We have all heard the familiar phrase "nothing is as constant as change." With that phrase I add that change is also inevitable, it is frequent, it can be both beautiful and heartbreaking, forced upon or chosen, embraced or repelled. Whatever it is for us, how we handle the change can make all the difference. … Continue reading Time for change…again
Have you ever tried to match a paint color without a swatch or a nifty home depot attendant? I have, and I would like to attest that some mistakes can’t be covered up ourselves by eye-balling a paint color. We are simply gonna need more help. I recently put some new curtains in my house. … Continue reading Repainting – A Parable of Forgiveness
I have been a piano and voice teacher for over 26 years now and I have learned a few important life truths from this wonderful career I love. No matter how great a lesson goes, if the student doesn't go home and practice nothing is going to happen. Actually this applies to almost anything we … Continue reading Do kids know how to work hard anymore? The age of entitlement.
Music is a complicated thing. There are masterpieces that take our breath away, songs that annoyingly get stuck in our heads, love songs that make us cry and life moment songs that make us cry harder. In music just like in life there are moments that ebb and flow, dissonant chords that eventually resolve, strong … Continue reading The Music of Happiness
I have an amazing Mother. I know everyone says that, but I really do. I receive so much of my love for life from my mom. As a teenager she was always quick to give advice or leave me a note of encouragement on my usually unmade bed. She came to every piano competition, softball … Continue reading My Mother writes poetry
I have an amazing little sister named Laura. She rides a mean road bike and can out-fun anyone I know. She has an energy and an enthusiasm for life that is simply contagious. Once when I was visiting her along with my parents, Laura and our Dad had an idea to go on a “little” … Continue reading Parable of the Bike
We have a favorite game at our house called Ker-Plunk. This game consists of a bunch of sticks stuck through a cylinder with marbles precariously placed on top of the bundle of sticks. Each player has a turn to pull one small stick out at a time hoping to avoid letting any of the marbles … Continue reading The Ker-Plunk Parable