Music for the Long and Winding Road

It’s here!

It’s Wednesday and time to share the cool surprise I’ve been hinting at all week.

Today, friends, I am doing my first-ever guest blog post!

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Sorry – I just had to pick myself up off the floor. This is just so cool.

Today you can find me over at Pat DiCesare’s blog, ConcertPat.com. Pat DiCesare is a concert promoter, songwriter, author, and entrepreneur whose career spans several decades in the music industry. I’m delighted to be sharing his space to talk about the importance of music in our lives.

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Moving Forward – A 1000Speak Postlude

So here we are, more than a week later.

A great many of us have been riding the wave of good feeling that has come from the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion project and it has been a wild ride indeed.

1000 VoicesI have read dozens and dozens of posts by so many wonderful people and believe me, I have many more to go. The stories and the writers are diverse. Words spring from the pages and the hearts of these writers telling of experiences that will make you laugh and cry. They will make you feel glad and sad and angry and every other emotion you can name. The emotions, causes, losses, and motivations behind the tales of compassion are vastly different. No two are alike.

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TToT – Hang On for the Wild Ride of Change

Sometimes I have more emotions than I can handle.

This week has been a particularly emotional roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs. Just about the time I thought things were moving along well, BOOM! Life throws those twists and loops in when you least expect them.

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Progress and Change

I would love to write something profound and witty for you today.

In the interest of efficiency and a need for a good night’s sleep, however, I’m opting for simple. In the next few days, I will be rolling out some changes for the blog and I wanted you to have a bit of a heads-up. Let’s just say I’m doing some work on my One Word for the year – progress - among other things.

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TToT – House-Warming

I am losing my patience with winter.

I know, I know. Everyone is tired of it and everyone is cold and nobody wants to hear anyone else complain anymore. I agree. We are house-bound today due to both weather and illness, so I turned to my good friend Thoreau for some help.

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Because if I watch one more Disney, Jr. show with my Daughter I’m going to lose my mind.

I grabbed my love-worn copy of Walden, a woolen shawl, and a hot cup of coffee. Knowing he will always tend toward an admiration of the beauty of nature, I prepared to see what Henry David had to say about winter. A lot – four chapters, to be precise. In my copy, that’s about 60 pages. I didn’t care to read 60 pages of it when the last 60 days have been more than enough. A couple of things caught my attention…

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Compassion Is Hard – A 1000Speak Confession

Compassion is hard.

To feel a sincere sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others? That’s hard. To feel that along with a strong desire to ease the suffering? Harder still.

It is far easier to push those feelings way down inside of us and it is much easier to pretend we don’t care. It’s so much safer to bury that concern and decide not to act and I’ll tell you why that’s true.

Because compassion hurts.

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It’s Coming!

Something great is about to happen.

Something wonderful and powerful has been brewing and it is about to explode.

For the last month, bloggers from all over the globe have been talking and writing and connecting with one another…preparing to flood the Internet with goodness.

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On February 20, 2015, United Nations World Day of Social Justice, one thousand bloggers will join their voices to speak through their blogs about compassion. I will be one of them.

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Four More Birds Down

I have been holding out on you.

Maybe it’s more like I got backed up and put this away under “I’ll do that tomorrow” and…didn’t.

In the last couple of weeks the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award flew around the blogosphere and many of us tagged and were tagged in return. I have to say I enjoy these – it’s a great way to make a blogger’s day and also find out a little more about them.

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While I was falling behind on all sorts of things, I piled up a set of questions from Val, Pooja, and Sarah (not necessarily in that order). When I finally started to make a dent in reading the blog posts I had missed, I found that Jean had also tagged me for a Liebster Award.

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And so, at risk of boring the daylights out of you, I’m going to tackle all four sets of questions here, thus knocking out four more of the proverbial birds with one stone. (Sorry birds!) Please feel free to quit reading here if you’re not interested (but please don’t, really, because then why did I do this?) or skip around and pick a few. The questions these ladies have asked are quite good.

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One From the Archives – Every Day Love

This post originally ran on the blog on February 15, 2014. It’s worth saying again. 

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I’ve been thinking a lot about love the last couple of days.

For starters, there’s that rather large and obvious thing called Valentine’s Day that has just passed us by. Kinda can’t miss that. Love it or hate it, there it is. I can’t say we’re huge fans of Valentine’s Day here. We’re not huge haters, either. I guess we’re kind of take it or leave it folks. Don’t get me wrong – we celebrate and acknowledge it. There’s nothing inherently wrong about it. But we don’t go crazy and over the top. It’s a holiday (which isn’t even really a holiday, but a Saint’s feast day gone awry) that has become so focused on people being “coupled” and buying extravagant gifts to prove it. And if you aren’t? Woe to you. Please. Continue reading