Monday, May 25, 2009

One Final Act of Kindness

This is a very personal post.
I'm sorry I have not been updated my blog in the last few weeks.
As many of you have heard, on Saturday, May 9th, around noon, my father Daniel Charles Hennessey passed away. He died of sudden cardiac death while driving to dialysis on a beautiful day just 1/2 a mile from home. Though he had been very sick over the last 10 years, it was very sudden and unexpected, and shocking to us all. But in the wake of his death, I, and my family, have come to see so much beauty and a multitude of blessings that we would have never ever expected to accompany such a tragedy.

Though not easy, there was a lot of wonderful moments we experienced that following week as we prepared for his funeral. On Thursday, May 14th at 11am, we sang his favorite hims, recounted the funny, sometimes wonderfully irreverant stories of his youth, read his profound poetry, and shared the grief over the moments we would not get to share with him. But through it all, it was evident that he was not far away. I know he is in a better place. I am certain that I will see him again.

I want to share with you a very personal excerpt from a journal entry I wrote shortly after his funeral:

I believe in Christ...
I know it, though it may not always be in the forefront of my mind. It becomes an involuntary part of my daily life like breathing or blinking. But there are distinct and profound moments in my life that I have been so overwhelmed by this knowledge that I can never deny it...

One moment was my first time at the temple when recieving my own endowment,

and the feeling I felt as I entered the celestial room.
Another was when i was a teenager, reading the scriptures, worried for the well-being of my sister Mary who just that night told me that she could never be forgiven for her sins... I read King Benjamin's words and knew with such certainty that not only would she be forgiven, but that she would be made totally whole and new...

And she has.
Just a week ago, I experienced it again at my fathers funeral. I was emotional throughout the service, cherishing his humor, his love and spirit, but at the close we sang one of dad's favorite hymns...

"I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
I could hardly move my mouth as I was flooded with the greatest awakening of knowing that I (me!) i truly know that MY redeemer lives. That is my testimony. And what an incredible gift for my earthly father to give me. . . a final reminder that the plan of salvation is real, that we will be together again with our Heavenly Father.

I am so grateful for those moments, and so, as I continue breathing and blinking, I will also be believing.
Thank you, Daddy.

I am so lucky to have had such an incredible father, who I know was proud of me. I am so blessed to have had so much kindness shown to me and my family as we dealt with his loss. To those people I wish to express my utmost gratitude! And as I was not able to finish my own Act of Kindness Challenge, I dedicate the kindness that was shown to my family as the final gift, and to bring that project to a close. I hope to show kindness to those around me every day of my life, and I aspire to bring the warmth and life to a room that my father always did. I will love him and miss him til the end of my days, and I look forward to being with him again.
Families can be together forever.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A View from the Bridge. . . the Brooklyn Bridge

Most of you already know this, but I am on vacation in the Seattle area, spending a extra long (and long over due) break with my fabulous family! But, in the middle of this 7 week trip, I went back to New York to sing in a charity event and shoot a few clients that I had already booked. I ended up overlapping with my friend Debbie's visit to the city. So, we met up one day and took a walk to the Brooklyn Bridge to get some shots. Unfortunately, the rain and clouds blocked most of the light and limited our shots. But I was able to squeeze a few in before we headed for Dumbo and a lovely little dinner! Thanks Debbie for an awesome night, and I look forward to your next trip to New York!


How Vintage does Debbie look, trying to stay warm with her pashmina?



This is a terrible shot, but the only one I got of the two of us!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The WICKED Truth: When good people do bad things!

Coming up very soon, I will perform two shows in promotion of the book:
The WICKED Truth,
When good people do bad things
by Suzanne Ross

We have been gearing up to do these events for nearly 6 months now, and I am so delighted to be heading out to the midwest on this mini-book tour!

The two dates are :

Friday, May 15th, 7pm
The Cooking Studio at Whole Foods Market
Metcalf, 7401 W. 91st Street, Overland Park, KS 66212

Saturday, May 16th, 2-4pm
Barnes and Noble Booksellers,
3333 Oakview Drive, Omaha, NE 68144
phone: 402.691.4557.

It will be just me on the 15th, and the author, Suzanne Ross, will join me for the event on the 16th. She has written an incredible book that really helps to understand the deeper themes of the musical WICKED, and has given me an even deeper appreciation for it's parallel's to my own life! I will be performing several songs from WICKED as well as discussing the book and my experiences with the show.

If you are anywhere near these locations, I'd love for you to come out. There is no charge, but seating is limited so you should arrive early. The book will be available for purchase there, and Suzanne and I will be available for autographs following the event. I look forward to seeing you there!
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Dance En Masse

There have been a few of these types of things happening out there in the world. . . large groups of dancers all moving together in a public location surprising unsuspecting pedestrians. I just came across this one in a Belgium train station, of people dancing to one of my favorite movie musicals of all time. . . The Sound of Music.
This makes me so happy!
Take a look and have a smile!