One of the first songs I wrote in my songwriting class was "Advocates in Heaven." The idea of the song is about losing those closest to you as life moves on until one day you feel as if you have few, if any, advocates on earth, which could feel devastating until you remember you now … Continue reading Writing Advocates in Heaven
Cross-posted from Screamie Birds. During this process, we remind ourselves that "if you change nothing, nothing changes." What's also true is that when you change something, everything changes. I awaken at night, my head spinning with potential changes. Sometimes I blog. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I write or play music on my iPhone (with ear … Continue reading Everything Changes X-Posted
This post is about writing, music, and adventures so I posted it in both places. Sometimes life is about living in the in-between. But you can't just sit around and wait for the next adventure to begin. You must learn to live a life while you wait. Yesterday I attended the first annual tea hosted … Continue reading On Making a Life…
This has been a hellish day and I was already feeling under the weather before I got the email that blindsided me. It reminded me of all that I disliked about publishing and why I walked away from it to pursue music. So when I gathered the troops by listening to "Stronger," I was longing … Continue reading Time to Retreat
I saw this posted by @StrongIntrovert on Twitter. Do you ever go out, and while you're out, you think, "This is exactly why I don't go out"? After working at home for several years, I sometimes miss rubbing shoulders with other people. It sometimes feels lonely working at home with my cats all day. But … Continue reading Social Media for Introverts
The vet called and Lovey's remains were ready to be picked up, which created a little setback in our grief. It took Rich by surprise because he'd been so busy at work that he hadn't had time to really grieve. I, on the other hand, spend the day in Lovey's house and see her everywhere. … Continue reading Turning to Music in Times of Grief
Everybody loved Gracie, especially those who called her Gracie. The rest just called her Grace. And even those loved her, too. Originally a nurse from New York, her husband, a draftsman, and their three boys moved to Los Angeles and then Portland, Oregon. He was an elder in our congregation and they were the first … Continue reading Cabaret
After this morning's practice on the keys, I decided I was in more of a music mood than a writing fiction mood so I recorded my practice session of "Exes and Ohs" and then arranged it in a bit of a Jazz style.