I Sang, I Swooned, I Smiled

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I love music. It lifts me higher, stirs my spirit, and it is a universal language of the soul. The eight summers I spent at Interlochen Arts Camp furthered my connection and passion for classical, broadway and all other genres. In fact, my husband jokes that after hearing three notes, I can usually identify the song! I sang and learned to read music; however, I feel the deepest impact on my emotional tie to tunes emerged from friendships with intriguing, interesting people. Certain melodies and lyrics wrap me in a cocoon of love and reflection. So why do I bore … Read More

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Cousins, Connection, and Kitchen Confections

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Last year I wrote about the “Cousin Connection.” Relationships with cousins are unique, layered, and lasting. My first (and older) cousin, Jen, said something to me recently that continues to resonate. Jen and I were in the midst of a reflective, candid conversation when she said, “I knew you before you knew you.” It struck me as a simple yet powerful statement; we are now both in our ‘40s, and Jen’s wise words have echoed in my mind. My nieces and nephew spent this Saturday afternoon and evening at our home. I thought about Jen’s words as I watched them … Read More

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When We Repress What We Wish to Express

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Some things are better left unsaid. Do you believe and live by this old adage? Or, do you speak your truth no matter what the consequence? I often tell my children that it’s important to express how we feel at the right time and in the appropriate way. I have struggled with being vulnerable for several decades, which I only realized recently. Reading that statement, even for me, is a bit surprising. Anyone with whom I am close knows I do not fear confrontation; I welcome honest, open, and reciprocal communication. When I was young, strength meant “it could be … Read More

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