It Has Been An EPIC Week — All About Sisters

I just can’t seem to write a “normal” blog this week (whatever that is…) You know, advice on relationships. Helpful Hints. How-To’s.  Problems and Solutions.  Questions and Answers. I’m fresh out of that.  It’s just not happening.  I think I’m on my third try.  Apparently, I’m just not in the mood for “normal.” So I’m going to tell you about my (epic) week….
Mac and Angela 2014 summer

TRUE SISTERS…

For starters, my niece from Iowa is here.  And she and my daughter have had the time they crave — hours and hours to talk, go see things and talk some more.  They had a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway, declared their epic futures, and celebrated both of their upcoming birthdays — early! They are sisters in the best and truest sense. And of course there are the peels of laughter coming from both of them out of the downstairs windows at any hour, which is so infectious that Eric and I look at each other and start to giggle out loud ourselves. HAW CREEK FORGE SISTERS Then came the visit to local metal artist, Catherine Murphy in Asheville, who owns Haw Creek Forge.  (If you hover over her name, I’ve included a clickable link)
Catherine Murphy wall hangings

CATHERINE MURPHY DESIGNS

Catherine and I have the good fortune of having done a whole lot of hours of yoga next to each other on the floor!  We know each others down dog pretty intimately. Anyway, Catherine showed my niece Angela around her Haw Creek production facility, and was the consummate hostess with the most-est. When Angela walked into Haw Creek Forge and could hardly contain herself.   She practically shivered. “I want one just like this!”  she said. Angela gets excited about sheet metal, rolls of copper, and machines that press, fold and imprint.  Catherine showed Angela a whole bin of items where she had used fold forming to produce the result, which left Angela wide-eyed. At one point on the visit,  Catherine picked up a piece of metal and showed Angela how one of the big ol’  machines worked its magic.  And both Catherine and Angela breathed and smiled in the same way at the same moment (I would describe it as reserved ecstasy) about the wonders of  this machine.  I could tell — even from the side view — that their eyes were sparkling!  And after the happy, quick in-breath, they both looked up, and we all started laughing. I love how much they both love metal!  It’s a delight to be around their delight. And speaking of sisters — Catherine Murphy’s sister works with her in the business and has for years.  Margy is an integral part of Catherine’s production team.  On our visit, we found Margy painting the garden snakes with a chemical that transforms the copper color, and then all those happy snakes get to join Catherine’s garden collection. Catherine is one of those people where you never feel that you’re wasting her time.  Isn’t that gorgeous?  Catherine is present, right there with you.  It was downright heavenly to be with her, especially in her element at Haw Creek Forge.

SISTER SINGERS NETWORK FESTIVAL

Sky Chorus I And then! Yes, the EPIC week of all-things-sisterly goes on! I traveled with other Womansong members to a 3-day Sister Singers Network event.  Gosh, it was big!  Women everywhere.  Somewhere around 500 singers from around the US came together to sing! Talk about a collection of sisters! There was every kind of woman imaginable there… big-little, masculine-feminine, funny-serious, proper-improper, talkative-quiet, bold-timid, and on and on. Above is the photo of ONE of the Mass Choirs — the other chorus was even larger!  We sang, rehearsed, sang, rehearsed.  Well, you get the picture.  There was a whole lot of singing going on.   And visiting with each other of course! Then back home, just to end things on an EAR-i-ly interesting note…. We had a little ear acupuncture by our friend Bishka Ravenel. Ahhhh.  So relaxing.  We all slept like a baby that night! Angela -- acupuncture      

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    I had no idea Angela was into metal! How wonderful that she had the opportunity to visit with Catherine.

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She’s Got Love Fingers

Christie Lenee can play a guitar. She’s the 2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champion of the Year. In September of last year in London, she also won Acoustic Guitarist of the Year.

But lucky for us, she’s not just a champion guitar player. Christie Lenee is also quite the composer.

A friend of hers, Michael Pukac, requested that she write a song, one he described as “the story of love.” She scribbled notes and went to work.

Through Christie’s ability to imagine, his desire became music. Now she plays this song for the world with her love fingers. Lucky you, lucky me, lucky us.

Take very good care of yourself this week. Why not sing a little…

Love,

Terri

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

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