Holiday Patterns

‘Tis the Season. The garlands of dried cranberries woven with white lights are…


The Season of Practice

A number of years ago I was in the middle of a rehearsal with a clarinetist…


A World of Distractions

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my grandparents. Specifically, the…


Memory Spots

These days, it’s all about recital preparation. Honestly, this is not always my…


Revel On!

This summer I reread a lot of books sitting on my shelves. I reread The Grapes…


Scale Olympics

“So, Miss Amy, what about Scale Olympics?” I looked up from the student’s…


Raindrop Variations

Around mid-July, in a good year, the monsoons begin here in the high desert.…


Bad Choices

Last Tuesday was ten-year-old Noah’s first lesson of the school year. He is…


The Farm

Oct. 12, 1941 Dear Grace:  Just got the pictures yesterday that were taken at…


The List and The Kitchen Timer

Recently I listened to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on the podcast On…