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And a very happy post-apocalyptic Monday to all of you! Like most of Satan’s minions, I was very disappointed that the much publicized end of the world didn’t happen on Saturday. After all, I’ve seen enough “come the Rapture, this car will be empty” bumper stickers that I figured there would be free cars for everybody by Sunday, but, alas, it appears that Jesus and his celestial dustbuster have let us down again.

Or have they?

I was sitting in the backyard late Sunday afternoon. The sun was warm and it felt like midsummer instead of early spring. On the trees, shiny, delicate leaves were starting to unfold. High above, puffy white clouds dotted a perfect blue sky as swallows swooped and wheeled beneath like tiny fighter planes. Across the street, in the school playground, kids bounced basketballs and rode anything with wheels–skateboards, scooters, bikes.  I had, if not everything I wanted (and which of us has that?), everything that I needed.

Maybe the Rapture didn’t happen because we are already in Paradise. Being assumed bodily into Heaven is superfluous, after all, when you already have a little slice of Heaven on earth. All you have to do is open your eyes in order to see it.

Here’s wishing each of you a little time in your personal Eden.

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Yes, I survived my first voice recital Monday night. My teacher, Jean, has two recitals for her students, one in the spring and one in the fall. After six months of singing lessons, I was ready to try my voice out on an unsuspecting public. Friends, I’m not new to the stage. I’ve been a dancer for years, I’ve made presentations to crowds of people, I’ve performed on stage many times, but the prospect of getting up to sing in front of a handful of people, most of them the parents of Jean’s junior music students, was easily the most daunting thing I’ve done in a long while.

I sang “Red River Valley” and I’m pleased to report that I didn’t flub it, faint, or gasp for breath. I also stayed on pitch for which I was grateful. Music technique for me is mostly one of happy accident at this point.

Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new!

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