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Grief During the Holidays

Amidst the beautiful celebration of Christmas, I am reminded of the many people I know who have lost a loved one. The Holidays can be bittersweet for those who are grieving.

Our family had a very difficult year back in 2012. My precious mother passed away in August after an 8-year journey with Alzheimer’s; her only brother and my only uncle passed away that November; and then my father-in-law passed away that December after a long illness. It was a time of intense grieving and yet, amidst the pain, there was the palpable richness of the love we felt – and continue to feel – with and for those who are no longer with us in this realm.

This Christmas Eve, I am offering up a heartfelt prayer of love and gratitude for my precious friends and family members, those who are here and those who have crossed over. I am also praying for the many people in the world who are grieving the loss of loved ones this time of year. Please know that you aren’t alone in your grief. In the spirit, we are all one, and we love and grieve together.

“Santa Baby” is here!

“Santa Baby” has come to town! As a sequel to last year’s “Night & Day” music video, my husband George and I are proud to release our “Santa Baby” music video, Part II in the video series. The single audio track of “Santa Baby” is available for purchase on iTunes and other online outlets. The proceeds from the sales of the song will benefit Symphony of Soul, so please download the song and help provide income for Austin’s musicians to provide “musical medicine for the soul” to people who are confined in care centers.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With blessings and appreciation,

Leslie Hyland Rodgers
Thank you to the many people who made this audio and video production possible!

Director of Photography – Adam Grumbo
Written and Produced by Leslie Hyland Rodgers and George Rodgers
Camera Assistant – Jim McKay
Coaching and Consulting – Mona Lee Fultz
Edited by Adam Grumbo
Production Designer – Leslie Hyland Rodgers
Music written by Joan Javits, Tony Springer, Phil Springer (Tamir Music)
Music arranged and produced by Gary Powell
Music recorded at Gary Powell Studios with Leslie Hyland Rodgers (voice), Gary Powell (keyboard), Art Kidd (percussion), Paul Baker (saxophone), Larry Seyers and Ryan Arnett Heitmann (guitar)
Music mastered by Terra Nova Digital Audio
Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant for Leslie Hyland Rodgers – Jean LeFebvre
Diamond necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring for Leslie Hyland Rodgers – Copeland’s Jewelers


Leslie Hyland Rodgers
George Rodgers
Gary Powell
Kathie and Bill Bailey
Lisa and Ray Krynine
Jean LeFebvre
Sandia Iskandar
Ryan Sandoval
Seth Jelinek

Karthik Mekala
Sky Clarke
Daniel Kelly
Ed Melendez
Theresa Vo
Brigitte Ngo
Johnson Wu
Fe Guiyab
Donovan Huynh
Christina Brown
Sandra and Ronald Boulden
Rich Harney
Paul Baker
Evan Arredondo
Art Kidd
Ryan Arnett Heitmann

With special thanks to:
Copeland’s Jewelers, Jean LeFebvre, Jason at Bounce Around Austin, Blythe Bailey of Laguna Gloria, Jason Wyte and Gene Todorov of Brass House, and Jennifer Myers of Jennifer’s Gardens.


Swimming in Sapphires! Purchase Jewels and Benefit Symphony of Soul!

In the month of September, purchase jewelry from Copeland Jewelers and proceeds will benefit Symphony of Soul!



Swimming in Sapphires with Copeland Jewelers!

Symphony of Soul in the Amazon Jungle


Symphony of Soul in the Amazon Jungle (downloadable PDF)

Striking a Chord with Cancer Patients

Thank you to the wonderful Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman for writing such a wonderful article on Symphony of Soul musician Margaret Slovak!

Striking a chord with cancer patients

That musician was Margaret Slovak, a classically influenced jazz guitarist who has played around the world.

“Her music is so soothing,” my dad, Ed Coleman, tells me now, as I sit with him while he gets another infusion. “It’s not intrusive; it doesn’t dominate. The music transports you away — it reaches out and really touches me.”

Some patients doze while Slovak plays; others talk quietly with family and friends. For my dad and his wife, the music softens the anxiety that surrounds this new reality of life.

“I just remember looking up and hearing a guitar and thinking, ‘Wow, this is really a warm, soothing place,’” my dad’s wife, Diane Coleman, says. “The music is incredibly calming, but also it’s alive and being performed by somebody who is giving us a gift.”

