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I wish I could leap like this! However there would be a strong chance I would land on our dog Angel, roll out the door and land face first in the recycling bin. Our trip to D.C. gave us a chance to reunite with longtime childhood friend, Tony Powell. He introduced us to his lovely wife, Kellie and thier wonderful kids! What a prosperous and loving family. Kellie told a little about her passion for dance.

This gal has got dance in her blood. Kellie first entered the dance studio at the age of three. Through her many years of training, she studied ballet (both Vaganova & Cecchetti methods), pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, & modern with her grandmother, a former Rockette. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the arts and several professional dance companies. She was founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement* , and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, and New York’s City Center.

Wow. Damn. Wow again. I JUST LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY LOVE!

Kellie also told us about her dance company”Fusion”…. She and her business partner Candra Preshong saw an opportunity to not only create dance scholarships for under privileged kids in the D.C. area but to work with schools and other non-profit organizations to support performing arts programs, parent teachers associations, and offer the services of our professional dance company to organizations that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Did you know that kids who participate in dance are less likely to be overweight? Dance also teaches coordination and rhythm, while instilling discipline, increasing strength and improving posture. Kids also learn how to participate in a structured environment, follow directions, and have respect for themselves and others.

For adults, and especially seniors, dancing provides an opportunity for socializing and building relationships, as well as reducing stress and boosting their immune systems. And for kids and adults of any age – its just plain fun!

If you’d like to donate to this worthy organization –http://fusiondancecompany.org/Support3.html

* Tony, what’s a ballet mistress?

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This past weekend I was blessed to see family and friends I haven’t seen in ages. The Phoenix based part of the Wood Clan flew into Washington D.C. to visit the matriarch of the family…my sister Sonia. I don’t know about you but when family arrives at my sister’s home there is only one thing , two things to do. First, visit “Ledo’s” pizza in Adelphi, Md (if you haven’t tried this pizza GO NOW! http://www.ledopizza.com) . Second, have a cookout ….Translation: cook meat. A lot of meat. Every kind of meat. Hamburgers,hot dogs,chicken,pork chops,beef ribs, and keilbasa. I think there was a fruit salad around to keep everyone’s colon from going into spasms! Dessert was Amy’s incredible cheesecake…a decades old recipe handed down from her Nana and a closely guarded secret.

The combination of good food,family, and drink created a warm, loving atmosphere of old stories and bladder-bulging laughter… ( evidently there are photos of our family friend Tony being hogtied by the girls when he was very young and forced to put on dresses and make-up for my sister’s sick enjoyment.) 90 degree weather, cheesecake, and Corona is like truth serum for my sisters. No amount of passing time could take away Deenie’s memory of having to drink pickle juice everyday after school, because Sonia told her younger sister “it was the only way to learn how to whistle.”

Can you feel the love? I sure did. For eight hours I didn’t worry about sessions,bills, or anything that required my brain engaging the “future”. Next weekend is another visit to the D.C. suburbs. Crab feast at cousin Cheryl’s…now that will something to blog about!

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Late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s legendary solo album Pacific Ocean Blue is beloved by those who’ve waded in its grandiose psych-soul… and all but unknown to those who haven’t.

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Late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s legendary solo album Pacific Ocean Blue is beloved by those who’ve waded in its grandiose psych-soul… and all but unknown to those who haven’t.

read more | digg story

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I have always been a fan of The Beach Boys, especially Brian Wilson. One of the first albums I ever purchased was the Capitol Reissue Endless Summer. From that time on, I became addicted. My collection became vast. I thought I’d collected all things Beach Boys.

When I turned 18, I was hanging out with some friends in good ‘ol Hyattsville, Maryland when a friend said, “You like the Beach Boys don’t you?” And I said, “Of course I do!” And she said, “My older brother left this album, I wondered if you want it?” I said, “I probably already have it, but what is it?” She said, “It’s called Pet Sounds.” I took the record home and my understanding of what I thought the Beach Boys were completely changed!

It went from cars, girls, and surf to introspection, loss, and love regained.

Through the years, I’ve made a gift of the album to many of my friends. Even the ones who love the Beatles! And the response has always been the same, “WoW! This is incredible!

Today I was playing around on YouTube and found this intriguing video by Andy Pliskin and I believe this is an incredible job explaining the argument that the Beach Boys should get a lot more respect. Enjoy!

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