A Special Tribute: Lady Jane – The Cat of a Thousand Names

Lady Jane Handke Meredith

The Cat of a Thousand Names

3/1/2003 – 5/13/2020

Our love story began in September of 2007, when I visited Salem Friends of Felines with my friend Katherine. We visited several cats, then Katherine noticed one snoozing in a bed at the top of a cat condo towards the back of the room. I hadn’t seen that black cat, because she was higher up and hadn’t uttered a sound. (I later saw the irony in this.) I eased over, reached up, and rubbed the cat’s head and scratched behind her ears. She rolled over to expose her belly, not an easy thing for cats to do since historically predators will attack them there. I casually stroked her belly a few times, spent some more time with other cats, and Katherine and I left the room.

Out of curiosity, I asked the volunteer how long the average cat stay was at the shelter. She said the kittens are all typically gone within about three weeks, but with adults it depends on the cat.  She said, “For example…Lady is such an awesome cat, but she doesn’t put herself out there, so people don’t pay any attention to her. She’s been here for a year and a half.”

I looked at the photos of all the cats on the wall behind the volunteer. Lady was the black cat in the condo at the back of the room. The one who had rolled over and invited me to stroke her tummy. “Just a minute,” I told Katherine, before walking back into the room. I leaned close to Lady’s head, petted her again, and asked if she’d like to come home with me. She didn’t say anything, but a “yes” feeling came over me.

I was staying in Salem that night, not returning home to Lake Oswego until the following day. The shelter wasn’t open Sundays, but the volunteer assured me there would be people there cleaning and giving vaccinations, and they would find a way to let me finalize the adoption paperwork and take Lady home with me.

I went to the shelter Sunday morning stocked from a trip to a pet supply store. The one item I’d forgotten was a proper cat carrier, so the shelter provided a cardboard one with big holes at the top. I eased the cardboard cat carrier with Lady in it into the passenger seat, buckled my seatbelt and headed north on I-5.

Once we hit the freeway, this cat couldn’t stop talking. I responded to all of her vocalizations – sometimes in what I could gather of cat-speak, and other times in human English, saying things like, “Yep, you’re going to your new forever home. It’s in Lake Oswego. My place isn’t fancy, but you’ll like it. I promise I’ll take good care of you.” Every time she spoke, I responded. I frequently took my right hand off the steering wheel to poke a finger through the holes in the cardboard crate so she could smell and feel me. It went this way for the entire 45-minute drive.

Upon reaching the cabin-like apartment at Neff Park Lane, I quickly put up the scratching post, litter box, and food and water bowls, before I released Lady from the crate. She quickly looked around and found a place to hide, under my bed in the bedroom. I checked in, let her know I was around. I put some music on the stereo, lit a candle, sang, cooked, offered words of comfort.

Within 45 minutes, she came out from the bedroom, had a drink of water, ate some food, used the litter box, the scratching post, and made herself at home. That very first night she curled up next to me in bed and we slept and purred together all night long.

I gave her a middle name, “Jane,” the same as my mother’s. Lady became Lady Jane.

She moved with me twice before I fell in love with George Meredith in 2012 and we became engaged and moved into this home together on Lake Forest Blvd. in 2014. We’ve been a family of three since then. George and I married September 14, 2019.

Some of our favorite rituals have been Friday movie nights on the living room sofa, with my legs over George’s and Lady on the afghan over us. George loved his time with Lady in the kitchen in the morning while I was still sleeping, how she loved the warm melted ice cream from the bottom of his bowl. I loved how when I said, “Come to bed and read!” she would snuggle next to me while I sipped tea and enjoyed my latest book.

We have learned so much about unconditional love and how to embrace life from this loving and loveable, sassy, bright, warm, and extremely talkative cat. (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLjQDdbpV2I.)

After several weeks of steady and gentle physical decline, Lady Jane spent her last night snuggled in bed between her Mama and Papa. By 6:40 am, her breathing had become shallow and we laid her on towels in front of the antique dresser where she had recently been most comfortable. She passed at approximately 8:00 am.

