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    KonMarie-ing Life

    January 23, 2019

    It’s true: the older I get, the more I understand Britney’s 2007 meltdown. Of course she shaved her head; she was probably overheated with decades of unexpressed rage that couldn’t be cooled any other way. I get it. (I see you, Britney.) I, sadly, have a freakishly bumpy skull that would send children running and make grown men cry, so a buzz is out for me, but I appreciate the sentiment oh so well because I too am trying to…

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    The Next 5 Years

    We moved to this small, rural Ohio town a little over five years ago. Since the summer of 2013, my husband started (and finished) medical school, became a doctor, and is currently in residency.…

    November 13, 2018
  • personal theatre & dance

    Act 2: The Post-Musical Era

    I have a confession: I loved Hamilton, but I don’t *love* Hamilton–not in the way a good musical theatre person should. The day the Ben Brantley review came out, I bought tickets. Brian and I…

    July 10, 2016
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    The Shame of Being Non-Equity

    “I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us…

    May 23, 2016
  • personal

    We’re moving (across Cyberspace)!

    My dearest, sweet MAB LIBS readers, I have good news and bad news. Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes … I’m retiring this blog address. I didn’t intend to, but I…

    June 28, 2015
  • music teaching writing

    Why I Choose to Teach (Part 1)

    Although my last name is likely derived from Brotbäcker (German for “bread baker”), the family profession is no longer baking—it is education. My father was a teacher and school superintendent before becoming a university…

    May 13, 2015