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It might help to know where you were going when you arrive . . .

Monday, April 22, 2013

Yesterday, I read this blog.

and kept wondering about what my ideal weight might be while I was up at the pool. The only answer I came up with was, "I'm not there yet." But I had no idea where there was.

I'm a firm believer in following the wisdom of those who have gone before. So I posted a question about how I might figure this out on my Spark Class Team of the week I joined way back in 2008. If anyone had a clue, someone there should. My class leader replied and didn't know her ideal weight either and offered a thought and resources.

I know my "normal" weight range from the charts. The only other thing I know is that until I was 10, I was very thin, sick often from food allergies, active, and did I say skinny to the point of boney? Because of the boney bit, I'm thinking my ideal weight might be on the lower end of some range, but my body might resist giving up that antique fat. I'm also thinking I'd really like to get rid of it--the antique fat. That's probably not a rational thought. It just seems that it is something that shouldn't have been on my body in the first place, and should be gone.

Dr. Li makes a case for an angiogenic imbalance which tells our bodies to create the blood supply for our fat cells. Otherwise they wouldn't grow. Since we don't know what started that imbalance when I was 10, I'd like those fat cells put out of commission. And even if I "yoyo" like Mandelovich, and go back up to a higher set point, at least that fat will be "new baby fat."

My battle cry has been "Be Resolute, Bravelute!"

So I guess I'll be chewing on this bone for a while, maybe even well into maintenance.

Onward to somewhere . . .

Note: You can learn more about Dr. Li, and anti-angiogenesis as it relates to obesity and many other chronic diseases. I have put links to his video and the food list on my team page in Awesome Resources. I believe you can access those links without joining the team.

Let's see if this link works:

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NELLIEH1 4/23/2013 5:57PM

    You have all given me things to ponder. I want to stay at my low weight because I feel healthier overall, have more energy and a better posture. But it is true, there is no reserve in case of illness or some other problem. Maintenance has been ok for me so far since last fall. However, I don't want my life to be focused on food and exercise. Ah, 'tis a perplexity. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 4/23/2013 5:36PM

    I'll be happy to dip below 200. I'd like to be 180, which is still high for my height but not morbidly so. I can't imagine ever being comfortable with a truly skinny body. I've seen too many friends and relatives have medical issues that put them there, and only the moderately round at the start came out the other side OK. Fat is bad, I get that, especially with damaged joints already, but too thin is also not good. Let me know if you discover a really well backed rational formula for ideal weight. You are right - knowing where you want to go is helpful!

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MANDELOVICH 4/23/2013 10:12AM

    Thanks for the little blog plug :).

I'd love to hear what you discover and look forward to your journey!!

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NSTARSMITH 4/23/2013 9:30AM

    One of the Coach videos from Becky was about finding your "happy weight". I must go back and find it, cuz it appealed to me. It was a new concept. I have not been able to keep losing, keep regaining, then having to get "back on", so this is an issue I have not yet been able to embrace. But I do love your notion of "antique fat"!

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CHRISTINASP 4/23/2013 3:09AM

    My thought is that all we can do is eat as well (as healthily) as we can and exercise and our body will take care of itself. If you treat it well it will go to a weight that is good / right for it. That's what I believe.

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NELLIEC 4/23/2013 12:12AM

    When I was young, I was scrawny. Enough scrawny that my hormones didn't work right when I got pregnant, and I would miscarry. Finally a doctor threatened to put me in the hospital if I didn't gain more weight, and I desperately ate more and kept that baby. I ended up having 6 children which sounds like a lot until one finds out that was out of 15 pregnancies.

A few years back when I started having major intestinal problems, (and fortunately at that point was overweight) I lost about 50 pounds in three months even though I was desperately trying to eat even though it hurt a lot inside. I ended up with emergency surgery and a colostomy. The hospital dietician was desperately trying to get me to gain weight (even though theoretically I was at the weight a doctor would like me to be). I have decided that I will keep some extra pounds around, just not too many. If my body decides to be ornery again and make me lose weight rapidly, I want some extra "insurance."

