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Surf’s Up for 2017

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog, Inspiration Corner | 0 comments

Surf’s Up for 2017

January is off to a good start so far. I mean, compared to 2016, it has all the makings of a real winner.  By this time last year, I was just starting to be poked, prodded and tested by a variety of –ologists trying to figure out what might be causing me to feel shortness of breath moving just 20 feet across the room.  Through a process of elimination and the presence of some timely blood clots in my chest that smiled for the camera just after Valentine’s day, we found the culprit. But as of this time, we still didn’t know. By this time last...

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Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ December 2016

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blog, Pop Culture, Song of the Day | 0 comments

Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ December 2016

December marks not only the end of the year but the end of a daily feature of mine — for now. I’ve been doing the #SongOfTheDay feature for over 3 years now but it’s time for a break.  I’ve gotten wonderful feedback but I think it’s time for me to return to simply feeling the music as it arrives in my orbit whether it is from inspiration or situation, and when I do and I feel too exuberant to keep it to myself, you’ll be the first to see a post to a link. But the everyday required posting will be on hiatus...

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Requiem for 2016

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Requiem for 2016

Another year is nearly over. I think most would agree: 2016 was no ordinary year.  In a year that showed us we have much we don’t agree on, there was one thing we did: 2016 became the year we love to hate. This was especially helpful for those of us prone to blame inanimate objects or even imaginary objects (like that non-existent obstacle on the sidewalk that tripped us the other day). It was far easier to blame the year for everything that went wrong. And many of us continue to look back at this year as the friend that disappointed us...

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My Present to You and to Me

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Blog, Song of the Day, Uncategorized | 0 comments

My Present to You and to Me

Calendars sure are stubborn. I check mine daily and it is still 2016 no matter how much I try to will the page to turn to January 2017. I know many other people feel the same way I do about this year. But getting real for a moment, it is just another year. It isn’t fair to blame the calendar or the universe, but it feels better to do so, doesn’t it? This year was definitely one marked with a lot of…meh. At other times, there were deep exhales, dramatic sighs and exclamations of ”Ugh!” and “damn...

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Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ November 2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Blog, Pop Culture, Song of the Day | 0 comments

Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ November 2016

November was a momentous month…for so many reasons. But most memorably, because we got to watch and take part in the democratic process, and boy, did many of us (more than half, technically) get a big surprise! But despite news that left a lot of us experiencing emotions we had not anticipated, and in some cases, doing things we never imagined us doing or saying on our Facebook pages — and frequently sparking debates with family members, spouses and lifelong friends — the fact of the matter is: it’s done. The election...

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Finding Resolve Post-Election

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Blog, Social/political | 1 comment

Finding Resolve Post-Election

When it dawns on me that a little over a week ago, I was scratching my head about the events the night before, I realize what a long week it has been.  The sting of that morning may have softened as reality set in and I arrived at acceptance of the extent of my power (or limitations of it).  I feel some comfort in knowing more than half of the country shares in my disappointment following the election outcome, though we all have different ways of coping with that “grief.” Some folks can’t wait to share what they think about the election...

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Lessons from Hamilton on This Election Day

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog, Social-political, Social/political | 0 comments

Lessons from Hamilton on This Election Day

Theater can teach us a lot… about the past, others in the world, ourselves.  Since I was a tween, I immersed myself in reading plays and was always captivated by the layers of meaning in a scene that could be quite basic in appearance onstage. How could something so stripped down say so much, I wondered. As an adult, I’ve gone to some theater productions of works by some of my favorite contemporary playwrights and composers who have added that other enticing thread of music into their storytelling. I have gotten a chance to see...

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Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ October 2016

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Blog, Pop Culture, Song of the Day | 0 comments

Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ October 2016

October, it felt like you were only here for a few moments and then like that (snaps fingers) you were gone. Sigh. Along with the light breezes and falling leaves, some great artists dropped in this month and I cannot wait to relive the month with you. We celebrated a new season and spoooooky holidays. But most of all, we celebrated diversity and history. Songs from six decades filled up the October dance card. Lets take another spin on the dance floor, shall we? *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * OCTOBER 2016 — October is after all a month about...

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A Dish about Life and Balance

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Blog, Inspiration Corner | 0 comments

A Dish about Life and Balance

  When do we first learn the ‘plate’ analogy to describe our busy lives? As in… ‘I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do it. My plate is pretty full.’ Or ‘let me see if I can move things around so I can add that to my plate.’ Are we children when we are first introduced to this concept that dinnerware can step in metaphorically to represent the level of activity we pursue on a daily basis? Maybe it is a goofy stroke of symbolism we begin hurling about in conversations as a young,...

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Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ September 2016

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Blog, Pop Culture, Song of the Day | 0 comments

Song-of-the-Day Selections ~ September 2016

September has come and gone, but it left a beautiful trail of music behind. As the month says farewell to summer and hello to the fall TV lineup, I bring to you a look back at the tracks that I chose to fill up your mornings with music or at the very least plant an earworm deeply each day. I hope you found some of these numbers making you hum or dance in your seat as you went along your day. *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * SEPTEMBER 2016 — For this month, I wanted to offer a nice variety of #SongOfTheDay cuts because September is one of those...

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