***Original post date March 22,2007***
Like many American artists my age, I was shocked/surprised/amazed/horrified at how a tiny little Disney channel movie called High School Musical went on to become the giant marketing juggernaut that it is today. The cd and dvd sales are still through the roof a year after its release.
Music Theatre International started selling the theatrical rights to community theatres BEFORE a stage adaptation was even written! Most theatres with a youth program in this area already have it on their schedules.
The Disney Channel is working on two sequels, High School Musical 2 and a Halloween special dubbed Haunted High School Musical. If that wasn’t enough they have also announced the tour of High School Musical: On Ice! (Which will play the Civic Center arena next March).
I, like many American artists my age, saw this snowballing success and asked myself the burning question, “How do I cash in on this?” Therefore I have come up with my newest show idea… Continue reading
***Original post date Sept. 12, 2007***
Today is a special day. It is the one year anniversary of my daughter’s heart surgery. Larken was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), which is a congenital heart defect in which the aorta and the pulmonary artery are reversed. As a result the blood is not mixing and her organs would be deprived of oxygen rich blood.
Her surgery started at 9:00 A.M. and lasted 9 ½ hours. For me the most amazing part (besides doctors working 9 ½ hours with no pee break) was that her heart was only the size of a walnut! The great arteries they were cutting were about the size of a pencil tip, and the coronary arteries they had to splice and reconnect were about the size of a piece of thread!
Click here for a flash movie about the surgery
After a month in the hospital we took our little miracle home. She will have to see the cardiologist at least once a year for the rest of her life for checkups, but barring any complications, she should lead a “normal” life.
Today she is starting to take her first steps. She loves dancing and laughing and music. (Even when daddy sings!) If it weren’t for the scar on her chest you would never know that she was any different than any other toddler. She is a bit smaller than your average one year old, but that is to be expected in heart babies since the body put so much effort into healing the heart.
We will be forever grateful to Dr. Fortuna, the surgeon, and all of the doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s Hospital of Illinois for taking such good care of our “miracle baby.”
Dear Bloggy Blog:
I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I was lured by other social network blogs with built in friends, but they were not as good as you were! I let you go because I didn’t think anyone was reading you, but now that I can link you to my Facebook page I will post all my updates here!
I will even post some of my “Best of” blogs from other sites here!
Check back here for the updates soon and welcome back to my life!