A dear friend from North Carolina paid us a surprise visit for a couple of days. This woman is a mother figure to us, a sweet and gentle soul who has been there for me through my darkest days. I tell her that she saved my life, and I mean it with all sincerity. It … More Reflections
I walked out into the pouring rain and lifted my face to the sky, joyfully gulping life as it washed over me. every drop an elixir, each tasting of joy and delight. Thunder and lightning filled the sky, Inciting a riot of fear, but I stood tall in the storm, grateful to feel it all.
I’ve had a turbulent few nights, tossing and turning, nightmares, waking in the middle of the night with my head spinning, my to-do list rolling ad nauseam through my sleep-deprived brain. Wide awake at 3:30, death warmed over at 6am when it’s time to rise and shine. The nightmares had gone away for awhile, but … More The Mask
I took a bite from the fruit of life, A taste at once both bitter and sweet, Intoxicating. Its juices ran down my chin, Rich with memories and experience And a cry of delight broke from my lips at the wonder of it all. I took another bite and another, Each one more fulfilling than … More The Fruit of Life
I was in the middle of rehearsing a new piece with a soprano colleague yesterday for a CD project on the music of composer Lori Laitman. The text of the song was from a poem by Joyce Sutphen, Poet Laureate of Minnesota, Burning the Woods of my Childhood, and as I played and listened to … More On Moments Past and Present
Waking up to these guys is such a gift. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about life, about choices, about how we end up with the life that we live. Of course there is no single or easy answer; life is a continuously changing chess game of action, reaction, or in some cases, inaction. We … More On Making a Good Life: Tales from the Front
It’s been a full week; mounting work commitments, two recording sessions for an upcoming CD (with a hand that is still not right), several AirBnB guests, spider bites (Dan), crazy daily news, and emotional turmoil weaving in and out for some people I love. I have found my anxiety level- always at least on simmer- … More High Anxiety