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Christmas Gifts

I Don’t Use Christmas Lists

I am a gift giver. It’s one of my two big love languages, the other being words of affirmation. And, I do not like Christmas Lists.  For me, a gift is more than just a material possession or something you give. A good gift conveys that the person receiving the gift was so important to […] Read more…

My Wednesday Monday

I have a banner on my mantle that says “Joy, Hope, Peace”. Oddly enough, it isn’t too hard to read and feel words like those, even in the midst of struggle. Unless there’s no hope. Unless you see no happy ending or perfect solution (Heck. You’d settle for “slightly tolerable.) Then you really have to […] Read more…

The Day My Career Died

I am a professionally trained coloratura soprano opera singer.  I had high hopes, goals, and dreams, and I was on my way to making them happen…until one day. It was January and -5F in Bloomington, Indiana. I had made it to the final audition to get into the graduate opera program at Indiana University. The Indiana University.  […] Read more…