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Detach From Your Outcome

One of the key factors for a continued positive mindset is to detach from your outcome. You must keep going in the face of poor results and perceived failure. Without exception, everything you do has a learning curve, and enduring crushed expectations…

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Creating Great Works of Art

I recently completed my second CD entitled “French” and wanted to explain a little about the process just in case you wanted to get clarity on finishing your own project. Sometimes our artistic creations must take a back seat even for professional artists…

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Reflections of a lifelong student

One thing I have learned about mentoring is that it can be life changing whether I am on the teaching side or the learning side. I am truly the eternal student, not only wanting to improve my knowledge and skills, but also yearning to have that relationship that is…

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Creative Flow

There are many kinds of creative flow. After committing myself to blogging now for a year, I have learned something about creativity. It is different than the spontaneity I use to play live music. I interpret music based on historical and theoretical knowledge…

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444: A Sign from the Angels

A few months ago, I woke up two nights in a row for a brief 3 minutes or so, only to look up at the clock and see 4:44. I happened across an analysis of angel numbers on FB the day after, seeing 444 across the screen. I then saw two license plates…

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Losing Control

I don’t think we need hope. I think we need imagination. We need to imagine a future which can’t be planned for and can’t be controlled. I find that people who talk about hope are often really talking about control. They hope desperately that they can…

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Passion Pays Off

How many of us are running around doing what we don’t love? Are you doing a job just because it pays the bills? Are you longing to get creative, open that dream store, run your own restaurant, sell your creations or teach sailing?

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Choir Camp

Every summer I teach at choir camp as part of being on the faculty of the Seattle Girls’ Choir. It is a chance to gather as an organization; a system with all of its moving parts in a beautiful setting on the Puget Sound. The purpose of camp is to work…

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Depression

I am deeply saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams, one of my favorite actors of all time. When I first saw him as a child, I was struck by his passion, his spontaneity and his wit. His performances combining humor and calculated jabs never…

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Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

I want to take the time to enjoy the summer. How about you? Allowing myself to do nothing sometimes sparks the most amazing ideas. I recently hosted a French 13 year old for four weeks in my home. I love bringing people of different cultures…

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