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LESLIELENORE 4/22/2013 9:21PM

    I just guessed at a good weight. I picked it because it is a milestone... when I reach my goal weight I will have lost 50% of my starting weight. Sounded like a good reason to pick it. I might get there and decide I could lose another 5 pounds, but I will wait until I get there. Thanks for all the work you do on the Eat to Defeat team!

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PATRICIAAK 4/22/2013 9:17PM

    Like your battle cry of "Be Resolute, Bravelute!"

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Bravelute, Worry About Yourself, YOU DRIVE!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why are you EATING that?
Veggies, cake, berries, fast food, apples, protein powder, legumes, protein powder, d-lites ice cream, white enriched bread, boxed tartes aux champignons, oranges, anti-angiogenic foods, peanut butter, additives, walnuts, eggs, yogurt, ground flax seed, shredded wheat n'bran cereal, nutriblasts with spinach
Worry About Yourself, Bravelute. YOU DRIVE!!

Why are you DRINKING that?
soda, tea, water, coffee, concentrated tart cherry juice, orange juice, nutriblast, skim milk, almond milk,
Worry About Yourself, Bravelute. YOU DRIVE!!

Why are you DOING that?
Supporting others on SP, sitting in the recliner, going to the farmer's market, buying a nutribullet, working out in the pool, going for a walk, doing the aqua zumba class, spending money on exercise DVDs, spending valuable time tracking the food you eat, keeping this public journal, not going for strength training?
Worry About Yourself, Bravelute. YOU DRIVE!!

I only ask that you ask the questions, consider your answers, and then YOU drive the bus on this journey. Base your decisions on good information from sources who care about your health.

Worry About Yourself, Bravelute. YOU DRIVE!!

This blog was written in response to the toddler's demand in this video:
( Link edited. Hope it works.)

Thanks to SammiesMom13 for sharing this link on her blog today!

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JUSTYNA7 4/22/2013 11:59AM

    That was hilarious. You worry about Your Self. I don't need any help. You Drive! Hahahaha! Well, I guess I'm doing that. Good planning couple of days and now today I am doing it. Trying to eat clean. I decided to use super hero powers to help. I wonder what that toddler would have said to that??? Have a great day.

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NELLIEH1 4/21/2013 8:21PM

    emoticon emoticon us to decide and then do it.

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FISHER011 4/21/2013 2:39AM

    BRAVELUTE- I loved it! emoticon

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MAWMAW101 4/20/2013 5:29PM

Well said! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/20/2013 2:23PM

    thanks..................... emoticon

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LVSHOPE 4/20/2013 11:47AM

    Thanks for building on the video!

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LESLIELENORE 4/20/2013 11:35AM

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CHRISTINASP 4/20/2013 11:34AM

    I too got the long list and then did a search for SammiesMom13: Here's her blog:

Do you get a lot of questions of this type?
People never ask me about my habits. I try to tell them about green smoothies and POOF - gone is their attention! LOL Just the thought of drinking spinach turns them off...! You should see some of the faces they make!
So these days I don't TELL them about it, I make them one and let them try it. That has 'converted' quite a few people so far!

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CONNIES-WAY 4/20/2013 11:22AM

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PATRICIAAK 4/20/2013 10:35AM

    link goes to a long list - not a video

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All or Nothing at All

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When I was in high school (in the sixties) , the prevailing wisdom for dieting was all or nothing. Well, it was really hardly anything or nothing. Unless you ate hardly anything, you could expect to lose nothing.

When I was a senior, I went to a doctor for a check up. He said I was overweight, put me on a low calorie diet (600 calories a day) and prescribed diet pills. Hard boiled eggs, zwieback, and sliced tomatoes which alternated with tomato juice was the prescribed diet for all meals and snacks. I did lose weight. I thought I was going crazy because the pills made me think I had spiders crawling all over my back. When I couldn't down another meal of zwieback, I gained back all I lost and more.
Note: When reading back over some comments, it did my heart good to see others have difficulty with all those abbreviations!! So, think about I "gained back all I lost and more" as you read the next bit.
Everyone here probably knows that G-BALAM syndrome! My thinking was lost to low calorie dieting and the G-BALAM syndrome, over and over. Grapefruit diet. Cabbage soup diet. Lost my gall bladder after a protein shake diet.

