Wednesday, December 20, 2006
There’s never a good time for cancer. When it hit Willie Leftwich, he was a high-power
When he was in the hospital, he came to realize how great the simple things were, things like just being able to walk. Or eat. Or live without pain.
He decided that the legal profession –- taking depositions, preparing witnesses, going to court, contesting a case, logging hours on a billing time sheet – weren’t all that satisfying in the grander scheme of things.
But what was? Leftwich quit his law firm and went on a search. He tried real estate, investing and even creative writing. None hit the spot.
Then, at a friend’s behest, he tried pottery. He took a class. He was educated as an engineer (undergraduate,
He says ceramics relaxes, calms him, making him happier than ever before. He says it saved his life. His story was told in the AARP Bulletin, December, 2006 issue. See more of his work.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
CBS News reported the following: "By age 11, Montero was at a crossroads: already a big fish in a small musical pond. Her parents decided to bring her to the United States to study.
"I think they felt it was their responsibility to provide everything they could for me to develop. And that’s what they did," Gabriela says.
"The family settled in Miami, where as a teenager, she was profiled on television. It was a carefree portrait of the artist as a young woman.
"But privately, there was doubt and frustration. Gabriela’s teacher questioned her talent, and belittled her improvising."
She didn't play for two years. She would come to the piano later, however, and most improbably, is now one of the most sought after names on both the classical, and jazz stages. More....................