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For all those who are striving for happiness and
success in their personal and professional lives.

After 21 years on my first domain, I launched this all-new, ad-free website so I could continue to encourage and help others through my writing and professional services for years to come. Reflected here are my professional and personal interests, philosophy, and Christian beliefs.

Timely Quotes

“When your life here on earth is over physically, how do you want to be remembered? What do you want people to say about you? What difference will it have made that you even lived? And what will you leave behind that has any lasting value?” (Good questions from a sermon by Pastor Charles Stanley, who died at 90 last April but continues to teach on radio, TV, and his website.) 

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”– Henry Ford

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Featured Articles

NEW “Personal Musings” post: The Importance of Reading the Bible. Barbara’s first cover-to-cover reading of the Bible was life-changing for her.

How to Create Legal Documents without a Lawyer. Aging prompts us to think about the future—ours and those we love—suggesting the need for helpful legal documents we can create ourselves.

Big Band & Jazz Books in Harry Brabec’s Collection—with Quotes from the Musicians Featured in Them (Goodman, Bix, Hamp, Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Krupa, and others).

NEW Brabec Bulletin: Understanding Copyrights and Public Domain Works. Why thousands of copyrighted works fall into the public domain every year and how this may affect your creative output.

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Remembering Harry
1927 – 2005

Barbara and Harry Brabec in 2001

Barbara and Harry Brabec partners in both life and business for nearly 44 years. Barbara's memoir of their unusual and adventurous musical life together is documented in The Drummer Drives! Everybody Else Rides.

Remembering Harry Brabec. Barbara's tribute documents Harry's unusual and amazing professional life, with historical music information and colorful stories and photos.

A Widow’s Thoughts and Advice. A PDF collection of Barbara's series of articles for widows and other grieving hearts.

My Favorite "Harryisms"

“The world is round, but I am square.”

“He was always difficult, but he never was a bore.”

“I have a weight problem. When it comes to eating, I can hardly wait.”

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