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Shalom! When it comes to hats I have lots of them. In fact, it used to be said about me that I have a "hat face". The truth is that I really do wear a lot of hats; Therapeutic Music Practitioner, American-Israeli folksinger, singer-songwriter, teacher, mother, friend, therapeutic musician, healing artist, cantorial soloist, Jew... hmmmm.... they call me "the spiritual one"... daughter, step-daughter, fanatic (of all sorts), straight-shooter... In a nutshell.... I'm a person.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Peach Festival August 2013

Again this year I was honored to provide music for the Peach Festival - a local festival supporting some good causes - and with some great PEACHY dishes. CLICK on this VIDEO CLIP for a sampling. I am playing here with Beth and Sue. FUN FUN FUN!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Taekwondo 2013

For the past year I've become essentially immersed in, obsessed with and addicted to watching Korean films, dramas and romantic comedies. I enjoy the the time spent in getting to know each of the characters as they evolve and develop. I enjoy the wealth of emotion that is displayed. I especially enjoy the historical dramas, the romantic comedies, the dramas based on ancient folk tales, and I love the action films. I love watching the beautifully choreographed sword fights, hand to hand action, kicks, punches..... think Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Anyway, as a result of way too many hours as a couch potato watching these dramas, I realized that I, too, want to be able to do what these actors can do. On my way home from work one day I noticed there is a Taekwondo Academy one block from where I work. On a whim (though actually pre-meditated!) I went into the office and signed up for my first trial month. I got a uniform, a T-shirt, a schedule, and a list of words to learn in Korean. WHAM! I was given three private lessons to get me started and then WHAM - there I was, a "no belt" beginner amongst awesome multi-colored belted students learning punches, kicks, wood splitting and my first basic form, "Ki-cho poomsay", my first "combo" (high block-kick-punch), a few self-defense moves and doing agonizing warm up exercises involving: jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, running an obstacle course ..... OY VEY! In the middle of it all I celebrated my 59th birthday! OMG! This week I was tested for my first level, a "white belt", I don't know the results yet but I'm hoping I made it! I've been working hard. There's a lot to learn and it's been confusing, overwhelming but mostly challenging and exciting. Each time I finish a class I just can't believe that I am doing this at my age. Taekwondo has inspired me in so many ways: * I feel physically stronger * I feel mentally more confident * I am challenged and feel good that I can meet the challenges * The community is very supportive, joyful and respectful. * There are people of all ages all learning together (ie: today I tested together with ages 5 and up!) * We achieve our goals step by step, accomplishing one small step at a time at our own pace. I like the philosophies behind each move - and the discipline. There's a lot to be said for this all around. Please enjoy the photos and the videos of my "White Belt Testing" day at Master An's Taekwondo Academy! VIDEOS: KI-CHO POOMSAY; SPARRING: WOOD SPLITTING