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Jeri Bentley

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Jeri Bentley

biography

Music comes from both sides of my family. My Mother played violin when she was very young, cut short by her teacher being in a serious accident. On my Father's side, his uncle was a violin maker. Our home was always full of music. Because my older sister played the violin, in 3rd grade, when the school offered a strings class, I jumped at the chance. Other than wanting to quit when it became hard in the beginning stages, I always had a passion to play the violin. I began college as a pre-med major, but realized at a certain point that I wouldn't be satisfied with the violin just being a sideline. I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and my Master of Music in violin from the University of Victoria.

Interestingly my inclinations toward the medical field did also somewhat find an avenue of expression. A short while after the International Association of Healing Rooms was founded in Spokane, I began volunteering there. Volunteers pray for people's medical needs as well as other requests. After a while I realized that my violin could also have a place there as an avenue for a healing touch.

In the summer I find delight in growing a large garden. The last few years I've been looking for any kind of bean that I can preserve easily — straight from the pod dried in the garden to the jar —  lima, kidney, pinto, soy, and cranberry beans so far. Very fun. Probably my garden favorite is cuckoo fruit, as African friends call my chicken's eggs. When I'm not working to put food on the table, my dogs are busy persuading me to take them out for adventures. That does set all our hearts to singing.

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