Oh Mayo Oh Mayo


Yesterday, I presented my first Team Building Drum Event to a new group being formed at the Mayo Clinic.  My friend, Terri V., headed up the experience and created a Retreat for the team.  Part of the retreat was held outdoors at Hannah Park – despite our Polar Vortex that week.

The theme being nature and outdoors was perfect for a drumming circle toward mindfulness and personal discovery.


Here is a little clip.  I’ll write more on my Just A Beat Away Blog at http://www.justabeataway.com



Oh Mayo Team Song



We Wish You A Merry Christmas


Judy, Marilyn, Kate
Judy, Marilyn, Kate



We had the brilliant idea to collaborate on a Christmas Party with 2 other couples.  Since we talk the talk about unity and community and collaboration being the ‘collective consciousness’ and ‘the way,’ how could we not do something together.

Vince, Frank, Richard


So, Kate & Richard, and Judy & Vince joined me in planning this year’s party.  We ended up with over 30 merry party-ers, lots of food, music, and fun.

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A mix of new friends, long time friends, and family made this a wonderful night for all.

Lori and Marci


We sang Christmas Carols by each picking a card with only half of the title on it.  Whoever had the other half had to sing along with the other person. It was fun……well, for some of them. 🙂

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Joan Ryan


Then we had 2 musicians – Mark and Ben – show up to bring in some live action….We had drummers, dancers, and howlers…perfect night.

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Mark Symons


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Marilyn Drummer Girl, Ben and Aja


So loved doing the candle ceremony bringing the entire group together in a circle and just witnessing each other and marking the moment.

Even a newly engaged couple, Kay & Andy.  Kay is my reason for being here in Ponte Vedra Beach……I followed her shadow!

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Me, Kay, Andy (fiance)


The new year will be blessed by all the happiness in this house.

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Nancy Marin


Nancy lights up my Tuesday a.m.’s and my life…as yoga teacher and friend.

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Lori & Karen with Marci in the middle



When Angels drop in — they come in 3’s.  3 of my new friends and fellow journeyers — Lori, Marci, and Karen.


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Mark, Darling Daughter Jenna, and Andy


Of course my lovely daughter Jenna and her hubby Mark singing along with Andy — who is connected to Jenna through Kay and that makes him family too.




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Tribal Drummer Brad

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Thank goodness for our drummer shaman who got the tribe out on the floor!






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Sally, Priscilla, Brad, John and Barbara


Then there’s Sally, Priscilla, Brad, Barbara & John …. friends….


and so many more.


the coup d’etat was the candle ceremony … which brought us all together in harmony.

Lighting of the Candles
Lighting of the Candles

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Awards Night


Tonight was Franky Baby’s (my husband) night.  For me, it was a time to EXHALE since I had been keeping this night’s theme a secret from him.



Frank was the recipient of the President’s Award within the industry of Heating and Air Conditioning.  Quite a nice recognition and very special since it was presented to him by his son, Scott, who is soon to be the ‘head honcho’ – if retirement ever comes.  Frank is the CEO and Owner of Howard Services, Inc.

We had a great time, great food, great music, and a beautiful location at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida.


No more secrets for me this year.  To think, Frank didn’t even want to go …. he said ‘I have nothing to wear.’  HA.