Soul Pepper

First I was Afraid …

You’re welcome …

In my defense, one of my favourite tech gurus posted a note in her blog this morning with nothing but the title “First I Was Afraid” … and I instantly had Gloria Gaynor in my heading belting it out. I thought surely she can’t be posting about THAT. She was. This video was the post.

Epic morning kickstart. Now it’s gonna be stuck in my head all day (and yours too), along with this stupid grin that’s plastered on my face. (Admit it: your toes are tapping under the desk right now, aren’t they? You’re having a hard time restraining yourself from getting up and flinging yourself across the room with an air mic. It happens …)

Me thinks a rewatch is in order. Hugo Weaving is brilliant. You just never see Elrond or Agent Smith the same way again. Best. Adventure Diva. Anthem. Evah …

Aha! Moments Stories

Rockstar moment: finding your kindergarten teacher on Facebook.

Just stumbled across my kindergarten teacher on Facebook. It was a rock star moment. Isn’t it incredible the influence they have on our lives? 48 years later, I can still vividly remember so much of what went on in her class, right down to the day she gave us index cards on a steel loop, and told us we could choose a new word to learn to spell each day — whatever word we wanted — and she would write it on one of our cards. I should have known then I was destined to be a writer, because you’d think she’d have given me the winning lottery ticket that day 😀

Music Spotlight

So here’s the thing: music matters.

It heals, it propels us, and it connects us. If you were lucky enough to have a music teacher, get off your backside and thank them. Track them down. Call them. Text them. Send a good old fashioned letter or Christmas card. Doesn’t matter how you do it. Just find them and say thanks. Seriously.Continue Reading “So here’s the thing: music matters.”

Adventures Aha! Moments Spotlight Stories

The Lost Art of Letters

My friend Ed Vielmetti has a lovely practice. He sends postcards to friends on a regular basis. He told me about this when I first met him more than a decade ago at one of Jerry Michalski’s soul-changing retreats. I thought it was a wonderful way of reviving old fashioned letter writing on a micro-scale.Continue Reading “The Lost Art of Letters”

Spotlight Stories

And this is why I will never give up on print.

Electronic books and magazines may make up the bulk of my library these days out of a sense of eco responsibility, and certainly efficiency, but when was the last time you could press a flower between their pages, or inhale the intoxicating smell of paper and print? My most treasured texts will always be onesContinue Reading “And this is why I will never give up on print.”

Adventures Music Spotlight

What have YOU given up that you would love to reclaim?

How the heck do you simply forget about years of your life and the passion that once defined them? I just stumbled across a box containing hundreds of musical scores that I had composed when I was 15, 16, 17 years old. I was prolific. Then life happened and I put it all away. IContinue Reading “What have YOU given up that you would love to reclaim?”

Adventures Aha! Moments Stories

Spontaneity is an Adventure Diva’s Best Friend

I’ve been thinking about a moment riding the bus, when a mother boarded, pushing her son in a stroller. As she stopped to pay the fare, the toddler looked straight down the aisle, and hollered “Hey everybody! How ya doin’?” The entire bus erupted into laughter, and in an instant the invisible cord that hadContinue Reading “Spontaneity is an Adventure Diva’s Best Friend”

Soul Pepper

I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your address …

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your address.” — Tom Hanks as Joe Fox to Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in the movie ” You’ve Got Mail”. If ever a quote summed upContinue Reading “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your address …”