Posts filed under ‘Inspiration’

Life Lessons with Molly

Here’s a story that is hard for me to tell, but I want to share it anyway.

The day before I had to go out of town last week, I heard a bunch of commotion in the yard and when I looked outside, there were our little neighbors, the 3 1/2-year-old triplets and their 6-year-old big brother, trooping over to the bird feeders by our dining room window. (They have an open invitation!) I waved, and the nanny showed me that she had something cupped in her hands. It was a baby bird.

I ran outside and the nanny said they found the baby sparrow in the street on the other side of our hedges. She asked me to take the little bird — and I did. The children showed me the spot in the street where they had found it.
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August 15, 2018 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

Is Anybody Listening? – Live Concert Album Is Released!

I am thrilled to announce that the Live Cast Album of “Is Anybody Listening?” has been released!

The show, starring Jenny Burton and Julia Wade (yours truly), was mounted in the Loreto Theater at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture for 4 performances. It was also filmed and webcast around the world.
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October 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

David Bowie and the Six Degrees of Separation

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In pondering David Bowie’s passing this week and celebrating his life and work with the rest of the world, I’ve been reminded of my own David Bowie story — my David and Iman story – with its six degrees of separation.

Do you know the theory of “Six Degrees of Separation”? Wikipedia defines it this way: “Everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.”

My David and Iman story definitely proved this theory and it’s a sweet memory with a great lesson: (more…)

January 15, 2016 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

Richard and The Girl Next Door

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Richard-Charles Hoh, one of the great inspirations in my life, is featured on Watchfire Music’s Inspirational Song of the Week today. I hope you will take a moment to listen to Richard sing his sweet, sweet version of “The Girl Next Door”: http://watchfiremusic.com/inspirationalsongoftheweek/

Richard happens to be a dear friend. We were neighbors in the same building for years — he lived on the 29th Floor (for 43 years) and I lived on the 38th (for 15 years). Our building was (is) full of NYC performers, and Richard performed both on and off Broadway during the 60 years he lived in New York City! 

Richard just turned 90 this year — a mere youngin’.  He is now happily living at the The Actors Fund Home (also called the Lillian Booth Actors Home).  Vibrantly, he continues to sing concerts there and has returned to his passionate, lifelong pursuit of painting portraits, while participating in a whirlwind of activities at the Home.

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October 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Aria In The Wild

Summertime valley floor near Westcliffe, Colorado, facing the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the west.

Near Westcliffe, Colorado: http://dougniedermillerphotography.com/

I’ve loved to hike since I was a kid.  I’ve hiked mostly in the West, the Southwest and in the California Sierras.  When I moved east, I became a true urban hiker.

For a time, I alternated between Urban Hiking in New York City and Wilderness Hiking in Colorado where we had a home up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  It was hiking heaven there in the Sangres.  Though I could rarely convince husband or son to join me, I pretty quickly found a group of new friends with whom to hike and mountain climb.

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October 24, 2015 at 10:36 pm 2 comments

Christmas Reflections 2014

Christmas came gently this year through many exquisite moments.  Here are just a few of them:

1. Subway Brother

Peter and I were going through a subway turnstile a few days ago.  As I went through first, our shared metro card ran out.  Peter searched through his wallet.  A bedraggled man who had observed us, stepped up to Peter, took out several metro cards from his pocket and said, “Man, I just want to help you.  Here.”  And he swiped one of his cards for Peter to pass through.  Peter thanked him and offered to pay, but the man just laughed and said, “No, man, I just want to help.”

They looked each other straight in the eyes, shook hands and grabbed each others’ shoulders.  A hearty thank you from Peter, and they said goodbye.  We smiled and said, “Ah, New Yorkers.”  But what we really felt and acknowledged was “There goes the child of God!”  It was a Christmas moment.

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December 25, 2014 at 9:19 pm 9 comments

Music, Art and Love

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Florence, Italy —

I’ve been to Florence, Italy three times in my life.  In fact, I am here in Florence at this very moment as I write.  Each time I come to Firenze, three essentials always require my attention:  Music, Art and Love.

Firenze: La Prima Volta  (The First Time)

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Having declared my major in music, I was just out of my freshman year of college and touring eight countries in two months with my university chamber choir, The Choraliers.  We spent four unforgettable, and absolutely life-changing days in this Renaissance city singing Latin motets in Florentine churches including Il Duomo and Santa Croce.

Art:
I was constantly running after the bus, having stayed too long at the museums and in the cathedral and churches. I had just completed a semester of Art History and every time I turned a corner, there was some painting or statue that I had studied.  It was mind-blowing.

Love:
I fell in love with a boy in Firenze.  He was American and was traveling on his own.  One of his friends was in our choral group, so when they arranged to meet up, I was swept off of my feet. (more…)

May 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm 2 comments

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