Dear Viriditas Community,
Greetings from Europe! I am currently in London, England, with my son Joshua. We are spending three days here before traveling on to Switzerland to visit family. This trip is a dream come true. For years I have wanted to travel with my son, just him and me. I love just being with one other person at a time. I find when I can totally focus on connecting with that one person a greater depth of connection is possible. Such a gift! Josh is currently sound asleep (teenagers do like to sleep in) recovering from our transatlantic flight. We are staying in a hotel smack in the middle of London’s West End. This afternoon we will be seeing The Jersey Boys at The Piccadilly Theater (Josh’s choice) and tomorrow we will be taking the Big Bus Tour to see the sights!
Where are you choosing to focus these days? What is really important to you? As many of you know, I have been dedicating a lot of my time and heart forces to learning to play the marimba. This year in addition to continuing to play with the group I have been playing with for four years called Titandare, I also started playing with a group of more advanced marimba players… So every Tuesday and Thursday night I am playing the “wood that sings”. On June 5th both groups performed at the Shine Restaurant in Boulder. Those of you who were there experienced the joy and power of this fabulous music. Titandare played first followed by the Repertory Group. The Repertory Group has this name because we are learning all the songs that the band Kutandara plays. Kutandara is the leading band at our marimba center and performs regularly all year long. Members from the Repertory Group are invited to substitute for members of the Kutandara Band when needed. What a thrill it is to play with the other members of my two groups. My marimba experience feeds me in so many ways. There is such a connection between the players… It takes lots of practice (individually and collectively) to be able to play the songs we performed at Shine. During the process of learning the songs a group of marimba players has to come together as one unit in order for the groove of the song to really come alive. I love this coming together. It requires everyone in an ensemble to really listen to the other players and all this while playing their own part… For those of you who didn’t get to attend the concert, I suggest you listen to the concert while cooking dinner one night and dance along! Enjoy!!! (Click here to view the video.)
Another focus of mine is tap dancing! As most of you know, tap dancing has been a source of profound healing for me. I started tap dancing fourteen years ago solely because I knew it would help me heal what at that time was a pelvis frozen in pain. In those days I could barely move comfortably let alone dance. I marvel today when I think back on those times, realizing how far I have come! Today, not only can I move comfortably, I can move in tap shoes AND keep up with the likes of my magnificent husband David Sharp!
This month at our Friday night Tap Into Transformation our theme was boldness. We danced to the fabulous song Mack The Knife... looking and feeling so slick and strong! I loved watching the dancers grow in confidence as the evening progressed. David has such a gift with people, getting them to feel at ease and willing to put real “soul” into their dancing! By the end of the evening every one was smiling… what fun to do the final dance together. Click here to see the dance we did that night!
After dinner we played a game with Sharpettes (David’s wonderful form of three line poetry). David and I created ten Sharpettes for people that we consider to be bold. Here are some examples from the evening:
Moonstruck actress, I got you babe
Like a singing diva with outrageous clothes.
A futbol star, Brazilian joy
Like a wizard, kicking spectacular goals.
And now two more without the pictures. Hint: They are related to the two countries Josh and I are visiting!
Prime Minister, British leader
Like an Iron Lady leading the way.
Crossbow in hand, yodeling strong
Like an alpine guy shooting apples off heads.
A special gift will be sent to the first person who emails me the correct answers to all four Sharpettes!
In closing I would like to let you know that after years of being asked to teach tap dancing by countless folks, David has now started teaching tap dancing during the week at the Viriditas Studio!!! He is teaching adults on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:15 pm-8:30 pm and youth on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (noon). He is also doing a series of camps for children in July (July 6-7, July 11-15 and July 25-29.) It is not too late to join in the fun. Those of you who are reading this and getting excited thinking…”Oh my God, what fun it would be to study tap dancing with David!” All I can say is, “Pick up the phone and CALL THE DUDE!” His phone number is 408-396-5279. If you would rather email him, his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, it is now a week later and I am sitting in the lounge at the Zurich International Airport. Josh and I just spent a week with my parents, two brothers and their families. The focus of this trip was for Josh to get to know his extended Swiss family. My father was especially excited to introduce Josh to Swiss culture and took him on a boat trip on the Lake of Lucerne or as the Swiss call it the Vierwaldstaettersee (the Fourforestcitylake!). While on the boat ride they stopped off at the Ruetli, the famous meadow where the founding fathers of Switzerland from the three cantons Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden took the oath and declared independence from the Habsburgs over 900 years ago. Here is a photo of Josh taken by his grandfather at the spot where the oath was taken. What a great moment for both grandfather and grandson. And yes, it was just my father and my son that went on that boat trip!
So I encourage you to spend a few hours or even a few weeks one on one with someone you want to get closer to… extend your love to that person. It will do your heart a world of good!