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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Bebewriter’s Songwriter Series – Lil Eddie

Posted by bebereader on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

“I’m real and I want people to connect to the caliber of artistry I’ve been trying so hard to reach.”

Eman @davidarchie week continues with @lileddieohyeah and @jesscatesmusic…I don’t want to speak too early but this one is SPECIAL!!!! 6:57 PM Jan 29th via web

pabuckie @LilEddieOHYEAH Cant wait for @davidarchie new CD! Are u gonna be working with him soon? March 20th

LilEddieOHYEAH @pabuckie YES I WILL SONG IS WRITTEN WAITING 4 HIM 2 CUT IN A WEEK OR SO STAY TUNED!!LOL March 20th

pabuckie@LilEddieOHYEAH – you mean your time hasn’t come yet with David? March 30th

LilEddieOHYEAH @pabuckie OHHHH IT IS VERY SOON LOLOL U STAY TUNED!!! TRUST ME THIS ONES UNBELIEVABLE!! March 30th

In my quest to find out more about David’s new writers, I have become a fan of R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul singer/songwriter Edwin Serrano, who uses the stage name of “Lil Eddie”.  Known as one of the “Pens” in the industry, Lil Eddie is currently signed to the prestigious EMI Publishing Company.  He has written songs for many artists including P. Diddy, Kylie Minogue, JoJo, Carl Thomas, Guerilla Black, Usher, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul.

A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, Lil Eddie was born in Brooklyn and moved to the rough neighborhood of Spanish Harlem when he was 7, after a fire caused his family to become homeless.  From sleeping in cars to shelters to the streets, he was determined to make a success of himself.  “I was discouraged at points throughout this whole journey.  But now I see that even my negative experiences have been blessings.”  Lil Eddie’s desire to become a serious artist began when he discovered his parents R&B record collection when he was a child.  He auditioned and won a spot in the New York Boy’s Choir in Manhattan when he was ten years old.  Realizing that his talent moved people, Lil Eddie pursued his dreams and graduated with honors from NY’s Public School Repertory Company and won four music scholarships.  He eventually went on to earn the Apollo Theater’s amateur night contest for nine weeks in a row.

From Spanish Harlem to releasing a debut album, “Nobody’s Fool” when he was 19, Lil Eddie has been steadily climbing up in the music industry.  His music is known for it’s sexy, soulful lyrics and infectious seductive rhythms.  Here’s a sample of one of Lil Eddie’s songs.  Try to imagine David singing this type of vibe:

In pursuit of becoming the first “Latin Soul Sensation”, Lil Eddie hooked up with super producer and recording artist Mario Winans.  “I saw his passion to sing.  I felt his struggles and the passion in his voice,” Winans said.

Partial List of Songs by Lil Eddie:

Carl Thomas “She Is” featuring LL Cool J
P. Diddy “I’m Looking At You”
Paula Abdul ”Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow”
Kylie Minogue “All I See”
JoJo “Coming For You” and ”Good ol’
Guerilla Black “You’re The One” feat. Mario Winans (broke the BillBoard Top 100)
Usher “Shawty”

Can’t wait to see what Lil Eddie has cooked up for David!

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Archuglow

Posted by thefunnygirl on Monday, March 22, 2010

There have been countless comments by fans and non-fans, both here and overseas, about the Archuglow.  It seems that David glows, has an aura, or somehow reflects light.  Others have said that he exudes a calming force, and like Mcfly has said “he is like Yoga.”  He has won over DJs, talk show hosts, and reporters and made them say things like “you are so radiant” and “you have the most beautiful smile and skin I’ve ever seen” and “there is something so special about you” and “are you glowing?”  The Manila airport security guard said “this kid’s pull is really different, it is like he glows.”

But even more than I love the passion in David I love the purity- the purity of spirit that just radiates from him like a soft light (and YES, I know what a corny fool I sound like, but I’ve met the kid, and I swear he actually GLOWS!)