We will love and miss you forever, Lady Jane. Sweets Burrine. Snuggle Toe. Crazy Legged Cat. Punkin’. Squawk Box. Sweetheart. Little Miss Cat. Baby Kitten. Twitchy Tail. Sweetie Pie. Silly Girl. Scarfer. Snuggle Butt. Cuddles. Monkey. Flazzle Foot. Litter Kicker. Wild-Eyed Boogie Wooger. Lady Lou. Queen of the Crunch Machine. Boogie Butt. Lean Mean Kitty Machine. Skidget. Cat With the Honky Tonk Walk. Grunky. Feather Foot. Miss January. Diamond Girl. Tickey, Tickey, Tickey Toe. Baby Cool Juice. Swagger Tail. Chatter Head. Fur Bane Puppy Monkey. Kipsie. Baby Cuteness. Boogie Tron. Sugar Nose. Honey Ears. Plenty of Kitten. Honey Heart. Lady Belle. Angel of the Angel Cats. Our dear, dear, beloved Lady Jane.

I Know Why Dreams Come True

I traveled quite a road to becoming a certified Transformational Voice® teacher.

On May 20th, for the first time, I’ll be sharing some of the more challenging aspects of that journey in a short speech.

To share the maiden voyage of that 9ish-minute speech, register for Kwesi Millington’s (52publicspeakingtips.com) Spectacular Speaker’s Club by reaching out to my friend Kwesi at kwesi@kwesimillington.com. The speech will be evaluated by Kwesi and other club members from several different countries.

This is the most vulnerable speech I’ve shared. It starts out with a journal entry I made nearly 10 years ago on the lowest, scariest, day of my life.

And, it explains why I have become so passionate about teaching people of all ages how to get in touch with their innermost, authentic voice and bring that voice out into the world. That it’s okay to take a risk, and follow that inner voice, even when the rest of the world may say you’re crazy.

I do know that dreams come true. Find out why on May 20th.

Thanks for helping Morgan – her voice class with you has been one of her favorite activities. She is shy – and I love the way it’s giving her confidence in words. I can see it when she speaks to others or even when she has acted and made short videos. I appreciate that you are inspiring – which makes kids want to learn more. You’re fabulous! And so great with helping kids strengthen the inner voice…so they can belt the outer one! 😊 – Janet H, mother of 17-year-old voice student

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Love Your Voice and Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Seven Levels Deep (thanks to Joe Stump and Dean Graziosi)

Let’s pretend, just for a few minutes, there isn’t a pandemic with so many sad deaths and social distancing requirements.

Do you feel happy and content in your life?

I really do; I’d say joyful, most of the time. I’m madly in love with my still newlywed husband and the home and life we’ve created after 7 ½ years together. Oregon is so beautiful in the Spring it can literally take my breath away for a second or two. I feel I’ve finally found my work and place in the world in a way I never had before my 50th birthday.

Yet a part of me is still always reaching for more. Not because I’m dissatisfied, but because… Well, because satisfaction may just mean settling, I suppose.

Which is why when Dean Graziosi (https://www.deangraziosi.com/) had a huge marketing campaign over a year ago and offered his book, Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity for free if I covered the shipping, I ordered it.

The book had been sitting on my bedroom nightstand, unread, for months until just three weeks ago.

When I got to page 34, something clicked. I reached out to my Wishweaving/Mastermind partner, Jennifer, and said, “We have to do this Seven Levels Deep exercise together.”

She agreed, and we did it.

Read Dean’s book to get the full impact of what he experienced in this exercise, about which he wrote: When you have a tough day, when things don’t go our way, when your new business fails, when things go wrong in your relationship, when your kids disappoint you, what pushes you to keep moving forward? Financial freedom? That’s not deep enough. You need to find the root of your “why.” Why are you reading this book? Why do you want to make more money? Why do you want wealth to come into your life? There is a much deeper level of purpose that is driving you.

Indeed, Dean Graziosi. 

Here are Jennifer’s and my results from the Seven Levels Deep exercise.

Jen’s responses:

1. Why do you want to get out of Corporate America and have your own business?

I want to create my own schedule and have the freedom to live my own life.

2. Why do you want the freedom to create your own schedule and life?

I want to express myself creatively and use my creative gifts for my income.

