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Neil Diamond was in town this week performing at the Verizon Center.  It has been a few years since I attended one of his shows, so I was looking forward to see how my friend was doing in “Life’s Third Act.”  As is expected, he did not disappoint. The over the top shows in the round of the 1980s and 90s are gone and even though there is still some glitz on his shirts (to catch the lights), the total sequined shirts are gone too. What is left is what we’ve always loved – the man and his music.

For two hours, he sang, performed, told stories, and had us dancing and remembering the simple fun of our youth and younger years. He shared a photo of his grandmother who came to America years ago and inspired his famous song of the same title. He teased with his bride who was in the audience and proudly showed off his new wedding ring while telling the ladies in the audience that wife #3 allows him to look but not touch. He shared stories behind the songs he wrote in the 1960s that are imprinted on us as much as our family experiences. And he told of his last trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored by President Obama and the Kennedy Center.

At the end of evening, I felt relaxed as if I had spent an evening with an old friend catching up. And that is a very nice feeling indeed. Thanks Neil!

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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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