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What Happens When You Fail Enough?

Two of my books that have been in the works for years came out today.  The first is a free book full of advice for teachers.  The second is a collection of my songs for elementary and middle school chorus.

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Everyone's A Winner

This week I entered my novel, Motherless Child, in three contests.  Each one awards prizes to independent book publishers.  Entering the book into those contests was quite scary for me.

 

It’s scary because I’ve entered lots of contests and…

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Why I Do It, And Why I Should Stop

The prime motivator in my life at present is my need to be validated.  The rules are simple:  I want to be acknowledged by a reliable source for something I believe I have done well.  This motivator has been a…

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I Could Never Tell You

I don't have a particularly deep or inspiring blog this week.  I just had it in my heart to say something.  It won't take long.

 

I like to let people know when they inspire me.  I have made a point…

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Solo On the Melody

I hadn’t had a piano lesson in 15 years.  But a colleague of mine agreed to give me one.  I like his style and I trust him.

 

I told him that when I tried to jazz solo over fast tunes…

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It Doesn't Help to Hear What's Wrong

When I took the Dale Carnegie coaching, the most useful thing I learned was “Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.”  This is really hard advice to follow.  A lot of people just can’t believe it’s true and I haven’t always been…

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When You Want to Succeed, Failure Must Be An Option

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll know I like bowling.  Me and my boys go from time to time, and it’s been both fun and frustrating to try to figure out why I’m so…

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Nobody Knows You Failed

I’m experiencing a joy I never thought I’d have.  I’m sharing my albums with the whole world.  And I’m learning a valuable lesson.

 

Since I was 18 I’ve been writing and recording albums of songs, some on my Tascam Porta…

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How to Stop Asking, "Am I Good Enough?"

I’ve got a terrible confession to make.  Most of the creative projects I did were in order to answer one simple question:  Am I good enough?

 

What a waste of time and energy.  Years later, I look at all the…

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How To Fight Power

How To Fight Power 

 

If you believe in social justice or reform, you can work for change all you want, but the moment you become big or powerful enough to threaten a real vested interest, they will immediately make every…

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A Time for Hope

Most people would agree that the world would be a worse place if someone they loved wasn’t in it.  And if anyone loves you, anyone at all, then it’s clear that the world would be a worse place if you…

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What Am I Listening to Music For?

I listen to music differently now.  When I was a kid, I had 4 albums, and I listened to them again and again.  I’d sit in a chair with the album cover, and sometimes I’d sing along.

 

Now I have…