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The Time I Wrote a Bunch of Poems – ‘C’

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I found this website for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and I’m excited to see that there might be a community for me as I try my hand at this poetry writing experiment! It’s a bit lonely out here trying something that is so new to me and I feel vaguely ridiculous…so I’m psyched to […]

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The Time I Wrote a Bunch of Poems – ‘B’

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Guess what? I have bronchitis. Yay! (sarcasm) I thought about staying in bed all day but decided it would make me happier to go ahead and put the ‘B’ poem up onto YouTube. And maybe my sick voice would have add something to the poem (“Thank you my babies…”) And then a friend of mine […]

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The Time I Wrote a Bunch of Poems – ‘A’

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Happy National Poetry Month! Since 1996, April has been designated National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets. So, I thought it would be fun to try to write poems this month – 26 in total. Why 26? Well, since I’m not really a poet (or I am and don’t know it :), I […]

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The Time I Ate a Raisin…Mindfully

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the time i ate a raisin mindfully

Once upon a time, I was in love with someone who meditated. Because I loved him, I tried to meditate with him. There was one catch: he meditated for 2 hours at a stretch. It didn’t go well. For a long time, that was my first and last attempt at meditation. I’m a skeptic by […]

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The Time I Started A Music Festival

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the time i started a music festival

A friend called me the other day to ask me, “Can I pick your brain about starting your own festival?” I said sure and before I knew it, I was surprised to find myself talking a mile a minute and thinking, “Huh, I have a lot of strong opinions about this. Who knew?” The experience […]

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The Time I Started Fiddle Lessons

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the time i started fiddle lessons

The first summer classical music festival I went to on my own was in Taos, NM and I remember that first morning, being awoken by the robust sounds of my next door neighbor practicing an Ysaye solo sonata that I was also working on. She sounded so good and I was immediately stressed out. I […]

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The Time I Went to Non-Classical String Camp

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the time i went to non classical string camp

When I was doing my masters degree at Juilliard, I took a jazz survey class and I remember there was this girl in class who was REALLY into it. When the teacher would play tracks of old time swing bands and Louis and Ella, she would sit in her corner, bobbing and weaving her body […]

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The Time I Went to a Matchmaker

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the time i went to a matchmaker

A few weeks ago, my brother called to ask, ‘hey, my friend’s sister is a matchmaker, do you want to meet her?’ I don’t know about you but that’s not something I get asked every day. And when I think “matchmaker” I think Fiddler on the Roof (both original and a la Mrs. Doubtfire) or […]