3. Why is that important to you?

Growing up, my talents and creativity were not only not valued, but often made fun of. I was told it was impossible to earn a living doing something interesting and creative. I want to prove them wrong.

4. Why is it so important to you to use your creative talents for income and to prove them wrong?

There are so many people out there like me, people who were told by our society that there’s only one mold of success. I think society’s wrong. I want to show people it’s possible to create a different kind of success, defined by what success is for them personally, not what society dictates.

5. Why is it important for you to become a beacon of light for these people?

In some ways I feel responsible for what I’ve taught my own children by example and wish I could go back and teach them differently. People need hope. For example, people I met volunteering at the soup kitchen would say they never had the opportunity to go to college, even using that as an excuse. I’m not bashing college or anything, but that’s buying into society’s definition of success. I want to show people they can be successful in other ways, by going after what they want, whatever that is.

6. Why is it so important to you to help people understand they have value, and can go after what they want and create their own definition of success?

Because when you have that belief inside of you, you can do anything. I didn’t have that belief in myself; for years, I always felt like a failure.

7. Why is it important to you to not only create and fulfill your personal vision of success, but to help and inspire others to do the same?

I feel we’re living in a lost world. People try so hard to fit in. I did that for years, instead of doing what makes me feel free. I don’t want to hide myself anymore. I want to show the world the true me, and build real relationships, based on the freedom of being myself.

Laura’s responses:

1. Why did you feel drawn to do this exercise now, and does a sense of security have anything to do with it, since that word has surfaced more than once in the last 24 hours?

My experience in 2010, having quit a job I hated to pursue the vocal training apprenticeship I loved, taught me how to trust I will always have enough, and I always have. I feel secure right now, yet I see my husband go through frequent insecurities and worries due to his childhood experiences. I know that I will be provided for and my life is sweet. Yet I’ve made substantially more money in the past and I’d like to get back to that level of income, savings and investments.

2. Why is getting back to that same level important to you?

In my 20’s, I didn’t make much money. But I enjoyed buying nice clothes and having cute things in my apartment. I was out at the restaurants and clubs, enjoying life, but had no money set aside. Now I have a great husband who is financially conservative and generous, and we can always pay our bills and not accumulate debt. My ex-husband was the opposite and would purchase status symbol items even though we couldn’t afford them. I want to be able to get back to my two vacations a year, put more into savings and investments, and not have to watch my pennies so closely!

3. Why is that?

I know I’m capable of so much more with my business. I’m proud I have walked away from jobs that didn’t feed my heart and soul; the money wasn’t worth it and I knew I deserved something better. I’m creative and I want to live more fully to my potential. My parents and brother have accumulated wealth through self-employment and sound investments, and I often feel I haven’t achieved what I’m meant to.

4. Why is reaching into your potential important to you?

I just have this sense of knowing it’s part of my purpose in this lifetime. I have a subconscious need to keep moving forward. I need to step out of anyone else’s mold and keep creating, learning, and growing.

5. Why is stepping out of the mold and striving for more so important to you?

I feel like I didn’t focus on any one dream or talent and pursue that when I was younger. I was all over the place, going from one thing to the next. If someone had helped nudge me in the direction of my natural talents, interests and gifts, if I’d gone after my dream of being a performer, for example, I’d likely have been successful. All these years later, it’s hard not to feel like I may have squandered my gifts, certainly my focus.

6. Why is this focus now important to you?

I’ve always felt I was different and that my differences weren’t necessarily celebrated. If nobody else is going to celebrate my differences, damnit, then I am!! It’s important to me to celebrate what makes me unique and to be an inspiration and teacher to those who feel stuck in a mold. It’s amazing how I’ve been able to do that as a voice teacher, while working with – not just people’s outer voices – but their inner voices as well.

7. Why is it important to inspire others who may be stuck in a mold?

I spent way too long focusing on things that didn’t support my deepest dreams and desires. Nobody told me that that to follow my inner voice and creative leanings would allow me to create a life incorporating what I now know are my three underlying guiding values: freedom, flexibility and creativity. Nobody should have to live in opposition to their deepest values. Living that way caused me unnecessary stress and unhappiness. I want to be the support to others that I didn’t have, that many people in our society don’t have. Everybody deserves to live a life incorporating their innermost guiding values and greatest talents and interests.

