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Things that made me laugh today-

Someone dancing badly with an i-pod walking by my window downtown.

Making a conspiracy theory w/ a co-worker about a secretive business across the street. My thoughts... a meth lab.

Email I got from customer- "I will contact you soon." (leah wonders if that person understands that an email is a form of contact)


Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
~ Cary Grant

Let's face, there's lots of spoiled kids out there...
because you can't spank Grandma.
~ Janet Anderson

Some drink from the fountain of knowledge - others just gargle.
~ unknown

I knew I was drunk. I felt sophisticated and couldn't pronounce it.
~ unknown

Nothing in fine print is ever good news.
~ Andy Rooney


A song- writing day

Today was a good day off. Spent quiet time reflecting. I am at peace.
I've been tossing a few song ideas around my head for a few days but nothing has been sticking. I decided that I was going to let inspiration finds it way to me and not force it. So I spent awhile looking up friends on blogspot and felt like writing here a little, I don't do it near enough these days. I find though, that when I keep writing journals and blogs it keeps my mind alert and refreshed. That is where the best songs come from.

So talking to the world(or in this case the few people who read my blog) keep my song-writing skills alert.

A few funny things I've written in my song-writing idea book
all by yours truly...
Country tune - "I got a minus sign in my checkbook balance"

OK this one isn't funny but I was definitely venting-

A chorus for a venting song-

Gone are the days of teaching integrity
Take what you want, no one cares if you’re cheating
The dollar is king and sin is exalted

Morals are choked out, prayer is halted

Belief in good is weak, our rights are now frozen
Opinions aren’t free, someone else gets to choose them

I may still record this one, it has a melody but I don't have the right music for it yet.

This line is the start of a short story I wrote awhile back called desperation.

I had screwed up, messed up and fouled up my life. My mind was shaken and overtaken by negative thoughts . . . and I believed them!

Maybe I'll blog it , I don't know.

Well life beckons me back- maybe I shall go back to work.



Not intimidated! Anymore

So this new song released intimidate is a good song for me right now. It's a great breaking off point for me- to eliminate the people pleaser in me that wants to make everyone happy.
I hope I am a person that is kind, merciful and loving ... as all people should be. (i'm not perfect but I try to always show compassion and consideration for others)
In the past tho.. I took matters to the extreme. I believed that success was only in one type of package and believe that maybe I didn't deserve respect because I was different or emotional or creative.
My self-worth was always measured by some-one else's yard stick. Not my own.
I am learning to let that go. Be my own story.. with all the twists and turns that any "good" story has.
I can only live one day at a time, today was good... thats good enough for me. I have a plan for tomorrow and enough wisdom to hold on to it loosely because you never know what a day may bring.

Leah's lesson for the day.
Don't let the haters intimidate you. Just be yourself and be stronger. The greatest thing I heard this week when I wanted to climb back in the pitiful place again when things got hard. "They think you aren't strong enough to make it!" - My tears stopped so quickly it shocked even me. It was so true- I was letting an opinion take me to the place by my choice. They chose to say it, I was choosing to live it.

This battle is a long one with many little battles to fight. Thank God I have a support system who love me enough to say "get over yourself" every once in a while.

Hope you enjoy the song, and it reminds you to stand firm against those who draw their swords. Nothing enfuriates an enemy more than standing your ground with a smile. Try it, watch them squirm. :-)
Keep your chin up.

Leah Banicki


A little miracle!

Do you really know your theology?

Who was the 3rd man in history to walk on water?

The 1st one was Christ...

The 2nd one was the apostle, Peter...

Then there was this guy, Jose'...




The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits author unknown
I do not stand on protocol. if you just call me Excellency, it will be ok.

Henry Kissinger


Growing Pains- by me

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Lately I've been struggling with growing pains. How do you move into a new phase of life when all the ties to your current life are screaming for attention?

I'm so thankful for things to be finally changing. The end-of-the-tunnel light is not just a pin point in the distance and that's amazing!

I'm doing a lot of soul searching and praying about making the right decisions and not getting distracted by things that can hold me back.

Do you step into the unknown or let things stay safe?

I am in the place between.

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Leah Banicki


Clapping Injury!

My most ridiculous injury to date! While performing this weekend I injured my middle finger on my right hand. WHILE CLAPPING!!

In the middle of a song I got that trigger rush of adrenaline that you know is your body telling you something is wrong.. while smiling and singing i was doing the mental checklist .. ok I'm ok and then i realized i couldn't move my finger. Once the set was done I went backstage and there it was swollen like a sausage... Very pretty!!

For a few hours I couldn't bend it or straighten it.. Basically i looked like I was casually flipping everyone off, whoo-hoo.
After a few ice packs and a good night sleep the swelling went down and I have normal use of a very bruised and purple finger.

Clapping is a dangerous sport.
I live and die by applause. LOL


I love the Stage

The stage-

by Leah Banicki

A simple platform, lights and a room full of seats,
Why is it so thrilling?
The lights are bright and leave the stars in your eyes
Front and backstage is usually dirty ...
The crowd not always the most responsive.. and yet
They are watching me... they care what I have to say-
what I am doing at that moment
The adrenaline of the performance starts before I got out-
and stays with me long after I finish
The crowds eyes follow me on stage, wherever I go they go with me
It's a drug... I'm pretty sure

and a privilege...


What is a "WANNA BE"?

This was a thought I had a few days ago and I've been pondering it for a little bit...
There is so much negative connotation for the
phrase "Wanna Be"
Sometime it can signify that a person is unable to get there but I was thinking about how many people were once "wanna be's" but after they pushed themselves they became it...
This isn't a song just an idea really- thought I'd share

Wanna Be
by Leah Banicki

I wanna be better than I was yesterday
I wanna be a better provider
I wanna be able to share what's in my heart
I wanna be a healthy woman
I wanna be a world traveler
I wanna be a good example
I wanna be able to say "Baby girl, it can be done"
I wanna be an inspiration
I wanna be a world changer


What do you Wanna BE?

Tell me....


a peaceful morning


~ a state of tranquillity or quiet

~ freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

~ to end hostilities between those who have been at war



Today Is ---- I've really stepped in it now- Day

Today Is ---- I've really stepped in it now- Day


It takes 3 things for a day to be called this
1. A very early morning
2. A blustery morning (-5 below kind of blustery)
3. A bare foot

I should have said it takes 4 things but I didn't want to disparage my poor puppy. (I wouldn't want to go outside in this weather either.)
The snow is over her head in many parts of the back yard. We have shoveled her a path but it is still very cold.

Needless to say, when an early morning combines with a guilty puppy, and a bleary-eyed woman in need of coffee climbing over a puppy gate... What else should ya expect.

No one should have to scrape that off your foot first thing in the morning. The rest of the day is matching the mood that was set, but what else is a latte for but to turn those days around.

***Currently sipping on an overpriced Latte. Leah signs off....