I'm married to my husband and soul-mate, and we are in our 26th year together. The last year or so has been extremely sad, as we first lost our 17-year old cat Pixie last May (2018), then our 8-year-old dog Lyric in October from a heart condition, and our 18-year-old cat Chelsea in March of this year; I have 3 cats at present - Kaya is 10; Mandolin is 4, and our new baby ZiggyStardust is 6 months. I work at home and my pets are always with me. My dog was a gift to me from my husband on Mother's Day, 2010, just after I lost my mother in January. I have had many pets, usually 3 or more cats at any one time in 35 years, and have loved them all dearly. It's always difficult to lose them but I really do believe they have been as good for me as I for them.
I have been happy to nurture animals throughout my life. With all of the abandoned, neglected and suffering animals in this world, I have to constantly remind myself that there are MANY good and kind people on this Earth who treat animals humanely, protecting them from cruelty, greed, sport and trophy. I wish I could save them all.
Music and books have been my world since I was a small child. I was shy and insecure but I have always known I was exceptionally good at singing and musical knowledge (musicology), as well as anything to do with words, (spelling bees, essay or poetry contests). Once I began to sing, the rest of the world would disappear. Or I would get lost in the books I would read - the old-school kind with paper pages. This was my world into which I would escape.
My parents came from the Big Band era so my earliest influences were Nat King Cole and Vera Lynn, Mitch Miller and the Rat Pack, Mahalia Jackson, Johnnie Ray, Della Reese and Doris Day. My sister introduced folk music into my world, and then on my own, I began to enjoy Rock 'n' Roll, Country and Rhythm and Blues as well as anything contemporary. I have allowed myself to be captured and enraptured by the abundantly moving world of melody, lyric and rhythm. Music is free, especially when it comes from within.
I am a published author - KESSA AND THE SPIDER was published in 2014 and KAILEY AND THE KITTENS in 2016.
I love animals and all nature, history, knowledge, humor, art and beauty. I believe in Tolerance, Compassion and Kindness.
While I can say I have many favorite singers from several genres, I would say that the ones I love the most are deceased: Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin, Karen Carpenter, John Lennon, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Sinatra, David Bowie, John Denver, Cass Elliot, Charlie Rich and Soul artists like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Etta James. There are some artists I really love who are still alive (thankfully) - such as Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, Tanya Tucker, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and Carole King, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack.
I dig Classic Rock and Roll, Classic Country, the Big Band era, and Musicals as well as Soul and Blues and in particular the decades of the 50's, 60's, 70's and all Oldies but will admit to liking some of the newer songs I have heard.
If any 2 songs represent me, it is 'I Believe In Music' by Mac Davis and 'Music And Me' by Michael Jackson, 'though my all-time favorite song is probably 'Imagine'. Singing my songs are essential in my life. Perhaps they will be how I make my tiny mark in this world.
MUM, I LOVE you, MISS you and THINK OF YOU always (MAR. 13/1920 - JAN. 29/2010).
DAD, I will SING for you until I take my last breath on this Earth.
AND my third loss, you were just a tiny being, but you impacted my heart and my life in a huge way.
WINTER BACKGROUND IS THE STREET ON WHICH WE LIVE.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH, SWEETIETLK (TERESA) - YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME GETTING THIS SPECIAL AWARD FOR MY SONG THAT I DEDICATED TO MY DAD, ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY.
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