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 …

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 …

Visions of Sugar Plums

This is me, age 6, 1985, performing in the Nutcracker Ballet for the first time.  My parents and brothers also had roles in the production so the many hours of rehearsals were a family affair.  I remember the thrill of hiding under that gigantic hoop skirt, watching the stilts carefully so I didn't get stepped …

Friday Five

Friday Five is a quick post of what has been top-of-mind for my family and I this week. Here we go! High School grades.  If you're a parent of teens, or have been through this stage, do you incentivize grades in your household?  Do you pay for A's, B's, etc?  Or do you take away …

Where do you put the fear?

I've been sitting on a looonnnggg list of post drafts.  Incomplete paths of thought that just sit, waiting.  And I'm not really sure why they are incomplete, or waiting.  It's just that I never quite feel they are finished, up to par, or worthy of sharing.  It's something--another thing--on my list of parts of my …