woman in the mirror


It was early 2000’s  We lived in Capitola near Santa Cruz.  As per my somewhat hippy fashion, I had a pristine 1980 Mercedes 300D, it was early in the AM.  I used to be assistant to Clark Stamper (still my mentor), money manager of over a billion dollars.  Early working girl, left me time to run the photography business in the afternoon since I got off at 3:00.  You know, picking up my film from Bay Photo Lab and all  : )  Bonus, I could ride my bike to work!

I had gotten a CD player installed in my 1980 “benzo”  …  big time!  Pre-drama Michael Jackson era, this song spoke to my heart.  It was before 7 am, I hadn’t even left the driveway, and it was playing on my new CD player, I sat in the driveway weeping.  So many who are in need, and I am so blessed, after all, I had a CD player in my car : )

So many kids in the world without “shoes on their feet” and I can “make that change” as the “woman in the mirror.”  At that moment in time, I knew deep in my heart I would adopt a baby someday.  I didn’t know how or when it would happen, or who it would be, but that seed was planted, over a decade before she arrived.  I have ended up being the one blessed.  Piper Amelia, almost two whole years old in the next week, the biggest blessing of my lifetime.  I started with the “man in the mirror” will you do the same?

 “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a CHANGE.” 

More lyrics ….

“I’ve been a victim of, a selfish kind of love, it’s time that I realize.  There are some with no home, not a nickel to love, who are we, pretending that “I don’t’ know.”

“Gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right.  I see those kids in the street, not enough to eat, who am I, to be blind, pretending not to see THEIR need?”

“No message can be any clearer, if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and make a change.”

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