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Rainy days and Mondays…

…can often get you down, but in LA it’s a bit hard to let it settle in and take hold, I have to say! Perhaps it’s actually a most beneficial thing for my career that today is rainy, because loads of work beckons (or, is that loads of work beckon?), but I must admit that the last week of sunshine did my inner child a WORLD of good! I’ll actually let a few pictures do the talking:



I really shouldn’t say anything just yet (touch wood, please!), but my leg feels back to normal now. After loads of physical therapy, I have felt immeasurably lucky to be back on form, and while being cautious, have immensely enjoyed getting active again. In fact, I look at the roller skating as quite good therapy for the ol’ legs! Not to mention the rush of just PLAYING! Ah, it does a soul good, so that when I have to play a young teenager…


…it doesn’t feel like QUITE as a big a stretch as it might otherwise! I just think finding JOY around you is one of the greatest gifts you can possibly give yourself. Life is not always easy, and challenges present themselves on such a regular basis, it is true. But if you can find a way to train yourself to see the humor or the laughter or the joy in it, somehow it passes a bit more easily – and the bonus is that I think you leave yourself open for the truth of the experience.

Even if that’s not always possible, I’m a big believer in that when life is GOOD, make the MOST out of it! Celebrate it, and let it refuel you for when the tough times arrive. Which they will. But in the meantime – celebrate!

Or at the very least, LAUGH!

Now my Italian Art Songs are calling….”Amarilli……”

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Ready for the wicked....!!!!!! https://t.co/y5Op9N3JdS

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On now....!!!! The future is BRIGHT!!! https://t.co/NqwqBCCxWe

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