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The class I most looked forward to in grad school was Business of the Opera Business (aka BoOB). Taught by our Director of Opera Studies, we learned about taxes, working in Europe, and, yes, even budgeting. But I have to admit: the budget frightened me.

Staring at a blank sheet of paper with lines and boxes and categories and all of it with probably $25 in my bank account. Opera Singer Wes feigned excitement while Prudent Wes was scared out of my mind. Did I mention this class was taught in 2014? Nearly everybody brought their laptops to music school…

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. — Haruki Murakami

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When was the last time you cleaned your apartment? I mean, really cleaned it. I’m talking about dumping the junk drawer on the floor. Scrubbing the grout off the bathroom tile. Moving the fridge and sweeping/mopping whatever creature began living underneath.

I’m talking about making a mess.

If you’re like me, the biggest hurdle to any project is its beginning. Looking down at the chaos is intimidating enough to convince me that what needs to be sorted simply isn’t worth the time.

Often our lives are filled to the brim with…

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“They are just angry because the truth you speak contradicts the lie they live.” — Steve Maraboli

I have never lacked inspiration for bible verses. Growing up as a preacher’s kid in the American Baptist tradition every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening I could tell you exactly where I would be: in a pew. Naturally, the “Top 100 Hits” of scripture flow through my brain constantly…even as an agnostic.

But as I grew older I began to see the holes in scripture — the parts that didn’t include those that were like me. …

Wes Hunter

Just a person sharing their experiences so others can heal.

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