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When the Idol tour started last summer, and reports started coming in from fans about this glow, I was very skeptical.  These fans were obviously excited to meet David, and were simply starstruck.  More and more people started to “see” it. Were they seeing it because they expected to?  I hated to think that David fans were in fact crazy, because I was one of them, and I was worried that these reports would be further evidence of David’s “cult-like” fans.

Then I met him.

It was outside, after dark in July 2008.  I was really nervous knowing that he was coming down the line towards me.  I couldn’t see very well when he was far away, but it seemed as though there was some commotion and I heard people talking about a glow.  I thought “Oh come on!” and then he got closer to me.  It looked as if a bug zapper was moving down the line of people.  If others were not muttering about it I would have had myself committed that night. As he got closer, the calmer I became.  As he stood there, right in front of me, I knew that I was in fact seeing something glowing.  Was it just his radiant skin?  What was this that I was seeing?  Was I imagining things? Had the previous reports of it clouded my perception?  I had the pleasure of seeing him again at Ford Day, where I was able to watch him interact with fans for quite a long time.  The Archuglow was in full bloom.

Upon deciding to research this topic of a glow, or aura, I didn’t realize I’d be opening Pandora’s box.  This is the stuff of a doctoral thesis. There is an abundance of reading material, both supportive and skeptical about this.  Many of these references are spiritual in nature, while others address metaphysics, optics, math and science.  An effort to define “it” has a very long history, and is rooted in both well-accepted scientific theory and non-traditional approaches.  Both sides of this subject seem to agree that “it” exists, but the points of contention are exactly what “it” is (light/energy or the spiritual), where “it” comes from (science or the spiritual), and whether or not “it” is actually perceivable to the human eye.  “It” has been called by a long list of names throughout history.  Aura, astral body, chakra, halo, etheric body, Qi, energy, mandorla.  All major world religions depict “it” in art and literature.

Without going to into extensive detail, and based upon personal experience only, I’m going to say that David absolutely has “it” and in spades.  The picture above with his 1st band is just one example of the Archuglow.  It would appear as though he has a spotlight on him, or that he swallowed a light bulb.  There are many video examples that show the Archuglow.  How much does lighting, and clothing color play into the glow?  I’m not sure.  What about the quality of the camera?  I have no idea.  All I know is that I have seen a lot of videos and photos and concert footage in my time and I have never seen anything like this.  That proves nothing.  My intent is not to prove anything.

This tribute video is a great example of glowy David at his finest, as are the lyrics.

“He’s got a light around him, and everywhere he goes a million dreams of love surround him everywhere.”

Abbra’s MGR from Stroudsburg has a stunning moment:

Please share your stories/pics/vids of the Archuglow.

Do you believe?

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Please Welcome our New Writers!!!

Posted by djafan on Sunday, March 21, 2010

A big smile of welcome to our new Staff Writers Extraordinaire, Funny Girl, SandyBeaches, and Emilyluvsarchie!!

We look forward to each of their unique voices on The Voice, David Archuleta.  Emily brings a much appreciated teen perspective, SandyBeaches, the refreshing culture from the land of Nova Scotia, and Funny Girl brings, uh….Funny Girl….well, let’s just say Funny Girl BRANGS it!

So give us a hand rolling out the red carpet for them!


We have the chance to turn the pages over

We can write what we want to write…

This time, we know we all can stand together

With the power to be powerful

Believing we can make it better.

This site is dedicated to David Archuleta, who we lovingly refer to as THE VOICE,  and to his fans, who also have a voice.  Do not worry about being eloquent.  Everyone has something of value to say.  If you speak with sincerity and passion, you speak with the tongue of angels.

This is a gathering of angels.



