Once upon a time, as a young middle schooler, I was in a promotional video for Trollwood Performing Arts School. In my video segment, I said, “It’s a place where the sky’s the limit.” Most appropriately, the promo video was entitled, “The Sky’s the Limit.”

This summer, I am helping another group of young people soar to new heights. Circus Juventas was invited to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to perform for two weeks on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Of course I’m helping. Wonderland was Circus Juventas’s summer show last year, but it is on the road to DC in late June. The DC show is a shortened, modified version to showcase the best of the best. I am editing and preparing the sound to send it off to the sound tech in DC. I won’t be traveling with them (due to my commitment to Metro Skywarn during peak severe weather season), but I know I am helping with the bigger picture.

After the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, I will continue working with CJ on their summer spectacular, NORÐRSAGA. I will be training up to 5 students on sound basics, leading the student running crew, and was just asked to call the show as stage manager! It will be a fun summer!

One of my first tattoo artists told me, “Tattoos are your soul coming to the surface.” In that spirit, I’ve given myself a Mjölnir, aka Thor’s Hammer, on my left hand. Yes, it hurt. I’m very happy with it. I think the Auryn (The Never-Ending Story) will be the next tattoo, and it will go on the back of my right hand.

I can’t wait until I see lightning so I can punch the sky and scream, “I have the power!” just as the thunder roars.