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Wordless Wednesday Day -Moment of Grace- Love

12 Oct

An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace

Just Dance – love/peace/soul

6 Oct

Every Thursday I teach a Latin Fusion class. I LOVE my class. We have a BLAST every week. Me and usually 50-60+ students are grooving away.

Me on stage teaching a class

I have been teaching this particular class for about four years now. I love listening and choosing the music, I love choreographing the dances, and I love dancing.

That’s it! I LOVE TO DANCE. I have been dancing all of my life. Started out as a ballet dancer as a 5 year old and went on to college to dance, now I do it as an adult. It has always been the essence of who I am. No matter how tired I am, I get in there and something just takes over and I am a dancing machine. I forget about anything else going on and I am moving and grooving, yelling, throwing my hands up in the air and just going for it. It is such a relief.  I forget I am a wife, mother of three with dishes to do, laundry, housecleaning, errands, bills, pick-ups, practices, the list goes on and on. I forget that sadness of those who died, and the ails of  our country and world. I embrace the thing that connects all life music and dance.

What makes it even better is that I sweat like crazy and burn at least 500 calories each week. How sweet is that. Right afterwards I teach yoga and that completely calms me down. I just love Thursdays.

Me, in the center with my mic on, with some of my great students in the class

What do you like to do to relieve stress? Have you danced lately?

Family Travels – Peace

4 Oct



I am very weary from traveling from Atlanta to Ohio within 24 hours. Although I have had little sleep, I am pleased. Today we laid to rest my grandmother. She was 98 years old!

We were not close but I had a wonderful season with her in my youth. She had an incredible laugh and a beautiful spirit. Admittedly, I was VERY apprehensive to drop everything and go but my hubby and Mom encouraged me to go. I was even happier to come because my sister came with me.

There is nothing like sister time. Living away from family is hard and any time spent together is blessed. So we are here in the airport about to depart, tired, exhausted and happy. We met family we never knew and reconnected with family we hadn’t seen in 20 years or so.

Olga Washington Persons Martinez (maiden name, married surname, at 80 surname!) was in her right mind until she was 93! I wasn’t close to her but I love her for being her, for giving me a life to look forward to. I workout so I can live long and stay in my right mind too.

We said goodbye to our past. We looked out and planned our future while we traveled in total weariness.