Slovak started playing for patients nearly 20 years ago in Portland, Ore. She’d been performing in clubs and touring as a solo artist and as part of a quartet, but sometimes she felt like she wasn’t connecting with audiences in noisy venues. She began volunteering weekly at a hospice facility in addition to performing concerts.

Then, when her mother became ill in 1999, she brought her guitar into the intensive care unit and played for her there. “It seemed like it really calmed her down,” Slovak says. “With all the machines, I felt so helpless; I felt like all I could do was play for her.”

She realized other patients could benefit and began volunteering in the hospital’s oncology and critical care units, too.

In 2003, Slovak became a patient herself when the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle, injuring her right hand, arm and shoulder. Since then, she’s undergone six surgeries to repair nerve damage and still doesn’t have full use of her fingers. She continued to play guitar but modified her style, using a pick instead of plucking strings individually and slowing down her music.

Self-conscious about her ability to perform, she quit touring publicly. She knew, though, she could still touch lives by playing for patients. Her own experience, she says, has made her more empathetic, and the patients give her a reason to play when she might have quit. “I try to make up for my limitations by playing with heart,” she says.

When Slovak moved to Austin in 2012, she joined the nonprofit group Symphony of Soul, which hires musicians to perform for patients in health care settings. She also plays with Swan Songs, which provides music for people drawing near the end of their lives.

Leslie Hyland-Rodgers, an Austin singer, actress and artist, founded Symphony of Soul 14 years ago, when her own mother had cancer. “She asked me to sing to her to help her relax,” Hyland-Rodgers says. “When I did that I turned around and saw that the other cancer patients in the ward had gotten up out of there beds and were gathered, listening.”

Besides providing therapeutic music for people at 34 different care centers around Austin, Symphony of Soul provides needed income for musicians, many of whom live at the poverty level, Hyland-Rodgers says. The group works with more than 100 musicians who give more than 200 performances a year. Still, it doesn’t have the funding to keep up with demand from care facilities.

Slovak’s performances at Texas Oncology aren’t part of Symphony for Soul’s work, but the guitarist missed playing for oncology patients and started playing there as a volunteer last October. She plays some of her own compositions — she has three CDs to her name — along with jazz standards.

“I know when they’re going through chemo it’s scary, it’s uncomfortable,” she says. “I just try to offer them calming music that will help them relax, offer them some peace.”

For my father, it brushes away a little bit of the stress of not knowing what happens next.

Symphony of Soul mourns the passing of Judy Greene

Symphony of Soul mourns the passing of Judy Greene, the beloved mother of the organization’s founder Leslie Hyland Rodgers.  Judy was the inspiration for Symphony of Soul and her beautiful legacy of love and compassion will live on through the organization forever.

Obituary for Judy Greene

Our Symphony of Soul Swingin’ in the Stars Soiree was a swingin’ success!!!

Dear Friends,

Our Symphony of Soul Swingin’ in the Stars Soiree was a swingin’ success!!!!! Sleek. Sexy. Intimate. Romantic. Simply stated, it was the perfect precursor to Valentine’s Day.

Swingin' in the Stars Soiree 2012

View from The Austonian

On a crisp Thursday evening, February 9, 2012, our stylish guests gathered on the posh 55th floor of The Austonian and admired the sparkling 360 degree view of the city. It was only because of the kindness of our dear friend Emily Moreland that we were able to host our event at The Austonian, one of the most sought-after venues in Austin.

The Ambler Family Foundation lovingly donated beautiful bouquets of pink, red and lavender roses that perfumed the air, while votive candles emanated a romantic glow to the already stunning setting. The soulfully sexy jazz of The Russell K Shores project wowed the guests with every wail of the saxophone and slap of the bass. People couldn’t help swaying and dancing to the sultry tunes.

Swingin' in the Stars Soiree 2012At a certain point, the band accompanied yours truly while I sang a few torch songs from the 30‘s and 40‘s. When the band took a well-deserved break, the ever-charming men of the Medallion Quartet wooed the guests with their beautiful a cappella renditions of tender love songs. I couldn’t help but notice how so many couples held each other just a little bit closer a they listened to the beautiful singing voices of the four men. And, let’s face it, I loved being serenaded by the guys! What girl wouldn’t?

