June and Poets

Brian Doyle is dead. My heart aches to hear such news. Probably not as much as the hearts of his immediate family and those closest to him. Condolences and love to those he has left behind. Portland author Brian Doyle left the planet recently at age 60. I did not…

April Musical Showers

My mother has been retired for several years and enjoys her retired status immensely. She fills her days finding treasures to repair, refurbish, and re-sell. She loves it! Often, I will get a picture of some cabinet that she shabby chic'd or a Coach handbag (or some pricey equivalent) that…

Finding purpose with porpoise

Recently, I read a news story about a type of porpoise that makes its home in the Gulf of California and is fast approaching extinction. Pictures of these guys can induce an audible or mental “awww.”’ A healthy dose of anthropomorphism as well as dark markings around their eyes and…

Sweet Beans and Peace in February

My husband and I recently watched a patient Japanese movie called Sweet Bean directed by Naomi Kawase. It follows the story of Sentaro who, in a small unassuming shop, cooks a snack called dorayaki, a sweet-bean-filled pancake sandwich. He meets a bubbly elder, Tokue, who has mastered the art of…

Happy New Year 2017!

What a year it has been! On  a personal level it has been a year of great music making! I have met new musicians who inspire me and have sung at some new venues in Seattle and Tacoma and Bellingham. The hubby and I visited New Orleans  and felt like …

Thank you!

Dear Friends, Thank you so much to coming out and supporting me personally and supporting live music this year. I so appreciate you! You keep me off the streets! Happiest Holiday Wishes to you and yours!

So Grateful

Today as All Hallows eve is upon us, I am remembering friends, benefactors, and those who have gone before. Those who have passed beyond the veil. There is an African proverb that we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. I believe this phrase includes our familial line as well…

Boys in the Boat

You can't help but notice how music is used to motivate us to action. Anyone who visits the gym can't help but notice how many people have earbuds in their ears. It's not just a way to keep the world out; using music can be a way to override the…
I can't help it, I think in song. September rolls around and I hear that guitar lick  and horn section of Earth Wind and Fire's intro to their song September and I do a little happy dance, publicly or discretely depending on the company.  I hope your summer has been…

Happy 4th to you!

Happy Summer to you my friend! Earshot Jazz approached me  and asked me to write a short piece about my Japan musical adventures and I will share the text here. You can see the article in context here Enjoy! I will be taking a nap in the sunshine! Hello Kitty.…
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