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If you need to take a breath and feel inspired, I wrote something I hope you'll enjoy. https://dogently.com/passing-the-baton/
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I want to read your blog but I got a message that the connection is not secure from Firefox. It further says that it is due to how the page is configured. I don't know if this is a Firefox issue or something else, but wanted to let you know.
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Thanks!!! I've got do to some debugging with this site. it's doing that a lot lately.
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Okay, I've checked the link in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. It works on my end. Thanks for letting me know it went crazy. Let's see if this link works now. https://dogently.com/passing-the-baton/
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A beautiful piece - thank you.
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That's a heartwarming story - thank you.
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As a person who also has a progressive disease and whose mind says "GO" but body says "NO", it is comforting to know there are others who understand .......... I know as long as I have my imagination and my will, I can still wake up every day and say "Thank You!" and be thankful that there are still beautiful moments that inspire me! You are one of those beautiful moments, Thank You!
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Okay, I've checked the link in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. It works on my end. Thanks for letting me know it went crazy. Let's see if this link works now. https://dogently.com/passing-the-baton/

I am sorry to say I still have the insecure connection message. I am not sure what I would need to do at my end, any thoughts?
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Let me just post this here, to avoid connection issues.



Friday Feature: Passing The Baton

I thought I was born to play the cello. The first time I touched a cello, something dark inside me lit up. I love the sound of the cello, the feel of the strings under my fingers, the bow gliding from string to string.

I love the way my body feels when I move around the cello in a gentle dance. As a child, when other kids were outside playing, I was in the music room practicing. I practiced before school. I practiced after school. When I was supposed to be doing my homework, I practiced. At music school I practiced for nine hours a day. I played alone, in quartets, in orchestras. Every day I played, and played, and the music sang within me. I thought I was born to play the cello. But, I was wrong.

I was 27 when myasthenia gravis stole my eyesight. Gradually, slowly, myasthenia gravis stole music from my hands. At first I tried to deny it. I made all kinds of adjustments to how I played. I created an adaptive cello bow. I fought, and I struggled, until my bow fell at my side, and my cello was silent.

Disability is an ending. Thereís no way to pretend it isnít. It adds a grand pause to your life that you never expected. Disability creates silence where music used to live. To call my silent cello devastating does not touch the loss. Losing the ability to play the cello amputated my soul. Worse, every time I heard someone else playing the cello, it felt like teasing on a playground. Each sound stabbed at me.

My mind knew where every note was. I remember playing that Bach Suite, that lovely string crossing. My mind knows where every note is. I know how hard to press the bow to make the music sing. I hear it all singing and it never stops. I want to join the music, but I canít. I am trapped here with a mind that remembers, and a body that doesnít move. The sound of the cello makes my soul bleed. I thought I was born to play the cello. But I was wrong.

Years went by. One night I was lying in bed and flipping through channels on TV. A man came on the screen. He was playing the guitar. I loved the tonality and the musical colors he painted. Listening to his music brought some comfort, until he was joined by a cello and my soul started to bleed. Enraged, I reached for the remote. Shut it off. Take it away. I reached to turn it off, and turned it up instead.

The cello sang with the guitar. The womanís cello laughed and smiled. It sighed and stretched. This cello spoke each note from her soul, directly into mine. Instead of feeling like the cello was teasing, it felt like the music was trying to heal. The more I listened, the more I realized it was true. This woman playing the cello made music that said everything I wanted to say as a musician. Her cello music welcomed me home, when all over voices pushed me away. I felt myself crying with joy, and I wanted to say thank you. But, I didnít even know her name.

I booted my computer and searched the internet for this musical duo. I had to know who they were. More importantly, I had to find a way to let this cellist know how much her music spoke to me. After a quick search, I found out they called themselves Acoustic Eidolon. The guitar playerís name is Joe Scott. And the cellist is Hannah Alkire. On their website was a contact email address. I hesitated a moment before I clicked.

I told HannahÖ everything. How much I loved music and that music was taken away from me. I told her how all other cello music felt like mocking laughter, except for hers. Her music healed something bleeding in my soul. So, I offered her my baton as if I was running a relay race. I offered her my baton because I cannot play any more, but she can. Take this music from me and play, Hannah. Take my love for music from my hands into yours.

Time passed. Iíd forgotten Iíd sent the email. Hannah replied and graciously accepted my baton. She still has it, a real baton I had made for her. But, Hannah was not content with just taking my baton. She wanted to help me find a way back to my cello. Instead of trying to force my hands to move against myasthenia gravis, Hannah showed me how to improvise. She taught me how to compose. I learned to create music again, and my heart rejoiced. I returned to the stage and played solo cello concerts.

But, progressive illness remains progressive. The muscles between my left index finger and thumb have atrophied. I donít have the strength to play the cello publicly anymore. Hannah still has my baton and is creating all the music my hands cannot play.

Disability is an ending, but disability is also a beginning. While Hannah creates music, I am free to write. And it is though writing I find my self whole and restored. My amputated soul no longer bleeds, because my music is safe in Hannahís hands. I create with words. Hannah creates with music. Together we bring beauty into this world, and hope for the future.


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Thank you so very very much for sharing that and for sharing with Hannah. It was brave to reach out and you certainly were given a gift as much as you gave one.
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