Author Archives: maryannniemczura

A Respite at the Lake

As I sit on the dock bench stretched out over the lake, an inner peace envelops me.  Worries cease. Boats pass leaving waves and ripples. A distant highway. Surrounded by nature’s embrace, I feel calm. Life assumes new meaning. Birds … Continue reading

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Sage Advice from an Elder

My mother succinctly declared one day when I was a teen that she found it difficult to fathom why an adult child would declare a family elder as incapable of living alone after a spouse passes. A church friend who … Continue reading

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Comforting Those Who Mourn

Flowers carried in and placed on the altar. The casket was draped in white. Music began. Choir sang.  Comfort offered to those mourning. Last words by a family member. Tears. Off to the cemetery with prayers graveside. Sometimes music is … Continue reading

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Why Taking a Break Matters

Vacation time allows us to recalibrate. We gain a fresh perspective on our lives. Traveling and exploring new places and meeting new people in other countries always affords a new outlook on life. Vacations allow us to spend more time … Continue reading

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Keep On Singing!

The appointed hour had arrived. More than 100 choristers from around the world converged in Baltimore at Goucher College for one week of rehearsals and classes.  It was as if I had returned to college when I opened my dorm … Continue reading

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The Wonderful World of Music!

It starts with learning the music: tempo, dynamics, practice at home and in rehearsals. Weeks of preparation and driving to and from rehearsals including dress rehearsals. Count, breathe, phrasing, self-correction. An endless list of individual work in private lessons; group … Continue reading

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Until Next Time: Auf Wiedersehen!

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Acceptance and coming to terms with your lot in life is key to moving forward while remaining positive. My glass continues to be half full. The German expression auf Wiedersehen (until next time) … Continue reading

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