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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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Communicating in Community

Thank you for your responses to the previous post, Fragmented Beauty. If any of you have a story you'd like to share, please feel free to send me an e-mail, by clicking "CONTACT" at the top of the blog. Should you run into any problems there, leave a comment in this blog post, or any… Continue reading Communicating in Community

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Fragmented Beauty

Sometimes the impact occurs fairly early in life. One of my children struggled with sight. I was convinced severe nearsightedness wasn't the only issue at hand. True, she couldn't identify anything that was merely a yard away. But, something in the reaction, her panic, sent off alarming sirens. An optometrist didn't figure out the problem.… Continue reading Fragmented Beauty

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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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A Wedding to Remember

Yesterday, I went to a wedding and reception that I'll remember for a long time to come. This wasn't about a spectator show, where there was the audience watching the bride and groom do their thing. And, this wasn't just an incredible joining together of two very different cultures. The bride was born in Liberia… Continue reading A Wedding to Remember

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Community and Gratitude

In my previous post, Teeming and Teaming with Awesomeness, I talked about the importance of community. My community has been and is without boundaries. One individual volunteered as a doula to coach me through birthing and delivering twins. I'll never forget her. She stood by my side, pain and all, in a very difficult time… Continue reading Community and Gratitude

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Community, Intimacy, Family

Finding community that encourages communicating, building intimacy, and being loving can be quite a challenge, when people are more mobile than ever, super busy, and don't focus so much on the face-to-face interactions. But, we still crave it. Long for it. One day, a store manager and friend at a coffee shop I frequent had… Continue reading Community, Intimacy, Family