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Bebewriter’s Songwriter Series – Hillary Lindsey

Posted by bebereader on Thursday, March 18, 2010

Had an interview this morning and now time for another writing session with Jamie Kenney, Hillary Lindsey, and @JoyWilliams 11:10 AM Mar 12th via txt

A Grammy-award winning country music songwriter, Hillary Lindsey has written songs for Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Michelle Branch, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

Carrie Underwood‘s hit song, “Jesus Take The Wheel”, a song that Hillary Lindsey co-wrote with Brett James and Gordie Sampson, won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 2006.  The song resonated so well with fans that it helped bring Underwood’s debut album to double Platinum.  For six weeks, the song was #1 on the charts and in 2006 was named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association and by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

“Hillary Lindsey has participated in the Durango Songwriters Expo several times and is always a crowd favorite. Aside from being one of the hottest writers in Nashville, by all accounts Hillary is also one of the finest singers in the business.”

From Durango Songwriters Expo

Hillary Lindsey grew up in the small town of Washington, GA and began writing songs at 10 years old.  She moved to Nashville to enroll in Belmont University’s Music Business school in 1994.  After forming relationships within the music community, she was quickly signed to Famous Music Publishing.  In her first year as a staff writer she had eight cuts.

Hillary Lindsey is known in the songwriting community as one of the few writers in Nashville who can write any genre of music including pop.  She’s also known for using strong melodies that artists are drawn to and deep, emotional lyrics.  Although Lindsey has written elsewhere, she prefers Nashville.  “Nothing against L.A. or New York, but Nashville is really the place to be as a writer,” she said.  “Everybody had total open arms to me when I got here.  It’s a good town for that, full of creativity and talent.  It’s like college for songwriters here.”

Partial list of singles co-written by Hillary Lindsey:

Carrie Underwood  “Jesus Take The Wheel”
Sara Evans  “Backseat of a Greyhound Bus,”  “As If,”  “Some Things Never Change”
Martina McBride  “This One’s For The Girls”
Taylor Swift  “Fearless”
Michelle Branch  “Sooner or Later,”  “Long Goodbye,”  “Summertime”
Lady Antebellum  “American Honey”
Faith Hill  “Shadows”
Lee Ann Womack  “Painless”

David Archuleta  “????????????”   tee hee  😆  we’ll just have to wait and see!

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The David Archuleta MHS Music Scholarship

Posted by djafan on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

When I was asked to do a video for The David Archuleta MHS Music Scholarship by those whose brain child this is, I was pleased to be a part of  this endeavor to honor David and encourage excellence in music.  It is my hope that in posting it here on The Voice, it may further help a gifted young person realize their dream and pay tribute to the one whose talent and heart inspired this gift.  To make a donation, please visit their official site here:

http://www.thedavidarchuletamusicscholarship.org/

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Keeping Mama Happy

Posted by tawna21 on Saturday, March 13, 2010

Monday morning,  Feb. 22.  Twitter home page.  Lots and lots to read.  Scrolling down.

Wait!    What.  is.  this?!

8:31 am Feb. 22 on Twitter
Mike Krompass would love to see @DavidArchie fans at the @DavidOsmond1 concert! Get tix here: http://bit.ly/bGjQSr.

What?  Mike Krompass will be at David Osmond’s album release concert!  (Heart is racing!)  Where is it?  The Covey Center, right here in Provo, Utah?!  This could be a possibility!  Okay, when is it?  Monday, March 1.  Dang it!  My husband works Monday nights!  Okay, there has to be a way to make this work.  I better make a phone call.

ME:  How do you feel about going to David Osmond’s concert next Monday night?  It’s in Provo, so we wouldn’t have to travel to SLC.”
HUBBY:  “I work Monday nights, remember.”
ME:  “I know, but couldn’t you trade with someone?  I really want to go, and the tickets are on sale now.”
HUBBY:  “Let me see if John will switch with me.  I’ll check with him tomorrow.  He’s not working today.”
ME:  (panic rising)  “But, the tickets are on sale now and I don’t know how fast they will go and there are some really good seats right NOW and If I have to wait until tomorrow they will probably all be gone!!”
HUBBY:  “OK!  Go ahead and get them.  I’ll work something out.”

Alright then.  Call the Covey Center.  Purchase the tickets–Mezzanine, front row, center.  Awesome.  Relax.  Aagh!!

