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I want to be just like the woman at the coffee shop when I grow up.

May 10, 2020

When I was around 20 years old and playing in a band full time, I would stop by the coffee and donut shop, near my apartment, after the gig. You’d always find me and several other regulars there, night after night, winding down from our “shifts” with coffee and a donut.

Or was that the reason we were there?

I knew that, for me, it was more about visiting with the woman behind the counter than it was for any coffee or donut — but oh the donut! The reason it was so good was that she knew I liked the maple glazed kind so, when she saw me coming in, she would take one and drizzle extra maple on it just for me. She’d greet me with a smile and a hug and tell me how happy she was to see me and then she’d always ask how the gig went? 

But here’s the best part.

She listened (really listened) to what I had to tell her. She’d laugh and smile her beautiful smile — I mean, who wouldn’t want that coffee and donut?! She made sure I knew I was special and she knew how special she was to me. Then one night, many nights into this coffee shop routine, I looked around the room and saw on the faces of others what I felt inside — welcomed and cared for — I mattered. If to no one else, I mattered to her and so did they. 

I listened to her conversations with them, as much as I listened to my own with her — this woman — this wise and beautiful woman was in her way…well, healing people from the inside out. Over the years I watched from across the room as laughter erupted, tears fell, and anger subsided. I don’t know what all the stories were about, but I do know they were made better by her. 

One person — one beautiful, wise, kind and caring woman — intently listening to people and making a difference in their lives.  What a gift! Making people feel…no, scratch that, making people understand that they matter and sometimes (by my observations) for the first time. I felt privileged to watch it happen. 

I was reminded of those times as I watched my mother from across the room, listening to my Yittle, just as beautiful as she was all those years ago in the coffee shop. Listening in that special way that she has always listened, and as I saw the look on my little girl’s face (a look I have seen on so many faces before), I felt privileged all over again. Privileged and grateful that my children have this beautiful woman in their lives to listen and listen well. 

Mom, in case I haven’t told you lately, you pour the best cup of coffee — ever. When I grow up, I want to be just…like…you.

Happy Mother’s Day — I love you.

 

I wrote this a few years ago, and it has now become a tradition to share it every year. To all the mothers — I hope your day is special and Happy Mother’s Day!  💐💝🌺

 

 

 

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I was reminded that…

July 28, 2018

Love is a verb. You can give it by showing kindness, through a shared experience, or by simply listening to someone. If you manage, somehow, to accomplish all three of those at the same time? Well, that’s a little bit of heaven on earth. This image is from a moment like that, and I will hold it in my heart and never let it go.

I wish you peace, joy, and an active verb. 😉

Personal Side Interviews

The Personal Side of Serge Ramelli

May 9, 2018

Photographer Serge Ramelli sees art in the world around him. Being an artist and having creativity is all about putting beauty out in the world – with many different ways of how to express it. Serge himself expresses art both through his photography as well as through acting and filmmaking. It was fascinating to hear the stories of how he got started, of his supportive family, and the dreams he’s still pursuing. His ambition is inspiring and motivating — I hope you’ll make time to watch the entire interview.

Merci beaucoup, Serge!

Kalebra

Personal Side Interviews

The Personal Side of Melanie Kern-Favilla

April 13, 2018

Melanie Kern-Favilla is an award-winning photographer and KelbyOne instructor. You may also recognize her as the winner of the second Gallery at KelbyOne contest with her beautiful floral work. In her other life, she is a train engineer with the Long Island Railroad, wife, lover of dogs and big weather (the kind that brings tornadoes). If you’d like to see what a life of pushing past your fears looks like, look no further, this lady is the real deal. I hope you’ll take the time to watch Melanie tell her full story here, it’s exciting, inspiring, reassuring and calming all at the same time. Who wouldn’t want to watch that? 😉

Thank you, Melanie!

Kalebra

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The Personal Side of Tracy Sweeney

March 14, 2018

What happens when your passion and determination are led by grace? Incredible, wonderful things that’s what. Sit with Tracy Sweeney and me as she talks about how she got started, her role as a mom, how she connects with the families and children she photographs, and how it all comes together to serve her purpose. The love and gratitude she has for her family shine through in every moment, as does her teaching background in the stories she captures in her work.

This Personal Side of Tracy Sweeney interview was inspiring, fascinating and joyful for me and I know it will be for you too—I hope you’ll make time to watch it.

Thank you, Tracy, you’re kinda marvelous.

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A Peek at The Personal Side of Tim Wallace

February 1, 2018

“I’d rather live an amazing day that I would remember always than ten years of dull grayness.”Tim Wallace

After Tim’s Personal Side interview he became known around our offices as the real Batman. The full interview can be found here at KelbyOne.

Thank you, Tim, for the honor and pleasure.

Kalebra

 

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Happy New Year! From Three Wise Men? That’s Weird.

December 31, 2017

I’m not one for resolutions but I don’t want to leave 2017 without saying something to you so I’ll let my late uncles do the talking for me. Since they’re all passed this should be interesting. My mother’s three brothers were all characters and very different from one another—making them the best uncles ever and I loved each one dearly. You can take their advice into 2018 (or don’t) either way, they were awesome, and I wish you a bright, healthy, and Happy New Year!

From the oldest to youngest…

The Coach/Businessman who said, “Don’t let anyone just bring you a problem. They also need to show up with three possible solutions.”

The Cowboy who said, “Never follow a snake into its own hole.”

And the Hippy who said, “Give and keep it—to yourself.”

Love and Hugs and a Happy New Year!

Kalebra

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The Personal Side of Rick Sammon

December 28, 2017

Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is inspired by the world around him. He aims to have his creative visions come to life through his photography as well to help teach others to do the same. While you may know of his many awards, books, and various other accomplishments, hear from Rick about his travels, love of music, his family, and how it’s all shaped the person he is today. Amidst the stories, you’ll be inspired by the words he lives by and, just maybe, learn to view the world in a whole new way.

It was a joy to sit with Rick! His smile and attitude are infectious, and they make you want to jump up, run out and have fun—with your camera, with your loved ones, and with the life, you’re living. If you want to smile (and you won’t be able to help yourself) I encourage you to watch The Personal Side of Rick Sammon.  It’s the perfect way to start the New Year!

Thank you, Rick, for starting our 2018 with a collective great big smile!

Happy New Year, Everybody!!