Even in 2006, I still hadn't learned my lesson. Everyone at work was using a packaged nutrient low calorie diet with great success. Yep, I started it, lost 65 pounds.

This time, it resulted in a cancer diagnosis, 2007 then 2008 again. The chemotherapy for that one went on for four years. Yes, I gained weight again. I felt it was my job to keep eating, keep up my nutrition to give my body a chance to heal. I can hear you laughing. I had no clue at that point what nutrition was. I knew the donuts I'd stop for on the way home from the infusion room wouldn't help anything. And as I gained weight due to my vices and the steroids I received every week, the doctors weren't concerned. They were glad I was still alive. So was I.

After I stopped chemo, at my highest weight yet, I decided I was going to learn and do everything I could to be healthy. Yes, I wanted to lose weight, but it was a small part of the health issue. I had a lot of little chronic things that I thought I was going to have to live with: migraines, neuropathy, balance issues, tinnitus, extreme fatigue, mild depression. And working with a chiropractor, my oncologist, and my primary, and my own exercise program, we have fixed all those issues. migraines fatigue, tinnitus and depression are gone. Neuropathy stays away as long as I exercise in deep water at the pool morning and night. That might seem rather extreme- the all or nothing attitude popping back up again, right? Well, I look at it like this. Take aspirin or a more extreme drug for the neuropathy every 4 hours or exercise in deep water morning and night. To me, it's a no-brainer. Especially when the aspirin is a risk factor for tinnitus. And I hate tinnitus. It interferes with playing the harp!!

Because of the resources here, I FINALLY understand the importance of giving my body enough nutrient dense calories to support my health and activity.

I finally understand that food manufacturers and restaurants don't have my best health in their best interest. My health is my responsibility. Decisions about what to eat, where to eat, how much to eat, how to prepare food, even how to grow my food must be made wisely.

I am delighted at my varied diet. Yesterday I had 14 fresh fruits and vegetables, and the greens I used in my smoothie came out of my garden. My calorie intake ranges between 1350 - 1700. It could be higher due to my activity level, but the thyroid medicine is still not regulated.

Am I healthier?

I have lost 53.5 pounds since August 2012. I haven't been hungry a day. My cholesterol is down to 202. My blood pressure is running 120/65. My glucose blood work is perfect. I have the energy to walk a 20 minute mile morning and evening. I workout in deep water at least 45 minutes morning and evening. I will go for my PET Scan Tuesday to be sure the cancer beasties haven't returned a third time. But I am confident I have done everything in my power to rob them of any blood supply by eating a good supply of anti-angiogenic foods. And the weight loss can't hurt either!!

I'm afraid I have switched from a hardly anything mentality to an All or Nothing mentality. All of my decisions must be healthy or nothing happens for the good in this old body.

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JO88BAKO 4/19/2013 9:57PM

    I kinda fall into the all or nothing category. We live in Iowa during the summer. I just wish it would warm up. Have you put a garden in yet?

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CAMSEDGE 4/19/2013 10:44AM

    You have really made a bumpy trip over the years and maintained your sense of humor...the most important item to recovery. As they say..."Don't take life so serious, it's not permanent". Wouldn't life be more pleasant if we recognised and adhered to reason that we gather over the years. Healthy foods and intake really go a long ways towards feeling good.

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CRAFTSFAN1 4/19/2013 4:20AM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you very much for sharing your experiences, BRAVELUT. It's always very inspiring reading what you have to tell.
CHRISTINASP mentions that she read your book. What book? I would like to know more about it.

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L*I*T*A* 4/18/2013 8:33PM

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NORASPAT 4/18/2013 8:29PM

When that was coined there were no artificial anything and no true processed foods. The wheat was milled but no bleach, not bromated and all the good bran was left in.
When I was in school, I was homeless and poor. I got free meals BUT I had to CLEAN my plate because the school gave you food you will eat it. Oh my I would sit there crying and ready to burst.
I was the fat kid but my Gran with whom I lived said I ate like a bird. When you are five years old and vulnerable you do what the grown ups tell you to do.
Now I am doing it right for myself. Eat IF I am hungry not by the clock.
I enjoy your wisdom BRAVELUTE Hugs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 4/18/2013 8:16PM

    You are doing so much good for your body, mind, and spirit! Keep it up. You are showing us that we can all finally learn even if we spend years doing the wrong thing first. And that time that you spend in the pool is wonderful. emoticon

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NELLIEC 4/18/2013 6:37PM

    I am also wondering what G-BALAM syndrome is.