So, that’s how that Monday morning went.  It certainly wasn’t a typical Monday morning.  Neither was the rest of the day.  I was sure that my day at work was never going to end.  It was like busting it out to “Zero Gravity” all morning, and then stopping dead still for “To Be With You” during the afternoon.  David can start and stop like that and it looks great, but it’s just a frustration to me.  I wonder if he ever gets his soft, beautiful downy, feathers ruffled and wonders how things are going to work out?  So, the afternoon dragged on forever!  My husband got his work arrangements taken care of (after some reminders from me), so everything was set for March 1.

Monday, March 1st.  My heart was racing.  Why am I so excited?!  I have never been an Osmond fan.  What is my deal here?  Oh yeah, silly me, Mike Krompass, Alex Rowe and Drew Steen are going to be there.  So, yes, I’m going to David Osmond’s album release concert mainly to see the guys in the band.  Weird.

Arriving at the Covey Center, we started towards the will call ticket window.  My husband bee-lined for it in a straight path, but I’m gawking around looking for some familiar faces.  Heart stop!!  There’s David Osmond!  He’s out in the crowd mingling on the other side of the lobby.  My gosh, he is tall!!  And might I add, Osmond good-looking.  Then when I turned around to focus on getting the tickets, there was MomJulee and her husband.  We exchanged some hello’s and small talk.  They are such nice people to be around.  But, then, they are David Archuleta people, and aren’t they the best kind of people to be with?  We’ve all learned, or are learning still, to be better people than what we were two years ago.

Throughout the evening, I couldn’t help but remember how we fell in love with David’s band members.  How well they all worked together for David.  It was so amazing to see how these professionals come together here and there and make it work for the artist they are working for at that moment.  I wondered if some day David will have his “own” band?

David Osmond

David O sang well, he interacted with the audience well, but it just wasn’t The Voice that makes my heart skip beats and sometimes all but stop.

As the evening at the Covey Center ended I was really thankful that we had gone.  On the way home, I casually commented to my husband that Richard Parkinson has a musical group that plays around the Salt Lake Valley, and I might want to check it out sometime.  He  bristled a little and stated, “I don’t really want to start following all of these people around just because they know David Archuleta!”

Ding! Ding! Ding! Wrong answer!

I reminded him that if I hadn’t been aware of Mike, Alex, and Drew because of David we wouldn’t have gone to the David Osmond’s concert and discovered that we admire his talent and I refreshed his memory on why we went to Kurt Bestor’s Christmas concert which I also reminded him he really enjoyed and declared he wants to go again and it was all because his name surfaced in my head last year because of David’s “Christmas From the Heart” album and I further reminded him (like he can ever forget) of my undying admiration for David Archuleta and the good things that he does constantly for those around him and that it just really doesn’t hurt us to support other people by showing up at a concert or gig to see what they are all about and I then reminded him that Richard did quite a bit of arranging and producing on David’s Christmas album which I brought to his recollection he really loves so much that did I need to remind him how he saw to it that three of the CD’s were gifted to his co-workers?

With memory fully restored, he conceded and we drove home in a state of wedded bliss.  😆

Where would we be if David Archuleta had decided against auditioning for American Idol?  I would still be grumpy most of the time because I didn’t have a young man with a velvet voice singing and tweeting and blogging about life and showing by example how to live in harmony with the Universe.

“May today there be peace within.”  Mother Theresa.

” If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”   Jeff Foxworthy

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The Shiny Suit is Back!!!

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

It’s Friday Night at the Movies!!

By popular demand, Theme Night at The Voice Unplugged has been moved to Friday nights.

