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May 24, 2022

Never a Dull Moment

That moment when you are jolted awake in your motel room by the fire alarm and you don’t have a stitch of clothes on, and the next moment, you hear pounding on your door. I’d like to say this is the only time something like this has happened to me in the past week, but […]

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May 22, 2022

Leaving For Nashville

Headed to Nashville to do a little recording. I am a lucky ducky. This guy—been married to him for 32 years this week—is my biggest fan. I think I’ll keep him.

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May 19, 2022

Yellow Peony

This picture was taken two years ago. I’ve been waiting and waiting for this year’s blooms. I just know they are going to pop their pretty little heads out the minute I hop on the airplane to Nashville, and I’m going to miss their spectacular beauty.

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May 17, 2022


Two nights ago, I got up in front of an audience and told my testimony as part of a concert we put together. It was way out of the box for me, but I made myself do it anyway. Oh, I don’t get nervous playing the music—I’ve been on the piano since I was nine—but […]

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May 17, 2022

Those Darn Titles

I am leaving for Nashville next week, so I’m thinking I should probably a) finish my latest song and b) come up with a better title.

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April 22, 2022

Spontaneous Co-write

I had started a song back on January 3 (as we know that seems to be the month when I’m most prolific in my songwriting, for some reason). I had eight measures of a pretty intro and there the song sat. Enter Katie. She came to hang out with me tonight. We somehow ended up […]

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April 12, 2022

Adding Harmonies

Last night was the third and final session in the recording studio for my latest song. Thank you to this great group of people for making it all possible. It was actually the first time I didn’t cry; I was too busy smiling and/or laughing my head off…I was just that happy.

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April 3, 2022

Taking Stock

Every year, on this date, I like to post a picture or two and “take stock” of my life, so to speak. It’s been 13 years since I heard those words, “Maria, you have advanced cancer.” The way the doctors (six of them!) were talking back then, I figured I’d be dead within six months. […]

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March 31, 2022

Beware of Rattlesnakes

Well, I finally made it out of my driveway, and I’m 45 minutes away from my destination. I’m still alive (which is always a plus ); having fun taking bad selfies to send to Ken because I’m sure he misses me dreadfully already; trying to avoid rattlesnakes (because getting bitten by one of those suckers would […]

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