It's February, and I
have been posting in Facebook, but not here! I will do
better this year!
By the way, if you
WERE my Facebook friend, and got unfriended, please come
back! It was a glitch....we were trying to move everybody to
a page that handled more people. Didn't work! So come back
to Karen Berke Taylor-Good (quite a mouthful, no?) and get
and I are a true duet, and I've never been happier, AND I've
never written such amazing songs as the ones we're writing
together. Everything about our creative partnership has
been, and continues to be, a God thing. If you haven't heard
us yet, I believe you are in for a big, juicy, wonderful
We were in Florida for
much of January....doing our Thelma & Louise deal. I've
never had a close, sister-girlfriend before....and it is
truly the most fun! Our husbands even like each other, which
is big plus!!
We've started work on
our duet CD.....planning on having it done by April 11th,
for our Church on the Square gig in the Villages. BUT/AND,
you can hear 9 of our songs on Stowe's new CD, "Flying
High", which goes with her wonderful book by the same name.
www.flyinghighbook.com. People are reporting that the
book is life-changing. Hay House is recommending it. It's a
powerful, beautiful book....and powerful, beautiful CD!
If you're on my
mailing list, I'll be keeping you informed of the duet
CD...please sign up if you haven't!
So......how are YOU???
Please know that you are loved and appreciated...by me, and
most importantly, by your Creator. For a musical
Big hugs.....big love.....great
I know I was moaning
about the heat last month, but come on! It's been 107 and
108 here for several days. And we haven't had rain in weeks
and weeks. I happen to believe that Global Warming is quite
real, and I must admit, this is very troubling.
So.....I am VERY
grateful for air conditioning, and I am praying for, and
will do my very best to help our precious planet Earth.
which.....please check this out
This is a project I
did years ago with my friend Lanny Smith. He cowrote the
song, "Come In Planet Earth, Are you Listenint", and we put
together the Planet Earth Project.....I ended up singing the
song in 7 different languages (with the help of 7 amazing
native-speaking translators). It's a trip!
This month, I have the
pleasure of rehearsing a lot with my dearest friend Stowe,
as we get ready for our big concert on July 28th. It will be
an album release celebration for Stowe with me as special
guest. World Music in Bellevue, here in Nashville....7pm.
PLEASE COME!! 9 of the 12 songs on her CD are cowrites with
me, and we'll be singing a lot together. SO FUN!
Wherever you are this
month, I hope life is good for you. I'm sending lots of love
your way. Thank you so much for stopping by. NEW WEBSITE
Hello my friends!
It's June! It's HOT!
I've been all over the place this month, and now am home for
a stretch. Aaaaaahhhh.
Practicing with Stowe
for our concert in July. It's going to be a CD release
concert for her....and a debut of sorts for our duo. I feel
like I've found a long-lost sister. We've now written 22
songs....and they are amazing songs. I can't wait until you
hear them. 9 of them will be on Stowe's CD, and I'll let you
know when it's available.
This has been a month
of reconnecting with some of my favorite, powerful,
spiritual women......Rev. Heidi Alfrey in KC, and Rev. Joyce
Fisher Pierce in Richmond. Wrote my first song with Claudia
Carawan while in Richmond....she is also a powerful,
Am writing more and
more Tribute Songs. I feel like that's what I was born to
do. I hope you'll consider having me write one for your
loved one.....I'm working on one for her husband's upcoming
70th birthday.....one for someone's new love.........and
recently finished another one for a child who left us too
soon. Life Songs.....Tribute Songs......I feel very
connected to angels or guides or the Universe or God when
I'm writing them. I don't understand it.....I'm just going
And that's it for now,
my precious friends. It means the world to me that you would
come by here and read this. I do not take it lightly that
you care. Please know that I send you love, and strength,
and hugs, and wishes for all good things.
Bye for now...
Hey lovely ones,
It's MAY!! I had a
wonderful 8 days in Texas. I love my new family...Dennis &
Kaye Persons, and their doggies Katie and Buddy. We had so
much fun together! I ate SO much Tex Mex that I'm heading to
Weight Watchers today! Must begin again to be accountable
for what goes in my mouth. But it sure was fun!
I'll be in Arkansas
this month....for my Lions and also for Unity of Little
Rock. Am continuing my Prosperity Plus classes....loving
Mary Mannin Morrisey more than ever.
Tuesdays with Stowe
continue to bring us AMAZING new songs. Yipee! We're
planning our "coming out party" as a duo. More on that soon.
I plan to learn to play bass. God help me. CAN you teach a
MATURE dog new tricks? I did play upright bass in the school
orchestra a thousand years ago. I sure hope it's like riding
So.....I am wishing
each of you a very fine May. Be well....be kind to
yourself....stay connected to your Source, and to people.
Remember that you are a Precious Child of a loving
And know that I love
and appreciate you....more than I can say.
Thanks for reading
this, and for your support of my work. It means the world to
It's April.....I'm in
Nashville. Heading for Texas next week.
Have been having an
amazing time writing and singing with my friend Stowe. Check
her out.....Stowe Dailey Shockey.
http://www.flyinghighbook.com/We've written almost 20
songs now in the last year....largely based on her
incredible book, "Flying High". She is my sister from
What else? I've been
taking a Prosperity class with my friends at Music City
Center for Spiritual Living. Back into tithing as a
practice. For some reason, I've been fighting that one for
years! AND, just as Mary Mannin Morrisey said would happen,
the poop has hit the fan! The Universe is throwing all kinds
of challenges at me....(like Uncle Sam deciding that we owe
him $11,000!!! HELP!!!) And I'm still going to
tithe.....because it feels right, and ALL of my Spiritual
teachers advise it. So there, Universe!
Rachael Good is a
hard-working young woman, doing a great job as Avid Editor
and Motion Graphics person at cj advertising in Nashville. I
am SO proud of her.
I am still working on
fine-tuning my "Tribute Songs"....songs I'm writing
especially to honor people....those who have passed on, and
those who are still here. I'm trying to make them more
affordable. More on that soon.
Still working on
REMEMBERING to connect with God every day. Stowe and I start
every writing session with a prayer....and it makes SUCH a
Am going to go hop on
Rachael's eliptical machine now. Her first major purchase
sits in our den (and takes up a HUGE space....it's a
commercial grade one....taller than I am!) I am one grateful
woman today, and hope that you are finding peace, joy and
laughter in your world (and connection!)
So much love to you,
I'm in Italy!! It's
December 14th...I'm outside of Terni...was invited here to
write with my amazing new sister/friend Romina Arena. Please
check out her story, AND her voice.
We're writing with
this killer team....Francesco and Luca....they have a
current #1 song here in Italy. Luca is a poet, and we're
having great fun going back and forth between Italian and
English...God Bless Romina, the instant translator!
Francesco is one of those musical geniuses who creates the
track AS you're writing the song with him. Wow.
Dennis is with
me....we completed our trip to Puerto Rico, which I am madly
in love with. However, now I'm madly in love with Italy,
too! Oh Lord, send me some hit songs so I may travel to both
places frequently....buy a house in both places? I'd
celebrating my birthday in ROME, on the 22nd. Happy Birthday
to ME! My precious child Rachael got herself her first
real job!! I love my husband and am so proud of us for
coming up on 30 years.....and life is pretty freaking GOOD!!
I am grateful for my
"team"....Taylor/Sparky, Karen S., Ann P.....for my family,
and for my friends and "fans"....we must come up with a
better word. I'm grateful for those of you who appreciate my
Much love to all of
you, from Umbria....
It's NOVEMBER! October
was a blur!! I sure do love this time of year.
I do have some
terrific travel coming up. On Thanksgiving Day, Dennis and
leave for Puerto Rico, where we spend two days, then hop on
a ship bound for even further south. We spend a week on the
cruise, then back to PR for 4 more days. I'll be doing the
Sermon In Song at Unity of Caguas, which is 45 minutes south
of San Juan, and then traveling to the west coast, where
we'll be staying with a new Lion friend in his (reportedly)
amazing home on the cliffs above the ocean! Sweet, no?
And THEN, we get home
on Dec. 6th, we unpack and REPACK, slightly heavier
clothing, and on the 11th, we leave for ITALY! This came
about so suddenly...I have no doubt it's a big ole GOD
Check out my new dear
friend Romina Arena....www.rominaarena.com. You won't
believe her story. Talk about a survivor! And I adore
her...I mean, really adore her. And she feels the same way,
AND is in love with a couple of songs I sent her after I
read her story. They were written for her, I swear. I'll be
doing some writing with Romina and her producers, we'll be
camped out in Umbria....Dennis and I will be continuing our
30th Anniversary Celebration there! 8 days in Umbria, then
we'll go to Rome for 4 days, and come home on Christmas Eve.
I will have stories to tell, I'm sure!
