The Harmony Project shares the stage with Whoopi Goldberg: Another Harmony Project Post


Tonight, the Harmony project sang at the Women’s Fund Event in Columbus, Ohio.  This is a terrific organization that funds projects for girls and women. We were seated on the very same stage as Whoopi Goldberg. She did an interview, and we listened.

Throughout the evening they showed videos of the different programs The Women’s Fund supports. It looks like they do great work for women.

A lot of people must care about the Women’s Fund because there were around 3,000 people in attendance.

We opened the show with a song that coordinated with a video showing women and girls. We got a very good reaction from the crowd.

After we sang, Whoopi said, “Aren’t they fricking remarkable?”  That made us feel great!

Two lovely women, from the Women’s Fund, wearing heels and nice dresses introduced Whoopi. When she came on stage she didn’t disappoint. She was dressed in the usual unique Whoppi attire.  She was wearing some weird shoes, but very cool!

She  was interviewed by Justice Yvette McGee Brown. This interview also includes questions some young girls asked her via videotape. Here’s some things that they discussed.  This is coming from my memory, so it’s not exact!

How did you become famous?
“It was just a matter of luck. I put on a big show and 3 people attended. One of them was a critic from the New York Times. He wrote up a good review of our show, and Mike Nichols came to see it. He took it to Broadway, and that’s when the success came. ..I’m also surprised at the path my career took. I never expected to become a movie star. “

What advice to you have for young girls?
“ Take a beat to think about what you’re doing… don’t rush into things. She told them not to use Facebook or Twitter to get back at anyone. “Consider that they might just be having a bad day!

Where does self-esteem come from?
“Self-esteem comes from way down inside yourself. You have to believe in yourself. It’s not something people can give you.

Who was your role model?
“My mother accepted me, and knew I was odd.”  Her mother helped her see the things she could do. Her mother believed in her, and supported her decisions. She even believed she could make a career out of show business.

Talk about some of the View episodes.
I thought Rielle Hunter, who appeared on The View,  was basically misguided. “She didn’t know you can’t speak ill about the dead.” (Elizabeth Edwards.)

Whoopi made some funny remarks about menopause. “ I decided not to have children, but with menopause someone else is shutting you off… She might a hilarious comment about hearing her last egg drop.

How did you get involved with Volunteering for AIDS

“I was living in San Francisco, and people started getting these lesions, and just dying. Nobody knew much about it. Even the hospitals wouldn’t take the people. They weren’t just seeing them as human. I knew we had to do something.

I would say all in all, Whoopi is really cool. I liked listening to her. She certainly wasn’t boring!

Not only did I enjoy Whoppi’s interview, I found out about “The Women’s Fund,” a very worthwhile cause.

Enjoy the slide-show. We were waiting to go onstage, and some of the photos were taken at the rehearsal!

If anyone from the Harmony Project would like to make comments, or additions, please feel free!

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Photos provided by Jan Leibovitz Alloy and Michelle Herman

My Life in my 60's

Here’s another post about the versatile Harmony Project in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the organization that can do and does! We get to sing in a harmonious choir, give performances and make all kinds of new friends. There is commitment involved, but nobody minds. Sing, serve, and share is the motto.

Today was a spa day for the Unison Project, an essential part of the choir.  The people who belong to the Unison Project live in housing, especially sponsored by the Columbus Shelter Board http://www.csb.org.  There are people who have been homeless, but have the courage to take the opportunity to improve their lives. (Not all have been homeless, some have disabilities and other problems that qualify them to live in the facilities.)

Today, a generous spa, the  Ericka Taylor Salon and Spa donated their  services to members of The Unison Project.

They received manicures, facials, hair treatments —color, cuts, blowouts…

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Rielle Hunter on Piers Morgan: Creepy


You remember Rielle Hunter. She had John Edwards baby, and he tried to cover it up. Elizabeth Edwards was busy dying from breast cancer.

Piers was asking her questions about the salacious book she wrote, and she acted offended. He was being too nosy, and taking things out of context. Why did she think he had her on the show? I’m betting an appearance on Piers isn’t going to sell many books. It’s just too…..creepy.

She honestly feels she wasn’t responsible for what happened. It was all John Edwards fault. That’s what she said at first. Then she admitted she shouldn’t have made a sex tape together,  and participated in a coverup about the “baby.”

When she saw an old tape of Elizabeth Edwards on Larry King, it bothered her. “She felt sad.” I bet she was sad that he was showing it.

I remember seeing John Edwards on the campaign trail.  I thought this guy was really good when I saw him. He definitely fooled me.

Was he just a hapless fool? Or was he just a person with no character. After all, his wife was dying from cancer. It sounds like a great time to have an affair. You’d think he would have the decency to wait until she passed away. Definitely, no character!

I did admire Elizabeth Edwards and read several of her books. They were mainly about resilience. She had some good things to say. Apparently, she was a woman who felt a lot. Not at all a shallow person, and very intelligent.

Why Edwards would even fall for this Rielle character is beyond me. She has an evil essence coming off her, and seems totally fake. Wait a minute…

But then again, I watched the whole interview. I am not reading the book though. It sounds too trashy, even for me.

If you want to read something worthwhile, Ii would recommend one of Elizabeth Edward’s books.

Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers by Elizabeth Edwards (Aug 14, 2007)

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Creative Giving: Another Harmony Project Post


Here’s another post about the versatile Harmony Project in Columbus, Ohio. It’s the organization that can do and does! We get to sing in a harmonious choir, give performances and make all kinds of new friends. There is commitment involved, but nobody minds. Sing, serve, and share is the motto.

