R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

Through the years I’ve attended numerous pop concerts. I found that a surprising percentage of the performers, typically greats from yesteryear, were physically on the stage “giving a concert,” but their heart wasn’t into it at all. In fact, on a couple of occasion I felt as though the audience was getting ripped off. Not so with Aretha Franklin. When… Continue reading

R.I.P: Conrad the Kat (Our Beast)

It is with profound sadness that I tell you our dear Kat, Conrad, who we affectionately called “Beast” is no longer with us. He lived a long and happy life: 17 years and 4 months. We absolutely adored him. Well, everyone who met him adored him. Conrad was the friendliest cat I’ve ever known. He knew no strangers. He would… Continue reading

Memories of An Educator: The Presence

This is the fourth in a series of posts: Memories of an Educator. Unlike the previous reflections, this one celebrates a teacher, a unique and dedicated teacher of many, many years. She was indeed a presence. She didn’t merely enter a room, she presented herself. Everything about her was deliberate—purposeful: her walk, the words she chose to speak, her manner… Continue reading

Alan Rickman, RIP

British actor Alan Rickman‘s characters were powerful and piercingly intense, but it was the vivid command of his voice quality that always singularly struck me. He was every character he ever played. On my list of things to do is to watch everything I can find in which he played a role. I am saddened that his gift is no… Continue reading

Natalie Cole, RIP

My spine tingled when I heard Natalie Cole sing that unforgettable duet with her father at Chastain Park. She projected a genuine, kind and dignified stage presence and gave a wonderful concert. Her music is among my favorites, certainly in the top 20 of my play count. Cole released her best-selling album with 1991’s Unforgettable… with Love on Elektra Records,… Continue reading

Beth Tyson, RIP

I am saddened to report that my dear mother passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015. She was just 3 months away from her 80th birthday. My sister, Rebecca, gave her a surprise birthday party for her 79th birthday. Mother was challenged with many difficult conditions for many years, but she remained a strong-willed fighter to the very end, when… Continue reading

Dr. Maya Angelou – Liberated

Dr. Maya Angelou was an inspiration to me. Her words and her life inspired me to be a better person. She knew and lived the power of truth, the power of love. In her honor, her words will live on through us. In this short video, she reminds us: Love Liberates Rest in peace. Related articles Maya Angelou’s 25 Most… Continue reading