While Jen and I may have worded our responses differently, and our dreams and what we want to express in the world are different, I noticed one startling similarity. We both want to express our own unique creativity, self, in the world, and be rewarded and paid for it.

Doesn’t everyone, really, at heart?

Doing What They Do

As children we’re taught to stand in line and do what everybody else does. We’re taught to get good grades, follow the crowds, do what’s popular at the time, go to high school, get into a college, then find a job, start a 401K, save our money, and hopefully retire with enough to get us to death without running out. We’re taught to paint inside the lines because when we step outside the lines everybody looks at us funny…

When you follow the same path everybody else is on, you get where everybody else has been. I’m giving you permission to forget all the guidelines, forget all the rules that other people have put on you, and forget what society has told you is right or wrong. Be yourself and do what makes you happy. I’m not telling you to go out tomorrow and quit whatever it is that you do. What I am saying is, start realizing your true worth and know that you can evolve in the direction you choose. -Dean Graziosi, Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice and Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Baking Bread

When a pandemic has hit the world and you need to stay close to home as much as possible, what do you do?

I still get out and walk. One of the hardest things, for me, is social distancing from the dogs! The humans get it, not so sure the dogs do. (Animals are smarter than us in many ways, don’t you think?)

Last Friday, I wished I had a puzzle, thought about pulling out my sketch pad, then decided to bake some bread. My husband was making his awesome spaghetti sauce and pasta, a fresh green salad was in the frig, and the bread ingredients were already on hand, not as rare as toilet paper!

I received this recipe from a gal named Shelly I worked with years ago; she invited me and our mutual friend Jackie over for a bread-making party. The recipe is entitled Al Barnhill’s Bread. I’ve Googled. I have no idea who this person is, but the bread recipe is awesome. My special tweaks (because I, again, Googled, come below.)

Al Barnhill’s Bread

Combine:

1 T dry instant yeast (Rapid Rise)

1 T sugar

2 C flour

1 tsp salt

Add:

2 T vegetable oil or melted butter

1 C hot tap water

Stir well. Add additional flour (1/2-1 cup) until kneading consistency is reached. Knead 3-5 min. Brush with olive oil to keep from drying out and let rise until doubled in warm area, approx. 30-40 minutes. Shape. Brush with egg wash (mix together 1 egg white and 2 T water) or butter. Rest 5-10 min. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Makes either 1 loaf bread, 1 pan rolls (12-15), 1 large pizza crust, one dozen bread sticks.

Notes:

*Bread rises better in a warm house.

*If using a metal bowl for mixing, warming it with hot water before beginning is helpful in allowing the bread to rise.

*If you are making rolls for an event at some later point, put them in the refrigerator immediately after shaping. Take rolls out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature/rise then bake.

*If you would like, the oil and sugar can be doubled in this recipe to make a slightly sweeter dough.

*If you are making pizza dough, skip the rising step.

I made garlic parmesan bread twists – so very good and not so very healthy. Every once in a while we need an indulgence, right? This is one.

Combine about a half cup of melted butter and/or olive oil with crushed garlic and/or garlic powder.

Have an equal amount grated parmesan cheese.

Roll out the risen dough into a large rectangle shape. Brush it with the butter/olive oil/ garlic mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Fold the prepared dough in half.

Cut into strips – about 12 – twist, and place on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Brush with additional butter/garlic mixture, sprinkle on some coarse salt, and possibly a cheaper version of parmesan cheese, like that which comes in a green can.  

Bake according to Al’s recipe.

We can certainly afford the indulgence of nice, rich homemade bread right now.

Panic and negative thoughts, not so much.

Be safe, stay healthy, in control of your thoughts…become even more creative and willing to share of yourself in different ways. This is your time to shine, to become more of who you already are.

