Monthly Archives: May 2010

Class of 2010

“I can’t give you a brain, but I can give you… a diploma.”   L. Frank Baum put those words into the mouth of the wizard as he addressed the plucky scarecrow whose main concern in life was that he wasn’t smart enough.  Along with scads of other students around the nation, my oldest child will walk-the-walk in a few days to collect her high school diploma, closing one door and opening yet another a few days after that.  Some […]

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Ideas, events and people

This past weekend I held my Annual Music Tea where my students get the opportunity to perform for one another.  Moms, Dads and Grandparents (and the like) are allowed to come, but the event is really for the kids.  Those who have been working with me for awhile inspire the beginners and the newbies (the youngest is 5) give the old-timers (the oldest being 20) a chance to see how far they’ve come.   It is always fun for me […]

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You can’t please everyone…

…so, you’ve got to please yourself.  At least, that’s the message Rick Nelson was promoting in his last Top 40 hit.  He was talking about the 20,000 disgruntled fans he encountered at a Madison Square Garden concert in the early 1970’s.  Certainly, I don’t have any experience disappointing stadiums full of cranky people, but I know how badly I feel when I’ve upset just one or two citizens in my line of vision.  For me, there is no joy to be […]

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Food for thought.

Why, oh, why can’t I be the woman who is too upset or excited to eat?  What kind of evil bargain must one make with Rumpelstiltskin to earn that magical power?  Try as I might over the years, there isn’t an occasion or emotion that I can’t pair with food.  Think I’m exaggerating?  Seriously, it’s not as hard as you might think:   CelebrATE (cake), commiserATE (coffee cake), ruminATE (cookies), fixATE (potato chips), aggravATE (frosting), frustrATE (ice cream), stagnATE (mashed […]

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Happiness 101

The first thing you should know about happiness is that the experts say that only 40% of our happiness is in our control.  They attribute about 10% to circumstances and about 50% to genetic endowments.   Someone really should have told me about this sooner.  Who knew that a slew of professionals could have been hard at work on half of me in my mythical pursuit of happiness.  Darn gene pool.   I recently read an article from the editors […]

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Emerald Birthstone? I’m slightly envious.

Emeralds are the birthstone for the month of May and they also happen to be the traditional 55th wedding anniversary gift (for those of you with that happy endurance event penciled in your datebooks).  As a June baby, my birthstone isn’t a stone at all – it’s the pearl.  The pearl is a by-product of an irritation that occurs when a parasite penetrates the shell of a mollusk who then decides to coat the intruder with epithelial cells.  It was most […]

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Mom.

She’s not my mom, but the mom I want to be, the mom wish I had and somehow manages to become “mom” to all who meet her.    This woman is an active member of her community through her work with the PTA, various booster clubs and multiple local volunteer organizations.  Those that know her feels she serves as a great “mom” mentor and a heck of a role model.  Her nurturing ability extends beyond her own household to some […]

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