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October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: A Messiah in our Midst?

"If today were the last day of my life, would I do what I am about to do today?"                                                                -Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address 2005 I wasn't planning on…
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July 25, 2011

Finding My Voice: First Banjo Song!

I've written my first song for the banjo!  I hesitate in saying I'm in the process of 'perfecting' it because in my experience, the quest for perfection often belies creativity.  Instead, I'll say it's evolving. "Eliza" will make its debut at an open mic sometime in August, and I have plans to record it as well as to feature it on…
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Capture the Flag Festivities
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July 20, 2011

“Shit Happens!”

Since I referenced Forrest Gump in my last post, I figured "Why stop?"  The Capture the Flag event was incredible and quite international.  In addition to the US of A, players hailed from Canada, China, Colombia, France, and New Zealand.  There was a good mix of people that I know well and ones I've never met, but it wasn't all blueberry…
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My grandmother's first time in the ocean (in her 70s!)
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March 27, 2011

A Tribute to my Favorite Centenarian

My grandmother passed on Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011.  I was given the honor to speak at her funeral 2 weeks ago.  This is what I said about Mary Teresa, a woman that is dearly missed and will always be in our hearts. I’ve always known Grandmother is an angel.  It only took a flash from her blue eyes or…
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September 21, 2010

It’s in the Stars–or Not

I believe in yuan fen (Chinese word for fate). I read my horoscope occasionally. I pay attention to the cycles of the moon. My thought is if the moon controls tides, it affects people too. Thousands of years of studying and observing the stars and planets has to mean something. Many cultures examine charts to decide an auspicious day to…
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March 14, 2010

Day 123: Sights Unseen

Helen Keller came up in conversation the other day. It led my friend and I into a discussion about which was more difficult: to be blind or deaf. If given the choice, my friend said he'd prefer to be deaf. Logically, this makes sense.  We live in such a sight-dominated world, but a life without music? Without voices? Birds? The…
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December 14, 2009

Day 33: A Life in Music

Music is magic. It is a bridge between worlds and a universal language. What would life be without "an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color?" As a musicphile and avid mixed CD and playlist creator, it seemed fitting to devote at least one post…
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