Thursday, February 23, 2012

Magical moment 610, "Ripples"

Beautiful things happen when we choose right. To act the right way, re-act the right way, eat right, take care of ourselves right, and do right. Before you know it, you're looking at an ocean reflecting the sunshine, standing next to the person you love, thinking, "How did I get here?"

" There's a ripple effect,
In all that we do.
What you do touches me,
What I do touches you."
-Author Unknown

Monday, February 13, 2012

Magical Moment 609, "A Builder's Birthday"

Me and my dad on my wedding day

In honor of my dad's birthday today, I thought I'd post the song, "A Builder." I wrote this song for my dad back in 2009, and it will be on my upcoming album, Silk in the Sky releasing in April of this year. But you can hear the finished product right now! He is, as you may have guessed, a builder. He founded his own construction business and worked tirelessly for years while I was growing up to make it a success. He no longer builds for a living, but it still remains one of his passions. Try passing a building without him critiquing the structural engineering of it! Happy birthday, dad! Love you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Magical Moment 608, "Tucker"

Searching for a new run route, I set off towards a park I knew was nearby. I ran through neighborhoods, up hills, and all around town trying to find my way into the entrance of the park I just knew was around here somewhere. Finally, I decided I must either ask someone, or head home.

I scanned the streets for someone to approach. My eyes landed on an older gentleman standing in his driveway. His white hair was mostly covered by a hat and his hands were shoved deep in the pockets of his jacket. But he stood as content as can be, next to a parked car. The backseat door was wide open, and he stared inside with an admiring smile on his face, as if he were completely mesmerized and enthralled with what he saw. 

I called down the long driveway from the sidewalk, "Excuse me sir, do you know how to get to the park entrance from here?"
"Sure!" He yelled back without glancing up at me. His eyes remained locked on the backseat of the car. "Come and meet my grandson!" He added with pride.

Hesitantly, I walked down the long, winding driveway until I stood near the man and peeked into the backseat. A little boy, no older than a year, sat wide awake and buckled in his car seat. He was bundled so tight in his coat, hat, gloves, and boots, that the only part of him that could move was his little blonde head, which turned towards me when his grandpa said, "This is Tucker."

"Hello," I said to Tucker. His grandpa was able to turn his attention away for a few seconds, long enough to give me directions. And then he returned back to the business of admiring his precious grandson. I thanked him, said goodbye to Tucker, and found the park.

I thought about Tucker and his grandpa as I ran. I wondered if that was the first time they met, or a routine visit. I smiled thinking about their time together, and it seemed everything I saw in the park, could have been a nursery rhyme that Tucker's grandpa read to him.

London bridges falling down...

 Sticks and stones may break but my bones, but words will never hurt me...

Over the river and through the woods, to grandfather's house we go...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Magical Moment 607, "On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever"

One of the perks about living in New Jersey, is being able to have the best of 2 worlds. The opportunities, culture, and excitement of New York City, and the suburb comfort of New Jersey. The option to see a world-renown performance on a first class stage, or the simple freedom of being able to drive to a movie and park in a parking lot.

This area is still very much new and foreign for me, a midwest girl. And I've often struggled with our future here. Will we move? Will we stay? I can't see into the future, and that can be frustrating. But one thing I do know, is that today, I can see for a loooong time. And that provide some clarity.

These photos were taken in South Orange, NJ, 20 miles away from the Empire State Building you see in the center.