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  1. Four out of Five... Why Was I the Lucky One?

    Over the past 2 days, I've tried to write this post at least a dozen times. I still haven't put together all of my thoughts about it in a coherent manner, so please bear with me. But I have to commit this to words, even if it doesn't make complete sense.

    Thursday afternoon, I was in the Rockville, MD area to meet a colleague for coffee. We met up at a shopping center in a very affluent area that isn't close to a Metro station. As I was waiting for the light to turn green so I could ...
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  2. I failed

    I failed my friend, Jon.

    We were great friends in college. How he made me laugh. I didn't even know at the time how much I appreciated a completely bent sense of humor. But I laughed. Non-stop. Some of the best days of my life. If you think I'm bent, you have Jon, at least in part, to thank.

    But even then, there were times when he would shut everyone out. I knew something wasn't right. I knew he was struggling. I knew he was hurting. But I was wrapped up in the things ...
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  3. I'm Not a Kid Anymore

    Tonight, I performed in public for the first time in nearly 20 years. Performing in public has always been an exhilarating experience. But tonight was different. Tonight was about doing something I had never been able to do as a kid--or as a piano major in college, including 1 year in the rough, tough, and cut-throat conservatory environment.

    And that difference is this: being able to appreciate and enjoy the experience.

    Don't get me wrong. I was nervous as all get ...
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  4. So Wrong

    A week ago Wednesday night, 3-year-old Alexyander (Yandel) Rivera Irizarry of Penuelas, Puerto Rico, was passing a quiet evening at home with his parents. He asked them if he could go visit his grandmother, who lived upstairs. His parents said yes.

    He went upstairs and spent some time talking and playing with his grandmother. Then he said he was going back downstairs.

    But he didn't.

    A few minutes later, his mother went upstairs to get Yandel and prepare ...
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  5. Meet Debbie Downer

    If you're looking for an uplifting blog, this isn't going to be it.

    I debated back and forth whether to post anything at all. There has been so much negative energy lately. But the bottom line is that I need to talk. I need to get some things off my chest that have been eating at me all day.

    Last week, the government responded to a proposal we submitted in August. This particular agency has a reputation for only entering into negotiations with firms when they are serious ...
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