I'm grateful for friends Alan and Rachael who hosted me Friday evening so we could all welcome Shabbat together.
I'm grateful for Leah Arnold, who introduced me to her sister Deb Arnold, who in turn urged me to apply to offer a session at Limmud Seattle.
I'm grateful for the folks who attended my session on songleading, willingly tried out song-teaching techniques and basically made the session their own.
I'm filled with gratitude for my friends and colleagues Julie Plaut Warwick, Marge Eiseman and Jason Zions, who made my stay in Bellevue full of joy and laughter.
I am overjoyed to have spent time with Chava Mirel, whose voice and spirit have the power to heal and to lift the clouds of depression long enough for hope to seep back into my bones. Chava, anytime you want to come to Portland and sing the soundtrack to my day, I will welcome you with open arms. And coffee.
And finally, I am bucketing over with thanks for my friend and mentor Joe Buchanan, a really nice guy from Texas who just GETS IT. His warmth, openness and delight at others' creativity make for a generous soul who welcomes others into the Big Tent as he found welcome himself. Joe, I am so glad we've become friends and colleagues on this journey.
My weekend in Seattle and Bellevue lifted my spirits, revived my creative spark and reminded me once again why I do what I do.
Stay tuned. I am compiling songs that I will release either as singles, or as a fourth collection of original Jewish folk.