Archive for April, 2010

Save The Date… June 12, 2010

April 11, 2010

Please join me on Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 7:30 pm for an Evening of Inspiration with De-Ann Lott & Friends, a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(LLS)/Team in Training.  Please stay tuned for more details.  Tickets will be available at  I’m so excited because my debut solo CD, Return to the Center, will also be available at the benefit concert and a portion of all proceeds from CD sales that evening will also go to LLS/Team in Training as well.  It won’t be the same without you !!!

Team in Training Hike – Cataract Falls, Mt. Tam 4-10-10

April 11, 2010

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April 10, 2010

Cataract Falls, Mt. Tam Team in Training Hike

What a beautiful place in our own backyard.  I have traveled abroad numerous times to experience various waterfalls  and monuments including Victoria Falls , places in Hawaii,  Ecuador,  etc.  Sometimes it’s an awakening to know that the beauty I have sought in other places is right here in the place that I call home.  I don’t have to fly or save for it.  It’s accessible right here and just a simple drive away.  No admission fees or passports or visas needed.     There may be rugged parts of the terrain that challenge me but with a little self patience and physical navigating I can witness the beauty in my backyard.

I continue to absorb lessons along the way.  Each week I experience some level of anxiety and trepidation wondering if I’ll be able to complete the hike … if it will be more than I can handle?  I start mentally preparing days before worried about the terrain, about my fitness level,  about the length of the hike,  and then the day arrives.  I get out there with the rest of the team and slow and steady I go.  I make it.  Tired but feeling accomplished.  Often I’m in amazement as I look at the inclines and stairs and steep terrain I have traveled and say to myself  “Wow…you did it… Didn’t know I had it in me”.  Totally a metaphor for my life.  I didn’t know I had it in me.  I get to discover new things about myself, my fortitude, my drive, my desire to finish what I have started.  I recognize that the hike nor my life is a race.  It’s my personal best…. personal effort, personal sense of accomplishment and achievements and goals that speak to me.  It doesn’t matter that it’s a pretty finish… Did I finish?  Yes I did!!! I may come in last; but who said the time was being measured.  I see such beauty when I just let go and stay present in the moment.  When I just let go and breath and take in the majesty and magnificence the creation around me.  This is a moment that let’s me know that quality of life is so much more important, so much more enriching than chasing things.

In Typical Fashion…. Lots going on…

April 4, 2010

In typical De-Ann Lott fashion I have a million and one things going on.  I’ve been told that I like it that way and after years of disagreement, I’m gradually  starting to believe that it’s true. I’m goal oriented and I like to see results and resolutions.    I’m training for a hike in Yosemite with Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  My personal honoree is Marva Ann Keyes, a friend of a co-worker who recently lost her battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Let me say that several things have happened over the last couple of years.  Lots of transition, loss and change.  But that’s life, now isn’t it.  I’ve had lots of opportunities for attitude adjustment, change, analysis and just plain old  standing still.  I worked nearly 7 years 6 days a week for various reasons whether accumulating clinical hours for my professional license or a personal goal.  That experience of working relentlessly  helped me realize that quality of life is more important than any thing.  I wanted to explore places I hadn’t seen in the Bay Area.  I wanted to challenge myself to move beyond my comfort zone.  I wanted to challenge myself physically and emotionally.  I wanted to stir things up.  After several KBLX announcements from Cousin Kevin (Brown) I decided to check out Team in Training.  And here I am.  I have never raised money for a cause before (which is quite daunting I must add).  But I’ve committed and as much fear or ambivalence as I may experience, the trajectory is set and I must press on.  I’ve raised 16% of my goal as of this writing (very encouraging I must say) and it has forced me to use my gifts to help this cause.  So on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm.  I will be featured in a benefit concert for Team in Training and LLS.  Hold the date and follow me as I train for Yosemite.  I’ve already hiked terrain that I would never have dreamed possible and there’s more to come.  In spite of the trepidation, fear, ambivalence, doubt, fatigue… I’m always encouraged by those on the journey with me and that it pretty powerful! Lots more to come.  Happy Resurrection day!  He got up!!