This is the 11th year now that we’ve made our Annual Midwest Summer Concert Road Trip a priority. What a FUN tradition it’s been! When we’re doing the things that bring us joy, the feedback we get from others is that it inspires them to do what brings them joy. How cool is that?!
This year we flew from our home in Minneapolis to Kansas City and put 1,300 miles on a rental car. All around us, wherever we went, we paid attention to “life”…
We breathed in the fresh (and hot!) summer air. We loved calling out the various noisy insects that made themselves known at rest stops along the interstate. We marveled at the rows and rows of corn. We acknowledged the license plates we saw from all around the country. We cherished the Read more »
Front row to Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band.
How did we do it, you ask? It was easy! But only if you know the whole story.
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On our bucket list for several years has been a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, timed to also include a cool concert in the city. We finally made it happen last weekend, and it was a powerful reminder to us that when you embrace what you love, things do come easy.
We made our way from Minneapolis to Cleveland, a city we had never seen before, and planted ourselves at a downtown lakeside hotel, right by the museum. The plan was to spend Read more »
When Bill and I got married 20 years ago, I’ll never forget during the reception when the DJ grabbed the mic and said, “When the bride and groom hand me ‘The Bee Gees 20 Greatest Hits’ CD, you know we’re gonna have a party!” And everyone on the dance floor cheered.
I flippin’ LOVE the Bee Gees.
Fast forward two decades later. We just returned from our 20th anniversary adventure which included the beautiful wine country in Napa Valley, the majestic Redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, a visit with cherished family in Sacramento, and a gig in Chicago to see the legendary Barry Gibb in concert – woohoo! We simply had to get in on this historic event and support and cheer on Barry, the oldest and only surviving Gibb brother.
Sidenote: Did you know that the Guinness Book of World Records lists Barry as Read more »
It was time to leave our Omaha hotel room and head out for a night of fun – an outdoor concert with one of our favorite rockers, Peter Frampton! We were smack in the middle of a long weekend summer road trip to see two back-to-back shows with Frampton’s “Guitar Circus”. As Peter said, the shows included “No animals but a lot of guitars.”
On this tour, in addition to Peter and his amazing band (big shout-out to Stanley, Rob, Adam, and Dan!), we had the opportunity to get to know other guitarists that were new to us, as well as enjoy others we already loved. Because they all had Peter’s endorsement, we were excited to be in their presence.
It’s been such a joy to see each of the band members completely light up when playing with the greats. It’s obvious they’ve all been having a blast! There had already been so many memorable moments for us on this tour, and on this particular night – we were thrilled to see blues legend B.B. King (for our first time!) as one of the openers.
Often times, before we embark on an adventure, Bill and I have a ritual of setting our intention together. So in the hotel room, we Read more »
It was the day before my sister-in-law’s funeral. Our dear Ann had passed away at age 53 from lung cancer.
The grief and sadness hung heavy in the air.
It seemed to make perfect sense, though, for me to still participate in a scheduled interview for a local women’s magazine about the importance of “bucket lists”.
A bucket list is basically a list of things to do before you die. Although, I prefer to think of it instead as a list of things to do while you’re alive (I like to put a positive spin on things). It’s a fun exercise because it encourages you to dream a bit and think about things that you’d really love to do. They can be big things such as “Travel to Africa” or little things like “Take a cooking class”.
At the beginning of the phone interview, Amy, the delightful interviewer from the magazine, asked me whether or not I thought it was important to have a bucket list. Hearing that particular question on that particular day, made me feel like I was in kindergarten. No offense at all to her! I knew the question was coming, and it was an important one to start off the interview.
However, I had just recently experienced an all-night vigil at the hospice Read more »
Heads-up: Be sure you have a few spare minutes for this post – it’s a little, I mean a lot, longer than the rest of ‘em! :)
I know, I know – it’s been a long time. The last blog post I wrote was six months ago! It was all about our life-changing experience at a Journey concert.
Shortly afterwards, I was excited to share that write-up with Journey’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, to show him how he had impacted my life. The very same day he replied with a tweet that said: “Thank you so much for this. Really enjoyed reading your write-up about your experience. Goosebumps!”
So cool. So, if you haven’t read the post yet – please do!
Funny how the post ended with a message to Journey, saying: “See you all again soon…”
And so it is. Here I am, six months later – and Bill and I just returned from a winter road trip to hang with Journey once again!
I’ve gotten so much reader feedback in the past, asking me Read more »
The last official weekend of summer may have included one of the most joyful experiences of my life. I know I say that a lot, but this one was really special! I’d like to thank the popular feel-good band, Journey, and their awesome new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, for hosting the party.
They were playing on a beautiful summer night at our beloved “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the Minnesota State Fair. Bill and I hopped on the express bus to the Fair without concert tickets in-hand (but you know us – we trusted it would all work out!) to enjoy a night of fun with the band. The show had been sold out for quite a while, and ticket brokers told us this was the “toughest ticket of the summer” to get. Really? That explains why there hadn’t been any good tickets available, which is pretty unusual.
That morning I went Read more »
High school reunions. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I am one who happens to love them. Last weekend was my 25th reunion. Wait, did I just say “25th”?!
I love these reunions simply because they’re so ‘real.’ Back in high school and when we’re kids, we label each other – we say this one’s super smart, this one’s pretty, this one’s whatever. Labels helped us define the world around us as we were learning to find our own way. But as adults now, the playing field gets leveled and no one has any of those labels. We don’t need that anymore.
At the core, we’re all the same anyway. We’ve all struggled. We’ve all had fear get in our way. We’ve all reached for goals or worked hard toward a dream. We’ve all questioned ourselves. We’ve all had a vision for our future.
Bottom-line: We’re all just striving to do our best in life. Plain and simple.
It doesn’t matter what your religion is, what you Read more »
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My confidence was shaken, then my faith restored…all within a matter of a few days.
Just as we were leaving to embark on a Midwest road trip to catch a few shows with my all-time favorite performer, Neil Diamond, I allowed some external voices to grab ahold of me. I let some things in that made me question what the heck I was doing, what I was spending my money on, what I was doing with my time, and how I was living my life.
Woah, I was shocked at how much power I gave to this external voice. Even though I’m 43, I still yearn for affirming approval from those important to me, ya know?
Normally a confident gal, Read more »
Aaaahhh…a week in the Caribbean sailing on the Celebrity Eclipse. It was the type of experience that totally lights up our souls. A full week of sunshine, reggae, gourmet meals, warm breezes, Caribbean vibe, fruity cocktails…and relaxation squared. Together, we loved every single moment of it.
However, we almost didn’t do it. While we’ve had a warm-weather getaway just about every winter since the beginning of our relationship (nearly 20 years!), this winter was the first time we didn’t have a vacation planned. A big chunk of money had recently gone toward business training expenses, so it didn’t feel practical. Or even doable.
But because these winter vacations are always such a spiritual experience for us and bring us tremendous joy, in early January we thought we better find a way to make it happen. Our favorite vacation is a cruise, so Bill’s idea was for us to Read more »