Great Britain

June 1, 2018

I was seated before a concert. I mentioned that I play the ukulele in small talk to the person seated next to me. He asked whether I knew about next week’s concert of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain a few towns over. I hadn’t.

He encouraged me to call about a ticket. It was free. He looked up the number on his telephone and handed it to me. He thought it might be sold out.  He mentioned that he would ask some friends if they had an extra ticket.

The concert was sold out, but I...

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Gallery on Fifth

May 27, 2018

I was walking past Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Directly in from of the store were painted puddles of the famous Tiffany blue on the sidewalk.  In the midst of it all was a body paint model matching the paint puddles wearing flowers, butterflies,clouds and a message written on his back.

It was a body art exhibit in motion. As he walked down Fifth Avenue. I followed him like the Pied Piper.

He crossed the avenue, stopping midway to share his art in a sea of yellow taxis.  When the...

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"Coming Out"

May 18, 2018

Photo by Bill Derry

Years ago I discovered PechaKucha. It’s a storytelling style where you share a passion through concise storytelling - 400 second exactly accompanied by 20 images that you provide which are projected 20 seconds exactly.

It’s a challenge to create, but the finished story shines with creativity and uniqueness. It becomes a golden nugget that contributes to an evening of excitement for both the speakers and the listeners.  You’ll hear things that are being shared for the...

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April 22, 2018

I walked into the room and I saw eyes light up. I was holding my ukulele. I offered it to a stranger and said, “Play it”. He said, “I don’t know how. I said, “ It doesn’t matter, just try.

Beautiful music erupted from his tinkering. It turns out I had crossed path with a cast member from “Crowns” currently playing at the Long Wharf Theatre. He in turn introduced me to the rest of the cast. From that first moment, they made me feel as if I belonged.

The story slam event began with the cast...

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Four String Magic

April 18, 2018


I brought my ukulele to Jake Shimabukuro’s concert. As I waited for the doors to open I played a tune. I saw a man’s eyes sparkle and asked if he played and he said, “Yes”. I offered my ukulele snd he accepted. He finger picked a classical tune. Everyone around us stopped, looked and listened. He told his story.

I made eye contact with a man carrying a uke in a case. I asked him if he played. He did, even though he had a bandage on one of his fingers.  It was wonderful. He told me his...

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