Daily Practices Toward Peace and Creative Improvisation

I’m a fan of vocalist and improvisor Bobby McFerrin. The year after I graduated from my community choir, the group attended a choral festival for which Bobby McFerrin was one of the clinicians: 0ne more reason to consider flunking senior year. But alas, I did not, and have never seen the man in person. I’m not even sure how I… Continue reading Daily Practices Toward Peace and Creative Improvisation

My daughter telling a story

In an attempt to recover from a major bedtime battle and general havoc in our home this evening, it’s time to focus on some of my daughters more hilarious attributes. This video is from a few months ago. I’ve tried to reinact portions of it for friends and family, but absolutely could not do it justice.… Continue reading My daughter telling a story

Seizing the Moment: A Special Thanks to Jillian

Off to the airport to send Jillian back home to CO. Auba is protesting.

Through circumstances I could not – and would not – have scripted myself, Nathan and I have learned some pretty valuable lessons over the past couple weeks.After our Christmas concerts and prior to last week’s performances, we had decided that a really good idea for future busy performance times would be to line up way more babysitting… Continue reading Seizing the Moment: A Special Thanks to Jillian

I know I don’t have time to write you now. A Sonnet.

In belated honor of Presidents’ Day, we collaborated with our friends last night to write a sonnet as though it were written by George Washington to his wife Martha in the year 1775. The idea came from some great lesson plan resources I found at the Mount Vernon website. Here is the basic idea for… Continue reading I know I don’t have time to write you now. A Sonnet.

A Journey of a Poem

I took a little journey this weekend.  A journey of poetry.  Over the past couple months I have been working my way through my high school literature text book. Along with snippets of great American literature, there are back stories, biographies, and some writing exercises. Every once in a while I actually get a pen and paper and do the… Continue reading A Journey of a Poem