Practicing Impressionism

If you put me in a city with an art museum, I will go there.  Often.  I will find the Impressionism exhibit and spend my time there.  I'm not sure when this love affair began with this style of painting, but I do remember being completely enthralled at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the …

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Middle motherhood

You know when you are in the middle of something and you can't remember the newness of the beginning so much, or possibly begin to comprehend the end?  It's a foggy space with limited visibility.  The part where you're living the mantra from Finding Nemo, "just keep swimming", and feeling just as lost much of …

Let’s start at the very beginning

A very good place to start.  Are you hearing Julie Andrews singing in your head yet?  I'm wrapping my head around this new year and who I want to be, what I am going to do to get there and taking a lot of my own advice that I am constantly giving to students. Practice …

Write now

There is power in writing.  Pen to paper writing.  A heart and brain connection that goes beyond just pondering, meditating, or reading, or even typing.  I started keeping a practicing journal when I was working on my Master of Music degree, scrambling to capture the wisdom shared during my private and group lessons, and trying …

Do Less

I love the week between Christmas and the new year.  Life slows down, I stay in sweats all day, read books, sleep more, cook less.  It feels a bit foggy and surreal.  I've been reflecting on 2018, looking for the good, the very good, recognizing the times that were difficult and stressful, and especially looking …

Friday Five

My week in review with recommendations and favorites to share: The art of Christmas. I have loved the Advent study guide this month from The Small Seed.  One of the things about it that has really impressed me is the collection of artwork portraying scenes from Jesus' life that go with each of the small, …

Music at Christmas

That's me, on the right.  Age 4!  What on earth?!  I am not sure how my mom convinced me that singing in front of people was fun.  Clearly, my cousin on the left already knew this was not the norm. Music has always been at the center of Christmas in all my memories growing up. …

Friday Five

  Elf on the Shelf.  This seems to be a polarizing Christmas tradition for mom's I know.  They either deeply despise the whole concept and anyone who does it, or they are just the opposite and embrace it with levels of creative ability beyond comprehension.  I laugh at the memes that mock the elf and …

Christmas Concert

Musicians shouldn't move often.  It takes time to establish and extend roots into a community.  But I do move often which means I pray to connect with the right orchestras and musicians quickly in each new place. For my most recent concert, the stars aligned.  A friend passed my name to someone who was conducting a …

Friday Five: December 7, 2018

My five front-and-center things from this week:  It's new-Christmas-book time!  This was a tradition I grew up with.  My parents would carefully select and wrap a new story to be opened and read together as a family on Christmas Eve.  Most were picture books with sweet, or touching stories.  Some were silly and just good …