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Wait. There’s More? Seriously?

I’ve gotten a few emails recently asking about my color guard progress, since I haven’t posted about it. (Here’s how my color guard adventure started out…) I haven’t posted because I have no time! This activity is more time-consuming than I ever planned, because I have to practice so much

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Risking Failure Is Fun. Failure Stinks.

This year, I’ve been really stretching out of my comfort zone in both my writing and in my free time. (Here’s how my color guard adventure started out…) Recently, I’ve taken a couple of hard knocks in both arenas. In writing, I’ve needed to branch out beyond my usual age

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Protective Gear for Writers

Last week was our first Minnesota Brass color guard practice since auditions. I got to video the new portion of the audition routine, and this week I’m trying to learn it before practice again. So off and on, I’ve been out in the backyard (which has alternated between too snowy, too swampy, and too

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Audition Results–I Made It!

I got word on Friday–I made it! If you’ve been following my Minnesota Brass adventure, you know I had official auditions for the color guard 2–1/2 weeks ago. Thank you to all of you who have been encouraging me over the past few months as I’ve struggled with this new

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Minnesota Brass auditions were Wednesday night. You know how on So You Think You Can Dance, there are always dancers that do really well with their routine they’ve been perfecting for ages? And then Nigel and Mia and Adam send them on to choreography to see how well they can pick

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Auditions Tonight–Ack!

I’ve been sharing my Minnesota Brass adventure with you, and here’s a quick update. Last Wednesday night, I went to rehearsal and practiced for 2–1/2 hours. Then I got up at 2:30 a.m. Thursday to head to New York City for a week with my husband. For the past week, I have ridden subways and eaten

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Leave It Behind to Improve It?

I already knew that perfectionism had no place in my Minnesota Brass adventure. As a first-time spinner, I have no hope nor expection of perfection, and I’m not a perfectionist, anyway, in any areas of my life. I’m a pretty-darn-goodist at best.  But, when I know I need to improve in something,

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Putting It Out There

As the next step in sharing my Minnesota Brass adventure, I promised to get a bit of video so that you can see what I’m working on if you’ve never seen a color guard before. Also, I’m tired of text, text, text. So one day as the temp hovered around 6 degrees, I

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The Learning! The Growth!…The Pain

News flash: Making your body do stuff it’s not used to causes soreness. OK, I know that’s no surprise, but I’m being reminded of it now. It’s been 7 or 8 weeks of learning across-the-floors and flag spins and tosses for my Minnesota Brass adventure, and my body is feeling it. I’ve been black

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You Can’t Learn Everything From a Book!

Whenever I want to learn how to do something, I get a book. Replace the kitchen faucet? Get a book. Make a latch-hook rug? Get a book. Write a book? Get a book. But sadly, there’s no book of instructions for the dance and spinning routines I need to learn

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