Please know that I am
sending you lots and lots of love....and wishes for a
peaceful, sweet, stress-free holiday season. I know that
some of you are grieving some major losses in your life, and
that the holidays can be the toughest time. Be sure to seek
out support.....don't hole up all by yourself. Please.
Promise? You are in my heart.
So much love,
Hi sweet friends,
It's September. I'm so
grateful. August was toooooo flipping HOT! OK, I did make
the interesting choice to go to ARIZONA in August. WHAT was
I did have a wonderful
time, although I've never been so hot in my life! First time
in Prescott, AZ. (Be careful how you pronounce that! They'e
sensitive about it! "PRES-cut" is correct......not
"PRES-cot". Who knew?
I'm on my way to
Atlanta this weekend. My dear friend Jennifer Farren put
together a concert for me....One World Center in Marietta,
and then I'll be with Rev. David Ault at the Center for
Spiritual Living in downtown Atlanta.
Also rehearsing with
the choir at Congregation Micah here in Nashville. My
parents are buried right outside in their lovely
cemetery...it's a very special place. Happy Holidays to all
of my Jewish friends and family.
I've been a bit of a
basket case so far this month. Very emotional. I just read
that the full moon has a lot to do with it. I mean....I went
to get my teeth cleaned today, and ended up in tears! What's
THAT all about? (Of course, the fact that an unknown dentist
was poking around in my mouth, uninvited...and that he then
announced that I should have all 4 of my wisdom teeth
REMOVED...that might have been what pushed me over!!)
I'm wishing you calm
and peaceful days........and if you've been a basket case
too, I'm sending my special love and sympathies. It'll be
OK. Really. Man, I need to go listen to my song "It Gets
Love to you my
friends........thanks for stopping by,
It's August guys! What
is happening? Life is moving soooooo fast!
I apologize for not
writing in here recently. My computer crashed, and it's
taken me this long to RE-figure out how to get here!
I just got back from
Northern California.....my my....what a beautiful place. I
was at Asilomar for my first CSL Conference. It was an
amazing site, and I was so honored to be on a music team
with such talented musicians, singers, and writers. Found
out I LIKE being part of a team! Who knew?
Did my Sermon in Song
for Unity of Walnut Creek, and the Spiritual Living Center
in Sacramento............both very fine places.....and I was
very well received! It's probably my favorite thing to do
Am getting ready to
start choir rehearsals for the High Holidays at Congregation
Micah here in Nashville. It's a very special place....my
folks belonged, AND are both buried right there, out the
doors, in their lovely cemetery. Needless to say, I love
being over there.
Have THREE new songs
that are SO new they didn't make it on my brand new, 30-song
CD! So I'm going to figure out ways to GIVE them away to you
guys. If you're not on my email list, please sign up. Thems
are the folk who'll be getting these new songs, and you will
LOVE them. Wrote them with my friend Stowe Dailey Shockey....they
are funky, rock and roll songs about REALLY important
stuff!! "God Shaped Hole"....."Be Yourself".....and "It's
Not the End". They will make you dance wildly, and sing
along....and feel GREAT....I promise.
I love you sweet
people. Thanks for checking in. More soon, now that I know
how to get here! Big hugs, and giant smooches.....
Hi my friends,
It's June, it's
Nashville, it's HOT!
My new CD is out. I am
very, very proud of it. 30 new songs. 2 different
discs....so depending on your mood, you play the "Laugh,
Sing, Dance" or the "Reflect, Ponder, Contemplate". The song
for parents of special needs children is on there...."The
Life That's Chosen Me"....as is "It Gets Better", a powerful
song of encouragement...."I Am a Gift"....my first song
written with Karen Drucker, whom I adore.....and many more
very special songs. It was truly a labor of love.
I've been visiting my
sweet Lion family....in Maryland, Wisconsin, Idaho, Kansas,
California, Alabama, Tennessee. Now I'm home for 3 weeks,
and am getting geared up for the BIG, International
conference in Seattle in July. One of these days, I'll get
to hang out with the Lions in Franklin, where I live! Soon.
Next month, I'll be at
Unity Village....one of my favorite places on the earth. I'm
being honored with the "Grace Note" award this year, and it
is quite an honor. I'll be meeting and loving on music
directors and ministers from Unity churches all over the
Rachael Good is
graduating from college on June 16th! Halleluja!! I am very,
very proud of her. I was watching her do some computer
graphic magic yesterday. She's amazing. She has re-edited
her documentary, "Marbles", about my Mama and her life with
Dementia. Look for it on Youtube. Powerful. If you have any
room in your prayers to help me pray that she finds a
wonderful job....I thank you....and a wonderful MAN
(read....not a BOY) in her life as well. That will be a fine
Dennis and I are
looking at trips to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in
February. I'm leaning towards the Greek Isles in
October....just a bit early! If you have any thoughts,
please let me know!
I'm wishing you a
fabulous summer....filled with sun, water, laughter, joy,
music, and a peaceful heart. I appreciate you stopping by.
It's almost SPRING!
Can't you feel it in the air? Such a wonderful time or year,
and we SO need it, especially this year! My heart goes out
to all of you who suffered the worst of the winter storms
and floods. May this Spring be a season of warmth, and may
your dreams and desires blossom fully!
My new CD is ALMOST
out.........I thank each of you who pre-ordered it. I
promised it would be out in the Spring, and it will
be.....just closer to May than I had thought!
What else can I tell
you? I had an amazing reading by a psychic/medium in
Pensacola...a friend of Rev. Jamie Sanders from the Unity
Church there. Wow. I'm about 60% skeptical, and that was
conquered in the first 15 minutes. I have absolutely no
doubt that my Mama was in the room with us. Sharon Renae
totally blew my mind. www.sharonrenae.com. Check her out!
She does readings by phone, too.
My beautiful daughter
Rachael will graduate from the Art Institute here shortly.
Halleluja! She's been interning at a very cool place here in
town...they do computer animation...do a lot of stuff for
Sesame Street...tons of talented people. I am praying they
offer her a job.
We're gearing up for
my performance in Seattle, for 15,000 Lions from all over
the world! That's pretty exciting, and challenging....trying
to figure out how much product to bring, etc. I'm grateful
to have a wonderful team to help me...and am especially
grateful to my Lion friends Sharon Sikes, and Karen Sell.
Sharon is a project manager. I never knew what that was, or
why one would be needed.....until I performed for 3,000
Lions in Milwaukee last Sept, and I LEARNED!! They think
differently than us mere mortals! They see the BIG picture,
and figure out how to handle stuff before it ever happens.
She rocks my world! As does Karen....PR person from heaven.
She also thinks way differently than I do......thank
goodness! Add my Sparky and my Dennis, and we'll get 'er
I've just been
grateful lately...truly grateful....for my gifts, my
talents, my friends, my life in general. So....THANK YOU for
being in it!
I'm sending SO much
love your way,
I hope you're making
it through this interesting season unscathed! I'm trying to
figure out why the idea of taking a cruise from Dec 10th or
so through Jan 10th or so is more appealing each year. It
has to do with the traffic...the commotion....the
expectations....which might lead to disappointments...so
Dennis and I thought
we had an alternate plan that would work as well as the
cruise....so we announced that we would like to be excused
from Christmas Day plans this year. We found out that
the Japanese Buffet up the street was going to be open, only
$13.95, and the thought of NOT cooking anything, or cleaning
up anything, was SO very appealing! We thought we'd just lay
low, have a very peaceful day...(Rachael is going off with
boyfriend to his family)....we're having everybody over on
New Years Day, we were with everybody on Thanksgiving....we
figured it would be no big deal!
Boy, were we wrong! I
was absolutely astounded at the upset that
we...inadvertently, caused. At the end of the day, like it
or not, it seems that with the passing of both my parents,
and of our dear "Grampa", my stepson Tim's
grandfather....that Dennis and I have become ....dare I say
it...the ELDERS of the family. Choke. And how would I have
felt had my Mama and Daddy said...."oh, by the way, we don't
really want to be with you on this holiday". It would have
Plan B!! We are ALL
going up to the Japanese Buffet! And then we'll all go from
there to Tim & Lisa's (where the Wei Game is!) and we'll
play games together...all of us....no TV on...nobody is
allowed to turn on their computer....everyone must "join in
all the reindeer games".
So what are the
lessons here, my precious friends? The Holidays are about
FAMILY....about loving and sharing whatever time we have
together in this lifetime. And Life is changing, all of the
time, and we really need to go with it, and accept our new
roles as they come. And there will be no Holiday cruises in
my future, as long as my beloved family wants me there.
thought...having just watched "The Wizard of Oz" for the
500th time...I do believe that Dorothy summed it all up
May your Holidays be
filled with Love, Laughter and Light.
