Just….thank you.

Soapboxers,

Recently, I’ve been getting messages of encouragement and gratitude from ASBX listeners who really love listening to the podcast. It’s magical to get these. Like winning-the-lottery- I-gotta-golden-ticket-Hogwarts kinda stuff. The messages trickle in via text, email, FB messenger, Insta, and in person. Not a crazy overwhelming number — this isn’t a huge podcast with a fan club — but enough to make me jump for joy . Enough to make a huge difference in my life as a creator. And enough to remind me that gratitude feels really good to receive. It feels really good to hear, “Thank you for what you’ve given me. Thank you for making a positive difference in my day.”

So, can I just say, THANK YOU.

Big, big, big thank you.

If you listen to the podcast, if you read the blog posts, if you are a patron, if you cheer me on, if you support local artists in the Triangle, then thank you. Thank you thank you thank you for reading this. Thank you for what you’ve given to me and our community. Thank you for making a positive difference in my life. Thank you for the encouragement. Thank you for spending some of your precious time on this stuff I make. Thank you for listening to the artists here who have so much to say. Thank you for being my friends. Thank you.

It’s a very solitary thing to make a podcast. In between the interviews, it’s a very quiet kind of creating. And similarly, after the recording days have passed, it’s a very solitary thing to make an audio drama. These days I can’t get to the theatre much to see friends, and I can’t participate in theatre myself, so I’m a collaborative artist living a solitary life. That’s ok, really it is, and it’s also lonely. Sending out emails and podcast episodes into the internet and wondering if anyone is receiving them…it can feel like a long one-way conversation. So it means a lot to get a little ping back from outer space. A big thank you to the messengers who’ve given me an unexpected and very welcome ping back. It may seem small, but it feels big.

Wishing you all the best on this Sunday. Let’s all spread some good gratitude in our community, and thank all the people who make our day.

With gratitude,

Tamara

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