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PATRICIAAK 4/18/2013 6:13PM

    Definitely, a 'like' blog!
Wise words.
BTW, I'm not familiar with G-BALAM syndrome. What is it?

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CONNIES-WAY 4/18/2013 4:43PM

    I think it's great you've found what will work for you and I hope you'll continue to stay healthy. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 4/18/2013 3:16PM

    I read your book, but your story never ceases to amaze me.

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 4/18/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon I hope all goes well at the PET scan x

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MANDELOVICH 4/18/2013 2:11PM

    Bravo at your amazing transformation and all you have overcome.
My husband has cancer right now and I gained the weight! Am in a better place now and am starting to care for myself again. Really happy for you!
What is anti-angiogenic? Might be good for him??

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CAROLMAID 4/18/2013 1:56PM

    Hi! Your name and blog popped up in my e-mail....I think because I mentioned a plateau somewhere. (almost freaks me out a little!!!) Anyway, I saw your SP page and read a blog or two. Wow! U are on an amazing roll having overcome sooooo many hardships and lifes "curves" So good for you...and Thank you for the excellent reminder that it can be the little things in a day that are so very important and that trying to be healthy trumps weight loss :)
NSV's are what life is about! Keep it up! Im working on my plate looking healthier at every meal but mine are nooooooo where near the thing of beauty your plates are! Very impressive!
If you don't mind I'm going to add you as a friend....stop by my page n say hi! if the mood strikes you anyway. I'm just an ordinary jane compared to all this but I love meeting people like you who can bring something positive to the universe!

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ANRU7695 4/18/2013 12:41PM

    Definitely "liked" this blog.... Way to go for the changes you have made, and keep up the good work!

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LESLIELENORE 4/18/2013 12:19PM

    You are awesome! You have made changes that have improved your quality of life, which is wonderful.

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MATTEROFHEART 4/18/2013 12:14PM

    Wow! You are such an inspiration! I remember all of those diets (and tried most of them too!) They all resulted in eventual weight gain! You are doing so great! You have taken back control of your health! I am on my way to doing the same thing! Way to go!

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The Full Plate Diet has undergone a Facelift

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I used to share as a web page to download what I considered to be a phenomenal e-book resource for anyone who was frustrated with their diet program because they always felt hungry.

I went to their site to see what was new there and I was redirected to I had to register at the new site (free) if I wanted to download the free e-book. I then spent lots of time looking for the free .pdf e-book. So to save you that trouble, here is the page where you can click to download the free .pdf. It can then be read on a computer or kindle. I can't help with Nooks or smartphones.

So you will need to register to be able to download the book. If you have already downloaded the book, it appears to be the same.

Scroll down to the link "Download the Book."

On the same page you can download a new .pdf resource called called Fiber Guide.

They have evidently created an Audio book of the Full Plate Diet Book and made Chapter 1 available on their web page:

The CD does NOT include chapter 5 - 7 of the book since they are visuals.

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    Nice of you to take the time to share.

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MARILYNROBERT 4/17/2013 8:36PM

    Thank you. My mom is using this method of eating and it's helped her balance her calorie intake.

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ANGEL1066 4/17/2013 7:34PM

    GOOD info, thanks

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JUSTYNA7 4/17/2013 6:24PM

    Thanks for doing the work.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/17/2013 5:25PM

    Thank you! I appreciate it very much.

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CHRISTINASP 4/17/2013 4:40PM

    Thank you, will be downloading the book

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POPSY190 4/17/2013 3:34PM

    Thank you.

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Sometimes your Plan B is just having a few habits working for ya . . .

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Do you know those days when life happens?
It might be a senseless shooting at an elementary school.
It might be a senseless bombing at the Boston Marathon.
It might be a rotten day at work or the doctor's appointment.
It might be a family crisis.

I know you understand those kind of days.

So today I have struggled to not dwell on it. To not retreat to my recliner. When tears welled up and I felt like doing nothing, I still went through the motions. I had already planned and entered my meal plans in the tracker, so I followed through and made and ate the delicious meals.