According to research done by UCLA, the average human being has around 70,000 thoughts per day. And out of those thoughts 80% of them are negative, with the majority of those thoughts carrying over to the next day. Based on everything I’ve read and observed, digesting negative news is a leading cause of this frightening statistic. –Dean Graziosi, from Millionaire Success Habits

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. –Dr. Wayne Dyer

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice and Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

STUDY THE CRAFT: An Interview with Emmett Wheatfall

In the tradition of Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and other writers who surrender to the swinging rhythms of jazz with words, Emmett Wheatfall delivers poems to chant, to recite in time to drum, sax and guitar, to chalk onto the sidewalk so children and their parents may pause and consider what this country is, what our times require, and how me might speak with more invention and grace. His poems call on us to celebrate even as we challenge one another, to be festive with our speech even as we demand greater honesty. In a style that ranges from winsome jump-rope rhyme to lyrical love ballad to personal anthem of a citizen, this book will call you to a full spectrum of patriotisms—to country, to family, to romance, to music, to all the loyalties we need to make our stumbling world get the beat and sing as one. –Kim Stafford, Poet Laureate of Oregon

From time to time I interview creative people I admire for my blog and newsletter. This is my first article spotlighting one of my voice students.

I met professional poet, musician and speaker Emmett Wheatfall last year at the Clackamas County Community Festival, where I was given a free business booth.  Emmett, who has since retired, was employed by Clackamas County as an Assistant County Administrator and in charge of the Community Festival.

I liked Emmett the minute he stuck out his hand, introduced himself, and welcomed me as a festival presenter. What I didn’t know at the time is Emmett had once undergone surgery to have nodules removed from his vocal folds (interchangeable term with vocal cords.)

I wonder if Emmett’s parents, who moved Emmett and his two sisters overseas and from state to state, because of the father’s military career, could ever have imagined their son would one day write books, the most recent of which, Our Scarlet Blue Wounds, is – at the time of this article – endorsed by Poet Laureate of Oregon, Kim Stafford.

Emmett’s childhood travels as a military dependent transversed states from Kentucky to Virginia, as well as two different residencies in Okinowa, the fifth largest island of Japan located in the Ryukya Islands. As a kid, Emmett played all over the island, which is about 70 miles long and 7 miles wide. He calls himself “The Original Karate Kid”, for he trained in karate in a dojo (martial arts training center) with the Okinawans.

When Emmett was 16, his father received orders to move to Oregon, where he would advise the Oregon National Guard on behalf of the US Army. Emmett swore he wasn’t moving with the family to Oregon, where he was sure people still traveled in covered wagons to forts as depicted in TV westerns. “Guess what? I’m still here!”, he says now.  

Emmett attended Mt. Hood Community college and then Warner Pacific College in Portland. He will have been married to Karen Wheatfall for 40 years in June and has three grown children in their 30’s—two daughters and a son.

Growing up, Emmett loved acting and theatre. In the second grade, his teacher asked each student in the children’s circle to read aloud. Whether intentionally or not, Emmett doesn’t know, the teacher skipped him. Emmett says, “It crushed me. I still remember to this day how eager I was to read.”

“I’ve always had a tremendous love for words and imagery,” he continues. “At age 19, I became a person of faith. The Christian faith.” He was drawn to the Bible because it’s filled with metaphor, parable and illustrations…stories that touch the human imagination. Emmett says, “the combination of all these things captured and influenced me.”  

A great source of Emmett’s consternation was the fact his father wanted him to take accounting in college. Emmett just wasn’t into crunching numbers, even in exchange for having his college tuition paid.

Emmett’s creativity and imagination also offered him a form of escapism. Why? There wasn’t much love in his family. He says, “No doubt, my parents loved and provided for me and my sisters, but home wasn’t a place of hugging or words offered as endearments or positive affirmations. There was a lot of negativity. My mother didn’t tell me she loved me until about ten years ago and she’s been dead for five years. The first time she said, ‘I love you, Emmett, Junior’…that was an earth-shattering moment. Most certainly a remarkable moment.”

Emmett says being a poet is like being a safecracker. “You put your ear against the safe, listen to the tumbler, turn to the left, then to the right and so forth, until you feel that final click. And then you open the door. It’s euphoric.”

“There’s a whole set of rules, rudiment and principles to writing poetry. Once I’ve cracked the safe’s numeric code sequence, there’s not a word, grammatical device, imagery, etc., I would change. There’s something about that feeling. It just rocks my world.”  

