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Your Voice Matters

I’m in my car driving home from an evening of Scrabble with my 94-year-old mom. I’m listening to a podcast to keep me company on the familiar thirty-minute drive: “Making Obama” from WBEZ, the public radio station in Chicago. In … Continue reading

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On Naming Kip

A handful of us are standing around our cars, preparing to leave after singing for a woman in hospice. We are all members of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer comfort choir I founded in 2007 to bring singing and … Continue reading

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Laughing and Crying

Like many other young women of my generation, I knew every word of Joni Mitchell’s iconic record, Court and Sparkby heart. I had some recent experiences that illuminated one particular line of her song “People’s Parties.” Photo Beauty gets attention … Continue reading

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Improvising Kindness

I am in a small city in the Upper Midwest to deliver several keynotes for health care professionals. The morning after my arrival, I am taking an early morning walk along the banks of the Missouri River. The geese are … Continue reading

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I Wish You A Simple Season

This year I first noticed the Christmas displays beginning in late September. September. Well before Halloween not to mention Thanksgiving! While I was still occasionally jumping in my favorite Minnesota lakes! Honestly. Every year I face this season with mixed … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Surprised Prophet

It happens over and over again. I write something – a song or a poem – about how I’d like something to be. The entire time I’m making it, I hear my inner critic hissing its usual transmission of doom. … Continue reading

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Have It Your Way – Or Maybe Not

I’ve been involved in organizing a lot of events over my 26 years of self-employment. There are always glitches along the way – unexpected changes in plans, sudden illnesses, logistical questions and – in my home state of Minnesota – … Continue reading

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