Amidst mixing and mingling and hugs and laughter, there were oohs and aahs of delight as our guests tasted the marvelous food prepared by Chef David Bull of Congress Restaurant. Toasts abounded as everyone sipped the sweet and splendid vodka cocktails generously provided by Dripping Springs Vodka.

Swingin' in the Stars Soiree 2012I was tickled to see how playfully competitive our guests became as they purchased more and more tickets in hopes of winning the Sir Elton John Extravaganza Raffle. For $50 a ticket, the raffle provided roundtrip airfare for two people to Las Vegas, two night’s stay in the five star Bellagio Hotel, two tickets to see Elton John in concert, and two backstage passes. We thank our wonderful friend and Advisory Board member Bill Ham for arranging that package on our behalf. Congratulations to the raffle winner Christopher Hill!

There were squeals of delight as the women tried on the exquisite jewelry imported by my dear childhood friend Kendall Wilson of San Miguel Treasures. Kendall kindly donated a generous percentage of the purchases to Symphony of Soul at the end of the evening. “Leslie, look what I just bought!” my friends would giggle as they rushed up to me throughout the evening, proudly modeling their sparkly purchases.

It is because of friends like the wonderful Michael Barnes of The Austin American Statesman, that word got out about our event and we sold out. Thank you, Michael! And speaking of promotion, thank you to our sweet friend Sherry Scott for designing such beautiful invitations, brochures and the ongoing media presentation of Symphony of Soul in action that flashed so stylishly on the walls of The Austonian.

Our guests felt like fashion models as they posed for the renowned photographer Brenda Ladd, our lovely friend and Advisory Board member. Thank you, Brenda, for donating your fantastic photography skills to capturing our event on camera.

We could never have pulled off such a lovely event without Davis & Wilkerson, US Mexico Consulting, and Catalyst Consulting, The Ambler Family Foundation, Chef David Bull and Scott Walker of Congress Restaurant, Emily Moreland of Moreland Properties, The Austonian, Lauren Kelleher and Dripping Springs Vodka, our stellar volunteers Debbie Murphy, Monika Seiders and Sherry Scott, Kendall Wilson, my beloved husband and board member Dr. George Rodgers, as well as our other board members Bill Ham, Brenda Ladd, Tommy Cowan, Jos DenHartog, Terry Heller and Tamra Swindoll. You have blessed me and the organization with your loving hearts and generosity. Thank you for giving the Symphony of Soul family such a wonderful celebration of friendship!

With blessings,

Leslie Hyland Rodgers

Gospel Brunch 2011

Dear Friends,

Hallelujah! I am joyful to report that our Symphony of Soul Gospel Brunch fundraiser was a smashing success!

Our 120 guests gathered on the beautiful grounds of Mercury Hall while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the outstanding bluegrass tunes of the warm and wonderful Ritchie Mintz & Pickin’ Ranch. The charming men of The Medallion Quartet were in attendance as guests and delighted us with few a cappella barbershop quartet songs. What a lovely surprise! At noon, The Original Bells of Joy (Austin’s oldest and most-beloved black gospel group, dating back to the 1950’s), performed a glorious concert while our guests dined on the bountiful brunch prepared by Royal Fig Catering. I was honored to sing a white-girl-gospel song I’d written called “Appalachian Prayer” with “The Bells” singing back-up behind me. It was a thrill to then sing back-up for them on their last few songs.



We hadn’t planned on hosting another event until 2012 but the stars aligned and the whole concept of gospel brunch just flowed into place. After some serious soul-searching, the board and I agreed that Symphony of Soul is, at its core, a ministry. We aren’t about being the biggest and the most glamorous: we are about serving people in need through the power of live “musical medicine for the soul”. Once we clarified this for ourselves, everything unfolded with ease.

It all began in a rehearsal one day with my dear friend, pianist and new board member Terry Heller. We were playing through some gospel songs when the light bulb went off for both of us at the same time:

“Wouldn’t a gospel brunch be a great fundraiser for Symphony of Soul someday?”


“Oh, my goodness!” shouted Terry, “Speaking of ministries… We need to get you with The Bells of Joy! I’ve been friends with those guys for 30 years!”

