The Soundtrack of My Life
She Dreams in Color, She Dreams in Red …

She Dreams in Color, She Dreams in Red . . .

Eddie Vedder Quote

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In March 1994, Pearl Jam was in concert here in Louisville, but I was working 30 miles away that evening and had to miss it.  I consoled myself by saying that I would see them one day, but as the days turned into years, I forgot about this promise.  Life continued, as did my love for music, and Pearl Jam was one of the artists who made the transition from my collection of…

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Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella

Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella

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Picture of An Umbrella With Raindrops

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Recently, I have felt like I live in Seattle instead of Louisville, thanks to the rainier than usual weather.  While the rain has put a damper on some outdoor activities, it hasn’t washed out one of my favorite weekday morning rituals.  Nearly every morning when I arrive at work, which happens to be at a day shelter for homeless men,…

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No Regrets
No Regrets Quote

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Like most parents, my weekends are a whirlwind of attending my children’s sporting events, running errands, doing housework and yard work, and taking time to relax and have fun.  Sometimes, I am amazed at how much we do in a span of a mere 48 hours, and other times, I am disappointed at how much we did not do in that same time span.  Yesterday, my adolescent daughter…

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

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Smile Quote

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Growing up, I understood early on that I was not born with the “all-American” good looks that were splashed across fashion magazines and on the big screen and on television.  Instead of long blonde hair and big blue eyes, I possessed short dark brown hair; small dark brown eyes; a prominent nose; and a big smile.  If it had been the…

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Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend

Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend

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Paw and Human Shake Hands

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For just a moment, think about a time when you felt loved and accepted unconditionally.  A time when you felt wanted and needed.  A time when you felt like you mattered in this world to another living being.  As you reflected on these moments, who was it that made you feel unconditionally loved and accepted, wanted, needed, and like…

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What Do Stories Mean To You - KRISTI JO JEDLICKY (That’s Another Story)

What Do Stories Mean To You – KRISTI JO JEDLICKY (That’s Another Story)

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I have had the honor of getting to know Kristi Jo Jedlicky in the last few months. What an amazing person she is. She is one of those rare genuine people. She has a heart of gold, she is a terrific writer, and has an inner strength few people have. You can read all about her life, her hopes and everything else at That’s Another Story. Once you read her…

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October’s Schedule - What Do Stories Mean To You?

October’s Schedule – What Do Stories Mean To You?

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The response to our guest blogging series has been incredible. Stories touch us all in different ways and have a way of opening our hearts. We always remember how we felt when a particular song comes on the radio or when we watch Mary Poppins for the 100th time, or when we see the cover of our favorite books. Sometimes memories are wonderful, sometimes they…

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I Am Mine
I Am Mine Lyrics by Pearl Jam

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Sometimes, when I hear a song for the first time, it becomes an instant game changer.  It is rare, but when it happens, it is a precious gift indeed.  Yesterday was one of those times, and Pearl Jam’s, “I Am Mine”, was the song.  It is now my song.

Initially, when I heard this song, I thought to myself that the tempo was well-suited for trail running, but then, the lyrics…

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My Ruby Slippers
Picrure of Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers with a Quote from Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz"

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It is curious how footwear plays such an important role in certain iconic stories and fairy tales.  From Cinderella’s glass slippers to Dorothy’s ruby slippers, shoes have played a prominent role in changing the lives of some fictional heroines.  In reality, there are some people who give the same reverence and level of importance to their own menagerie of footwear.  I am…

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I Kind of Like You

I Kind of Like You

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Beach Scene

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It has been a very long week … the kind of week which seems like it will never end.  Today, I was in dire need of some kindness, and I was fortunate to receive it from one of the finest gentlemen in all of Louisville.

Michael is an elderly gentleman, and the very thought of this dear, sweet person makes me smile big time.  I…

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