Here it is, October is
halfway done...and I am behind again! I have so much to
I'm in Wisconsin right
now....Wausau, actually....although I've recently been in
Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Eagle River, and
Unity....and tonight will be in Stevens Point. What is it
about me and Wisconsin? We have been given the official
cheese head hat (a giant wedge of cheese, in case you've
missed it!) and we have a hodag in our den (check out
Rhinelander, WI for further info). Tonight will finish up my
special events for Ministry Home Care Hospice
programs...tomorrow I head for Detroit and will be joining
my friends for a Posi Concert at Farmington Hills
Unity...then we head up to London, Ontario and to Kitchener,
Ontario for a couple more concerts.
My biggest news....on
September 25th, I was honored to be the closing keynote for
some 3,000 Lions from all over the US and Canada, and I have
many, many new Lion friends. I have recently become a Lion
myself....and must tell you....if you're looking for ways to
give back...to be of service to your community and to the
world....look no further! Find a Lions club in your area.
(If you think it's a social club...wrong! If you think it's
all male....wrong! If you think it's for older folks
only....wrong!) Just GO and attend a meeting or two. They
advise you to shop around and find the "perfect" club for
you. The Lions motto is ....."we serve"...and they do it so
beautifully. I'm very proud and honored to be a Lion. Come
join us. You'll find 1.35 MILLION Lion friends around the
world....in 200+ countries! Amazing. And they were recently
ranked ABOVE the Red Cross as a service organization. Lions
I'm sending each of
you a giant cyber hug....hope you can feel it. Be well. Get
you flu shot. Take good care of YOU.
I love you
Hi my sweet friends,
HOT, ain't it? I have
a feeling we'll ALL be happy when this month is over! I've
been doing my best to beat the heat...doing as many water
aerobics classes up at the Y as I can. What a great way to
get one's exercise...if you haven't tried it, do! You can
make it as intense as you want to...or you can just splash
around with your pals and have a great time!
Speaking of HOT, I'll
be off to El Paso here shortly, city of my birth. I'm doing
programs for the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, for the
Lion's, and for my friends at Unity of Las Cruces, NM.
Dennis is coming with me, so it will be much more fun and
much easier on me....I like that!
One of my August
highlights so far....I've been "coaching" my sweet
step-grandson Zach for his upcoming audition for Beauty and
the Beast. He auditions next week....keep your fingers
Another highlight was
spending a full day with my precious daughter Rachael
recently.....she did video and photography work for me, AND
we spent more time together than we have in a long while. It
was also the first time that I got a real sense of Rachael
as an individual....as a real person, not my child. It was
completely delightful........AND, wait til you see the
pictures she took! The best photo session I've ever had, and
oh my, I've had a few! It's pretty exciting when you see
your children coming in to their own, isn't it?
Still working with the
Busting Loose program, as I mentioned last month. Powerful
stuff. I don't know what it is about the way HE says it,
compared to all of the self-empowerment stuff I've read over
the years. I just really GET it with him.....feeling
And that's it for now.
Thank you SO much for stopping by. I'm sending you a
big cyber hug, AND a big ole sloppy cyber kiss, too. You
deserve to be loved on today!
Happy July, dear
Thanks for stopping by
here. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. It blows
me away, actually!
It's been very hot
here in Nashville, but we're now getting some much needed
rain and it's cooled off a bit. We all pay MUCH more
attention to the "flash flood warnings" these days. I'm so
grateful that my home was not affected by our floods
here.....and 1/2 mile down the road was under water.
My trips to California
and Washington State were wonderful. I got a chance to
reconnect with Unity ministers I've known for years, and
meet many new ones, as well. I was honored to "open" for
Barbara Marx Hubbard. Wow. Please let me be her when I'm 80.
I'm reading her book "Conscious Evolution" and it's really
amazing, as is she. Check her out if you haven't.
I flew from San Diego
up to Seattle on a gorgeous, clear day, and stopped in
Oakland on the way.....had a window seat on the left side of
the plane...and felt like I was in the middle of a travel
show. Wow. I see why people want to live in California,
Oregon, and Washington. So beautiful.
I'm mostly home this
summer....writing some....working on some new programs. I'm
honored to have been asked to give the closing keynote for
the Lions Clubs International USA/Canada Forum on Sept. 25th
in Milwaukee. I'll get to share the 2 songs I've written
(with my dear friend Lisa Aschmann) for the Lions, as well
as just loving on them for 45 minutes, and making sure they
know how wonderful they are.
Dennis and I are
reading a book called "Busting Loose From the Business
Game"...a highly spiritual book actually. We're about 1/2
way though, and I'm excited about putting the principles
into play. You may want to check it out.
And finally, let's
talk about YOU. I hope that you are treating yourself kindly
and with great love and respect. I'm sending big cyber hugs
your way....hope you can feel them.
end of May, and JUNE,
I just got back from
a wonderful trip to Germany, more Radical Forgiveness
stuff...I was proud to be a part of 2 presentations at the
Rainbow Spirit Festival in Baden Baden. There are lots of
sweet, open hearted souls in Germany right now. I was very
happy to learn this. If you're in a German speaking country,
check out the Tipping Institute....http://tipping-methode.de
Hina is an incredible facilitator of this work, and she and
her precious husband Thomas really get it.
What else? I don't
think I'd recommend traveling to Europe for 6 days....next
time, I'll make it MUCH longer! Those flights to and fro are
I'm off to the West
Coast next week.......hope to see you in Tustin, San Diego,
or the Seattle/Tacoma area.
First Mother's Day
without my Mama was strange....I'm so sure she and my Dad
are around me all of the time, but I would SO love a great
big SIGN to confirm. Know what I mean?
soon.........probably from the road. My love and thanks to
you for stopping by.
is good. I hope yours is, too.
Just got back from a
Radical Forgiveness weekend with my dear friends Colin and
JoAnn Tipping. If you don't know about Radical Forgiveness,
do yourself a GIANT favor and check them out.
www.radicalforgiveness.com. It's very powerful, amazing
stuff, especially if you're stuck in old, emotional crap.
This will clear you out FAST. I'm not kidding. I saw
people's FACES change...they dropped 20 years from Friday
afternoon until Sunday morning. It's almost magical. DO IT!!
And then thank me for sending you!
What else? I'm off to
some Posipalooza concerts in Florida at the end of the
month...come see me in Ft. Lauderdale, Vero Beach, or
I'm still excited
about my new Lions family....hope to meet more and more of
you. (Am working on meeting some Lions in Baden Baden,
Germany next month! They're everywhere!)
This will be short and
sweet....I feel the need to go exercise, and am afraid if I
don't just get off my butt, the mood will pass!
Please be well, and
thank you, thank you, for caring enough to stop by and read
Big love, large cyber
It's March, 2010. I
hope you'll forgive me for not keeping up with this page.
I'm going to do better now.
So much has happened.
My amazing Mama passed away on January 22nd. She was 94, and
yet, it was totally unexpected. Her death came quickly and
she went quite peacefully.
MY life is completely
different nowadays. I have so much time! I miss my Mama
very, very much, AND, I do very much appreciate this new
I just got back from
16 days out.....was in Seattle, Tacoma, Phoenix, Tucson, and
Grand Junction, CO. So many adventures...so many amazing
I have just discovered
the LIONS CLUBS. Where have I been? When you think Lions,
what image comes up for you? I'm ashamed to say that what
WAS coming up for me was a lot of old men! Well....guess
what? Lions Clubs are 40 % WOMEN now! And there are people
of ALL ages! And, most importantly, they are the NUMBER ONE
service organization in the WORLD. You just wouldn't believe
all of the wonderful things they do, for their neighbors,
for their communities, and for us all.
I'm so proud to tell
you..........I am now a member! Yup! I am a member of the
Downtown Tucson Lions Club! And I wrote 2 songs for the
Lions and got to share them with people in Washington state
and in Arizona. It was great!! Can't wait to see what else I
can do for these amazing people who do so much for others.
And now, I must make
this short, because I have promised my daughter Rachael that
I will help her go and set up so that she can go do her
"promotions" job this morning.....she'll be pouring little
cups of some brand of orange juice at the local Publix
grocery store. She has to wear a hair net. I am so proud of
her for working! (I won't be staying for the hair net/sales
part....I mean, a mother's love only goes SO far!!)
Thanks for stopping by
this page....I WILL keep it up again....and I love and
Big hugs from
Nashville, where Spring has Sprung! Woo Hoo!!!
How the heck are you?
I'm doing OK....am writing this up in Wisconsin...it's
November. I'd be repeating myself if I mentioned how FAST I
think the world is spinning these days........but I just
have to say it. What is going on here?
At any rate, I'm up
here doing some Gift of Hospice fundraisers...I'm an
honorary "cheesehead" I come up here so often! Then on my
way to Toledo for a keynote for the Area Office on Aging,
and a Unity of Toledo appearance.
What I've missed
telling you about is a great time in Saint Pete, with
Russell Brumfield and his Millionaire Mind Shift weekend.
