#WATWB: An Artistic Mission

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’m sharing a link to a post I published in August of 2016. I’ll give you a few minutes to read HERE and come back to the present. UPDATE: Arts Camp is going stronger than ever and there have been a few changes of note since 2016. In 2018, approximately 430 kids signed up for Arts Camp and this year there were about 535. The program keeps growing! It continues to be aRead more

The Power of Music

“Where words leave off, music begins.”  ― Heinrich Heine “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”  ― J.K. Rowling “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  ― Edward Bulwer Lytton “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nightsRead more

Yes, it’s me!

I ordered the usual chai latte with coconut milk at the drive-thru the other morning. I had to wait a bit for two cars ahead of me. When it was my turn, the cheerful, young lady opened the drive-thru window and proclaimed, “Oh, I thought it was you!” I suppose the many Saturdays of ordering a chai latte at my favorite coffee shop has left an impression. I am “that lady,” the one who orders her chai with coconut milk.Read more

SoCS: Neighbors

Have I told you lately that I love my neighbors? I do. I reside in a large apartment complex and my building contains six apartments. With the exception of very new neighbors (it’s the one apartment that’s seen a lot of turnover), everyone else has been hanging out together, helping one another, and becoming friends as we live our separate lives with work and family. It’s an unusual situation for me as I’ve not experienced this type of camaraderie withRead more

#WATWB: Helping Children to Read

In the month of December, as a holiday challenge, most of the offices in the region in which I work donate to a charitable cause. Over the years, recipients of physical and cash donations have included local animal shelters, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, Glory Honor flights, and food pantries. The office in which I work is small, so we tend to give a cash donation to whatever organization we agree upon. In aRead more

Dad’s Grocery Games

This photo came up in my Facebook feed last week. I had to share the love, both on Facebook and here. “The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, was an American chain of grocery stores that ceased supermarket operations in November 2015, after 156 years in business. From 1915 through 1975, A&P was the largest grocery retailer in the United States (and until 1965, the largest U.S. retailer of any kind). A&P was considered an American icon that, accordingRead more

#WATWB: Arising from the Ashes

The California wildfires have been the worst in the state’s history, with the City of Paradise being virtually destroyed. An update from CNN as of November 23rd: “After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, firefighters are getting closer to containing the Camp Fire that has killed 84 people in Northern California. At least 475 people remain unaccounted for, down from more than 1,000 days earlier, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said. California’s deadliest wildfire, which started November 8, remainedRead more

My Pants

“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.” ~Kevin James~ It’s the day before the day in the U.S. when all citizens give thanks for their blessings. And eat like a roly poly pig on a mission. Turkey, mashed taters, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, warm rolls and butter, pumpkin pie and more. There are some of us that watch football on this day. Some that play games with family. Or go to the movies.Read more

Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

SoCS: Enthusiastic Kindness

Kindness is epic it’s fuel for a smile Affection is magic and longer than a mile Care seems ethical In right application Warmth remains critical in human admiration Compassion weaves the fabric of a sympathetic heart Giving sings poetic A philanthropist’s part Generosity reigns apolitical and takes no sides Benevolence shuns technical when a free spirit abides Kindness is gigantic within the human soul and spreads itself enthusiastic through rocks, don’t you know Postscript: During this past week at myRead more

Fuel for the Musical Gas Tank

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ~Hunter S. Thompson~ This past Saturday, I spent most of the dayRead more

#WATWB: Musical Art

By the time that this post is read, the pianos will be gone from New York City until next June. However, in keeping with the theme of We are the World Blogfest, which is to spread light over the dark of the world, this initiative was too good not to share. From http://www.metro.us: There are many signs that summer’s practically upon New York City, but one of the most colorful — and creative — is the annual roll out ofRead more