Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Slithering Snake in Suburbia

Silly me! Why I thought I would never see a snake in our garden here in Upstate New York, I don’t know.  I had my fill as a young girl in Massachusetts and then the big, long rattlesnakes in Colorado, … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Prayer: from my Heart to Yours!

Let me  take joy in ordinary events: chores such as laundry, cooking and shopping. Let me make time to listen to others and share. There is so much joy to find in the little things. Birds are busy building nests in … Continue reading

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Finding the Perfect Gift

What to get that special someone? How to find the perfect gift? Decisions, decisions when someone seems to have it all… The easy way out is a gift card or cash even. Then the special someone can acquire what he/she … Continue reading

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Lost in Thought

The park benches are angled and face one another. Dedicated to a husband and wife. His bench reads “run, run, run” and hers is “walk, walk, walk.” Frequently I pondered how they viewed life here by the lake. Perhaps he … Continue reading

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Building a Repertoire

Days, weeks and months filled with music and singing. Dr. Kay Smith Paulsen. Practice, practice and more practice. Daily. Passive and active listening and learning. Hard work, diligence, and love for music compels me to continue. Private lessons and group work … Continue reading

Posted in Berkshire Chorale International, classical music, Italian and Tamil, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, Pops Chorus | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

Drive to the Diner

Poles, wires, trucks, tires Over potholes to the diner- the trip couldn’t be finer. Waitress knew me and asked if my daughter would be joining me. Not today. Coffee, orange juice and water – oatmeal, eggs, toast, a side of … Continue reading

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Let’s go to Nana’s house!

Let’s go to Nana’s and play her piano I said to my two year old sister in diapers and baby fat. Down the hill to Main Street in Monson where the hitching posts from a bygone era stood at attention. … Continue reading

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