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Celebrating love through grief

The mother of a guy I grew up with died at some point yesterday or rather- it’s only 11 so- today at some point she died. Her name was Debra King. This woman was present at the table with me, my family and her family at Easters, Christmases and Thanksgivings for all of my formative […]

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A Day in My Life in Tacoma

My Sunday was mostly a long colorful blur. I left my house sometime around 8:40 to get to my church job by 9:15. This was the first Sunday that I wasn’t Special Music. I was actually on the crew this week. There were three standard weekly tunes that I have heard but never played before […]

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Rock your summer at camp!

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is the coolest place I have been all summer! This started last May, I was standing in my friend’s living room rehearsing for “Show Boat.” I got a call, or perhaps even an email, from my friend Michelle (affectionately referred to as “Mama Mo”) of the Staxx’s Brothers. Maybe […]

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Own it, whatever IT is to you!

UPDATE: Be a part of the this life affirming program! Urban Campfire is designed to engage women in authentic conversations about business, relationships and life. Our mission is to provide the spark for women to experience sweet moments of inspiration, both business and personal, through joyful kinship and conversation. It’s not a conference. It’s a […]

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“Goals” is not a bad word and can change your life

A goal is the object of a person’s ambition, desire or effort; an aim or desired outcome. I don’t know about you, but college was a long time ago for me. That definition leaves me a little weary. In my own words, a goal is something you want and want is a big thing. When […]

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Someone Who Loves You

I listen to a lot of public radio. I much prefer listening to conversation or a human voice talking rather than music, which I usually do for the purposes of learning for work; either for a song I’m learning or learning to teach to someone else. The concept of just listening to music for the […]

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Compliments are insightful if you accept them

What sets off my brain I think this all started because my guy and I went to have dinner with old friends. I sang at their wedding some ten years ago, and I was actually there the night they met and had the epic conversation that led to their partnership. This friend of mine is […]

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A legacy of growth and inclusiveness

My Mother’s Story of the Girl Scouts My mother told me stories from when she was a little girl and was kept out of the local Girl Scout troop because she’s black. I never knew the particulars until I asked her more questions about it. She said a friend of hers at school invited her […]

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Let me hear you say, “Yeah!”

When I was in high school, I had a lady friend who had a car before I got my driver’s license. This puts me at about age 15. She used to take naps in the middle of the day. So did I. She was really into drama class and club, just like me. We even […]

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How not to be a racist…

Check out this video I found online. You might be thinking, “But Stephanie, you picked a video narrated by a white woman to talk about race.” Yes, I did. I picked her video because I think she covered a lot of very fertile material that could be thoughtfully researched and discussed by lots of humans. […]

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