Back in the USA!

November 7, 2006

I just got home from a trip to Winnipeg, Canada. (My hometown) My grandfather passed away about a month ago, so I got to spend lots of time with my grandma and family, which was needed. My grandma and grandpa (I call them Nanny and Papa) were happily married for 49 years, so this has been a big loss for my Nanny and many people because it was such a shock. He was only 69. He wasn’t sick. While he was golfing, having a lovely Saturday afternoon with his son, his heart just stopped. He was a kind, gentle and a compassionate man and he will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. It’s no surprise that there were 500 people at his funeral.

On a lighter note, we had many laughs, good times and scrumtrulescent* meals. My mom is somewhat of a gourmet chef, so she made us spaghetti, pizza… mmm. You know, all the Italian essentials.

I’m 25% Italian, 25% English, 50% German and I guess 100% Canadian? I still don’t understand if Canadian is a nationality or if where your ancestors come from is your nationality. Well until I find out, I guess that makes me 200% human. Sweet!

2 weeks ago I started a cleanse that is supposedly supposed to take the toxins out of my organs and make me healthier. I feel like I have much more energy, so that’s good. To all those who are cleansing… I salute you. lol.

If you are interested in cleansing or would like more info go to:
http://www.renewlife.com

Last night I went to acting class and it was so refreshing and inspiring. It reminded me of how I want to continually to work on my skill of evoking emotion and transformation out of an audience. I use the acting techniques I learn in class in every performance I do. Marc Durso (my teacher) is a brilliant, intense, revolutionary man.

Check out his website:
http://www.acttrue.com
And… if you live in South Florida CHECK OUT HIS CLASS! It’s the bomb.

Very Exciting News! I’m on the cover of US Artists Magazine for their October/November Issue. US Artists Magazine is a local magazine that showcases visual and musical artists, and upcoming art events in the area. Totally up my alley!

To subscribe for free go to:
http://www.usartistsmagazine.com

Books I’m Reading

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Fourteen year old Susie Salmon is adjusting to her new home in heaven as she watches her family unravel the mystery and deal with the grief of her death. This book is told in such an interesting perspective… I am usually a very picky person when it comes to books, but once in a while, I get captured and I can’t stop reading. That was the case for this one.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Writing A Novel by Tom Monteleone.

I think that I have a novel inside of me waiting to be written… but I need a little coaching so I found this book. It’s actually very useful for getting the creative juices flowing.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Love,
Dominique Vouk

*Scrumtrulescent is what James Lipton (played by Will Ferrell) from Inside the Actors Studio on Saturday Night Live refers to something with, when it is too great, or wonderful to put into words. (In this case, me referring to my mama’s home cookin’.)

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