Ritchie Mintz & Austin Pickin’ Ranch

And so it happened, Symphony of Soul and The Original Bells of Joy joined forces. Two ministries came together for the greater good. And it was, indeed, good! An anonymous sponsor stepped in to underwrite the event; Mercury Hall opened up as the ideal venue; Royal Fig Catering provided the perfect menu and the greatest of service from start to finish; The Bells of Joy welcomed Terry and me into their Tuesday night rehearsals at Corinth Baptist Church in East Austin, and on and on. Things just flowed.

Thank you to the many generous souls who made our gospel brunch such a success! It was wonderful to see everyone having such a grand time and we couldn’t have done this without the support of our anonymous donor for underwriting the event; the Ambler Family for contributing the beautiful floral arrangements; our terrific Board of Directors – my beloved husband Dr. George Rodgers, Jos DenHartog, Tamra Swindoll, and Terry Heller; our tremendous Advisory Board members Tommy Cowan and professional photographer Brenda Ladd who graciously photographed the event; and our stellar volunteers Sue Ann Zerre, Michelle Burns and Sherry Scott, the designer of our spectacular new brochures and other printed materials.

The Medallion Quartet

I greatly appreciate the dear souls who made pledges to Symphony of Soul and who purchased our “Sugar & Spice” compilation CD, wine, framed art and greetings cards. Thank you, to the wonderful Ritchie Mintz & Pickin’ Ranch and to The Medallion Quartet, for sharing your outstanding music and precious selves with us. Thank you to The Original Bells of Joy for opening your hearts to me, for including me in your lives and in your rehearsals, for sharing in the experience of music with me, and for blessing us with a truly uplifting performance.

The Bells of Joy and Leslie Hyland Rodgers


We so appreciate all of the wonderful friends who attended from all around Austin and as far away as Dallas and Houston. How delightful it was to have guests ranging in age from 3 years young to 100 years old! Thank you to those wonderfully supportive friends who sent in donations even though they weren’t able to attend the event. Our organization grows ever brighter, thanks to the many lovely souls who support our mission. On behalf of Symphony of Soul, I thank each and every one of you for your friendship.

After the brunch, our friends The Bailey’s said, “This was the best event we’ve been to in a long time! We don’t want to leave!” I was please to hear so many people say that we must make Symphony of Soul Gospel Brunch an annual tradition. Yes, I do believe we’re on to something! Amen to that!

With blessings and appreciation,


To view and purchase Brenda Ladd’s photos from the event visit: http://www.collages.net
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A Spiritual Perspective

Alzheimer’s and Dementia:  A Spiritual Perspective

Dear Friends,

The musicians on the Symphony of Soul roster often ask me how they should conduct themselves with the clients who have Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  As you know, we bring live music to everyone from infants to senior citizens facing challenges ranging from cancer to homelessness to mental illness to drug & alcohol addiction and more.  We serve very fragile populations and it is important to treat our clients with courtesy and respect.  Relating to someone with memory impairment can be an especially daunting task for someone who isn’t experienced with this particular population.

Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Memory impairment, as well as problems with language, decision-making ability, judgment, and personality, are necessary features for the diagnosis.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov


Fortunately or unfortunately, I have a great deal of personal experience with this population, both through my 11 years of running Symphony of Soul and through my 7-year walk alongside my beloved mother who is now in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s.  I am no medical expert, by any means, but from my heart to yours, I will share with you some valuable lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

A person with memory impairment is like a child.  Gradually stripped away of all skills, talents and high brain functioning, they gradually regress from high functioning adult to teenager, to grade schooler, to toddler, to infant – but never in any particular order.  If you love children, you will love the folks with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, just as I do.

They can be hilariously playful and funny and wonderfully tender and affectionate, just like a child.  Every day and every moment is brand new for them, just as it is for a child.  And, yes, just like small children, they sometimes have temper tantrums, anxiety and tearfulness over seemingly small things.  They have trouble expressing themselves in words due to a limited vocabulary, get frightened of things they don’t understand, and pick up things that look interesting to them – even if it’s your purse!  As the disease progresses, just like small children, they might wear odd combinations of clothes, get food everywhere when they eat and become cranky when they need a nap.

