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NH Foliage Trip 2016

It may be best to watch this video in full-screen, high-definition.

Recently I took my Mom, my Aunt, and my Uncle on a foliage trip. We traveled all over the Mt. Kearsarge region of New Hampshire. It was a great day of visiting, laughing, relaxing, and taking in some of the best color combinations you will ever see.

Different Than Any Other Band

While watching NH Public Television, I came across “Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock Theater”. I had seen it before, but I watched it again. I also recorded it, and watched it again, with my 5-year-old twins. They loved the music and the effects, even on TV.

As I await the arrival of my tickets for this year’s show, I find myself still drawn to the sounds of the music, and also to a few quotes from Paul O’Neill, Founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I will share those below.

If you haven’t read any of my posts on TSO, I have an entire category dedicated to my experiences listening to, following, and interacting with the band. You might notice how much of an effect the band and their music has had on me over the years. Undoubtedly, it has been, and continues to be, an emotional connection to the music and the message. As you will see below, for me, the goals of O’Neill, and TSO, are being realized.

Paul O’Neill from the airing of “Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Birth of Rock Theater” on NHPTV. “Trans-Siberian Orchestra was designed to be different than any other band out there. One of the ideals was to do anything to make the music have the most emotional impact possible. We decided to develop this thing called Rock Theater. It’s not a movie where you have the, you know, the silver screen. It’s not a Broadway play where you have sets. The singers by the little nuances that they put in their voices, can take all those synapses and wind them up and put you some place else. Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s, you know, mission is, when we make an album, we do a concert, the only thing that matters is that it’s great…When you come to see Rock Theater we will take you to some place that you wouldn’t think you would be able to go to unless you were asleep and dreaming. I just want to blow their minds…”

Once again this year, I can’t wait to get taken “some place else”. They succeed every single year. And I cannot wait. #TSOTIME

By Heart – from The Daily Post

Today’s prompt from WordPress bloggers caught my eye…You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Two songs came to mind this morning. The first was Seven Spanish Angels. The second song was our National Anthem.

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My Wife Inspires Me


My wife finished the Manchester Half Marathon. Winds were gusting 20-30 mph, with temps in the upper 30’s. Amaris you are amazing!


These words were shared

I don’t know exactly what you are going through today, but I am praying. In the chaos, frustration, and inconvenience of difficult minutes, hours, and days, look within the seconds and identify that which you can make the best of, and therefore hold on to them forever. Because there’s almost always some thing or some moment that you’ll wish would last forever, even in the hard times. So don’t miss a chance to be great even if nobody else knows it, or if it means it’ll only be great for you to recall for the rest of your life.


Who needs stuff?

We are the asset. Our time, essential. Give of both freely. ~ SWB

Thanks #13 (Lessons)

I’m thankful for the lessons in life. I’ve had many, some more than once, and I’m sure there are more to come. Sometimes when I sit and think, I am reminded just how important lessons are. Imagine life having not learned lessons. No thanks, I’d rather not. Some lessons are more difficult than others to learn. I just hope I’ve learned well, can keep from making the same mistakes again, and maybe help someone else along the way.