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\”I stay close to Love all day\”

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\”I stay close to God\’s will (Love) all day\”

– My Mom

Sometimes our mother\’s advice is the simplest and best. You can’t miss with this in all that we do. Just stay close to God (Love).

So what is God? And what if you don\’t know what He or She is?  Or maybe even don\’t know what you believe.

For you, that might mean, a larger power, a loving thought, a kind word or a presence of grace.  But how does it help? Oh, it does!  If you stay close to this Love, then you’ll know where to go, how to act, who to talk to… From the tiniest thought to the largest decision. It all counts.
So whatever inspires you to see a grand view of life, let it lead you today.  Stay close to that Love.
Thank you, Mom.

Bio of Alexandra Hawley:

Alexandra Hawley, flute 

Avedis Artistic Director

Alexandra Hawley was born in New York, daughter of Alexander Williams, principal clarinetist with the N. B. C. Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, and Frances Blaisdell, the first woman wind player admitted to both the Juilliard School of Music and to the New York Philharmonic.  Mrs. Hawley studied with Murray Panitz of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Lloyd Gowen at Stanford and with Jean-Pierre Rampal in France.  After completing her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Stanford University, she lived in Europe for several years, performing in recital and on radio.  Hailed by The New York Times for her “extraordinary range of tone and color” and her “spontaneous, perceptive musical sensitivity,” Alexandra Hawley made her professional debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam followed by her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall.  Since then she has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.

Mrs. Hawley was a member of the National Flute Association delegation to the Soviet Union in 1989 and has been invited to perform at the National Flute Conventions in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City and Las Vegas.  She has recorded for the Naxos and Cambria labels, including Robert Muczynski’s complete works for flute with the composer at the piano, with members of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet, and with guest artist Jean-Pierre Rampal.  Mrs. Hawley is the founder and artistic director of the Avedis Chamber Music series in San Francisco.  She is a member of the music department faculty at Stanford University and a founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet.

My mom is also my devoted mom, a lovely wife, and an excellent \”Grammy.\”