Site Meter ANCORA IMPARO
I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in scheduled working on weekdays and sleeping in on Sundays. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.


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“One thing I need to divorce myself of in 2014 - and to the extent I have any real influence, I would want other artists to as well - is the belief that the now ubiquitous act of studying the changing attitudes and behavior of a society when it comes to how they do or don’t consume music has ANYTHING at all do to with me or the kind of work I want to create. It might matter to concert promoter or a record company or a journalist how people are consuming music, but it should never be a good enough reason why I wouldn’t want to make it. There is empirically nothing inside the autopsy of an attitude in listening habits that should change the music that someone’s heart tells them to make.”

John Mayer

These are the quotes my 13 year old daughter shapes her music around. This is the advice all young musicians need to be hearing. When you’re living from the heart and creating from the soul, you’re elevating the collective so kudos to him for “livin’ it right” regardless of what anyone else may say or think about the decision. This world needs more people who are operating from the seat of their spirit. Thank goodness he’s willing to be one.

“It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.”

—Pete Seeger

“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.”

—Pete Seeger

"To everything turn, turn, turn. There is a season turn, turn, turn…and a time for every purpose under heaven." And the angels rejoice this morning! Rest easy, Papa Pete.

"To everything turn, turn, turn. There is a season turn, turn, turn…and a time for every purpose under heaven." And the angels rejoice this morning! Rest easy, Papa Pete.

“Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Buddhist rule re Worrying is simple: don’t.

The Buddhist rule re Worrying is simple: don’t.

“When we see everyone is a part of us, that any criticism we make is self-criticism, we will extend to ourselves an unconditional love that will light the world.”

—Harry Palmer

“The aim of all religious exercises is a psychological transformation. You can make up your own meditations and rites based on knowing, loving, and serving the deity in caring for your children, doctoring drunks, or writing books. Any work whatsoever can be a meditation if you have the sense that everything is ‘brahman’: the process, the doing, the thing that is being looked at, the one that is looking—everything.”

—Joseph Campbell

After spilling my water all over my desk TWICE this week, one of my work husbands did a “redneck repair” for me.

After spilling my water all over my desk TWICE this week, one of my work husbands did a “redneck repair” for me.

Mom uses social media to scatter son's ashes, honor his memory

We just submitted our information to have CJ join us on our June trip to Ireland. If you’d like to take part in this beautiful experience, you can submit your request here. To see all the amazing places that CJ has been, check out his travels here.

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

I watch a LOT of documentaries but this one was incredibly special right from the start. It plunged itself into my core…past my heart and into my soul where it shattered some long held pain I had stored there and caused me to want to place a welcome sign back on some doors I had closed. The humanity revealed in this film is both heartbreaking and holy.

If you haven’t seen the film, Independent Lens is featuring it and you can watch it on your local PBS station.

If you want to help continue the incredible work that Rocky has begun, please consider purchasing the DVD, Rocky’s book and/or donating directly to LIGHT, the 501c3 non-profit created in response to the film. The services that LIGHT provides are offered free of charge regardless of religious beliefs, gender, socio-economic status, etc. LIGHT is not funded, governed, or advised by another NGO, non-profit, or religious organization.

With deepest gratitude I thank Rocky, Steve and all the crew who worked tirelessly to provide such an authentic, absorbing, admirable and arduous glimpse into the lives of these precious children. May I never forget Surya’s smile as long as I live.

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