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feedback: Going Home

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“Beautiful. Stirring. Deep truths, eloquently spoken and grounded in common everyday life. Going Home returns me to my center, again... and again... and again.” ~ Andrea Wenger, Baltimore, MD

“I can't tell you how much this affected me... my grandma passed away and [Going Home] was there when I needed it. Mary has such a natural gift of bringing peace to your soul... the music and reading will touch your heart for years, bringing back memories of those you love and helping you remember the good times. Everyone has a ‘Gran’ so it’s easy to relate to this. Close your eyes and listen and you will find yourself with your loved one no matter where they are right now.” ~ Laura Mozer, Gambrills, MD

“In words and music [Going Home] reminds us why we need to just slow down and pay better attention to what really matters... At the end of the show, we found ourselves more firmly planted on this earth but somehow more willing to look to the sky.” ~~ Fred Munroe, Musica del Rio, Atascadero, CA

“Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. I had an amazing Gramma too. She didn't ‘speak’ her wisdom as much as yours seems to have, but her non-verbal communication and body language was just as profound. Thank you for bringing those memories back to me.” ~ Ellen Sosinski, MD

“Going Home is filled with Gran's ‘more precious than gold’ insights written to her granddaughter. Mikey is an inspiration to us all! A must read!” ~ Jacquelyn Hodge, Carthage, MO

“AMAZING!!! ...incredibly magical. It strikes me as a combo of Little House on the Prairie, Winnie the Pooh, and a little Cosmos!” ~ Cece Anna Lee, Baltimore, MD

“Going Home stirs old memories, and each re-read brings back even more long forgotten experiences. Thanks for allowing my lazy brain to see something different.” ~ Richard Lemons, Kansas City, MO

“In a world where sorrow is plenty and a part of being human, so is love and kindness and the simple joy of looking into another's eyes, knowing no harm will come to you here... Listen to [Going Home]... no harm will come to you here.” ~ Connie Aldrich, Baltimore, MD

“The joy that Mary had in spending time with the characters of Mikey and Gran and getting to know them and their stories is clear in Going Home. I can see the three of them sitting on Gran's porch together or walking through the woods together in the knowing of their shared home and in the wonder of the time they get to spend together. The ache of Mikey's loss of connection to that feeling of home as an adult is palpable in the story and yet there is Gran with her quiet wisdom to help guide her truly back home. Going Home is a beautiful weaving of grief and rediscovery that touches my heart and reminds me of home.” ~ Lynda Allen, author of Rest in the Knowing, Fredericksburg, VA

“The performance is so treasured and was so very memorable. I felt blessed to be a part of such a wonderful event. After a month, I still experience peace within myself when thinking of that memorable afternoon.” ~ Carole Jones, MD

“Thanks Mary... I loved it... Your writing style has a warm and cozy feel to it, like sitting in front of a warm fireplace wrapped in a blanket with someone on a cold winter night...” ~ Bob Tufano, author of Skyscraper Legend, Mt. Airy, MD

“I was immediately enthralled, as your words resonated so many feelings of a series of losses that I have had in these last five years. Stepping back and seeing everything from a different perspective with clarity... It is a grounding story with a true sense of belonging to all things... I look forward to reading all the stories and sharing them with my friends and family. Thanks for adding more sunshine to my day!” -- Sharon Louderback, Ellicott City, MD


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