Feelings and Silence

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Song: Silent All These Years, Tori Amos
Mood: Emotional

Feelings are a natural part of who I am. Being called overly sensitive and emotional became my norm very early on.

I was the little girl watching The Never-Ending Story with my fourth-grade classmates and tears were streaming down my face. They were all excited and entertained. They thought I was weird and couldn’t understand why I was so “sad.”  They couldn’t possibly know the reason I was crying was because I felt Atreyu’s pain when his horse, Artax, died in the swamps of sadness. I was feeling every moment as Sebastian was running from his bullies, as I looked around the room to the bullies that tormented me every day because I was different. There was no way I could explain how moved I was by the very concept of that movie, how powerfully it impacted me when I got the underlying message it was trying to teach – that we all have the power to choose a name for what needs to be identified in our lives.  Continue reading

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Speakers, Spiders, and a Massage

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It’s been a few weeks and I’ve learned and experienced more than I can probably share on one blog post.  Here are the highlights.

1. Loud music at a concert can cause a pain flare.
I found this out personally at a blues concert that we attended two weeks ago.  We were enjoying the rock and blues magic of Laith Al-Saadi in his stomping grounds of Ann Arbor.  I was in heaven as my soul soared to the sounds of a shredding blues guitar, bass lines, keyboard, and drums. My husband was not quite on the same level as me due to being fairly squished in his seat and having a 6’8″ not-so-friendly giant sitting behind him.  The best part of the evening was beholding pure joy, excitement, and happiness from Laith’s family and friends that were there to support him. It was one of his first concerts back in A2, after his run on the tv show”The Voice” and it was amazing to witness. Continue reading