True Friends

True Friends

I have often said that if I had been asked to make a list of the friends who would have been with my mother through her illness until the end, I would have been wrong. Surprisingly, some of her closest friends distanced themselves while those who were hardly more than...

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Behind the mask

Behind the mask

It is difficult to admit to others as well as, to myself that I have often hidden my life behind a smile. I sent an email out to many of my high school friends to let them know about my recent book release for Songs from an Imperfect Life. I did not want to give too...

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Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready

Bitter, party of one? Your table is ready

Let me go ahead and say that I’m not really bitter, but I am definitely disappointed. Maybe I expect too much from people – always have. Things like the rules of etiquette (The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or...

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Now I’m Famous

Now I’m Famous

CELEBRITY... a famous or well-known person I’m famous. Let me repeat. I. Am. Famous. Famous like a celebrity or, heaven forbid, like a politician. I’m sure you are wondering how I came to this conclusion. The answer is: “I have acquired my very own...

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The world did not end

The world did not end

spoiler alert : a reviewer's warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed. I had the honor of standing before friends sharing my story on the afternoon of Sunday, March 18, 2018. The event was held at Parnassus Books in Green Hills and once again, the crowd was...

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The Day After

The Day After

I find myself writing this blog a few days prior to the book launch for Songs from an Imperfect Life. It was necessary to do so for it to be uploaded in time to be published. However, it will not be available until the day after the launch thereby making it difficult...

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Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

Richard Rodgers, of Rodgers and Hammerstein, wrote the lyrics for many incredible Broadway productions. I find that his song Something Good, from The Sound of Music, speaks to me now in a profound way as I come to terms with my past. Perhaps I had a wicked childhood...

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Dreaming in Technicolor

Dreaming in Technicolor

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? —Ernest Hemingway By the time the 1990s arrived, I had closed the Mistletoe Shop and Florist, opened and expanded Local Color Gallery, added a framing business and was building my interior...

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The Checklist

The Checklist

Let’s recap. Check the boxes that pertain to you... Your dad was accused of molesting your 13-year-old cousin, who was a Scout in your father’s Boy Scout troop.  CHECK. You are named after another 13-year-old Boy Scout, who in later years was arrested for molesting a...

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Guilty by Assumption

Guilty by Assumption

"In the absence of information, we jump to the worst conclusions." —Myra Kassim A very strange occurrence happened to me last year where I felt I had no control of the events taking place. An artist that I know, made insensitive comments on Facebook regarding a mother...

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Healing Through Revealing

Healing Through Revealing

I was in the recording studio last Monday checking my email during a break. Finally, I saw a message from my PR team with possible book signing dates offered by Parnassus Books. My first book release party was on a Tuesday evening and I had wanted to repeat the magic...

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