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My music school was planning a full-length opera production with orchestra—Mozart's Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)— and following an audition, I was selected to sing the wonderful role of First Lady. All I could think about when the spring semester commenced in late January was diction, voice technique, and character study. I wanted to be well prepared.
A few weeks into rehearsals, though, I wasn't singing with the ease I was used to. With added determination, I labored on, but by early March, I had no voice. I needed a note from a medical practitioner to excuse me from singing at rehearsals. After undergoing an uncomfortable exam procedure, the doctor diagnosed a bruise on my vocal chords. This kind and gentle man said there was nothing he could prescribe to heal this condition except for steroids, which he said he wouldn't recommend. He told me I couldn't sing, or speak, for two months and scheduled a follow-up visit in a few weeks.
About the author
Dilshad Eames currently sings as a church soloist and lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
with contributions from MARALEE LUPIEN KNOWLEN, CHAR WACHTEL, GORDON IMRIE, AMY RICHMOND, ALMA CHICO GREEN
A mother's call
MAIKE BYRD. CHILDREN'S EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Marke Andrews, Lakendra Lewis, Jennifer Cousins
CARED FOR, LOVED, PROTECTED
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HOW I PRAYED FOR THE LOST BOY SCOUT
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KIDS IN CYBERSPACE
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'BE NOT DISMAYED, FOR I AM THY GOD'
By Marta Greenwood
Life means movement
By Annette Kreutziger-Herr
By Dilshad Khambatta Eames
OUT OF CRITICISM AND INTO LOVE
By Chrissie Brown
NO FIRST-DAY BOOHOOING
'UNFATHOMABLE MIND IS EXPRESSED'
KIM SHIPPEY. SENIOR WRITER
SUICIDAL DEPRESSION HEALED THROUGH PRAYER
GOD'S PROTECTION AND PROVISION
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