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Tori Anderson

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Stuff that matters~family, friends, faith.

Stuff that don’t~designer stuff, the latest, coolest anything. Who decides that anyway?

Favorites~a good song, a good drink, a good back rub.

Totally unfavorites~arrogance & hatred, liars and "dig me's", people that pee on the seat. I hate that!

About work~
I am so very fortunate to work in radio, and I work with some really great people. Who wouldn’t love playin’ music and talkin’ all day for a livin’?

When it comes to music, for me it’s really all about the song. Bluegrass, old time gospel and country. Stuff by Hank, Merle, Patsy and Willie. I dig Johnny Cash and Radney Foster, Asleep at the Wheel, Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Possum Holler.

Music has been a part of my life since I was a little girl and, I have my beautiful parents to thank for that. I hope the pure, emotionally raw joy I get out of singing, writing and performing is obvious.

There’s nothing like sitting outside in the early morning, on a peachy summer day, listening to the birds sing, and takin’ in the sweet summer smell of lilac, honeysuckle and wisteria.

There’s nothin’ like the hugs I get from my kids.

Because nothing, nothing means more to me than the people I love. 

I sincerely hope that I’m an inspiration and a blessing to others. So many have been that for me.

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Be enthusiastic.
Be compassionate.
Be the difference.


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Posts from May 2013
by Tori Anderson posted May 31 2013 10:46AM
a bright sunrise will contradict the heavy fog that weighs you down
in spite of all the funeral songs, the birds will make their joyful sounds

you'll wonder why the earth still moves
you'll wonder how you'll carry on
but you'll be okay on that first day, when i'm gone

dusk will come with fireflies and whipporwill and crickets call
and every star will take it's place with silvery gown and purple shawl

you'll lie down in our big bed
dread the dark and dread the dawn
but you'll be alright on that first night, when i'm gone

you will reach for me in vain, you'll be whispering my name
as if sorrow were your friend and this world serenely ends

but life will call with daffodils and morning glorious blue skies
you'll think of me, some memory, and softly smile to your surprise

and even though you love me still, you will know where you belong
just give it time we'll both be fine, when i'm gone

written by joey and rory

tori... a merle girl
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by Tori Anderson posted May 29 2013 3:39PM
nothin' like startin' the day off at hagerstown heart, being greeted by someone you know, told to take everything off from the waist up, in a room that's cold as the dickens, while you stand there, arms wide open as your skin gets scrubbed, buffed and iodined so they can attach these little sticky thingamabobs, that they'll later rip from your body faster than you can even think ouch, no shame, i'm tellin' ya.

at least i had my merle.

tori... a merle girl
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by Tori Anderson posted May 22 2013 9:46AM
by Tori Anderson posted May 16 2013 4:03PM
Anyone that has or knows someone with scleroderma (or any incurable disease for that matter), knows that there are better days and then, there are worse days. Better days are what drive us to take the mountains of pills at all hours of the day and night that nobody knows with any certainty will help us. Those worse days? They make us wonder why we even try. I have been having more of those kinds of days in recent months, and I don’t like it.

It’s no secret that I would love to live in a warmer climate. And by warmer, I mean hot and by the ocean. Problem is (which is a really good problem to have), I’m in love with my family and friends. If I could pack them all up and take them with me, I know exactly where’d I’d be. Exactly, because I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a few times (thanks to some dear friends), and I already know that my mind, my body and my spirit respond exceptionally well to this location. Relaxed, renewed, free of pain and, there’s absolutely no need for long johns during the day. Yeah, it’s the little things… big smile.

But, here’s what I else I know. That, even though I feel amazing when I visit, most of my favorite people are still back east. And those people have my heart. I just can’t not be around them. My love is deep… deeper than the ocean. So, the fight inside of me rages on. I want to feel better, all of us do right? I don’t just want a cure, I need one.  Because unless we get a cure, scleroderma will be the death of me. I know that.

I could “rise on up” somewhat more comfortably in warmer weather but, without all of you, I would die of a broken heart.

And that’s just not how my story will end.

Peace, joy, love,
Tori… a merle girl

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by Tori Anderson posted May 8 2013 3:50PM
it's not a secret that it takes me a tad bit longer to get dressed in the morning than your average girl. but yesterday, it took an exceptionally long time. so much time in fact that my husband came to check on me.

him~you okay?
me~yeah, i can't find my sock. i had it right there (pointing to a spot on the bed). i'd already torn the room apart, moving stuff from here to there, searching high and low...
him~why don't you just get another pair of socks?
me~coz i already have one shoe on, i don't wanna take it off and start over. help me look, please?!
him~bless his heart he starts looking... he's all around the room, movin' all the stuff i had already moved. he looks high, he looks low... under the bed low, and that's when he started laughing.

yep, whenever my husband looked under the bed, he looked where i had stood. and there it was, the missing sock... already on my foot.

tori... a merle girl
by Tori Anderson posted May 1 2013 4:02PM
Just want to share something that’s been on my mind lately. I’ve seen the posts on facebook and, I’ve seen it happening in public
People, if you are a parent and you are separated, divorced, whatever, and you don't get along with your previous partner, regardless of the reason, please ditch your selfish, foolish pride and do what’s best for the sake of your children. Do not drag them into your drama. It’s not fair to them and, it’s not fair to the people around you (you may not even realize how uncomfortable others might feel in your company), but, it's really not fair to your kids. And your kids? The kids matter.

Oh, I’m sorry, what about you? Well, it’s not about you. Try and get over it. Because making it all about you, is what keeps the problem alive… for days, for months, for years.

What a waste of time.

What a waste of precious moments that have passed you by because you were too busy living there… in the past.

Find something to be happy about and be happy.

No one ever died from being the first to say, i'm sorry.

You might be surprised how easy it is.

Tori… a merle girl
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