THIS Friday, March 12th at 10 pm EST

American Idol Tour Season 7


So grab your popcorn and let’s hunkerdown for a fun night of chat and movies

Starring The Man, The Legend, The Voice

unplugged and unapologetic

David Archuleta!!!

http://www.livestream.com/thevoiceunplugged


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From Perimenopause to Pomonapause

Posted by djafan on Sunday, March 7, 2010

The one year anniversary of my first David Archuleta concert is coming up on March 17th and it got me thinking back to the person I was before this life-altering experience.  So many things have changed, from being a lurker to now being an administrator on a fan site.  If anyone had told me what I’d be doing now, I’d have told them “You’re crazy!”  Nevertheless, it happened and it’s been a rough road to where I am now but I love the joy I feel.  You have to understand, I taught my kids never to be fans of celebrities.  I explained to them that celebrities are just people like us, so there was no reason to become a fan.  Yet here I was doing exactly the opposite of my teachings. I really didn’t know what was going on myself.  But I took comfort in the discovery that there were others like me online.  I was no longer alone on this journey.

Rewind to a year ago last November.  I started experiencing symptoms that were attributed to perimenopause, a hormonal imbalance.  The doctor suggested natural remedies like herbal teas and relaxation techniques.  These helped some but I’m used to being in control and these symptoms were wreaking havoc in my life.  The crazy thing I discovered was that listening to David’s voice, either speaking or singing, was the only thing that brought me a relief and a calmness that I still to this day don’t understand.  Every time I felt any symptoms coming on, I would run to the computer, click on YouTube and strap on the headsets.  Watching videos of David brought me instant relief but also weird looks from my family.  Adding to the problem was the harsh reality that, while bringing blessed relief, it was taking up my time to the point that utilities were being shut off.  Pay the water bill or listen to David?  Once, I actually  had to battle with the water company to get them to turn my water back on the same day.  I was just too preoccupied with my natural hormonal therapy to pay the bill.  Needless to say, this didn’t make me very popular at home either.

So naturally, when I found out that David was going to be in concert in Pomona, minutes from my home, I had to go.  The venue was a general admission moshpit.  I don’t do well in enclosed spaces or standing for hours which would surely only be made worse by the menopausal symptoms I was experiencing.  My family didn’t think it was a good idea, but I explained that it would HELP my symptoms and that maybe I wouldn’t spend so many hours on the computer.  Little did they or I know what was to come.  I never expected the change I would experience would go well beyond the “change of life.”  I listened to David all morning calming and preparing myself, or so I thought, for what was to come.  Is that even possible?  You decide as you read here some excerpts from a recap of my first ever David concert experience.

Where do I start? I can’t get this silly grin off my face with all these random thoughts of the Day I witnessed the most amazing and gifted singer /performer I’ve ever seen.  I waited over 9 hours to see him.  The first act not so good in my opinion, but I took the advice of dawn65, bliss and others to mosh.  So I braved it out and don’t have a single regret, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, but only for David.   Everybody needs to do this at least once.   Have I mentioned how absolutely gorgeous he is?  He glows, his aura envelops you.

His facial expressions, his smile draws you in, his eyes… his gaze is hypnotic.  His body, his movements are raw and electrifying.  I would never like him to choreograph his moves, he moves to the music so naturally and his hand movements, his hands, oh my, his hands, I’ve never seen hands like those.  He didn’t look tiny or thin to me, his outfit was perfect, (this is my pick for best outfit, he wears green well) he looks larger than life dancing and bouncing around the stage.  His energy is intense.
I had such a diverse group around me, women, men, teens and various ethnicities, I decided then that I was going to open myself to David and react to each and every moment.  I screamed, jumped, whistled, chanted, laughed, yelled out I love you David as loud as I could, these emotions just free flowed out of me.  I’ve listened to the YouTube and I almost fell out of my chair, I can hear myself doing all of the above and I don’t care, I’m past blushing.  At the end of Angels his eyes glistened, he looked out at the audience and touched his heart and said “Thank you” with such sincerity, I cried.  I feel so overwhelmed with all the emotions I felt.

