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My word for 2019

It’s a new year. Yes, it’s a time for resolutions and goal setting, but it’s also a time for reflection. A time to look within, to review what’s behind us as we prepare for what’s ahead. As a self-proclaimed lover of lists, you can bet I’ll be writing out bulleted lists of goals and scribbling…

Tunes for Trick or Treat

“If music be the food of love, play on.” I may be taking the line out of context, but for me, this Shakespeare quote from Twelfth Night illustrates my belief that music is the flavor added to the banquet of life.  Melodies heighten experiences and can elevate even the daily and mundane (like driving in…

I Hope You Know

Five years ago today, my dad died suddenly, and we never got to say goodbye. That isn’t fair, but in typical father-fashion my dad was fond of reminding me life isn’t fair, and well, he was right. And while I will never get to say that good-bye, there are things I hope he carried with…

#WordsFirst

Recently, I have realized something about my writing process. In order for it to happen, it needs to happen first. Seems simple enough, right? Why then, do I keep trying to convince myself otherwise? I will settle in for a writing session and think, “let me answer a few emails first,” or “I need to…

The Crazy Time Traveling Magic of Music

We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road, or eating at a restaurant, or shopping in a store, and a song comes on, a song that is irrevocably tied to some event in your past and bam! the world fades away and you’re back in that moment… Maybe you’re 9, and it’s the song…

Reach for the Moon: A Father’s Day Tribute

4 Sundays. 4 Father’s Day holidays without my Dad. I understand why holidays can be a difficult time, more difficult than most other days.  Celebrations marked by time spent with loved ones become a painful reminder that the loved one is no longer there. Shopping for cards, one must do their best to avoid certain…