authenticity, community, keeping it real, violin

Muddy Mess or Parading Perfection

I'm not one of those who uses social media to parade perfection, as if my life, my family, and my home fit some sort of neat, tidy, and dreamy ideal that make everyone hang on my every word, photo, and post. Can't wait to see and hear what I have to share next. But I… Continue reading Muddy Mess or Parading Perfection

disgust, perspective, photography, wonder

Pleasing or Plundering Perspectives

I can't tell what has had the weightier influence in what I'm about to say, being a philosopher or being a parent. Not that that makes a difference. Maybe it does. I don't know. I've been grading like mad, while doing a million other things over the past few days. Today was the climax of… Continue reading Pleasing or Plundering Perspectives

death, Goodbye, grief, passing away, poetry

Too Late to Say Goodbye

                       Too Late to Say Goodbye My dear, sweet friend, I heard of your passing. Sadness flooded my eyes. