The Wide, Wide World…

Recently as I was getting into my car which was parked in the garage, I noticed a yellow poppy that had found a little gap in the wall and squeezed its bright head through a parted shingle to explore the darkness of the garage. It was a pleasant surprise to…

Japan, Here I Come

I love spring in the Northwest. The slightest hint of sunshine causes folks in these parts to remove any clothing that would get in the way of experiencing the elusive elixir of free vitamin D.  The earth erupts with crocus and daffodil as well as weeds and the very air…

Growth Happens!

I recently came across the obituary of Sr. Nirmala Joshi who died in the spring of 2015. She was the the nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity. Reading her brief obituary, I was intrigued as to what Sr Nirmala must have felt stepping into…

New CD and lessons!

    Cover Art by Jeff Busch/ Design by Scott Stevens   Well last week we sent my newest CD “Come Together” to Nyberg Mastering in Seattle. Please don't ask me to explain the science of mastering, but know that it makes the CD sound really cool! The process softens…

Making Peace with Time

Ahh, the New Year. Thus begins again our eternal courtship with time. As a new January rolls around, I gussy myself up with new goals and spit-polish my new intentions. Honestly, by the time I have stopped habitually writing the previous year on every document that requires my signature, it…

May All Be Well with You!

December and January are the chestnuts roasting, champagne toasting months! At its best it is a time of celebration, gratitude and gift giving. At its worst it is a time of emotional over-stimulation, consumption, and materialism. While I may often swerve and stumble between the two extremes, I find my…

Thank you!

Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday (now observed by many outside of Mexico) that celebrates and remembers those who have gone before us; family, friends, acquaintances-all of the people who have touched our lives. For the last couple of days I have been remembering friends, local artist…

“I am Beautiful”

I was recently helping a young woman, just 17, and she looked at herself in the mirror and said out loud with a massive smile on her face, "I am beautiful, isn't that right Ma?" Her mother smiled and nodded and I was blown away in that moment. It is…