Russell is the mastermind behind the I Am Power work....and
he's really quite brilliant. Check him out. He has a lot to
teach us, and his methods are unique and powerful.
I'm supposed to be
going to Ireland next month. I hope it all comes together!
I'll keep you posted. Hopefully, I'll write my next posting
My Mama is in her new
place, in a dementia care facility in Nashville. It was
incredibly difficult....for her & for me, AND, she's already
more relaxed than I've seen her in a long time. It's
definitely the right place for her, as hard as it was to
admit. Her money should hold out for another 2 years, if I
manage it correctly. Then.....I'm hoping to have some huge
cuts out there by that time!
I've had songs on
"hold" for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and several other
folks. None of the holds HELD, but I have faith. My
songplugger works hard and is very good at what she does. I
promise that you all will be the FIRST to know when I do get
a great cut.
And that's about it
for my life of late. I hope this finds you well and peaceful
and prosperous. Thanks for checking in.....and caring....and
please accept some giant cyber hugs from me.
With great love,
It was brought to my
attention that I have been neglecting this page. I
apologize. AND, I'd like to ask you to check out my blog at
I think perhaps you'll forgive me.
I promise to do
better. Just back from 10 days in Florida, again! First time
I've ever been in south Florida in the summer. Oh my.
And we still had a
great time. I did two of my new "Healing Hearts"
workshops...one in Ft. Myers, and on in Miami...and in
between, we went to see our dear friend Margarita in Key
West. Did a nighttime swim in the ocean just outside her
door....there was a full moon. It was so amazing...there we
were, floating on our noodles...me and Margarita and Tanju,
her good friend. Just the three of
us.........uh..........no, let me see. We were alone for
about 30 seconds....THEN we were joined by HOARDS of the
most aggressive mosquitoes I've ever experienced. They bit
my nose, my ears, my cheeks, my neck, my shoulders. I
was swatting left and right, trying to enjoy the ocean and
the moon and the palm trees. They hardly lit on Margarita or
Tanju....just ME. Tasty me.
And just when they
were starting to think I was the biggest WUSS of all time, I
started to feel these ELECTRIC SHOCKS on my left arm. Oh my
God! "Oh...they're just stinging nettles....we must have
passed through their territory"
That was it. Enough.
Buh Bye ocean. Buh Bye full moon. Give me swimming pools
from now on!!
My daughter Rachael
will be 26 this coming week. Hard to believe. We're having a
get together and dinner for her at the house. I'm so
grateful that she's my child...and that she made it through
her "dark days", and that she's in school and doing great.
AND, I'm grateful for
you....grateful that you took the time to check in here. I'm
sending you my love, my warm wishes for a lovely summer,
free from mosquitoes, stinging nettles, and filled with
peace and friendship.
Lots of love to you,
Just got back from 2
1/2 weeks in Florida. Ahhhh. It was truly wonderful. My Mom
did great. I DID lie for the first week plus a bit, then it
got too weird, and I actually told her I was out of town.
She was fine.
I am grateful for
wonderful friends in my life. We stayed with friend Gail in
Miami, and with friend Margarita in Key West. Great friends,
great homes...one on a lake, the other on the ocean. Life is
I ended up co-writing
an amazing song in Key West. I'm so happy that I said "YES"
to Ms. Dawn Wilder when she asked. It's about a young girl
who gets pregnant, has the baby, tries very hard to raise
it, then loves it enough to give it up for adoption. It's a
I'm taking Life
Mastery with Mary Mannin Morrisey, and loving it. We are the
co-creators of our lives. Wow. It's one thing to know that
on an intellectual level, and quite another to put into
practice! I'm sure I'll be working this programs for the
rest of my life.
I am loving you guys
and gals. THANK YOU so much for stopping by.
Big cyber hugs to all.
OH my word!!
everyone! This is insane. I have only the lamest of
excuses....I couldn't get in here due to a technical
difficulty....but that's only been for the last 3 weeks or
so. For the OTHER month, I can only claim a muddled brain!
It's quite cold here
in Nashville...which is why Dennis and I will be heading to
Florida in a few weeks! I am concerned about leaving my Mama
for that long, AND, I must work, and I must have a
life....right? She lives in a lovely assisted living
facility....they take good care of her....it's just that she
treats me like a 5 year old would treat her Mama....and I'm
the Mama...you see? How scary would it be when you're 5 to
have your Mama leave town for several weeks? So...I'll be
lying for the first week....saying I'm sick, I'm
working....(theraputic lying, it's called) and then
eventually I may have to fess up.
Please give generously
to the Alzheimer's Association for research. Do you know how
many people have this disease? Check this out:
Approximately 5.2 million Americans have
Alzheimer’s disease; by 2050, 11-16 million
people are projected to have the disease.
One if the most startling statistics is: One
in six women of the baby boomer generation,
and one in 10 men of this generation, will
develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.
That's just not right.
We have got to do something about this. Actually, if you
want to give to someplace amazing, check out Abe's Garden
here in Nashville. (www.abesgarden.org)
That's it for now. I'm
thanking you for stopping by, and sending big cyber hugs
your way. Please know that you are loved.
Hi dearest friends,
Thanksgiving is over,
winter is coming, we cancelled our trip to Hawaii, and life
continues to be interesting!
November has been
packed with Hospice Fundraisers, and a first-hand look at
caregivers working with perinatal loss. Very special people.
Also with Unity friends in Indianapolis and in
Charlottesville....also very special people.
I made two new
friends, Randy and Cheryl, who have two special needs
children. Listening to their story opened me up to receive
an amazing song idea from the Universe....I went to my dear
friend Lisa Aschmann to finish it, and Randy came to town to
produce the recording. It's quite an amazing song and
production. My friend Jason Garner did an incredible job
programming and playing, and Chris Graffanino played
spectacular guitar on it. (OK...and I sang my butt off on
I can't wait to share
the song with you. We'll be debuting it at an event in AZ in
May, but I'll keep you posted on all of the goings on before
I'm talking with a
publisher in town who may be the answer to my prayers and
affirmations about wanting a TEAM to work with....I've been
doing my own publishing for 8 years....it's very lonely, and
very hard to do!
I'll keep you posted
on that front, too. Thank you so much for stopping by here.
We're working on video blogs that will be FUN and very
cool....coming soon to this website. Keep coming back.
I'm sending each one
of you a giant hug.....remember to breathe during these
Holiday get togethers.....and remember that each one of
those annoying, obnoxious relatives is just like YOU, and
that we are all children of God, doing the very best we can.
Happy Chanukah. Merry Christmas. Joyous Kwanza.
I'm so thrilled that
the air is turning crisp and cooler. It's October, and I've
been busy singing in the choir for the High Holidays at
Congregation Micah here in Nashville. It's such lovely,
complicated music, and me being an alto...I get to sing all
of the cool harmony parts! The music would be difficult if
we were singing in English, only most of the time, it's
transliterated Hebrew! As they say in the old
My September was
amazing. The folks I met from Auto Owners were terrific, the
CSR's from all over the country were lovely and fun...my
Unity of Houston Women's group was powerful and
amazing...due in large part to Mary Mannin Morrisey, who is
possibly my favorite teacher on the planet. Her daughter
Jennifer was there too, and she has become a wonderful
teacher/healer too with her body work....movement.....dance.
I was astounded at how much good it does my soul to move my
body to music. Duh. How could I not know that? Or forget
that? Oh well....it's good to remember. We all need to
dance. In private, preferably! I ended up just sobbing
sometimes, right before I was laughing and leaping for joy!!
Have been writing some
wonderful songs....several LOVE songs...so different for me.
Yup....no issues....no angst, no drama or trauma....just
sweet sappy love songs....GOOD ones, mind you! Of
course I've also been writing some fun, funny stuff, and
some heavy ones here and there.
What else? Rachael has
switched her major from audio engineering to film and video.
I fully expect her to excel, and make terrific movies, and
be able to pay back the student loans which are piling up
rapidly....with ME as cosigner!
To that end....I have
decided to see if there's a publisher around who is thrilled
with my songs and wants to make a lot of money with
them....as well as possibly changing some lives. When I find
THAT publisher, it will be a great day! I am very,
very good at creating songs......as for the business
end...not so much.
Off to upstate New
York and Canada next. I hope to see some of you up there. I
can't thank you enough for stopping by here, and checking
Please know that you
are loved....and that you are here on this planet to do what
YOU came to do....nobody else can do it....you are
completely unique in that regard. I'm excited for you.
Much love and many
Greetings my friends,
I've been unable to
get in here to "blog" for several months. I apologize,
It's nice to be back
in action here! It's mid September...and this is one crazy
travel month for me. I've been in Lansing, MI, and in
Kansas City, Omaha, and somewhere else that I can't recall.
I WON!!! Colorblind
won a Posi award this week. I'm excited. I do so love
that song, and hope that it continues to get out to the
world and be heard.
More soon, I promise.
