33 Strings for Your Soul: debut CD shines

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A long-time friend of mine is the mother of two lovely, intelligent young ladies. Sophia and Olivia are homeschooled, and I am ever in awe of their myriad interests and engaging conversations; outgoing personalities; zest for life and the selfless, humble kindheartedness they extend toward others—whether their fellow human-being or those of the four-legged variety. Sophia’s love for music and sharing it with others began when she was a child and, according to her website (which she developed, earning her a blue ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair), she “is passionate about sharing her musical skills and bringing the power of music to others.” I am incredibly proud of Sophia and her debut CD—a relaxing and peaceful blend of harp melodies which would benefit such places as nursing homes, animal shelters and daycares. From the thoughtful content on the CD jacket, to the compositions she performs, to the recording of each piece, Sophia is the consummate professional. Her talent will bless you.

For more info: https://www.sophianienaber.com/.

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Word-of-the-month in honor of Memorial Day: fealty

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My contribution for May’s word-of-the-month comes by way of a friend of mine who ran across it in a book he was reading.  This Memorial Day seems to me the perfect day to feature the word fealty — a noun meaning faithfulness; allegiance (according to thefreedictionary.com).  Synonyms include loyalty, submission, devotion, fidelity and homage.  Used in a sentence, it may read: Today’s holiday encourages us to remember the men and women who pledged fealty to our country and sacrificed their lives in order that we may all sleep better at night.  It’s so easy to take our freedoms for granted.  But on days like today, we’re reminded that behind the Pledge of Allegiance and each American flag that proudly flies, are those who have served and been buried … brave and selfless souls who stood in my both my place and yours.  God Bless America.

Is there something you display a strong fealty for?