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A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

The desire to try Smokin' Fins started with curiosity. Friends had mentioned dining there a number of times on social media. I wanted to find out what made this place interesting. I had heard the food was pretty good and the seafood was fresh. That's about all I had heard. But, that was a good… Continue reading A Restaurateur’s Passion and Love

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Porous, Profound Persons

Recently, I met with two people who have impacted my life deeply. One individual I've known most of my life. The other for much less time by comparison. But both, amazing ladies in their own right, have encouraged me, challenged me to grow, and loved me for me.   Though she was officially my piano… Continue reading Porous, Profound Persons

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The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life

Her name is Ms. Carter. That's the name I was told to call her, when I was five. And that's what I've called her ever since. If you've been following my blog posts, you might remember me talking about taking piano lessons early on in life, such as in Beyond Competing and Winning. She's not… Continue reading The Piano Teacher that Changed My Life

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Beyond Competing and Winning

The earliest time I remember boldly expressing my passion for music was when I was four and a half. I wanted to learn to play the piano. I was desperate. Insistent. And persistent. I have no idea what else was going on in my four year old mind. Except, I couldn't not play. Apparently I… Continue reading Beyond Competing and Winning

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Never Alone

Inexplicable sadness. Despair. Tearful. Useless. Joyless. Pained. Unmotivated. Meaningless. Hopeless. Alone. We have all felt this way at one time or another. Some of us have felt stuck in a rut, in an impasse, or just plain buried. This week, we lost Kate Spade, 55, to suicide. We also lost Anthony Bourdain, 61, to suicide.… Continue reading Never Alone

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Teeming and Teaming with Awesomeness

I talked about how we should be spending the first part of our transformation growing, listening, and learning in Part 1 of this series: Who We Were Meant to Be. Then, I explained pursuing what is good in the final stage of our metamorphosis in Part 2: Being True and Good to Ourselves. I was… Continue reading Teeming and Teaming with Awesomeness

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Who We’re Meant to Be

We spend our lives rushing through the mundane and cumbersome, trying to get to the “good” stuff. But what if we're only shortchanging ourselves by taking shortcuts where none should be taken? Athletes train and work hard to do well. Likewise musicians must practice diligently and consistently to play well. Cutting corners prevents people from… Continue reading Who We’re Meant to Be