I'm just home from the airport, and it's waaay past my
bedtime. I hope that each one of you is happy and healthy,
and remembering who you are.....a most precious child of
God....deserving of all good things.
Love and kisses,
Hi dear people,
OK....so, what happend
to JUNE? Literally. You might notice that there's a missing
month. Yup. There is. And what is my excuse for such
negligence? Overloaded brain circuits is the only one I can
come up with. I hope you'll forgive me.
So, here we are in JULY,
of 2008. My baby will be a quarter of a century old this
month. My word. She has her first ever gig
"spinning" records today. Drum and bass. If you have
no idea what that is, it's ok. I wouldn't, if not for Rachael.
I was in Toledo, OH for
the first time last month. What a lovely city, and what
amazing people. I did a musical keynote for the Area Office on
Aging, and was just blown away by the dedicated, powerful
people that I met. There are so many ways to make a difference
in this world, and it's exciting to be around people who are
doing just that.
Since we spoke last, I
was also in Pittsburgh for the first time. Also a lovely
city....quite beautiful, actually. Who knew? Three rivers,
very green and hilly, and again.....amazing people doing very
My Mom's dementia
continues to progress. She caused a little flood in her
assisted living apartment this week when she started to fill
up her sink to wash out a cup, and then went down to have her
hair done. Oops. She'll be 93 next month.
On this 4th day of July
as I write to you all, I am grateful to live in this country,
and have high hopes that we will come together AS a united
nation after the elections this year. I am saddened and
troubled by how divisive we've become. We really do have much
more in common than not, whoever we're going to vote for.
Dennis and I will be off
to Florida for 12 days later this month. If you're in the
Jacksonville area, I hope to see you either at Jacksonville
Unity, Unity of Gainesville, or on Amelia Island.
Promising to do better
keeping in touch here....especially since my guest book seems
to be dead at the moment. Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can't leave a message in the guest book.
Loving and appreciating
you, more than you know.
It's MAY!! We are
actually having a Spring here in Nashville. And it's very,
very beautiful. There's a mama dove who will not move from her
nest in our bradford pear tree, under which I park my car
every day. I had some straw type stuff in my outside planters,
which I've been watching all the birds in the neighborhood
come and get beak-fulls of to build their nests. I'm happy to
I've been home all of
April, which was a good thing. We got Rachael moved into the
basement (a nice finished basement with a bathroom and a
separate entrance). My Mom has been extremely confused and
needy this month, so I've felt like it was perfect that I've
been here. Tho frankly, just between you and me, I'm
DYING to get out of town for a moment. It seems that
only when I'm on the road do I allow myself to not worry so
much about her. I actually found my notes from my
co-dependency week which I did many years ago. I think it's
time to restudy all of that material. Holy cow. This is
absolutely the most difficult Life-challenge I've had to face
yet. Much harder than dealing with my Daddy's death.
I'm off to Savannah, GA
this week to do a program with my friends at the Alzheimer's
Assoc. I hope to give AND receive much comfort there.
I'll also be in
Pittsburgh this month, doing a program for nurses....and since
caregivers are my absolute HEROES, I'm excited about
Did I tell you that I
completed a 13-song CD in SPANISH?? I took some of my favorite
songs, and had my amazing friend Walter Suhr translate them
into Spanish. He and his lovely partner Susannah came to
Nashville and were with me in the studio, to be sure no Gringa-isms
crept in. I'm lucky to have a good accent....being born in El
Paso and having help from across the border all my life is a
blessing. If you know of some people, organizations,
countries, churches, who could use some meaningful, healing
songs in Spanish, please write to me and let me know! (email@example.com)
I'm slowly reading
Oprah's new pick from Eckert Tolle....it is quite a wonderful
book. I shall now be going back to read his previous
book, The Power of Now. (I bought it and kept it by my bed for
a year.....what was that about? Did I think the information
might seep up though the mattress and into my consciousness as
I slept?) Anyhow....I'm into him now, thank you Oprah,
and I recommend both books to you if you haven't checked them
Big hugs, much love, and
many thanks to you all for stopping by here. Drop me a line.
Let me know how YOU are this wonderful Spring.
I SWEAR I wrote a March
letter.....I have absolutely NO idea where it went! Sometimes
I find computers quite mystifying! At any rate.....
HAPPY APRIL!! HAPPY
SPRING! I love Spring....and I'm grateful to live in
Nashville, where we actually have four wonderful
Seasons! I had some great trips in March, but do I
remember them now? Nope. I'm sure if I looked in my
calendar they would all come back to me....but, let's live in
This month I am home a
lot, which turned out to be a very good thing. My beautiful
daughter Rachael transferred from the Art Institute in Atlanta
to the branch in Nashville, and is moving back home for a
while. We are all both delighted and worried about this new
situation! I remember living on my own, and then moving back
home. It's tough. I never thought about how it was on MY
parents......and now I know that it was tough on them,
too! The good news is, I adore my child, and hearing her
laughter in this house again is a very, very good thing. MY
challenge is mostly to realize that she's 24, and a capable
young woman, and not slip back into codependent Mommy
mode. That's very tough. I want to FIX her every
problem. I want to MAKE her happy all of the time. It's
exhausting.....and completely pointless! As I wrote in a song
about just this thing...."I'M NOT THAT POWERFUL!"
cleared out the basement, which was quite an
undertaking....all of my product, Dennis' office....a
treadmill.....to make a great space for her, where she can
make her music anytime of the night or day, and come and go as
she pleases, and have some privacy. The UHaul gets unloaded
this very afternoon.....(we've hired some muscle...I'm not
My precious stepson Tim
stepped in and PAINTED the basement for us! God bless
him......and my lovely daughter in law Lisa taught me how to
actually USE the Myspace page that Rachael had set up for me.
I feel that I've traveled MANY light years into the new
century these past few days.
My Mama's brain
connections continue to disappear....one at a time. It's
sometimes frustrating, sometimes painful.....and I still
choose to believe that it's perfect, and that she's just
"letting go". We still have an amazing connection,
and still have some fun, sweet times together.
I hope that life finds
you well.........that you're able to enjoy a beautiful Spring
this year. Remember that you are not alone.....that you can't
do everything by yourself, and that it's important to ASK for
HELP! I wrote a cool chorus recently and shared it with many
writers at the Harmonizing with Humanity event in Phoenix (oh
yes....THAT'S where I was in March!)....it goes like this:
I don't have to do
everything by myself
And a gift that is given
So please help me learn
how to ASK for help
And then help me learn
how to TAKE it.
My love to all of
you......thanks for checking in,
Happy February All!
I'm just back from my
first ever trip to Palm Springs, CA. Wow. What a gorgeous
place. It's like my El Paso mountains x 100!! More of them,
taller, some with snow on top....but still brown and rugged,
and just amazing. AND, this was also my first ever time with
the Girl Scout folks. Again, wow. What a powerful and special
group of women (and an occasional terrific man!). I was so
honored to be able to share some songs and thoughts, and to
bestow some well-deserved pats on the back for the work
that they do. I often wonder how very different my Rachael's
life would have been had she not quit her Girl Scout
Ah well....all I can say
is, if you have a daughter, OR a granddaughter, do everything
you can to get them involved in Girl Scouts. What an
empowering organization it is.........and Lord knows, girls
growing up in this day and age need a lot of empowering, and
great role models. Go Girl Scouts!!!
Valentine's Day! This Valentine's Day also marks mine and
Dennis' 26th wedding anniversary! Halleluja. I'm grateful for
every day of those 26 years....even the ones when I wanted to
kill him! It's amazing how much garbage two people can dish
out to each other, and still get through it, and still love
and respect each other.
I'm heading to
Springfield, IL this weekend....(15th-18th)....mostly to work
on a book project with my co-author, but also to share with
Unity of Springfield. And all of this on President's Day
weekend! Thank you Abe....you rock!
I continue to find
tremendous help and healing in the "Ask and It Is
Given" book, and the CDs from their workshops. Very
powerful stuff, which I recommend highly. My meditation space
is back up and running, I keep the fountain plugged in and the
waters flowing in there. I can't recommend that enough......if
you don't have a quiet space for yourself, where you can go
and talk to God (or your Higher Power, or Fred, or whoever you
talk to....and LISTEN to).....please make one for yourself. My
life is so, so much better when I take advantage of that.
That's about it for now.
Thank you so much for your guest book entries...for your
emails, and your purchases of my music and books. I am very
grateful for you, and I'm sending you each a big cyber hug,
Have a great
I'm late again! What is
up with me? At any rate....Happy New Year!!! May 2008 be the
best, healthiest, happiest, most prosperous year ever, for us
Just back from 2 lovely
weeks in Florida. We were in St. Pete, Bradenton Beach, Miami,
and Key West. It was all quite heavenly, actually. Great
people, wonderful presentation, lots of hugs and two-way
appreciation. Our return was very shocking to my
system however......Sat. it was at least 85 in Key West, and
Sunday night when we got home to Nashville, it was 11
degrees!! Good grief!
