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Notes From Captivity: Emerging

I have been spending long hours (with lots of breaks) reorganizing and redesigning the rooms at O Museum — and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. I am grateful to my mother who had me scrubbing linoleum floors when I was 4 years old.

My hands-on cleaning (and reorganizing of our spaces) these long weeks have helped settle my heart and mind. I have begun ... again .. to let go ... to think with my heart and feel with my mind.

I realize it's all good. It was — and is — time for all of us to step back and reconfigure who we want to become. We must all hold hands (figuratively for now). No one is alone.

As we begin to think and pray about coming out of "captivity," here are five things to consider:

  1. Raise your expectations. Say yes to your dreams
  2. Clean, dance, and exercise off your doubts — and fears
  3. There is no more "normal". Accept this, and let it go
  4. Pace yourself. Have more compassion for others for sure, but don't forget your Self
  5. Smile more. If you smile before eating, your food always tastes better

If you have any thoughts about this, email me. I will personally answer every letter I get.

There is so much to be thankful for. Believe.

And don't forget to "scrub the floors."


H. H. Leonards, Founder
O Museum in the Mansion

Take a Mini-Tour

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  • Bring on the music and dance with us!

  • We celebrate the hero in each and everyone of us.

  • Angels Exist - A True Story Of Angels at O Museum in The Mansion

  • Artifact Story: John Lennon's Psychic

  • The Mansion on O Street

  • O Museum Artifact Story: Russian Samovar

  • Artifact Stories: The Traveling Wilburys

  • We'll Be Dancing Together Again Soon!

  • O Museum Artifact Story: Mrs. Rosa Park's Congressional Medal of Honor Maquette

  • Stories From Within: Cordell

  • Mrs. Rosa Parks & O Museum in The Mansion

  • Artifact Stories: Musical Bathroom!

  • Artifact Stories: Vanilla Ice the Electrician

  • Artifact Stories: The John Lennon Bathroom

  • Artifact Stories: Room Magic

  • Artifact Stories: Puzzling!

  • Artifact Story: Traveling Wilburys

  • Ted Talks Books at the Mansion on O Street

  • Music & Magic at O Museum. Featuring Felix Cavaliere: Everytime She Tells Me That She's Mine

  • Artifact Stories: Norman Rockwell

Enjoy a Concert

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  • Esperanza Spalding - OH MY MY MANSION

  • Al Kooper Live at The O Museum In The Mansion 10.24.2015

  • Paul Williams Performs Rainbow Connection

  • Down By the Riverside: Cyril Neville w/ Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish

  • Maybe It's Time - Milk Carton Kids Live at the O Museum in the Mansion

  • Esperanza Spalding on the importance of O Museum's Artist & Heroes-in-Residence Program

  • Esperanza Spalding, JD Souther, Leni Stern, Ida Jenshus

  • Walt Wilkins

  • House of Hats!

  • Leni Stern, 5 Time Gibson Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year.

  • Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd Cover) - Milk Carton Kids Live at O Museum in the Mansion

  • Lez Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away

  • Lez Zeppelin Part 2

  • Sister Rosa: Cyril Neville with Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan Live at the O Museum

  • Only Wanna Be With You: Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish with Cyril Neville

  • Getaway - Milk Carton Kids Live at the O Museum in The Mansion

  • Lez Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore

  • Cyril Neville Talks About The Making of "Sister Rosa"

  • How Can I Be Sure: Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals

  • Hold My Hand: Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie & The Blowfish with Cyril Neville

  • Ari Hest at the O Museum in the Mansion on O

  • Jesse Colin Young Performs 'Sugar Babe' At The O Museum In The Mansion

  • 30 Second Lez Zeppelin Concert

  • Jimmy Vivino & Bob Margolin Live in the O Mansion

  • Lez Zeppelin

  • Milk Carton Kids Perform 'Charlie' Live at O Museum in The Mansion October 27, 2019

  • Daryl Davis: R&B and blues musician, activist, author, and actor at O Museum in The Mansion

  • Jesse Colin Young Performs 'That's The Way She Feels About You' At The O Museum In The Mansion

  • Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods - Performing: "Get Together"

  • Lez Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone at the O Museum

  • Milk Carton Kids Live at O Museum in The Mansion October 27, 2019

  • Laurence Juber Performs 'Cry Me A River' Live at The O Museum In The Mansion June 3, 2019

  • Jimmy Vivino & Bob Margolin

  • Laurence Juber Performs 'In My Life' Live at The O Museum in The Mansion June 3, 2019

  • Lez Zeppelin: The Battle of Evermore

  • Oh Mary - Dan Navarro Live

  • Dan Navarro - Walking on a Wire (Live)

  • Roger Street Friedman Concert in the Mansion on O

  • Milk Carton Kids Perform 'Michigan' Live at O Museum in The Mansion October 27, 2019

  • Jesse Colin Young Performs 'Song For Juli At The O Museum In The Mansion

  • Felix Cavaliere Performs 'It's A Beautiful Morning' At The O Museum In The Mansion

  • Dan Navarro with David Glasser

  • Laurence Juber at The Mansion on O Street

  • Jeff Plankenhorn Live at O Museum

  • Good Lovin': Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals

  • Milk Carton Kids Live at O Museum in The Mansion October 27, 2019

  • Jeff Plankenhorn Live at O Museum

  • Dee Dee Sharp Live at O Museum in The Mansion

  • Laurence Juber at The Mansion on O Street 2

  • Laurence Juber Performs 'Little Wing' Live at The O Museum In The Mansion June 3, 2019

Why We Fly, Together

It is during the periods of our worst suffering that cause us to fly in the same direction and be brought, together.

The bad times — and we've all had our share — are almost invariably the places where I've learned crucial lessons. In fact, I'd say that the bad parts (a setback professionally and/or personal) should be embraced more. Even though you really don't feel like that when you are suffering, or feel badly.

After a while, we begin to see how positive things can come out of the bad, which allows us to understand the pain that we've endured.

You learn to accept that one day you'll be famous, the next day infamous. One day you'll be rich, the next day poor. One day people will think you're great, the next day they'll think you're not so great. This is just the stuff of life.

Then one day, a light bulb goes on inside your soul, and you realize you are not alone, that life is ever changing, and not always in your control.

What makes you stronger and wiser are the lessons you learn along the way. This is how you learn to be grateful for what you have, and what is.

The way I see it, life is about growth, struggle, and trying to expand your love of self — and in this process, a deeper love of others.

I'm ready to fly again. Join me.


H. H. Leonards, Founder
O Museum in the Mansion

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