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February 4, 2017   0 Comments
Tell me

I haven’t exactly been living under a rock but in a way I suppose I have. I joined the social media online world just recently and am, frankly, astonished and dismayed. Should I share? Shouldn’t I? Will anyone care? What to write about? What to say?
Is sharing bragging? Is bragging bad?

For me the mattering part is in the why.
Why should I share? Surely nothing I say is said for the first time, important, or necessary. Then why?

Well, for me it wasn’t an easy answer. When you spend your life cherishing your privacy then suddenly decide to share in this way it is, well, weird. I’m used to putting myself out there on stage and in my teaching (way way out there in teaching) but my life, my me, my people? Weird.

Only, my why has started to come into focus from under my rock - a sizable rock- shielded a vital family life, professional life and some wasted time, too.

My why evolved because of my beloved...
Lines
January 28, 2017   0 Comments
Have you ever thought about how many options you have in a day, how many choices?

Will you get out of bed?

Will you throw the alarm clock against the wall when it rings? Hit the snooze?
Shower no shower?
Eat?
Read news?
Check technology?
Listen to music?
Exercise?

We have a day full of options and we make choices continually throughout the day (fascinating to notice).

So, how do you handle that overwhelming feeling when you start practice knowing you have a huge laundry list of things to do and not much time at hand? Do you focus on the material that already sounds good and makes you feel accomplished (kind of like a self soothing thumb), or do you focus on what you don’t know and try to accomplish something? I focus on what I don’t do well and work as efficiently as possible. That means staying open/thoughtful and deciding/designing what I actually want to accomplish- intelligent practice design with...
Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21, 2017   0 Comments
"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

"Intelligence plus character--that is the...
Greetings!
January 14, 2017   0 Comments
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a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.


Finding myself writing a blog is a bit like the old Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson with the elephant at the piano. If you don’t know it, it is worth the effort to find it. Like the elephant I am wondering what I am doing here. The short answer is that I like to talk. So talk I will. I mean as if you are sitting next to me at a coffeehouse not like I am writing something that is devised and well thought out and punctuated correctly and something I will look back on in years and say it was a great accomplishment or even care about or matters or makes sense or, well, you get the idea? STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS (excellent writers, moderately good writers, bad writers beware! grammarians-RUN NOW!)


One of the great professional honors and pleasures I have had was to be invited by Joanna...
The Survival of the Flutist
January 14, 2017   0 Comments
The following was a talk I offered at the 2015 National Flute Association Annual Convention Flute Lover’s Luncheon in Washington D.C.



Once upon a time there was a flutist who wanted to succeed in the music field more than anything else. The flutist wanted to play principal flute in a great orchestra, become famous, and be adored by all of the other flutists. If only they had this job, everything would be great. I would be happy and important thought they. The flutist applied to great universities and conservatories for music study. But the flutist’s concerned parents asked the professor what their child could do with a Bachelor of Music degree. The teacher replied, “Nothing.” After an uncomfortable silence the teacher added, “yet-anything.”

Here begins the story of our flutist's journey.

The flutist assembled a selection of items to insure their success. In this survival kit, these are the tools included to build the skill sets...