Vickie Lester used to employ incantations as an analgesic…

I used to do meditation in college to quell some rip-roaring uncontrollable migraines (way before they invented the meds that work), my mantra, my sacred utterance, my numinous phrase (thank you Google)…hold on…was…Baryshnikov. For true. Just saying it STILL calms me down.


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  1. Heather in Arles
    March 28, 2014

    Misha! That photo…he would calm me down too. Still does just thinking of his elegant persona. I saw him dance only once and it was unforgettable…

    • March 28, 2014

      He and Gelsey Kirkland were IT when I was young. Humans who looked like they could fly. I had friends who spent the summers in Saratoga and dreamed of dancing with ABT…

  2. March 28, 2014

    He would definitely take the pain away!

    • March 28, 2014

      I remember my doctor talking about bio-feedback and some kind of “nonsense” sequence of syllables… but that was the best I could come up with 😉 and it made all sorts of sense to me.

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