Water, Water Everywhere

Summer for me has always been synonymous with water. In it. On it. Near it. First things first, was pool time! As I mentioned last month, I started swimming around the same time that I started walking. I was fearlessly flying off the diving board into the deep end before I’d hit 2 years old.

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The View From 2000 Ft.

My fond memories of the Outer Banks also included time spent away from the shoreline. As a kid, I honestly enjoyed a lot the touristy stuff that came with the “OBX” experience. The boutiques that sold brightly colored tie-dyed shirts with fringed sleeves. The candy shops filled with boxes of fudge and salt water taffy.

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Cold Beverages

Drinks on the deck, porch, patio.Drinks by the pool.Drinks at BBQs, picnics, parties.Coolers. Ice.Teaspoons. Lemon slices. Whether it’s cocktails or mocktails, summer makes me think of cold beverages.(Anyone who started humming G. Love just then has my mad respect.) Lately, I tend towards non-alcoholic beverages on the regular and I am a big believer that

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Language Of The Soul: Song Download

One thing that summer always used to mean for me was CONCERT SEASON! In the last couple of weeks, my social media feeds have exploded with news from stateside musicians at every level that LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!  I have been unbelievably lucky that several months ago I was able to return to a regular

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Summer Check-In

Umm, where did the first half of 2021 go?!?  Can I get an “Amen?” I blinked and realized it was nearly time for a 6-month check in on my New Year’s resolutions. I have to be honest, that realization made me nervous because I had not actually looked over my resolutions since my “Spring Check-In”

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Good For A Giggle

Let me tell you a story about the time I flew a plane for 30 seconds.  About 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to go up in a teeny tiny plane over Washington Island, Wisconsin. The views immediately had me thinking of my OBX hang gliding experience. And then, just as I started taking

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Never Boring: June 2021 Soundtrack

Another lifetime ago when people still made mix tapes, someone close to me explained that music was the soundtrack to our lives and he didn’t want my soundtrack to be boring.  Every month, I will curate an exclusive Spotify playlist inspired by the latest issue of LIVING. LOVING. GROWING. online magazine. Heads up – I

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Track Highlight

This month I bring you another artist highlight. I have a special place in my heart for Boys II Men for a handful of reasons. Their debut album “Cooleyhighharmony” was among one of my very first CDs. As I was creating this month’s playlist, it occurred to me that I only ever owned a number

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The Muse

The year following Irmaria, a lot of my songwriting took on an understandably serious undertone. Eventually, however, the day came when I looked around and life felt lighter again.  It certainly wasn’t “back to normal,” but I was aware that there had been vast improvement for myself and the island as a whole, and things

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Prompted: By Summertime Sippin’

Behind ‘Prompted”: In July 2020, I was approached by an intern at PBS and asked to take part in a creative video project for their “American Portrait” series. The concept was simply to create a 20-60 second video of any kind that responded to the prompt “At This Point In My Life…” I decided to write a

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