Oh well, my dearest
step-son Tim picked us up, had the car all pre-warmed (his car
has BUTT warmers, too!) and he and Dennis carried all the
luggage into the house (as I sang a chorus of "I enjoy
being a girl!") And I do! Thanks to men everywhere, who
so kindly and gallantly do the shlepping. We love you for it!
So....what else is new?
I'm off to Palm Springs, CA in Feb. to do a presentation for
300 Girl Scout directors. I'm excited about that. Hoping to do
some work on our house here during the rest of January. We're
thinking about hardwood floors instead of carpeting. We both
seem to be getting more allergic the older we get!
I've got my meditation
space going again......I so recommend that to all of us. It's
so important to get away from the world, the noise, the TV,
mothers and husbands and children, and just be with ourselves,
and our Creator. Just imagine this amazing stream of
creativity, of understanding, of peace, and of answers to all
of Life's big questions......and it's broadcasting all of the
time....24/7. Our only job to get quiet enough to tune in! How
easy is that?
I'm going to end this
now, and go do just what I'm suggesting! I'm sending big hugs
to each of you, and lots of love. Thank you so much for taking
your precious time to come by here.
Happy, happy New
Holy Cow! What has
happened to November? Have I mentioned my theory that the
world is somehow actually spinning a LOT faster than it used
to, and that's why life seems to be going by sooooo fast???
I'm only halfway kidding. How would we know? Any science
brains out there, write me a note!
At any rate, here we
are, it's already the end of November, so this will be my
Nov/December letter to you all! I spent a large part of
Oct and Nov. on the road. It was really good, if exhausting. I
started out by myself in Colorado. Visited my dear friends JD
Martin and Jan Garrett, got to stay with them and write with
them in their lovely home near Aspen. Shared a Sermon In Song
at my good friend Rev. Sue Ellen Kelly's church in Denver,
then did a Wednesday night at Mile Hi. Both of those were
lovely. The music team at Mile Hi just rocks, and I adore
them. I also did a Sermon In Song at Unity of the Mountains,
near Vail, and that was also wonderful.
In Boulder, I visited my
cousin Morris and his lovely family, stayed a night with them,
and went hiking with Morris and his doggie one morning, up in
the foothills. Gorgeous. Then my friend Liz and I presented a
"breakout session" on our Gift of Hospice
fundraising program at the National Association of Home Care
and Hospice in Denver. We stayed at a VERY cool hotel in
Denver, close to the convention center. The name escapes me
right now, but write to me if you need to know. Each floor has
a different theme, they have room service items and packages
for your DOG....it was just way cool.
Then, I shared a
powerful weekend with some amazing women from Atlanta Unity
North at their women's retreat. Wow. It was quite something. I
did a keynote presentation, and then an hour and half
workshop, using my songs of course. These women were brave and
had the biggest, most wide-open hearts I've ever run across.
It was terrific.
Let's see....I was home
for one night, picked up Dennis, and we left for Chicago, then
Kansas City, where I participated in a Speaker's Showcase for
Five Star Speaker's Bureau. That was really cool, too. There
are some very talented speakers out there in the world.....ok,
and a few rather dry and boring ones too.....but all in all, I
was blown away. I realize that my keynotes are not for
everyone.....sometimes the addition of music sort of freaks
people out...especially those business settings where they're
used to rather dry and boring speakers! But I've gotten
a few nibbles already....most probably from the healthcare
fields and women's groups, where I seem to fit in the best.
THEN, we were off to
Nebraska, where we met up with our lovely friend Jennifer from
the Nebraska Hospice Assoc., and we began our week long trek
across Nebraska, doing the Gift of Hospice fundraisers, and a
couple of other programs along the way. I love Nebraska! Good
people there. (Seems that there are good people everywhere....ain't
I caught some nasty bug
along the way, towards the end, but made it through every gig,
then gave my bug to Dennis, who has since given it back to me.
We are such a sharing and giving couple!
My Mama is a mess
still....more so.....and yet she is still, very often, my
funny, charming Mama. My daughter Rachael was home for several
days. She's gorgeous, loving the Art Institute in Atlanta, and
wanting to stay there. I am praying for more hit songs and
more keynotes and church gigs to be able to help her do just
And to you, my precious
friends............I am wishing the JOYS of the season, and
none of the CRAP. Please take care of
yourselves....physically, and emotionally.....and spiritually.
(I keep forgetting that last one, and I get in big trouble
Big Holiday hugs and
kisses......please keep in touch.
I apologize, profusely,
for not writing this September entry until today, Sept
27th. I had some technical difficulties with my website,
and they were just resolved. Therefore, I think I'll make this
my September/October entry!
I've been traveling a
good bit. Just got back from Unity Village, where the New
Thought Music Awards were held. It was great to hang out with
my peers and friends. They are quite amazing. If you have all
of MY music, and are looking for other meaningful, great
stuff, check out these people: JD Martin, Peter Mayer,
Greg Tamblyn, David Roth, Greg Greenway, Tom Kimmel, Jana
Stanfield, Faith Rivera, Jan Garret.....for starters! Google
them, or write to me if you can't find them.
Then we were up in
Wisconsin, which is becoming like my second home. It was
beautiful up there.....very fall-like, which was a JOY after
such a hot August in Nashville!
I'm off to Colorado here
in a few days. I'll be doing this trip on my own....Dennis has
his own golfing adventure planned. It's so much easier on me
when he's traveling with me....but then again, I do feel more
like an adventurer when I'm solo. I may even try a GPS system
for the first time. Lord help me figure it out!!
Life is good here.
Rachael is making her own life in Atlanta, and spending some
time in North Carolina with friends. ??? I haven't been made
privy to that info yet. My Mom is a mess. She has made
up a terrible, not true story about her caregiver, who is my
life saver....and never wants to see her again. For some
reason, she forgets everything else, but she's not forgetting
this. I'm scrambling around trying to find other helpers, for
I am out of town a lot these next few months.
THE NEW SONGBOOK is
completed! It's really lovely.....please check it out if
you're looking for good music to play and sing yourself.
That's it for now. I
send my love to each of you. Get your flu shot (if you believe
in them), eat your chicken soup (unless you're a vegan) and be
good to yourself. You are in my thoughts.
It's August! I
don't know what it's like where you are, but here in
Nashville, it is HOT. I mean, really HOT. And did I mention,
it's HOT??? I can't remember ever having this many 100+ degree
days here. And, it's not like El Paso where I grew up. We had
lots of 100 degree days there.....but there was no humidity.
Here.....it's hard to breathe!! Oh whine, whine, moan,
complain.....OK, I feel better now. Thanks for listening.
So.....what else? I took
my precious 91 year old Mama up to Detroit for a family
reunion. God Bless my husband Dennis for coming with, or I
couldn't have handled it. The great news is, she was a
star.....the honored elder....and she was loved on so much. We
have a very wonderful, affectionate family. For a week
afterwards, that's all she could talk about....however, our
two day trip to Detroit became a week long trip to Canada? in
her mind.....and now....three weeks later, she does NOT
remember going, and got really scared and freaked out when I
assured her that she had.
I'm finally taking my
own advice, that I've been dispensing to others for several
years, and going to an Alzheimer's/dementia support group. I
just need help knowing how to do this better.
My travel schedule is
about to pick up again.....I'm actually looking forward to it
quite a bit. I mean....what's not to love? I get to share my
music with amazing people, get to travel to different spots
and see new things, I get paid to do this....AND my Mama can't
grasp that a CELL PHONE comes with me when I leave town, so I
get a respite from the constant phone calls. (Bet you can tell
that I need to find a support group, eh? This is really hard
stuff to deal with. )
Rachael is doing well in
Atlanta. I miss her terribly......have not touched her
room....we just keep the door shut. I guess some day I might
do something with the space!
LOTS of new songs.
Please be on the lookout for a new CD. I'm going to do one as
a "pre-release" without all of the expensive paper
stuff....and it will cost less. I can't wait til you hear
Did you receive my email
blast about the Radical Empowerment Cruise? Come cruising with
me and Dennis and the amazing Colin Tipping, creator of
Radical Forgiveness and Radical Empowerment. He's one of my
favorite teachers....his work is powerful, and last year's
cruise was fantastic. The cruise is in February.....the
Mexican Riviera. Go visit Colin's website to learn more: www.radicalforgiveness.com.
He'll even help you manifest the money to come! Tell them I
sent you, then join us for a beautiful, transformational week.
And that's about it for
my life. For now. It's too hot to write more. (whine, whine) I
love you dear friends.....thank you for stopping by.
