When a Fish Wants to Fly

First, consider these quotes about self- knowledge,"If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!"-St. Catherine of Sienna"The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are." -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)Crushed by failure, an ego shattering, hope defying defeat?...more
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From Drug Addict to talented Musician

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Where's Your Inner Genius?

“Talent does what it can; Genius does what it must.” ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton I think of this quote daily as I am in the midst of a huge transition. I spent several years working toward achieving my undergraduate and graduate degrees, all while being a widowed parent and part-time caregiver to my ailing mother. Having recently graduated, I found myself hitting a wall. ...more

Why I Can't Dance

When I was  around 3 years old, my mother enrolled me in a tap dance class. I had teeny-tiny tap shoes, a leotard, tights, and a tutu.I remember being very excited about those tap shoes. They made such a delightful noise on the kitchen floor, and they were shiny patent leather....more
 @HomeRearedChef You are so lucky! It really is a skill that is difficult to learn.more

More than Once

When I was eight years old, my parents took me to my very first Broadway show. As the curtain rose and the orchestral music swelled, a hush came over the crowd. My eyes grew wide with expectation.And then the magic began....more

Less Than Half is Talent

Today I heard a radio interview where Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, shared all the details of what made Whitney Houston's voice "the voice". Longing to sing professionally myself, I hung on to his every word. Later, as I compared his professional views with my experience as a singer, I found a universal truth invaluable not only from the standpoint of singing but in any area where one would hope to transition talent to a sought after skill. ...more
 @the.me.i.be I always use Beyonce as an example of this, too. I'm not a fan, but I respect the ...more

Losing The Greatest Love of All

As Americans we grow up with "American Idols". We learn to look up to and honor celebrities and become too invested in their lives. People look to idols too much, when we should be looking to ourselves, and become invested in the excellency and glory of our own lives. We hold celebrities up to such a standard that they become apart of our lives and apart of our dreams. We relate to them, so they become as relatives. So rightfully when they die, apart of us dies....more
 @Ms Batman  You Completely did not understand the subject matter. Please Next Time Read The ...more

Sweet Inspiration

    I am awed by the amount of talent in Los Angeles! I recently attended a show at a funky little club on Laurel Canyon Featuring my friend Laura Hall with whom I have written Room to Grow. Now obviously it comes as no great surprise that she is talented. She was on Whose Line Is It Anyway for years and we written a great musical together.     She has joined forces with Kelly Macleod who is amongst other things a phenomenal singer....more

A complete waste of talent

I have just read the news that singer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her home. What a complete waste of talent. Why do such talented people insist on ruining their lives? Granted there are those that do not take such routes. They work so hard to create something so great and know better than to ruin all they have worked for. Yet, others implode spectacularly. Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Hendricks, all died at 27, the age Amy was. Was the love from all her fans not enough? Was the critical acclaim not enough? Why did she feed the tabloid machine? Sadly, we will never know....more

Using Your Strengths At Work

Working to your strengths requires that you pay attention to the activities at work that energize you and those that drain you. Once you are able to specifically identify them, you can begin to find ways to shift more minutes each week toward the activities that energize you, and you can find strategies to make those dreaded activities less draining.  ...more