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    The SoCal Years 4: Happy Bytes

    19 months ago

    In which our actor-girl begins to attract a few minimally lucrative opportunities. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing...

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    The SoCal Years 3: About a Him

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine shares a doomed obsession. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming back to the...

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    The SoCal Years 2: War Stories

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine shares more about herself via her quirky family and heritage. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing...

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    A Farewell To Nipa Hut Days

    19 months ago

    A personal story by a young Filipina-American, featuring a glimpse of a childhood lived during the pre-martial-law era of President Ferdinand Marcos.

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    The SoCal Years 1: A Piano in the House

    19 months ago

    In which our heroine introduces the enigma that is herself. | The SoCal Years hubs comprise a series of narrative essays from the late 1990s, pre-9/11, immediately after grad school when, knowing she would run screaming...

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