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Today marks my father’s 93rd birthday.

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Today marks the birth of my mom. She would have been 78 today. For many years my mom had her birthday parties on Halloween. Until my Granny Franny said to her, her birthday was not on Halloween. Despite the disappointment of having such a unique day to be born, it didn't stop her love for one of her favorite "holidays" long before she married my father, a magician. 

She died of organ involved SLE (Lupus). When she was toddler she had Scarlet Fever. Which caused future issues for her. Allergy to the sun, inflammatory arthritis, migraines, eczema, heart murmur. But she was able to keep her symptoms under control for many years even though some of her issues after a severe ankle sprain brought some on. Until 10 years ago when some things started creeping up. 

By 6 months later, she had CHF, Liver and Kidney failure. Although heart disease runs in her family, it wasn't familial from what we could tell...because her lab work showed otherwise when she was hospitalized. 

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Happy Paczki Day!
(happy fat tuesday too)

Don't forget some of these...

tag: http://pics.livejournal.com/mai_ling/pic/000acf39/g6

I've already been eating my fill, Just too good not too.

December the First

december 1st = day without art

december 1st = world aids day

means you are allowed to be naked for a day.

december 2nd you put your clothes back on.

in memory of chuck


Deep in this wilderness
I’m lost to my own
I’ve been running with the lions
I’ve been rising with the moon
I’ve been singing hallelujah
With all of my might
‘Cause it’s these questions that keep us
Burning through the night


Sometimes I cry in my sleep


Although I haven't been writing the countdown here, I've
been tweeting it and forwarding it on facebook. But no matter
what, I wouldn't have forgotten anyways! So surprise,
TODAY it arrived!

What a busy weekend. I ended up working Mariano's on Friday night
in Vernon Hills, concert on Saturday Morning then a family gathering
afterward that and this morning I worked at the Mariano's in a
split shift in Northfield.

So it's been a very busy weekend but that doesn't mean we won't
Celebrate the big day either! And it's the 40th so it's a big ONE!

When I was pregnant with Lilly On-Ling,
I ate Watermelon which DID NOT spike my blood sugar. But
what was funny, I ate more Cucumber's than watermelon
during that time. So I'm a watermelon baby and I guess
she's a cucumber baby. Same family of fruit no matter!

It's been an extremely difficult and tough few weeks for me.
Since 1998, it has always been. This year has been the
toughest. I didn't think it would have hit me soo hard
not having my father with us. Yet it has. I thought I would
have gotten through it much easier knowing I have Eric
& Lilly On-Ling on my side, but emotionally on the inside
it's been harder. I haven't shown it, but I haven't been
much for socializing as normally would be.

I wanted to make this summer special. With Lilly On-Ling
just turning one this year, I was hoping to take my family
to Abbott's in Colon, MI this year. So Lilly On-Ling
can see her grandfather in the limelight and see why he is such a
special man to soo many. Why he is so inspirational and a
wsuperstar in his own right. I wanted her to see people flock
to him as if he was one of today's celebrities. Well,
to many, he is a celebrity. If anything, he is even more
celebrated in the world than before. But this year is not
that year to go. Although I still wanted to go because it was
my birthday weekend, I am finding it emotionally too difficult.

Not having my father with us, is felt. Not just a home but
all over. I know how much he and my mom is loved by so many.

But I digress, I know he wouldn't want me to get this way.
So instead, let's get happy and Celebrate! Watermelon Day!


Everyone should eat watermelon today
and celebrate with me.
For its Watermelon Day!

I only eat watermelon once a year and its only on Watermelon Day.
(every August 9th).

The story for my new friends ...

What is Watermelon Day?!?!?!?!Collapse )

Why does my family celebrate Watermelon Day?!?!?!?!Collapse )

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I know its silly.
Silliness makes the world go 'round.

just don't forget to...
eat watermelon!

and celebrate with me.


If a movie were made about my dad

Who would play my dad?
Jet Li.

Happy Yum Yum Day!

Happy Paczki Day!
(happy fat tuesday too)

Don't forget some of these...

tag: http://pics.livejournal.com/mai_ling/pic/000acf39/g6

I've already been eating my fill, Just too good not too.

Mai-Ling :: Pioneering Alternative-Classical Pianist

Frances Mai-Ling is pioneering the genre of Alternative-Classical music; taking classical piano to new level giving it a fresh sound of the traditional and the current trend of rock, pop, alternative. Creating a new genre that is powerful, for people of all ages can enjoy. Since 2001, she has taken her creation of Alternative-Classical merging the sparkling qualities of classical music with the emotional melodic style of many generes, all within an intimate setting of Mai-Ling and her music. She got her first start in show business with her parents magic show , but chosed music over magic. Mai-Ling is a trained classical pianist, with only having two years of piano lessons under her belt. Performing a program of original music. Mai-Ling is co-founder of EastWestNow Records. The first record label & collective that promotes artists of Asian Ethnicity. Focusing on artists who are half-Asian. Mai-Ling is HAPAnese (a term she coined being 1/2 Chinese & 1/2 Polish). She is also one-third of "The Shake n' Poe Project", where she write music to the text of Shakespeare. Founder of the creative artists group "Notes & Poets: Bringing the Creative Artist to the Stage." She has scored music for theatre and film, along with a various amount of side projects to her credit. Besides being a published composer, she is also a published writer and visual artist. Mai-Ling is an independent artist.

In addition to her creative arts efforts, Mai-Ling works with the American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Assocition. As an Go Red For Women ambassador and American Stroke Association ambassador. Mai-Ling formed the "Take Heart Awareness Cause" in 2005 to help bring her personal crusade of helping create more awareness of heart disease and stroke to the public forefront.. She has been recognized regionally and nationally with the "Heart & Stroke" Hero Award for her "outstanding efforts to create a healthier community, safe from the devastation of heart disease and stroke." She help's create awareness of the #1 and #3 killers among men and women in the United States. A portion of every CD she sells includes information and a portion is donated to the AHA for research and eduction programs. One of the first pioneers in merchandising her CDs for a specific cause.

She is currently working on a new release for the winter, a book project for next summer, and continuing her line of hand painted purses and jackets.

For more information about Mai-Ling please download her complete 40 page press kit at her website.



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