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Don’t be afraid to be green


With your Whole Heart, live your Life.

With your Whole Heart, live your Life.

Have you ever wanted to try something new?

Do you want to learn how to swim, but you would have to take a class, called Adults who are afraid of the water?  Do you want to get a college degree, but you would be three times as old as all the students who are just out of high school? Do you want to join a gym, but you are worried about what other people think?

I am trying something new.

Tonight is the final dress rehearsal for the play, Dorothy Meets Alice.  Tonight I will be The Wicked Witch of the West. I will be living in Oz, flying with the help of monkeys. My goal is to find the ruby-red slippers that are on the feet of that detestable Dorothy.

I haven’t brushed my hair in three days. My hair is backcombed, and when I wash it this morning, I won’t brush it again. I won’t worry about what people think of my hair or my skin color.

Searching the the ruby red slippers



I hesitated to audition for the play.

I was content to dust off my past.  If you asked me what I did, I would have said, “I use to.”

“I use to act in high school. I use to live in Japan. I use  to be a photographer. I use to live in California. I use to go hunting with my father when I lived in Canada. I use to be Market Goat Leader for Felton 4-H.”

Most of the stories I wrote were about my past.

Then I had an epiphany in the plumping department when I was shopping for a toilet seat.  You can read about why 2013 is The Year of The Blue Toilet Seat here.

This year I will be bold and try something new. I won’t worry about what other people think.  This year I will say,


I am cleaning out my basement. I am trying new things. I am bold.

On Sunday, January 6th, 2013 I auditioned for the part of the witch in Dorothy Meets Alice, at DCP Theater in Telford, Pennsylvania. I was cast as The Wicked Witch of the West. The play is this weekend. If you live close to Telford, you can still purchase tickets here. It is almost sold out.

What is your story? Do you say, “I used to?” or do you say, “I am.”

Try something new.

Sign up for an adult swim class today. Buy a new swim suit and be bold.

Register for college classes and get your degree, or learn a new skill. Expand your brain.

Audition for a play at your local community theater. Who knows, you may get to be green.

What do you want to do? 

Please tell me in the comments.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Love this post, Pamela and I wish I lived close so that I could see the play. Yes, Anne pretty much summed up what I want to do. And Tribe Writers has (is) helping me achieve those goals.


  • Pamela,
    I love seeing you get out of your past! It was good to face it, but putting it to rest is better.

    This is a lovely post, and there is nothigh better than living in the present. I try to do it as much as I can, doing for others and for me, what needs to be done and fulfills me.

    I wish I could do more of what “I want” but right now I have too many who depend on me. My dream has been my book, which is almost here. That kept me going this past couple of years. Future dreams? Matchu Pitchu and the Grand Cannyon! One of these years!

    Blessings and Love!

  • I admire you. I am jealous of you. Yes. You’re stepping out of those boundaries and having fun, regardless of what demands it places on you. Green face, fingernails, and all. Your journey has become such an encouragement to me. I just might try out for a part in a play someday!

  • There is great glory in letting go and allowing yourself to (maybe) be delightfully mediocre (or maybe really good) at something. I hope you have a great time with this, friend!

    As for what I want to do — I want to write and be a writing teacher. This is new for me, as I’ve been an English teacher for 15 years. The difference is vaster than one might believe.

    • Isn’t it ironic that as ELA teachers we spend a great deal of time teaching the writing process, but rarely get the time to practice what we preach. I want to be a writer, also. As you say, there is quite a chasm between the two positions.

  • Be the greenest green! Wish I could see you in the play. I will be going to a play this weekend at Mud Creek Barn- “You Have the Right to Remain Dead.” I’ll let you know if your next role might be in this play…

  • You are an incredible person ……..Your writing and topics are so versatile and creative. Always something new, always something exciting. I’ll be back tomorrow for more…..:-)

  • Bravo and break a leg! It takes guts to audition and get on stage, and I look forward to hearing about how it all went.

  • what a fun post!

  • pamelahodges

    Thank you for all your support and comments. I just got really long green fingernails, and it is hard to type. It is hard to be green.

  • writekimwrite

    If I were near I would come to see your triumph! I am applauding from here anyway. Your humor and encouragement are always fun to experience.

  • Anne said what I wanted to say!!! (I’m quoting Jude & Charlie)

  • Pamela, this will resonate with so many people! I was thinking about this knowing, who I was and will be. Good stuff friend

  • elsie

    The only time I’ve been green is with envy. I am green with envy when I learn of a trip someone has taken to a place I want to go. I do go on trips, but never as many as I would like, only what the bank account can afford. I would love to see your play, break a leg.

  • I wish I could go to the play tonight:) Go, Pamela! Go, green!

    There are many things I want to do. I need to finish some, and stop procrastinating about others.

  • So proud of you! I’m also taking your words to heart! The Year of the Blue Toilet Seat!!!

  • I feel like I am doing what I want to do. Taking the Tribewriter course was just what I needed. I wanted to write a book. I would have loved to have been interviewed. This has been really good for me. Love that you are doing things you have wanted to do. Have a great time in the show! If I were anywhere near, I’d be there.

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Anne, the Tribewriter course is a life changer isn’t it? I love your book.