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Maria Callas, Tosca, Part 6, Second Act, Vissi d´arte. Covent Garden, 1964. 

The vintage YouTube finds where you unearth a gem are the best, aren’t they?

What I love most about this Maria Callas performance from Tosca is that mid-way through her aria, her pitch falters on two successive notes. You can see her look as she hears it, and immediately begins a correction in the piece to overcome the evening’s strain or to minimize the pitch issue by cutting off one of the notes a bit abruptly.

Would that every bump in the road, public or private, were managed so swiftly, eh? 

It seems like life is coming at all of us like a runaway freight train. And sometimes, it’s good to take a moment to stop and savor the good, even where it’s tainted with a little off-key notes along the way.  My husband is fond of quoting "Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.", something of which I am guilty more often than I ought to be.  And I thought this video was a good example of how even the loftiest diva has a tough day now and then…and still manages to keep her tiara on straight.

Thought we could do with a little gratitude, some compassion, and a heap of conversation this morning.

So, no topic other than let’s keep it light and friendly today so we can all enjoy the morning and each other’s company for a little while and take a breather.  I get the feeling that a whole lot of us could use it.  And if you have any other music or reading or recipe or…whatever makes you happy at the moment…recommendations to share, do let us know.  

Especially if it’s something that’s made you laugh.  We could do with a lot more of that, couldn’t we?  Pour another cuppa.  Pull up a chair…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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