Today was a spa day for the Unison Project, an essential part of the choir.  The people who belong to the Unison Project live in housing, especially sponsored by the Columbus Shelter Board http://www.csb.org.  There are people who have been homeless, but have the courage to take the opportunity to improve their lives. (Not all have been homeless, some have disabilities and other problems that qualify them to live in the facilities.)

Today, a generous spa, the  Ericka Taylor Salon and Spa donated their  services to members of The Unison Project.

They received manicures, facials, hair treatments —color, cuts, blowouts, highlights —and were photographed when it was all over. All the professionals in the spa donated their services. They worked their magic, and brought out the beauty of each person. People left the salon with a glow and a new look.

The pros at the spa did their work with joy. It was inspirational. They were even kind enough to throw in a few manicures to some of the other members of the Harmony Project.

First, we all had a delicious meal “The Little Palace” located on S. Fourth Street.  I would highly recommend that eatery . It was simply delicious.

David Brown, of The Harmony Project planned the whole outing. He did it with great style.

You can still buy tickets for The Harmony Project on July 18, and 19th!  Go to CAPA. It will be a great concert, and you can catch the joy!

It will bounce off the walls of the Southern Theater!

Pictures generously provided by Michelle Herman and Jan Leibovitz Alloy

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My New Experience: Tent Camping (A humorous look)


My husband was not having the best day,  so I figured why not humor him and go camping. He’s been talking about wanting to do this ever since we met, and that was about 40 years ago. (We did go once with the kids, and I haven’t been back. That was around 25 or 30  years ago.)    I do like to walk and bike, but I’m not fond of bugs, or an uncomfortable bed. I am basically an old girly girl.
Anyway, I say, ” I want to try something different.  let’s go camping today.” Not wanting  to miss a golden opportunity  he quickly loads the car. He takes the tent he optimistically bought last year, and never used. He also packs some food, peanut butter, bread, ice, water, towels and a blanket.  He also takes Kodak —the defunct photo company—  rafts we used 40 years ago, and a blow-up mattress he bought who knows when.
He forgets the air compressor. I guess he was in a big hurry to go before I changed my mind. He doesn’t usually forget anything.
We get to the camping site, about an hour away. The first thing I notice is there are hardly any stand alone tents. There’s all these fancy motor homes, and cute pop-up tents. I’m thinking, “Maybe tent camping isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

I  already know this, but I figure I can try it every 30  years or so.
After 20 minutes he puts up the tent. (He’s good at that kind of stuff). I’m reading the directions which he pays absolutely no attention to because he can see how everything fits together without them.
Everything is going along beautifully until he figures out he forgot the air compressor. Meanwhile, we’ve pulled next to a family about 5 little girls. We know we’re old because we think the mother is a teenager at first.
One of the  little girls (about 3)  hurries up and draws me a picture, and tells me her name. She seems to have a speech impediment, so I have to guess, Olive, Ella?  Finally her mother tells me it’s Alice.
Anyway, they are staring at us. They can’t believe it when we both start blowing up the Kodak rafts and the air mattress. Finally I ask,”Do you have an air compressor?” I figure they do because they have a fancy trailer thing.
The mother asks,”Are you guys new to camping?” Then she makes a remark about how adorable we are. I guess it’s cause we look as old as we feel compared to her.
She gives us a compressor, but it doesn’t work, so my poor husband resorts to blowing up the air mattresses using his breath. I’ve already expended all of mine.
Finally, night comes. I don’t know what to do. No computer, no television, and no light to read the book I brought.

My husband lights a lantern that he expertly pumps up. But that goes up in flames. So, he blows until that goes out.”Guess that had too much gas,” he says.
He finally sets up the tent. He doesn’t want me to be uncomfortable because if I wait another 30 years we’ll both be in our 90′s or dead.
I get in the tent. Not easy to get in that small zippered passageway.  It’s not bad, very cozy. After a couple of hours both ancient mattresses and Kodak floats have deflated. He thinks they had a leak, but I think they have aged just like us.
I am trying to suppress my usual inclination to complain. I only utter, “this is ridiculous once or twice. When I go to the bathroom, a huge ant climbs up my foot. I hurry up and get out of there!

I’ll give it another chance. But we’ll have some new mattress things, and an air compressor.

Right now the lodge sounds pretty good to me.

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How I know I’m Getting Older: 15 of my reflections


My husband and I riding bikes on vacation!

1. I finally figured out I’m not going to live forever. So, I better make the most of my remaining time on earth. Don’t worry, it’s at least 30 years or so.

2. Attitude is everything. If you’ve got a bad one, things are not going to work out, no matter what you do.

3. I know I’m old because my kids called me 10 minutes before they arrived to pick me up, to give me a heads up.

4. I wanted to eat at a Bob Evans Restaurant.

5. Loud music really sounds loud.

6. Nobody questions me when I say I want to eat off the Seniors menu, or want a Seniors discount.

7. When I ask a contemporary how they feel, they don’t say things like “I feel great.” The best strategy is not to ask them at all!

8. I don’t feel young in my swimming aerobics class any more. I fit right in.

9. I still have a lot of fun, and get excited about things.

10.I realize that the most important things in life include friends family, and giving to others.

11. I know looks really are superficial and aren’t important. It is truly what people are like inside. If you lived a beautiful life, you will be beautiful at 90.

12. I really know money can’t buy happiness.

13. I am so proud of the adults my children have become.

14. I’m happy that both my husband and I are still doing okay. We are lucky!

15. It’s important to keep hopes, dreams, and goals going.

You have any advice you want to give me?