So Here I Am

So here I am right back where I started
Cold gray walls, white coats
Vitals taken, pills given
Sad faces, manic laughter
Screams of anguish

So here I am, you think you’ve won
Reminders of the past flood back
Trying to push out how far I’ve come
How much I’ve learned
How hard I’ve fought
How I have succeeded and defeated you more than once

So here I am, and you have won nothing
I have picked myself up from lower ledges than this
Climbed higher mountains in my path
I’m still here and you can’t make me give up.
I will not quit.
I am a better person for all the battles I’ve won!

Copyright 2010 Michelle D. Wampole


So much confusion
So much anger
So much hurt

What was the truth
What were the lies
Was any of it real

You hurt my friends
You hurt me
You hurt yourself, but you’re too blind to see it

Stop, just stop
before more people are hurt
before it’s too late to repair the damage

Copyright 2010 Michelle D. Wampole


In honor of John Lennon’e 70th Birthday, I thought I’d post my personal favorite of his songs.
It had a profound effect on me when I first heard it and it still does to this day.

John may be gone,but he will never be forgotten!


Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


I want so badly to be able to talk to you one more time
To be able to say how sorry I am for every time I hurt
or disappointed you
But I guess that bridge was burned long ago
and there’s no way to cross it now
But if you knew how much I still care
How proud I am of who you are and all you’ve done
Would any of that make a difference
Could we find a way to start over

I’ve made mistakes
And I’d give anything to take them back
Everything I have, everything I am

Can you ever forgive

Copyright 2010 Michelle D. Wampole

Mandy – Barry Manilow

It was on this day in 1974 that Arista Records released Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” as the first single from the “Barry Manilow II” album.
What followed was an unprecedented string of 27 consecutive Top 40 hits.
Anyone who jokes about Barry Manilow or his music, have either never listened to him at all, or have never listened beyond the singles.
I dare you to look, and listen, further.

For now, though… have a listen to the one that put Barry Manilow on the map.

Beautiful Music!

5 trucks full of music instruments + 600 very happy kids = years of “Beautiful Music”!
Kudos to Barry Manilow ( and the Manilow Music Project ( for their donation to the Clark County Schools in Las Vegas!

All photos courtesy of @starzbz2 and @STILETTO411