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January 30, 2023

That’s Not Something You Think Every Day #21

Doctor appointments: I loathe them. Always have. Was particularly annoyed during cancer treatment years ago when I went 3-4 days a week to some appointment or another, major ones like heart tests and chemo infusions and discussions about whether to radiate my body. I have another appointment tomorrow morning. While I hate seeing the doctor, […]

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January 22, 2023

Life Survivorship-17

A few months ago, an article on Facebook asked, “Why Is the Church Going Dark?” The main gist was about how santuaries have become dimly lit with no windows. One woman commented, “The people in front want attention.” Another woman replied, “Performers on a stage. Lifting themselves up instead of Jesus….” I can’t speak for […]

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January 19, 2023

That’s Not Something You Hear Every Day #32

My piano-student parent who introduced me to this nougat several years ago brought me some to her daughter’s lesson on January 11. I should have given it back. Or, I guess had some self-control. The night before my trip to the ER, I joked to Ken, “Hm, I should probably stop eating this stuff. It’s […]

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January 14, 2023

Letter #53 to My Benefactor

Dear Benefactor, For my birthday, I told Ken that I wanted him to take me hiking. It had been a long time, as you know, and I needed to get back into it. Instead of doing that, here’s how my day really went. At 3:00 a.m. this morning, I was jolted awake by a strange […]

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January 9, 2023

Cancer Survivorship-9

Midnight (New York time): official release of “Open Road” 4:00 a.m. – Got a lot done on one of my compositions 9:00 a.m. – Started a brand-new delightful piano student 1:30 p.m. – More piano students 5:30 p.m. – Red Robin for french fries, I mean, a burger 😉 7:00 p.m. – Fred Meyer for […]

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January 6, 2023

Cancer Survivorship-8

Facebook: “In honor of your birthday this week, Marie, why don’t you set up a charity in your name? We will do all the work and waive the fee.” Me: “Uh…big, fat NOPE. How about I celebrate all month with friends and family like I always do—phone calls, presents, games, going out to eat, maybe […]

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January 5, 2023

That’s Not Something That Happens Every Day #9

Three years ago, a piano student’s parent made me this delicious candy for Christmas. I, of course, got the recipe and put it in my book so I could start a new tradition. 🎄🎄🎄 Finally, in December of 2021, I bought all the ingredients. Weeellll, then I got COVID over the Christmas holiday. I had […]

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January 4, 2023

That’s Not Something That Happens Every Day #8

After praise-team practice last month, a few of the bandmates and I were standing out in the parking lot. “Rolly and Dan,” I said to the drummer and bass player as Ken (the sound guy and husband) looked on, “I have a song coming out tonight. Make sure you listen to it a thousand times […]

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January 3, 2023

Life Survivorship-16

As you know, I am always embarrassing myself in some way. I have a song coming out next week; back in November, I was still debating which intro I want to go with. I loaded the two masters onto the iPhone, sat in between my two speakers—surround sound, duh—and cranked the first one. The next […]

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