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AND FIRST PLACE GOES TO....

Posted by Mary Dolan on October 5, 2008 at 7:28 PM Comments comments (0)

AND FIRST PLACE GOES TO....
Current mood: blessed
Category:
Sports

Kristi Douglas!  Yes, my sweetie just won first place in her division at MIGHTY MAN Montauk 1/2 Iron Triathlon!!!!!  For those of yu who don't know what this event entails: 

SWIM-1.2 Miles  

BIKE- 56 Miles Two laps on a 28-mile loop with rolling hills and beautiful ocean and bay views.
2200 total feet of elevation gain.

RUN-13.1 Miles Two laps on a challenging hilly 6.55 mile course
806 total feet of elevation gain.
A two lap course that is quite challenging; after a rolling 3 miles you hit "murder hill" followed by two other challenging climbs and the "Pits".

And SHE WAS FIRST!!!!

MY GOOD DEED

Posted by Mary Dolan on October 5, 2008 at 7:28 PM Comments comments (0)

I met a guy named James at open mic at Portugalia a few months ago.  We got to talking and it turned out that he's a writer working on his first book.  He was severely distressed by writer's block and seemed to feel that the future of the project looked too bleak.  I told him about a book called Writing Down the Bones.  He said he might try it.  I though he looked pretty reluctant, but I brought the book back to Portugalia a few nights later.

Last Tuesday I saw him and he was ecsatic with relief.  The book worked and he was so grateful!

SHORTY SURVEY FOR A PRIZE!

Posted by Mary Dolan on September 23, 2008 at 2:38 AM Comments comments (0)
(sticker, magnet, plastic Jesus, office supply, who knows? It will be a fun surprize no matter what it is!)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=LY5fUITMAmaEWHHRYOuDVQ_3d_3d

BACK TO SCHOOL

Posted by Mary Dolan on September 22, 2008 at 2:53 AM Comments comments (0)
Well, the party has come and gone.  Life is kind of quiet without the adrenaline flowing.  However, a revision of the CD is soon to be in the works and those who already bought the disk will get a free downloadable replacement version.
 
There is always more work to be done as we are all constantly in the process of blooming, right? Revisions to be made, notebooks of thoughts, prayers, ideas.
HERE WE GO...BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF THE LIVING.  
Mary

BEACON ARTICLE

Posted by Mary Dolan on September 21, 2008 at 2:32 AM Comments comments (0)
BEACON ARTICLE Got a write-up by Bart Mendoza about the CD release. It's been some time since I've had press, so this was fun for me.

http://www.sdnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2008/09/10/48c848814b9b1?in_archive=1

MISSING PIECES (the party program revised)

Posted by Mary Dolan on September 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)
MISSING PIECES (the party program revised)

As with all things related to this cd project, bloopers found their way into the CD Release Party Program.
When I tried to print it out at home, it just wasn't happening. The computer and printer were not getting along at all, so I copied the file to a thumb drive and ran to Kinko's where I was able to print it out and make copies. Somewhere, somehow, when I was schmegging it all together at Kinko's I must have deleted some lines in the program.
So, here's what it was supposed to be (if you have the program from the show, you'll see the differences in the last few songs and in the thank you's).


MARY DOLAN
"In Bloom"
CD RELEASE PARTY
Sept 12, 2008
8pm
Portugalia in Ocean Beach




EVE SELIS
This four-time San Diego Music Awards winner blends many styles of American music into a high caliber musical cocktail topped off with a splash of her indelible "lemonade and whiskey" voice. Take a powerhouse band, lay a foundation of solid rock hooks, then add soaring pop melodies and a dash of alt-country twang and you've got Eve's brand of infectious Roadhouse Rock.

DESTRUCTO BUNNY
Born a golden dragon with an all expense paid ticket to Heaven, the bunny bounces from momment to momment at the will of his creator... Life is but a trip for our minds to endure, not the easiest of tasks but it's our blessing for this mysterious experience we all wonder through together... living inside the minds eye center sifting in the flow understanding that he knows nothing and finds solidarity in the ever present changing reality his human feet stand upon... we're all standing on loose foundation... meditation is the medicine of the twenty first century... dance with me and die with a smile on your face where ever you are... LOVE fights back!!!

And then, there's Mary.

MARY DOLAN
After a 3-year hiatus Mary Dolan returns to the stage with songs of anguish, discovery, love and light. The human experience takes its musical form through Mary's distinctive vocal and lyrical stylings.

...the anguish...
IF YOU WERE MINE (dolan)
I once thought that this song's meaning would be clear to anyone, but the varied interpretations of it proved me wrong. So what does it mean to you?

DRIVEN TO THINK (dolan)
Sometimes when life gets hard some people just need to drive and think. This road trip in particular goes through the desert.

CRAZY BABY (osborne)
I heard this song on Joan Osborne's CD, "Relish" and it got me in the gut. It reminds me of people I've known and places I've been. So I had to sing it.

