This weekend I heard a middle school choral director speak about supporting kids’ creative passions.     He said, kids often don’t continue with music (or art, photography, writing, etc) because somewhere along the way they are told it’s not sensible, that it’s not a “clear and trusted” practical career path.    But, he asked, what if a career in the arts is your bliss? Photo credit: Mallari Sizemore    Dreams are important. When I was a teenager, I concocted big… Read more »

Moderation. Not exactly the merriest of words during the month of December.  Especially not if your brain –and Pinterest boards–are crowded with cookie exchange party ideas, holiday menus and pie. I like pie. Thanks to Barbara over at Just a Smidgen for planting the idea of pumpkin and meringue in my head.  Yum.  It haunted me excessively. Some days I think I have moderation under control.  Some.  It’s a work in progress. Take my very first diary.  I’ve mentioned it a… Read more »

The Olympics–they bring to mind big dreams, athletes making history and well, spa treatments and fancy chocolates.   At least it did this weekend.  My husband and I stayed at a hotel that offered that pretty chocolate platter and resort credit every time the U.S. won gold.  I was already having fun watching gymnastics, swimming and track and field, but eight gold medals during our stay equaled not only patriotic excitement but free stuff, like a spa pedicure: Thanks also… Read more »