Like most children, they are starved for attention.  We must be willing to enter their world, wherever they may be in that particular moment.  At one care center, some of the women love to walk around with baby dolls.  Some days, the baby dolls are merely toys to them but on other days, those baby dolls are real babies.  It would be cruel and inappropriate for us to shame and criticize them and say “That’s not a real baby!  That’s just a doll!”  The loving choice is to say “Oh, what a beautiful baby!  What’s her name?  May I hold her?”  This honors the dignity of the person with Alzheimer’s.  As a general rule of thumb, never shame or criticize them.  They see the world through the eyes of a child and our job is to treat them with the same gentleness and patience we would a child.

There is one caveat, however:  they aren’t children.  They are adults who have lived long, rich, productive lives and it is important to honor their dignity and treat them with respect.  Therefore, we must never patronize them or talk about them right in front of them as if they aren’t there.  I also cannot stress strongly enough that we must never, ever try and force them to face the reality of their disease!

People with this disease, especially in the early stages, have a great deal of self-protective denial – and for good reason!  It is terrifying to feel your mind going away, to wake up not remembering who you are, where you are, or why you’re here.  In the early stages of the illness, people have moments of functioning well and moments of feeling completely blank of all understanding.  In my personal opinion, this is the worst part of the disease for them because they are aware enough to know that something is wrong with them but too terrified to face the dreadful reality.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  It gets worse and worse until the patient ultimately dies from the gradual shut down of the brain and all bodily functions.  Forcing someone to try and face that horrible reality is cruel and pointless, not only because of the grim reality of the disease, but because the disease strips away one’s mental and emotional capacity to cope with reality.  It would be like forcing a small toddler to face the fact that she’s dying of cancer.  The poor child would be frightened and traumatized yet with limited ability to understand what is happening to her.

As the disease progresses, our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia pass through all awareness to a place of no longer being aware that anything is wrong with them.  At that point, they will live more fully in the present moment and they will feel more and more at peace.  This is truly a blessing.

In the early stages, you will frequently have repeat conversations and it may try your patience.  Cherish those conversations, for in the late stages of the disease, you will no longer be able converse with them about much of anything.  Throughout the disease, they may have moments of disorientation where they want to “go home” or “talk to daddy” (who’s been dead for over 30 years) or fret over the fact that “I don’t have any money!  Who took my money?”  These moments can be frustrating, but rather than lose your patience, the most effective strategy is first, to assure them with simple explanations such as “We’ll go home soon,” or “You can talk to your daddy later today, okay?” or “You don’t need to worry about money anymore.  I am taking care of you.”

From there, simply redirect them.  Distract them by pointing out that beautiful bird resting outside on the window sill or suggesting you take a walk in the garden together to admire those beautiful roses.  Laughter is absolutely the best medicine.  If you can find something funny to laugh with them about, they will often forget their worries.  And, of course, music is always the best distraction, but I’ll go into that later.  Yes, you may go through such routines of comforting them and redirecting them several times in the course of an hour but the goal, always, is to keep them safe, peaceful and content.  Comfort them and redirect their attention to something that makes them happy.

From a spiritual perspective, our loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are our greatest teachers.  How many religious and spiritual teachings encourage us to live in the present moment?  We are encouraged to let go of the past and stop worrying about the future, for all we really have is the present moment.  Our friends in the 12-step programs encourage us to live “one day at a time” and, for someone in the throes of addiction, that might mean living “one minute at a time” or “one second at a time”.  Who better exemplifies living in the present moment than children and people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Our Jewish and Christian friends remind us of Psalm 46:10 that says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Our Buddhist friends encourage meditation to help practice this inner stillness and to learn the value “being” in the present moment rather than “doing”.  As one who has practiced meditation for 25 years, I can tell you that I still find it very challenging sometimes to just “be”!  No matter what method of meditation I’ve tried, it always proves to be difficult because we “healthy” humans are wired to get out and “do”!  As a Christian, I have felt most at home practicing the form of meditation knows as Contemplative Prayer for the last 8 years.  Even so, I am faced with the same challenge of sitting in the silence and “being”.

Our worldly perspective is to achieve, achieve, achieve!  We want more “success”, so often defined as more stuff, more status, more money, more fancy cars, more designer clothes, more, more, more!  But we are reminded in various religious and spiritual teachings that none of this brings us true and lasting happiness and we certainly don’t take any of it with us when we die.  We are taught that the things we focus on the most are the things we truly do worship the most.

