A Divided Life

Feeling like a different person than I used to be. Have you ever met an elderly couple who constantly divides their life into before the fire and after the fire? Or the veteran who speaks often of before the war, and after the war? I feel I have a kindred spirit to those people, as…

Why I Love Jazz!

Why do I love Jazz …you ask??? Ok maybe you didn’t ask but I love jazz and the main reason I love it is it engages me in a way that other music does not. The harmony keeps me guessing and smiling all the way through the standard. I love the conversational exchanges between musicians…

Already tired of the name calling…!

Yesterday I posted a political post on my Facebook wall. I know I should keep my opinions to myself but, I was responding to all the vague generalizations and name calling that goes on in an election year. I actually posted a third party candidate. I don’t know if I will vote for him but…

If it delights, it is art!

I love it when my kids come around. They still brighten up my day with their smiles, even as adults. They make me laugh and somehow my heart is just a bit lighter. One of my daughters came over to take my husband out for breakfast on Father’s day. She comes out of the bathroom…

How should we respond to hate???

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I was trying to finish a blog post that I started last week but talking of the beauty in music seems so out of place, after hearing about the attack…

Facebook Logic Tirade

I am so frustrated with my Facebook wall right now. I am daily amazed at the overwhelmingly general statements people make and share with each other, to get to these general statements people have to follow a giant step in logic that they seem to skip over as if it were nothing. Let me give…

Memorial Day

Today I push the pause button on my busy live, and miss the ones who have passed. Not just the military members but all of the lovely souls who have crossed my path and brushed my life with their presence. The most recent are the ones who still have grief connected to their memory. Perhaps…

Excuses

I have a few. My husband is known to say excuses are like armpits, everyone has a couple and they all stink. I, on the other hand, believe that life just happens. Things that are usually a priority have to move over and take a back seat. Thus is the case in the last and…

Turn Out The Stars

This week my lesson was to learn the song, “Turn out the Stars by Bill Evans”. For those of you may not remember it, this song is an old jazz standard that in the beginning is a harmonic nightmare. It is also a hauntingly beautiful ballad. By the time I can actually play it, it…

Playtime is self-care!

I always thought that taking care of your self was paramount. You cannot take care of anyone else if you are sick or too tired to do so. Imagine my disappointment with myself, when after 12 years of teaching I quit because I had nothing left to give. I simply ran out of steam. This…

Happy Easter! Corrected!

I was looking for an Easter post that was not glitter bunnies or overly religious. I decided to make my own. It turned into my EASTER FAIL!! I forgot to double check my spelling of resurrection. Here is the corrected one. Sorry to any of you who received the first post. (It was seriously only…

The Absurdity of Change

I remember the first time I ask my daughter to grab the dog food with the picture of Lassie on it and she immediately asked me, “Who is Lassie?”  That was years ago. Since then, many things have changed. I would have been better off if I would have asked her to grab the dog…