Christmas Imperfections

“She wants to own the perfect designer house but her house was built in the 70’s with small rooms and small windows. She wants to be the perfect hostess but her rooms are small and she is a simple home cook. She wants her plate of cookies at the cookie exchange to be the most…

Family, Where Everyone Deserves A Seat At The Table

Family. One of many things we come face to face with during the holiday season. I got to thinking about my family and the challenges that go along with family. If you know my family, you will know that I am not using actual names or personas. I am making this up to make my…

Paradigm shift

I just got back from an artist conference that the Navigators sponsored. I have for some time been troubled by the “Us vs. Them” or the “Church vs. World” paradigm that the Christian community accepts and talks about on a regular basis. They had a forum where they talked to Christian artists who work with…

I Wrote A Song

Today I decided to write a song. I have written songs before but this is the first time I decided to write a song in a day. I sat down in front of the piano and I quieted my thoughts. I closed my eyes and tried to tune my thoughts to listen. I listened and…

Seat Neighbors

Have you ever scanned a crowd trying to figure out who was going to end up sitting next to you? If you have ever traveled on an airplane or a bus by yourself it does cross your mind. I remember one time, I was sitting in the middle seat on an airplane heading to Denver….

Let Freedom Ring

There is not a better symbol for our country right now then the Liberty Bell. Our country is a divided, polarized country with many problems but we still stand strong as one country. There are many things that strike me about this American Symbol. The first being that the larger crack itself was an attempt…

Dare to Draw God

“ I heard a great story recently-… -Of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was six and she was at the back, drawing and the teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention, and in this drawing lesson she did. The teacher was fascinated.  She went over to her and…

Mom Eyes

I am thinking of my Mother this weekend. She like all Mother’s always sees the best in me. My Mother tells of a Sunday School teacher, who came to talk to her. I gather from my mother’s retelling of the story that she was quite upset with me for coloring an angel green with dark…

Easter Blessing

May the blessing of Easter Morning shine deep into your heart, May you experience a renewal of dreams, and be peaceful as they begin to grow. May you recognize the value you bring to this world, and learn to walk in worthiness. May the hope that resides deep in the darkness of your being, Spring…

10,000 Hours

10,000 hours is what it takes to master a craft. I did a little figuring the other day. That is a crazy amount of time to spend perfecting your art. To put 10,000 hours into prospective it would take four hours a day, seven days a week for seven years. Obviously it takes less time…

Breathe

This last Sunday, I invited some neighbors over for a concert. I was so nervous. My neighbors were so kind. They encouraged me to breathe and relax. I think I have identified a theme. My horse trainer always tells me to breathe. My piano teacher always tells me to breathe and my neighbor had to…

Magic in a Potato

“…And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Ronald Dahl I woke up today and entered my music room, I found a potato in the middle of the…