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 »

Each week I aim for optimism in my posts. But some weeks I feel like gloomy Eeyore.  I doubt the positive message.  I feel like a poser, or a Pollyanna.  I wonder if you’ll think,   Who is this woman handing me these rose-colored glasses?   Because sometimes behind that optimistic message I feel defeated, frustrated.   These were supposed to be stars and other assorted cut out cookies.   This past week was no exception.  There was a moment… Read more »

As a kid I liked to stare at the lights on our Christmas tree . . . and then squint. I loved to see the lights go all stretchy and swirly. Sometimes happy is like that.  You get so excited you almost hold your breath and then just stay there in that blurry, sparkly moment.  You want it to last. I was thinking about this last week while driving in the car.  As I passed houses decorated and lit up, I thought… Read more »