UNDERSTAND (dolan)
Ever feel misunderstood? Yeah, me too. I recently met some people who TOTALLY didn't "get" me and made some ugly assumptions about me. Ouch.

...discovery...................................................

TALKING TO MARY (smith)
This song was released a few years after the death of Portland singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. I recently discovered it myself and have taken some liberties with it to express my connection with and reliance upon the divine mother.

NEXT TIME (dolan)
A nod to the eastern philosophy of the law of karma, I ask myself...given the time and lives spent searching, seeking, praying, trying and hoping for union with God, where will I be in the next life?

...love....

TRUTH OF THEM (dolan)
Ah, parents, family...I was thinking of discussions that I had had with my sisters when I came up with this song.

CREATION STORY (dolan)
I just LOVE the creative process, yet I have this amazing habit of cutting myself off from all that is Good about it. This is a kind of a song prayer to remember not do do that so much.

WESTERN SAINT (dolan)
A trusted and beloved teacher told me that Saint Teresa of Avila was a good saint for me. Teresa is now one of my heroes. She went back and forth in her spiritual efforts as I do, but, SHE persisted and achieved the bliss and blessings that came with the merging of herself with her Lord.
The "western" part refers to the twangy feel the song.

HEY JESUS (dolan)
Regardless of who Jesus is to you - god, saint, prophet, holy man, super cool dude - it's safe to say that all faiths and peoples regard his life and message of "love thy neighbor" as true and signifiant.
So with that and in light of all that happens in this world, what we read in the papers, see on the news, what we experience in our daily lives, wouldn't it be great if Jesus came around, maybe showed up on international television and said, "Hey, remember me? And by the way, what are you people DOING?!"

....light.....

SURRENDER (dolan)
When we are at our best, this is what we do.

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE (traditional)
Let's let our lights shine!!!

MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO DONATED RESOURCES TO MAKE THIS CD HAPPEN:


BOUQUET LEVEL:
Jim & Judi Douglas

ROSE LEVEL:
Cathy & Jerry Dolan
Teresa Graige
Frankie Thompson
Cecilia Wiegand
LOTUS FLOWER LEVEL:

Teri Studer
Anonymous
SUN FLOWER LEVEL:

Steve & Robin Clancy
Teresa Graige

DAISY LEVEL:
Elizabeth Austen
Mark Branning
Gregg Wagner
Gothic Innovations

My deepest gratitude to those who have provided love, strength and prayers on this journey:
Kristi and Jack Douglas
Trisha Brady
Christine Dolan
Elizabeth McKenty
Rebecca Serrano
The Crowe/Rooney contingency


And to those who supported the return to music:
Anita York
Cathryn Beeks
Portugalia
Robin Lee
Jefferson Jay
Mac Mac
Tim Flack
Sven Seahom
Jeffery Miller
Elizabeth Hummel
(I know there are more. I'm sorry if you weren't mentioned here)

COMPUTER ILLNESSES

Posted by Mary Dolan on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)
 It's truly a bummer. The computer has totally pooped out despite my efforts to revive it. I took all of the suggestions given on the Mac help site, but to no avail. I have an appt at the Genius Bar this week, but I'm gonna try to get in there when they open tomorrow and see if anyone can help me out sooner.

On the up side, I'm forced to slow down now. I've been getting 2-5 hours of sleep per night for the past week while working on the music and artwork for the CD. To get real sleep and get rid of my sore throat and headaches seems like the right thing to do now.
BUT, I might just upload some of the stuff I've accomplished so far....I've been stoked about creating the music and artwork.

Ah well, there you have it. Not the end of this, just a hitch in the plan.

UH OH!

Posted by Mary Dolan on August 31, 2008 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

UH OH!
YIKES! The with my music files froze up on me. I'm not sure what I should do. All of the files for the cd are on it. I didn't save them somewhere else. Dumb, dumb.
What would you do?
I think I'll try again, then try the Genius Bar at Apple. Oh! They're closed. It's sunday eve and tomorrow is a HOLIDAY! Help God!!!

WHAT'S YOUR TYPE?

Posted by Mary Dolan on August 17, 2008 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

WHAT�S YOUR TYPE?
I came across a personality test that a friend had taken on the web and decided to give it a try: the results:

Mary Is An INFJ

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.

Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.

You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.

You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you truly see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships as long as they are improving and changing. You can't stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy... as long as you are working toward a dream you support.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable

Want the link for this? I'd love to see other folks' results!

CD RELEASE

Posted by Mary Dolan on July 30, 2008 at 3:22 AM Comments comments (1)
CD RELEASE 
I just set the date and time for the CD release party, which means that I really have to finish the CD!

:smile:
It's going to have my newest stuff on it as well as some of my versions of a couple of "covers".
It's another home-grown project inspired by a year of darkness, growth and finally sunshine.

It's way past my bedtime, but I really wanted to post the news.

Sweet dreams,
Mary

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