Author Archives: Life is an Exquisite Journey

Newsletter: Spring 2014


Originally posted on Connecting generations of Hoyas…:

Dear Hoya Gateway Volunteers,
In May, Hoya Gateway will celebrate it’s one year anniversary. In one short year, over 700 alumni and over 1300 student have joined the program, with over 860 connections made. As we noted when we launched, we are in some ways building the plane as we go, building Hoya Gateway brick-by-brick. Hoya Gateway is a work in progress and is strategically built to be a flexible and responsive platform for student-alumni interactions.  As such, we are excited to launch a new meeting type option for alumni: Job Shadowing. Now, in addition to offering mock interviews, informational interviews, and resume reviews, you can choose to host a student at your place of employment for a ½ day or full day job shadowing experience.  We hope you will consider logging in [] and adding “job shadowing” as a meeting type you are willing to offer.


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In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Symphony of Brotherhood”


I wanted to share this video with you all in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech.” The music exudes the passion and the urgency of the words of the most powerful speech ever written. Can you hear it? Let’s continue to work toward the Dream.

The Classical Double Bassist


ZOla - The classical double bassist

Bold, strong vibrations

synergized with passion for

classical music


by Michelle L. Thompson

A haiku of love for my daughter, Zola.  Tomorrow she  takes the next step on her classical music performance journey.  She will be pursuing her passion and her dreams at one of the top conservatories in the world!  Blessings and Hugs!

How Bill’s Road ID saved the day


Life is an Exquisite Journey:

I have recently begun cycling and I do enjoy riding alone because I can explore new trails at my own pace. I think I will look into this Road ID option for identification purposes in case something should happen to me when I am riding.

Originally posted on The Bike Lane Blog:

Bill and Road ID
My Road ID truly saved me that day
From the Road ID Testimonials:
I was recently at a local club’s time trial, and because I work at a fairly popular local shop, I knew at least half of the people there. They all knew me as “Bill from The Bike Lane”, but no one knew much else. During the race, two ladies that had been hiking walked out onto the road that was being used for the race. As I approached them, I said “on your left”, and they turned with a look of “what do you want me to do?”. I was approaching so fast that I asked them to just stay in place. They instead moved right, directly into my path. I swerved and was thrown from my bike into a nearby ditch. I ended up unconscious with lots of road rash and a broken color bone.


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Dancing and Twirling

Each time I see you

My heart skips a beat, and smiles

Dancing and twirling

by Michelle Lynn Thompson 08/15/2012

Exquisite Haiku – Dancing and Twirling

I Got a New Bike!



Okay, so I am so excited because I purchased a “real” bike about two months ago!  It has a really nice gel seat and a total of 21 different gear combinations. The color is slick black and it doesn’t have the bar that goes across the middle.  I have very “not so fun” memories about accidentally falling on that bar.  I haven’t had a bike since I was in elementary school. It was an ugly brown bike and it didn’t have any gears. I mean really, what young girl is going to feel cute riding around in an ugly brown bike? Needless to say there was no love affair with that bike at all. I don’t really remember any memorable bike rides on that thing.

Tune to April 27, 2013. After stopping at a couple of different bike shops to survey the terrain and figure out what options were available. I finally found a local bike shop The Bike Lane where the sales person wasn’t try to sell me the most expensive model.  Where previous conversations that left me mind boggled at the other stores were clarified and my ‘silly” questions and clarifications were addressed.  I absolutely LOVE my bike!  I have ridden over 140 miles and what I love about it is that you can put on so many miles in such a short time.  I love that you can actually GO somewhere!  The whole experience has been so liberating!


I’ve had the chance to ride with my friend to the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate.  I actually had it on my list but she called one Sunday morning to see if I wanted to ride.  I don’t know why I was putting off for some other milestone.  I had so much fun!  I was so excited that I was able to meet the challenge and I got a chance to see a part of Alexandria that hadn’t seen before.  Your perspective from a bicycle is so much more intimate.  You see so much that you don’t see when riding through a neighborhood in a car.


The hills are a challenge, but I finally figured out how to maneuver the gears!  My favorite part about making it up a hill is knowing that I’ll be able to coast down the hill with the wind blowing across my face on the way back!  That is the best reward!

Stay tuned for Michelle’s Bicycle Adventures!

Where are some of your favorite bicycle paths?

Summer Solstice Serendipity




Christina being her spontaneous, carefree self splashing through the Georgetown Waterfront Fountain.  I just loved that she ran through without a care in the world!  This is the free spirit of what it means to be a child.  As parents we have to remember to say YES more often because children know the secret to understanding how to embrace the simple exquisite pleasures of life!  A simple YES created a moment of JOY and a lifetime memory.  Who cares that you didn’t have any clothes to change into.  “I’ll just walk around and dry off!”  ~ Christina



It is a happy talent to know how to play.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties. ~Terri Guillemets


 Whoever wants to understand much must play much.  ~Gottfried Benn


Celebrating My 25th College Reunion



I celebrated my 25th College Reunion Year last weekend!  It was great to be on campus visiting old haunts and appreciating the new construction that so perfectly seems to blend the old with the new.  It was wonderful to be in the physical presence of my classmates.  I have had the chance to reconnect with many classmates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but nothing replaces being in the same space and time with your friends.  I was most struck by how moved I was by the experience.


It was especially wonderful to exchange hugs and smiles and reminisce about old times with a couple of lifetime friends who I love and cherish.  A classmate shared that we don’t know if we were experiencing a “collective delusion,” but we all felt like we looked as good as we did 25 years ago!  I don’t know about the rest of them, but I feel like I am only 25! And I know I AM NOT experiencing any delusions!  LOL!   How can I be celebrating 25 years of graduating from college?



I Love the Train


Life is an Exquisite Journey:

Great post from Bomani! When was the last time that you paid attention to the details of the hustle and bustle of your morning or afternoon commute?

Originally posted on Bomani D. Armah:

L'Enfant_Plaza_station_crossvaultI love the metro train. The train loves me back.  Worn out carpets with chewing gum polka dots.   The Saturday morning train ride is the best.  It’s nice and quiet; mostly tourists getting a jump on the National Mall, or the poor guy who can’t believe his manager scheduled him on the weekend.  They are traveling live art installations; graffiti played out in between speeding walls.  On the outskirts of town trains are empty enough that I can let my sons stand holding the poles in the aisle, as long as they don’t spin around.  I used to let them spin around on the poles (something I probably wouldn’t let them do if they were girls…yeah, I know), but now they’re growing faster than my bank account.  They need to know that the train is a serious place, where they are no longer the cute little toddlers everyone will love.  …

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