Big HOT kisses and
Happy July! Things are
interesting here in the Good household. Rachael has moved out,
for real....this is the first time she ever took her bed with,
so it certainly feels final. She's starting school in Atlanta
this month. I am happy for her.....she'll be 24 on the 22nd of
this month, so I know she needs her own life. It sure does
feel strange to look into her room tho. Isn't being a parent a
weird thing? This is why we raise them....so they can leave! I
might have preferred the old days, when everybody hung around
the farm....maybe built separate houses on the property?
At any rate.....what
else is new? I've been writing a lot, and some really amazing
songs. I'm grateful for my wonderful co-writers, and to God
for allowing me to receive these songs. I can't wait to share
them with you.
My husband Dennis, my
love, will be SIXTY FIVE next month. Good grief! How did that
happen? He thanks those of you who will be paying for his
retirement! My Mama is hanging in there. Her broken foot has
healed, and I am again amazed at the human body. Even 91 year
old bones can heal! Great work, oh Creator. You rock!
I've been feeling the
presence of my Daddy more lately. (He made his transition in
2005). He sends me money on my morning walks. I walk the same
route, and there is always money there for me. This morning
was a 27 cent morning!
I continue to be blessed
by my family....my stepson Tim and my daughter-in- law
Lisa.........and my family of friends.....Merri, Sparky,
Ta......I just don't know what I'd do without them.
And I am blessed by
you...........you have no idea what it means to me that you
are taking your valuable time to read this, and to listen to
my music. I am sending each of you a great big cyber hug. Be
well. Be gentle with yourselves. Laugh often. Sleep
I love you,
Happy June! I just
returned from yet another Pozipaloosa tour...these were in
Florida, and they were wonderful. The next batch I get to
participate in are in North Carolina and Virginia. Please
check my schedule, AND check this website for details: www.itoiministries.org
While I'm on a roll
here, I want to also turn you on to www.radicalforgiveness.com
That's my friend Colin Tipping's website. We are doing another
Radical Forgiveness/Radical Empowerment CRUISE in Feb. Please
come. We had an amazing time last year. Colin's work is so
powerful, and the combination of his work and my music is
What else can I share
with you? I've been writing a good bit.....songs, AND I'm
working on a book with my dear friend Liz Sheahan. We got
together in the Wisconsin Dells a few weekends ago, and wrote
and brainstormed and wrote some more. We also had an amazing
time playing! We ended up in a local restaurant/bar for dinner
one night, and were there as they began.....yes...their
karaoke set! Well....Liz said she'd give me a dollar if
I would sing "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye", which
I wrote of course. I had a few more sips of my drink, and I
did it!! Too much fun. Of course, Liz was telling the
waitresses that I wrote it....and I'm pretty sure nobody
believed her, but they did think I sang it quite well!!
I haven't been
meditating lately....and it shows. I am promising myself here
and now, publicly, that I will clean out my sweet meditation
space down in the basement, and begin again. It's so
important, and yet I allow myself to get out of the habit. Ah
well.....shall not beat myself up!
And I hope that you are
not beating yourself up.....and I hope that you are giving
yourself some meditation/quiet/prayer time. I really believe
that God sends us messages during those times........and we
just won't get them if we don't allow that space and time and
I love you.....thank you
for caring enough to come and check this page out. Be
well..........take good care of yourselves.....remember that
your picture is up on God's Refrigerator!
It's MAY, it's
MAY.....the lusty month of May!! .....Sorry....I slipped into
one of my favorite movies of all time........Camelot!! Don't
know that I'm feeling the "lusty" part, truthfully!
But May it is, and summer is a comin'.
I just did a Pozipaloosa
up in Kansas City and Wichita. Met a new friend...the
amazingly talented Peter Mayer. He and my good buddy David
Roth and I were "in the round". I highly recommend
these Pozi shows (positive music) if there is ever one in your
area....check it out! Some great songwriters, musicians, and
My mama broke her poor
little foot. We had a few very bad days....pain killers and
dementia are not a pretty combination. I'm grateful that she
didn't break a hip. She's getting used to wearing the big,
cumbersome "boot", and using the walker. (I had
wondered why I wouldn't give away my daddy's walker!) I'm also
very grateful to the kind, patient people who work at her
assisted living facility. It takes a very special kind of
person to work with all of those
beautiful/demanding/interesting old folks!! God bless them.
Happy Mother's Day to
all who fit the category. I'm looking forward to honoring MY
Mama, and to being honored myself, frankly! Being a mother is
a tough gig. When your world is falling apart and you need
someone to blame....yup! It's all HER fault! I've done it to
my own sweet Mama, and I've had it done to me. Ouch. Oowie.
Hurts. Wonder why we do that?
May your Mother's Day be
joyous. If your mother is gone, if she wasn't a great
mom........may you forgive her. If she's still here, my wish
for you is that you know that she did her best, and may you
forgive her. And if YOU are a Mother, please know that you
have done your best, and may you forgive yourself.
Have a wonderful May, my
dear friends. May we all find a bit of the
I love and appreciate
you so much,
Happy Easter! Happy
Passover! Happy April!
Hi dear friends,
Is Spring a wonderful
time, or what? I truly love it. I've been hearing, from Esther
Hicks and Abraham, about how being in a state of GRATITUDE is
the closest we come, ever, to being in our natural
state.....and how when we ARE in that state, we are wide open
to receive all of the gifts the Universe has lined up for
us....gifts that we may be holding away from ourselves by
unconscious negativity. I get that today. I am all alone
in my sweet house, just being overcome by a sense of
well-being and gratitude.
I wish I could bottle
this feeling, right now, so I could recapture it when I am in
the dumps.....which happens WAY too often. So I'm trying to
analyze WHY I'm feeling this way. OK.....I did go to a high
energy water aerobics class this morning. That must have
something to do with it. AND, I came home and ate really well
(fresh steamed veggies, fresh fruit), and in alignment with
what I have promised myself I'd eat in order to lose those
nasty 10 pounds that crept up on me this winter.
So...........All of that makes sense. Exercise my
body....check! Eat good natural, healthy stuff. Check! KEEP MY
WORD, to myself especially. Check! Hot dog! I might be
on to something here!
Those of you who have
signed my guestbook lately.......bless you. Your entries
always lift me up, and encourage me to keep on doing what I'm
By the way, it just
occurred to me that since my favorite book these days is
called "Ask and it is Given", that I should actually
share what's up in my life, and possibly
raising money to start Song Guru Enterprises. I'll have over
400 songs in the publishing company, my CDs and books will be
in there, as well as some exciting new projects. I plan on
making my investors a LOT of money, while we change the world,
one song at a time!
interested, please send an e-mail to my dear husband Dennis,
who is captaining the investment piece. firstname.lastname@example.org
I send you SO much love,
sweet friends. Thank you, thank you, for appreciating my
music. I don't know what I'd do without you. May this Spring
season be one of renewal for your spirit and your soul.
I love you,
Hi my dear
Happy March to you! I
had a totally wonderful beginning to this month. Dennis and I
were in Key West, staying with our lovely friend Margarita.
She lives right on the water, in a very peaceful spot 15 miles
up from the town. I got to commune with nature in a BIG way. I
saw more pelicans on this trip than I ever have.....and up
quite close and personal! (I have a major thing about
pelicans!) Our friend Pedro introduced us to the giant Tarpons
(big fish, if you're like me and didn't have a clue) that live
right outside his back door in the canal. He feeds them and
they go crazy! There were many Ibises (lovely white big birds
with long curved thin beaks) who would line up on the
telephone wires....and seagulls, and doves and heron. We
ate fresh fish that Margarita had just caught, and lobsters
that she caught and froze last lobster season. Oh yum. And
Paco the Parrot invited me, for the first time in 5 years, to
pet his head! (This invitation came immediately after he bit
me. I love you Paco, but you might be just a touch bi-polar!)
So....I am refreshed and
renewed, and ready for Spring! I'm grateful that Mercury is
not longer retrograde, too. That is ONE aspect of Astrology
that I'm quite sure is for real. Communication becomes very
difficult, nobody calls you back, deals get stuck on
hold.....it's frustrating! AND, that's over for now, thank
goodness. I'm already seeing things begin to flow again, and
I'm actually grateful
for LOTS of things in my life. I find that making a (mental or
written) gratitude list is a surefire way of getting out of a
funk...which I find myself in quite a bit, I'm afraid.
So.....I'm grateful for my talents, for my husband, for my
child, for my Mama, for my family and my friends....and for
YOU, for taking your valuable time to visit me here.