As the insightful author David Foster Wallace points out in his book This is Water, “An outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God… is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.”  If we spend all of our time and energy on our job, then that is what we really worship.  If we’re obsessed with getting more and more money, then that is what we worship.  If we are addicted to alcohol and we live for our next drink, then that is what we worship.

The Bible encourages us to “come like little children to the Lord” Matthew 18:3.  To me, this means that we must let go of our worldly cares and our adult busy-ness and move into a pure state of childlike openness, playfulness, being-ness, awe and wonder.  It is hard to know God when we are so caught up in our busy adult lives and striving to achieve and acquire.  We miss moments of the divine when we remain so caught up in our mode of driving ourselves so hard.  What greater example of adults “being” as children and “living in the present moment” than our friends with Alzheimer’s and dementia?  It is the spirit of playfulness and innocence that opens the door to moments of Heaven or Nirvana here on earth. Could it be that our friends and loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are closer to an experience of God than those of us who are “healthy”?

It is in my frequent visits with my pastor Barbara that I have come to view Mom’s disease as an opportunity for spiritual growth.  Barbara encouraged me to watch Mom closely and “see how she does it”.  I was mystified at first but now I understand what Barbara meant.  In the worldly sense, it is devastating to see my mother’s decline into the disease.  Selfishly, I often miss being able to share experiences with her and confide in her like I used to. Like anyone, I have my days of darkness and despair over Mom’s illness.  Sometimes the grief comes out of nowhere and I find myself doubled over in tears, unable to control the sobbing.

From a spiritual perspective, however, I see that Mom is coming “unto the Lord” as a child more and more every day and I know that she is showing me how to deepen my own relationship with the creator.  When I remember to turn back to my faith, I am able to see beyond my selfish worldly desires and know in my heart that Mom is in a process of moving closer to God – and I have the great honor of watching, learning and witnessing “how she does it”.

I accept each moment with Mama as a gift.  Just curling up to her and holding her allows me to cherish her essence.  Sitting outside in the garden and holding her hand while we watch the birds fly by is a kind of meditation in and of itself.  I get to practice being in the present moment.  Laughing with Mama over the silliest childlike things is wonderfully refreshing to the “on-top-of-it” adult part of me that’s so busy getting things done.  And, of course, there is no greater magic than singing with Mama.  She has a beautiful voice and she loves to sing.

Besides physical affection, singing is our greatest means of connecting with one another at this point in her illness.  She may not be able to converse with me much anymore now that her use of language has fallen away.  But if I softly sing a song that she loves, she will sing along with me.  As if by magic, language comes back to her.  St. Augustine said, “Singing is praying twice”.  Indeed, like most people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Mama may not be able to speak with ease, but she can still sing God’s language of music, the “speech of angels”.  Surely, when we sing together, we are “praying twice”.

So many people suffer nowadays with friends and loved ones in care centers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Some people visit their loved ones a great deal and others avoid visiting because it is too devastating to see their loved one in that condition.  The frequent, painful lament is that Mom or Dad “isn’t there anymore” and “no longer knows me” and “died to me a long time ago”. Yes, in the worldly sense, we see less and less of our loved ones as the disease progresses, but I invite you, no matter what your religious and spiritual beliefs may or may not be, to consider that, in the spiritual sense, Alzheimer’s and Dementia present a different story entirely.  Mama may not seem to be here in the worldly sense but in the spiritual sense, she is more here, more vibrant, more alive and more present than she’s ever been.  All I can say to that is “Amen”.

With blessings,

Leslie Hyland Rodgers

For more information on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, please visit www.alz.org and www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

My Husband George – a “Healer of Hearts”

A “healer of hearts,” my husband Dr. George Rodgers is a cardiologist who heals my own heart emotionally and spiritually. He juggles his high-powered career and his numerous charitable activities with grace and dignity, while remaining the kindest, most loving and compassionate person I’ve ever known. The greatest of husbands, he is the steady rhythm in my life that pulsates throughout Symphony of Soul.  I often say that he’s really an angel who came to earth to help us plain old regular folks like me.  But then, in his typical humble fashion, he’ll say something equally honoring to me.  An angel in our midst.  We are blessed.