As a kid, I dreaded few things more than practicing scales and fingers exercises for my piano lessons. OK, maybe going to the dentist and changing for swim class in that steamy yet clammy locker room, but, let me tell you, just the word Hanon still makes me shudder. I didn’t. . . .Show me more . . .
Three generations, decked out in red, white and blue, lawn chairs at the curb in the same spot since the flag only had 48 stars. The parade’s been the same since the grandparents were newlyweds, the parents were toddlers and the kids scrambling for candy tossed from the floats weren’t. . . .Show me more . . .
If I could manifest the perfect beach day, it would look like last Saturday here in the little trailer park in the pine woods “down the shore.” Low eighties. Light sea breeze. Sun bright. Clouds puffy. Humidity low. Instead of spending it sunbathing, I got hot, sweaty and dirty erasing. . . .Show me more . . .
I love evenings. Especially the kind that begin many hours after noon and involve daylight. I celebrated the first evening after springing ahead yesterday by taking time to savor the sunset, at the delightfully late hour of seven o’clock. And I got up early enough to complete and ship a. . . .Show me more . . .
I thought it was the worst part of my day when the squirrel scratching on the porch roof made it difficult to concentrate on drafting the blog post about resiliency. Until the less-than-sweet odor confirmed it wasn’t a squirrel and it definitely was not on the roof. I caught wind. . . .Show me more . . .
Change is inevitable. I used to teach a class called Music Humanities. To sixth graders. We started the year by discussing the inevitability of change as well as other characteristics like these: Change can be spontaneous or planned. Change can happen quickly or take a long time. Change can be. . . .Show me more . . .
The Morning Routine Pour coffee in mug. Add milk. Maybe some sugar. Stir. If you’re like me, you’ve done this so many times, usually half asleep, it’s practically automatic. I recently traded flavored creamer – the stuff that’s like milk and sweetener all in one – for almond milk and. . . .Show me more . . .