Video by jwipe

Who talks like this?  My pre-concert self is barely recognizable from the person who wrote this recap from a year ago.  That person never would have expressed herself this way.  Many say my personality has changed and I agree that it has.  But I sometimes wonder if this was me all along and it took menopause and this young man to allow myself just to be me.  The good thing is that my symptoms have improved and when they do act up “David Archuleta, The Voice” takes care of them.  Now, what to do about this ODD that has taken over my life?   Guess I’ll just have to be a good girl and take my medicine.

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Burning Your Bridges

Posted by bebereader on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

“Don’t burn your bridges” is a warning you hear when you leave a job because you never know when the contacts you made will come in handy.  The original expression is actually, “burning your bridges” and it comes from the actions of the Spanish explorer, Cortez when he conquered Mexico in 1519.  To be sure there was no chance that his army would back down in war with the powerful Aztecs, he burned down his own ships.  Cortez’ army had to fight because he took away any excuse for retreat.  Translating this into everyday life, burning the mental bridge behind what you want to accomplish eliminates any excuse for not reaching a goal.

What does this have to do with David Archuleta?  Well, we’ve seen evidence that David puts himself into positions where he is forced to grow and change.  He wanted to audition for American Idol but was torn about having to give up his summer job at the park amphitheater in Murray.  Ultimately he decided to follow his dream and quit his job in favor of the audition.  He is now a successful recording artist and the world as we know it has been changed forever.  David said he was never good at public speaking and that he was glad he had music in his life because that was the only way he communicated.  When given the opportunity to speak at The Women’s Conference in Utah, he had the courage to break through his fears and accept the invitation despite the risk of failing.  He said that accepting the invitation would be a good way to overcome his fear of speaking in public.  He succeeded in giving a fifty minute speech.  David understands that challenges are not barriers but opportunities for growth.  He spoke about this in his speech:

“… sometimes even if it is a hard path to take, even if it has those big hills and climbs and all those scary trees and you can get scratches, and you can get hurt sometimes. But I think that’s what makes us grow. That’s what makes us learn in our lives. So when we get to that end of the path we have all those bruises and cuts and you can see that we had a difficult time getting to where we were; but at the same time, you can say, you know what, this is proof that I went and I took that path, and this is proof that I did all I could and that I was willing to take that path even if it wasn’t the easiest path to take.”

David accepts challenges with grace.  Doubtful that he’d be able to write songs for his second album, he mentioned in an interview that he had writer’s block 24/7.  But he rose to the challenge and is now writing with established songwriters in the field, determined to take a major role in writing all the songs for his sophomore album, to make the songs his own.

The courage David has shown in taking on new challenges, together with his ability to be insightful at such a young age is an inspiration to me.  Never did I envision myself writing for an online fan site.  I felt safer editing someone else’s work; my experience is in editing. When invited to come onboard The Voice, I was excited yet fearful that my writing wouldn’t measure up.  Then I thought of David, his summer job and his American Idol audition.  I thought of how he doesn’t shy away from challenges and how he welcomes new experiences in his life.  His strength made me jump in and burn my bridge behind me, the bridge that was stopping me from moving forward.  No more excuses. Unexpectedly, something amazing happened.  I found that I really enjoy writing plus it’s given me an outlet for this severe case of ODD.

Most people feel fear but successful people like David don’t let it stop them because to them it pales by comparison to the fear of not knowing what they could have been.  In his book, Chords of Strength, David admits how insecure he was about his voice due to having suffered vocal chord paralysis.  But he didn’t let his fears stand in the way of his dream of becoming a singer because “he loved the way singing made him feel more than he disliked the way he sounded.”  How different would David’s life be today had he chosen a different path? What if he let his doubts hold him back from auditioning for American Idol?  I don’t even want to entertain the thought of how different our lives would be without him.

It’s a slow learning process and it’s not easy but I try hard to take a cue from David who, by example, has taught me not to let fear stand in the way of accepting challenges and accomplishing my goals.  When in doubt I find myself tapping into his strength and it seems to empower me to push ahead.  If I burn the bridge behind me, the only way I can go is forward.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Ander Gide (French writer, humanist and moralist, 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature)

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