A Lyrical Look at Life
Karina Grace Forman is just 13, but her songs reveal a maturity beyond her years
From the May 2017 issue
Click here to listen to Karina's original song, "So Much More"!
Karina Grace Forman remembers a photo of herself sitting at a piano when she was just 2 years old. It’s a picture that sticks out in her mind because the seventh-grader can’t remember exactly when she fell in love with the instrument.
“But I was 6 when I really started playing,” she says with conviction.
Karina, who has never had any formal music instruction, recalls taking a few piano lessons from her grandmother, a concert pianist, but she learned how to play largely from watching videos on the Internet. That’s also how she learned to play the guitar.
These days the 13-year-old from Milton, who is home-schooled, not only plays both instruments but also writes her own music and sings. Moreover, she’s found fame from posting her songs online, and has recorded a track at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.
A Model of Resiliency
Business owner/philanthropist Michelle DiFebo Freeman has overcome challenges with gumption and generosity
On a mantel in the Freeman home in Potomac, Md., sits a candlestick that was once used as a prop by the Washington National Opera. The candlestick was last on stage 16 years ago, when it sat on a desk during a production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”
In the audience for that performance — seated in one of the boxes at the Kennedy Center Opera House — were Sussex County residents Joshua Freeman and Michelle DiFebo. Josh was on the board of the opera company, a seat that his father had held before him, and Michelle, part of a large Italian family, had grown up listening to opera.
“It was Christmas,” Michelle recalls. “The opera was in the first act” — lead characters Figaro and Susanna were preparing for their wedding, which was to take place later that day. “There was a moment when the music was quiet and all of a sudden, Josh was on one knee, asking me to marry him. It was really beautiful. I said, ‘Yes.’ And then we left.”
The couple had been going out off and on for seven years. On their second date, Michelle, who had a then-3-year-old son, asked Josh if he ever intended to marry. “He didn’t have to say that he was going to marry me,” she says. “But I didn’t date willy-nilly. Being married and having a family life was important to me. If he didn’t plan on marrying, then I wasn’t interested in dating him.”
Seize the Summer
Make the most of the summer of ’17
Summer is sneaky. When a few days of eagerly awaited warmth whet our appetite for fun in the sun, we start dreaming of all the things we’ll do this year. But as the hot days start ticking by it’s easy to fall back into the daily grind. We don’t make time to catch those sunsets over the bay or take our bike for a spin on a scenic trail. Before we know it, Labor Day has arrived. So wake up and smell the sunscreen! This year, don’t let summer pass you by — seize it!
Here are a few ideas for making the most of the best season of the year. (We’ll leave that summer-or-fall argument for later.) Check out these suggestions and add your own to our Facebook page. More importantly, get going!
1. Catch the wind
You’ll get a new perspective on coastal Delaware when you view it from the water. “It’s just so refreshing to get away from Route 1 during the season,” says Ann Whaley, vice commodore for the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association. “Once we get out of the marina and put the sails up, it’s so quiet.”
When it comes to watercraft rentals and location, the RBSA is among the best-kept secrets at the beach. The facility is located off Route 1 just south of the Rehoboth Bay Marina and Dewey Beach. There is a clubhouse with a stunning view, as well as shower facilities and a kitchen, where you can store your lunch. (Or, after your sail, order a pizza from a nearby restaurant and reflect on your day with a slice.)