When I asked how poetry and music came together for him, Emmett responded, “Most of us have forms of music (e.g., classical, jazz, blues, pop, county, etc.) that speak to us, that stir us, that move us.” Emmett emphasizes he is not a rap or hip-hop artist. He reminded me that poetry is one of the oldest art forms known to humanity, in all cultures and ethnicities. Historically, the written spoken word was often accompanied by a musical instrument: a lute, a lyre, a flute, for example. The troubadours, bards, would go from city to city, across the countryside, to where people gathered in the public square where words were recited to the music of instruments. Doesn’t this create the loveliest image in your mind’s eye? It does in mine!

I see Emmett’s point when he says the music in poetry died with the printing press, when those who could read started listening to the words only inside their own heads. “There’s something beautiful and magical about taking lines of poetry and placing them in the timing of music,” he says. “It takes a skill to do that. The audience loves it; people walk away feeling inspired. Clean words, spoken to music, dinner…a nice night out? There are people who hunger for this.”

I asked Emmett about what some call the grave-stone or epithet exercise. What would you want written there? What do you want your legacy to be? What would you tell young people with artistic leanings?

His response? Three simple words. “Study the craft.”

 “That’s why I came to you, Laura,” Emmett said. “As much as people tell me I’m gifted vocally, I wasn’t using my voice well. I’ve learned so much about proper breathing. People often say, ‘sing from your diaphragm’, but 99% of them don’t know where it’s located; they couldn’t point to it on the human body.”

I mentioned earlier Emmett had to have a node removed. He says, “Here I was, a conference speaker, actively reading and performing poetry, as well as doing some singing…and I was destroying my vocal folds/cords. I said to myself, if you’re going to read and perform poetry, make sure to use your voice properly.”

“In the studio recently, I remembered your teaching, Laura. I remembered about breathing. I remembered about resonance. Somebody who heard me said, ‘Wow, man, you sound great!’”

Emmett gives a final example to demonstrate the need for studying your craft, for artistic and creative precision. Once, after he had submitted a poem to an on-line periodical, this line caught the periodical editor’s eye: “Let love love whomever love will love.” The editor queried Emmett regarding which of the words “love” were nouns and which were verbs.

How would you respond to that editor? Emmett responded thus: “Let Love love whomever Love will love.”   

Whatever and whomever you love, whatever your passion may be…simply remember this: Study the Craft. And Breathe.

Find Emmett’s gospel song Somebody Told Me here: https://emmettwheatfall.hearnow.com/somebody-told-me?fbclid=IwAR0kX4PW0DTIgLO9QoaqFynrEfF9W27qvQmRhKueZcTUBBQINXrA5d8ci-M

Here’s his website: http://emmettwheatfall.com/

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice and Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Singing is Easy, Right?

Laura Handke Collage

It was Friday, around 3:30, sunshine streaming in through the windows of my home studio. There my student was, sheet music (I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair from South Pacific) in front of her on the music stand.

Her voice was ringing out, and then one little thing happened. And another.

Our bodies are our vocal instruments, and any little thing that goes wrong with technique can stop the flow of breath or resonance – even in trained singers.  I asked my student to raise her chin, so her head was level. I stood by her as we virtually threw our voices, together, at the wall beyond an imaginary ten rows of people. I helped her correct her onsets, get back into the mask/forward focus, and use her hands on her belly to keep the breath flow going…at one point, knowing how frustrating this can be….I just said, “And why don’t I also throw in to please helm a boat while sewing a lined jacket at the same time?”

We both cracked up and had a hearty laugh.

Yes, this is how complicated it can be.

Yet it’s still fun.

Since then, we’re all taking steps to be healthy. If you have symptoms, just don’t feel well, or have a fever (take your temperature, please) don’t come to your lesson, and your teacher will do the same. Of course you won’t be charged for any lessons you cancel even at the last minute. (Usually I request a 24-hour notice.) Voice students always have the option of having lessons via Zoom, which works great.

April 11 Vocal Superpowers workshop cancelled due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19. If we are able to reschedule, we’ll be sure to let you know. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice and Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)