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You are my sky full of light: a melancholic’s take on fireworks

Dear World, I think my favorite thing in life are fireworks. They remind us to look upward and to live life in full, bright colors. Aren’t you just filled with hope when you see the whole sky sparkle? Pope John Paul 2 said that beauty reminds us to, “Savor life and...

When You Feel Like Your Winter Is Lasting Forever

Dear World, Spring is a season of renewal, rebirth, remaking. Easter invites us to believe that things can be made new, that the end of the story is a good one, that our story is a good one. This winter has been a LONG one with snow still on the forecast…..grrreat. I...

Uganda Here I Come!

Dear World, Thanksgiving Weekend I Facetimed with a young woman named Clare Byrne who founded a nonprofit in Uganda for children with disabilities called Imprint Hope. I had been following her on social media and was super impressed and interested in her story. After...

I love you more than Christmas Snow

Let's be email friends! Dear World, How do I describe how much I love singing on stage? Its strange to me to love something so much. Time suspends itself and melodies fill the air like perfume. I can almost see the music sparkle like soft twinkle lights in the dimly...

While You Wait: Advent and Alice in Wonderland

Dear World, Advent comes from the Latin word adventum which means coming. This coming is a promise that there is an end to the waiting that a great gift is coming, but sometimes we don't see much end in sight. Life can feel like one big waiting room. We wait for...

The 5 Lessons I Learned From Wonder Woman

Let's be email friends! Dear World, So I missed Wonder Woman in theatres, so I decided to download it on my way home from my show with Five for Fighting in Portland, OR. I could tell from the first few minutes that this movie was going to be a new favorite of mine....

Life can be lovely: The last week in Europe

Let's be email friends! Dear World, Here is the third and last chapter of my European Adventure! It was such a gift to see so many new places, but it was really the new friends that made the trip so incredibly special. To our new Danish, German, and Hungarian friends,...

The Best View in Budapest

Let's be email friends! Dear World, Tess and I had a lovely time in Budapest! If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few! The best part of Budapest was the view of the city from St. Stephen's castle, and I also personally enjoyed shopping. Note my new...

Vikings, Beer, and Freddie Mercury: Tales from Europe Part 1

Dear World, Greetings from Europe! I can truly say my first show in Europe was incredible! I performed for about 100 people for a special event at the most popular brewery in Aarhus, Denmark. After the show I chatted with many of the wonderful people who attended the...

LA LA Life is wonderful: My blessings list

Dear World, So many wonderful things have happened lately I felt the need to write a little list of them. One of my hereos Sheryl Sandburg wrote, "Acknowledging blessings can be a blessing in and of itself" So I begin: Europe here we come! My sister Tess and I are...

The Wind

Dear World, (Turn on the song at the bottom while reading post!) Change comes as surely as anything in this life, and it is still my least favorite thing. I feel like all of my 20's was wrecked in a hurricane of change, and now I am digging through the rubble finding...

And The Album Shall Be Named

Dear World, Call me old-fashioned, but I still write letters. We live in a world where everything is on a screen that contains basically all of reality in digital form, but we are physical persons. We like to hold things, real things, pieces of paper that contain...

Fan Girl Going Crazy Right Now

Dear World, I started taking voice lessons to study musical theatre and my vehicle to this brave new world has been Sara Barielles’ musical Waitress. Well folks, she is now starring in the show on Broadway, and my whole life finally makes sense. I was born to go to...

On Christmas: Have no anxiety anymore dear one

Dear World, All around us we are surrounded by darkness. Death, regret, worry, loneliness, bitterness, rejection, stone cold suffering blow threw, and our thin coats of humanity are unable to keep out the chill that pours into our feeble, broken souls. In such a time...

Why am I awake? Thoughts from a spiritual insomniac

Dear World, I am having trouble sleeping these days. There is too much on my mind to shut it down, and I am angry at how early I awoke this morning after such a restless night. I think of my friend Danielle who has insomnia and yet still smiles wide when I ask her,...

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