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A Tale of Three Gifts

Gift #1 July 4th would have been Karly Wahlin’s 33rdbirthday. She died at 27, weary from struggling with her challenging body and ready to leap into the new place she had glimpsed for years. Her mother, Lois Swope, and I … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead — in August

On August 8, 1991 my father, Willis Robert McAfee, Jr., died in my arms after a very short illness with pancreatic cancer. I’ve written a lot about that experience in the intervening years — in this blog, song and poetry. … Continue reading

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We Carry Each Other’s Stories

I will remember you. Will you remember me? Don’t let your life pass you by. Weep not for the memories….                                –   Sarah MacLachlan It is near the turning of a new year as I write this. This season is … Continue reading

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On Being An Amplifer

It recently occurred to me that I am an amplifier. As a voice coach for the past 25 years, I have supported people in “finding their voices,” whatever that means to them. Many of my voice clients are doing essential … Continue reading

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My Grandma Wanted to Be President: A Reflection on Women, Voice, and Leadership

As a voice coach I support many women leaders in finding their voices, speaking their truth with conviction, claiming their power, and fully expressing their gifts. Most of the women I coach are privileged. They have education, financial resources, political … Continue reading

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In Praise of Solitary Mornings: Four Reasons I Love Waking Up Alone

I am single and child-free and fifty-five years old. And, oh, how I love my solitary mornings. Here are four delicious qualities I treasure about that time….. Improvisational I do whatever I want in the morning. As a self-employed person, … Continue reading

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Mr. Brown

I’ve been clearing out. The recycling bin has been filled three times with detritus from my past. I’ve saved very little, but there is one piece of paper that is so precious, I had to tuck it back into the … Continue reading

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