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The Value of Piano Lessons

THE VALUE OF PIANO LESSONS 

Sometimes it’s hard to believe the number of years I’ve actually been playing the piano, which is well over twenty because I started when I was just four and a half years old.  While…

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A Day of Reflection

Yesterday, was my grandmother’s wake and today is her funeral.  She was my last living grandparent - I never knew her husband, my Grandpa Rex, because he passed away before I was born.  My grandmother, Margaret Mausser, died in 1989…

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Turn This Year Around Blog Series

TURN THIS YEAR AROUND 

I just returned home from a show and decided I really need to write since it is July 1 (it’s now 12:19 a.m.) and, as my husband Richard and I discussed yesterday afternoon, this represents…

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The most frustrating Hotel experience in a while

 Hotels.com would not let me put this entire review on their website, but I thought it was so clever that I needed to share… A few nights ago I was in a hotel room with construction going on below me…

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The Dreaded Hotel Breakfast

Last summer while I was on the road I found myself writing several journal entries based on my experiences at the free continental breakfasts some hotels so gloriously pride themselves upon.  Just this morning, I was having a conversation with…
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Why I Still "Write" In a Journal

It's true that I've been accused of being a dinosaur for my love of notebooks, pens, paper, pencils and all things "Staple's Office Supplies." I do realize that in the Twenty-First Century these things are kind of obsolete.  Who needs…
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Pros and Cons of Living In a Small Town

If you grew up in a small town, then you may, like me, have experienced a love-hate relationship with the little hamlet where you were born.  Even though I have lived all over the country - Florida, Arizona, California, Tennessee…

Hug Your Mum

Mother's day is right around the corner (May 10) and it's a good reminder that we often take our mums for granted.  I decide to sit down today and write mine a little love note to tell her how much…

My 10 Step Plan to Save the Earth

During the bleak winter months, it's kind of difficult to think of saving the planet because if you're anywhere there's snow and ice and rain and clouds, you kind of forget there is an earth under all of that "cover."…
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Pete Seeger and Purpose

The day Pete Seeger passed away I found myself driving around Big Bear, California on the verge of tears.  This struck me as odd because I would never consider myself  a particularly passionate fan of his.  I've never owned one…