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What Am I Doing? How Am I Doing?

We’re fine.  We’re living together, my family, all 12 of us, in a big house.  We’re only going out when we need to. 

I have been doing lots of piano lessons online, so I’m not bored, really.  However, I do…

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I Reserve the Right To Freak Out

I’ve learned so many lessons from the crisis we’re in.  The horrible situation provides many gifts which are not horrible.  I’m greedily gathering them around myself. 


Monday night I hit a low point.  I crawled in my bed and pulled…

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Safety Is Not the Goal

My grandmother passed yesterday.  She was 104.  I was privileged to give a speech at her funeral in which I talked about the things she taught me. 

I didn’t have time to include everything I learned from her in that…

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That Dream

Have you ever had that dream?  The one where you're making a presentation and you have no idea what you're supposed to say?  Or you're a performer and you've forgotten your lines?

It's a very common dream.  It's not one…

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Oh Where, Oh Where Has My LIttle Blog Gone?

Johnny Costa is one of the best known and least known jazz pianists of the 20th century.  Have you heard of him?  His albums are hardly jazz essentials.  And yet he was one of the most facile, brilliant pianists who…

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Act Your Age

Because I’ve been thinking a lot about getting older and the choices you make along the way, I finally listened to Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along.  It tells the story of three friends, but it goes backwards in…

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If You Can Listen, You Will Be Heard

Mornings Monday through Thursday I do music with children ages 3 months to 5 years.  The school where I work is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.  Reggio Emilia acts on the assumption that even very young children have ideas…

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A Jazz Thank-You Note

I’d like to tell you a story.  It’s about who I was and who I am and who I want to be.  It’s also about jazz.

I play jazz every Thursday night with a friend of mine who lives up…

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The Eye

One of my favorite observations about life comes from Moshe Feldenkrais.  He points out that at birth, the origin of seeing is in the eye, so if you destroy the eye you destroy seeing.  But later in life you don’t…

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Solving a Problem With My Writing

According to marketing experts, in order to make money, you have to solve someone’s problem.  This is easy for a plumber, but hard for a writer.  In my life I’ve written a great deal without thinking about who it’s for…

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Babies, Moms and Performers

One of my many roles is Music Teacher for the Willow School.  As part of that job I get to read articles on early childhood education.  One in particular, by a man named Trevarthen, has me thinking a lot about…

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It's Better To Be Ordinary

If you’re a creative person, you might hope that you’re extraordinary.  You might even believe it already.  But it’s actually not a good idea to think of yourself that way.

An extraordinary person doesn’t have to do anything to be…