Please accept a great
big cyber hug from me. Be well. Be happy. Be GRATEFUL. I
life continues to SPEED by. Does it still go by slowly when
you're young? Or has it sped up for everyone? Feel free to
comment in the guestbook if you have any insights there,
My precious stepson Tim
lost his Mama this morning. I would appreciate your prayers
and thoughts for him......Tim Good. He is such a fine man. He
brought his mom, Judy, and his grampa John to live with him
here in Nashville about a year ago. Judy had early onset
Alzheimers. She was only 63. Grampa is 97. Tim and his amazing
wife, my dear daughter in law Lisa, have been caring for the
two of them. I have learned so much from watching them. It's
pretty wonderful to SEE unconditional love in action.
this strange, challenging and wondrous thing we call
LIFE...it's pretty intense, isn't it? I'm sure it's supposed
to be, all part of the Plan, etc.......AND, it can be quite a
My wish for you this
month is that you enjoy this ride called Life.....that you
find friends, loved ones, pets, to be with and to share your
joys and sorrows. I find myself very, very grateful today for
all of those souls who are sharing MY journey.
Thank you for being
among them. Be well. Sleep. Breathe. Laugh.
A brand new year. Wow.
My wish for you.........may your 2007 be filled with new
adventures, lots of self-love and appreciation, lots of
gratitude, much forgiveness for yourself and others,
prosperity, a peaceful mind and heart, and excellent health.
Actually, that list
pretty much covers MY wishes for 2007, too! Big news
coming........Dennis and I will celebrate our 25th Anniversary
on Feb. 14th. We're still trying to come up with come special
way to mark that day.
I was named "New
Artist of the Year" in the UK........I had three #1
singles on their New Christian Music charts.......which is
pretty wonderfully weird if you think about it!
I am now officially The
Song Guru.....my goodness, the US Patent and Trademark office
does NOT make the process easy. You REALLY gotta want it! I
also have secured Thesongguru.com, and Song Guru Music
Publishing. I'm working on the Song Guru radio
show........what's next? Song Guru soap? Song Guru
I've been song writing
quite a bit here lately, which brings me great joy. I've
gotten so busy traveling in the last few years, I wasn't doing
much writing. What else can I tell you? My mama is doing
ok.....cannot remember anything, but other than that and her
eyesight, she's hanging in. Rachael is having some struggles.
It's strange how much we can hurt when our children hurt,
isn't it? It doesn't do them a bit of good, either. I trust
that she will find her way. She is an amazing, precious child.
And how are YOU, dear
friend? Let me know. Drop me a line. I do read my guestbook
entries every few days. I'm going to learn to blog here soon.
I love you. Thank you
for caring. Be well, and treat yourself gently. Happy New
Happy, happy December to
you. May your days be merry and bright....no, wait, that's
already been done. So hard to be original these days! How's
this......may you remain calm and peaceful and find joy in
friends and family in the midst of the insanity that is the
holiday season??? I like that. Dennis and have threatened many
times to go on a cruise for three weeks and skip the whole
thing! Someday, I suppose we will, but that day is not yet
here, so for now, I will do my best to remain calm and
peaceful and find joy in family and friends, ....etc, etc.
Just got back from a
great trip to New York City. I took my daughter Rachael with
me......it was her first Big Apple experience. What fun to see
the city through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first
time! We stayed with my precious cousin Alan, who lives in
lower Manhattan, which was wonderful. We saw Wicked on
Broadway. Oh my. How amazing it is!! Just absolutely
brilliant, that's all I can say. I wish I had written it, and
it inspires me to work on a musical before I die.
Rachael and I had our
challenges, as I did those maaaaaaaaaaaaany years ago when I
was first "individuating" from my parents, and found
myself in their company. It's tricky stuff, and we worked
through it quite admirably, I thought. She was delightful
company, and she braved family dinners and my SESAC writer's
night performance, and a trip to a live radio show for an
interview at 1am!! (We went in our P.J.s and bedroom slippers.
Rachael's idea, and a great one!)j
This month is all about
getting our business plan together. FYI, I am taking the
publishing bull by the horns and raising money to start a
kick-butt music publishing company. I have 400+ songs which
have never been heard. They are like these precious golden
eggs that I labored over and laid, but never got around to
hatching them and allowing them to LIVE! I'm looking forward
to continuing to put out powerful music that allows people to
feel and heal and laugh and cry............and looking for
bigger and better ways to get it out to the world!
Also, I'll be working
with my dear friend Colin Tipping, and we'll be putting
together some audio/video clips....Colin's work is so
powerful, and the way he uses my music to enhance his work is
quite brilliant. So, Mr. Radical Forgiveness and the Song Guru
will be going on the road.....the cyberspace road!
Be well my dear friends.
PLEASE remember to take some quiet time for yourselves during
this crazy season. Remember to put YOUR oxygen masks on first.
Remember to nap when you need to.....and it's perfectly
alright to disappear into your own space in the midst of large
family gatherings! I do it all the time, and people rarely
Merry Christmas. Happy
Chanukah. Joyous Kwanzaa! Ho Ho Ho.
I love you, and
mid-November, and I apologize for just now getting to this. I
have been on the road since Oct. 31st. I've had some wonderful
travels. Went from Nashville to Wisconsin to Florida to
Nebraska. I'm home for one day and off to Florida again. Then
I'll be home until the week after Thanksgiving. I'll be in New
York City, performing, doing a radio show, and my precious
daughter will be traveling with me! I am really excited about
that. I don't think that Rachael and I have ever done a road
trip, just the two of us.
This will be a short
message, and I promise to do better and be more prompt in my
December greetings. I have to go unpack so I can pack again!
I have been doing lots
of Hospice Fundraisers, and meeting some of the most amazing
people along the way. I'm so proud to be associated with
Hospice. If you DON'T know much about Hospice, please do some
research. It's a great place to donate your resources and your
time, AND, it's so comforting to know that when you or your
loved ones are ready to leave this life, you will NOT have to
do it alone. They are truly angels.
That's it for now.
Please have a fine Thanksgiving. I am giving thanks for YOU,
caring enough to be in my life. That's pretty wonderful.
Thank you. Breathe. Take
care of YOU.........don't get overwhelmed with Holiday stuff.
You are in my thoughts.
Love and hugs,
Hello my dear Friends,
How can it possibly be
mid October already? I swear the earth is spinning faster and
faster every year. It could be, no? Oh well. Please forgive my
lateness in writing this.
Happy October!! Hope you
have fun plans for Halloween. I'll be in Wisconsin.....and
I'll have be wearing the Goofy & Minnie hats I just bought
at Disneyland!! I must say.....I had the best time there. My
dear friend Ta and I spent two whole days just playing and
being silly. It was amazing, and fun, and we managed to walk
off ALL of the junk that we ate! Gotta eat junk at Disneyland!
Anyhow....."it's a small world after all.....it's a small
world after all....la la la la............" Hope I gave
you an earworm too, since I've had one ever since that ride!
We did Space Mountain by accident. Oh my. Never would have
ridden it had we known what it was!!! Spent a day at
California Adventure, too, which is the newer park right next
to Disneyland in CA. Some terrific rides there.
I am reminded of how
important it is to PLAY sometimes. Please remember that, and
take time for yourself. It renewed my outlook, my spirit, my
whole body. Yipeee!
Things are good here. I
had a wonderful time with my sisters in ABWA out in Anaheim.
What a great bunch of women. Then had a great time in Salt
Lake City at the Hospice Conference there. I love my Hospice
family and those Utah mountains are amazing!
My next adventure will
be the Radical Forgiveness Cruise. I'm so looking forward to
that. Being around Colin Tiping and weaving my music in around
his work is just the best. Very good for my soul.
And so.....until we next
speak..........remember to PLAY. And breathe. And give
yourself credit for making it this far on this life journey.
I love you,
I am completely thrilled
that there is a hint of Fall in the air. Enough of this hot
I just got back from my
first visit to Amelia Island, FL. What a special place. What
special people. Thanks to my friends Mark and Donna for
arranging these expanded "house concerts". If you
would like to offer your community a special night of music,
My precious Rachael has
moved to Huntsville, AL for now. I miss her energy in the
house (OK, it's also quite a bit calmer, but I DO miss her a
lot!) My Mom is hanging in......short term memory gets shorter
each day. She still knows my phone number tho! Calls me a lot,
and that's OK. I'm honored to be her go-to person. (Alright,
some days after phone call number 15, I might get a bit
exasperated, but I do so adore her.)
THE RADICAL FORGIVENESS CRUISE. October 22-29. I'll be
there, providing music for my friend and amazing healer and
teacher Colin Tipping. His Radical Forgiveness work is
powerful stuff. It has helped me immensely, and he uses my
music in such beautiful ways. Dennis and I will be there. Hope
you will be too. Check out www.radicalforgiveness.com.
What else can I share?
"On Angel's Wings", the single, is out to radio.
If you have any room in your prayer lists, would
you please put that song in there? It needs to get past the
"gate keepers" and just be heard, and then all will
be taken care of. AND, if you do hear it on your favorite
radio station, please call them and tell them how much you
appreciate them for playing it!
As always, I appreciate
you checking in here. I LOVE your guest book entries...can't
tell you how many times they pull me up and keep me going. Let
me know what's going on with you. Be well......breathe......do
you know how adored you are???
So much love to you,