And the plans were made to walk before breakfast, eat, and go to a water aerobics class at 8:30. and again to the pool at 7:00. With other activities sandwiched in between, including paying attention to parts of my kitchen that need reorganization with the addition of the nutribullet. The plans were in place for exercise, and I followed through.

So I made it through the day and met a new real-life friend at the pool who has been working at ETL and weight loss and getting healthy without benefit of SP. So I was able to share this wonderful place with her.

And as I walked before this last SP session of the day, the sky was beautiful, full of stars. A balmy Florida breeze reminded me that one deranged person was not proof of the stuff that most of us are made of. I knew that already, but after seeing the exact horrific moment over and over again, I had almost forgotten. Thankfully, my SP habits acted like a scaffold for my day supporting me, allowing me safe footing to climb up beyond the madness to my own safe, quiet haven.

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SHARJOPAUL 4/17/2013 9:38AM

    Congratulations on your triumph!!!!!!

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PKBOO3 4/17/2013 9:29AM

    Very well written. Thanks for the encouragement. Our world has many horrors in it, but out of situations like these, the strength and goodness of humanity always comes through. I pray for support for the families, friends, and neighbors of those affected.

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LESLIELENORE 4/17/2013 9:22AM

    Yes, it works.

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BLUEROSE73 4/17/2013 9:10AM

    That is awesome that you were able to get past your desire to curl up in your chair all day long. I let myself have one down day. Yesterday I started to fight back.

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DRAFTLOVER 4/17/2013 6:27AM

    That was a wonderful blog........ "one deranged person was not proof of the stuff that most of us are made of".......Thank you!

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CHRISTINASP 4/17/2013 4:58AM

    Yes, I can relate. On tough days our habits keep us going. They are indeed a structure that makes it easier to continue and stay on track.

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PATRICIAAK 4/17/2013 4:56AM

    It is important to live, even if it is plan B, rather than exist and just react.

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CBRINKLEY401 4/16/2013 11:39PM

There are more good people in this world than bad. We just have to keep reminding ourselves of that. Just like Mr Rogers said - when something in the news would bother him, or something bad would happen, his mother told him to look for the helpers.
Yesterday's bombing was an act of hate. But what you saw, if you read the news or watched it, was all the GOOD people who did what they could to help - giving up their coats and other clothes to keep the runners warm and to use as bandages, etc., sharing their cell phones so that runners behind the blast area could try and contact their families to make sure they were all right. What we saw were total strangers who reached out to others to help, to do what they could, to demonstrate that good will prevail.

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JUSTYNA7 4/16/2013 11:23PM

    I have a good story I think, to share. A good friend is doing her "bucket list". She has cancer as a side effect of agressive drugs she is taking for a rare neurosarcoidosis in her spine and brain. We did not think she would make it till Christmas but the drugs seem to be helping while at the same time hurting her. No one knows when or when things will end or how. She has been told she may lose her sight, her voice, her mobility at any moment. Which all sounds aweful and believe me there have been lots of tears shed. But today we went to a private harp concert given by my harp teacher. "With all the doctor's appointments and tests I had this week... all I could think about was this concert". It was only a half hour, but it was amazing. Lucille played the most beautfiful music I have ever heard and in her small house it resonated all through our chests. I was moved to tears by more than one piece. The best part was the end. I had announced we had time for one more song and Lucille thought for a moment and then went to a shelf and picked up a sheif of music. "This is not yet published but it is brilliant" she said. And she began to play.

I have just started teaching my friend Donna the harp and she is only playing the very basic notes, but as she watched and listened to the piece her whole face lit up. "I could play that". Lucille and I were both nodding and then Lucille played another part of the song and said "and Justyna, you could play this". It was simple, simple music. As we sat listening to a world reknowned harp player play I was struck with the thought that we could have been left with a sence of awe and magnificence... but instead she gave us the gift of .. hope. My friend and I are determined to learn this piece and the three of us will play it together. I am so grateful for this afternoon. I'll be sharing this with Pat too.

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NORASPAT 4/16/2013 11:02PM

    emoticon My day went well but still i kept those awful thoughts coming in to my mind All day long . HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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