Camille and Michael began adopting children with special needs in 1986. At that point they had no idea their kindness would grow over four decades to a family of 88 and develop into a foundation to help those with special needs and their families.
Often, I find myself looking up for hope. Always I come to find courage inside.
Often, I find hope in the stars. Always I’m led back to the light within.
Stars are distant reminders of who I am truly. Mysterious. Comforting. Wild and free. Stars whisper loudly to me, “Anything is possible.”
The worlds of art and technology at first glance may seem far apart, or too different from each other to be compatible, but in my case, the two go hand in hand. Since I’m a legally blind photographer, it would be impossible for me to practice my art without today’s technology.
When I was a young singer I went to a lot of jam sessions. Jams are great for meeting other musicians, learning how to improvise, and how to communicate with other players. I learned a lot this way, but there was one jam session in particular where I learned something unexpected.
It is my belief that more often than not, the difference between mediocrity and excellence is vision and courage.
I remember as a child the wonder of discovery that was a part of each and every day. The uninhibited mind, seeking, questioning, supposing, and above all, never afraid to ask a question.
What happened? What changed?
This is the story of a man who, by holding God’s values deep in his heart, manifested a great capacity to tolerate, love and cherish the other.
My classical piano studies taught me a lot about technique and reading music, but in jazz and pop styles, you improvise over chord changes. That terrified me. How do you just… improvise? I didn’t know how to make the transition.
Paper switches to pixels, and it’s time for most of us to get with modern times. However, not all are fully immersed in the digital world. There is a reason why some things remain a “classic”. Calendars, for me, are just one of the few things that I will not regret switching back to.
As another new year begins, the need to strike a balance between past and present emerges once again.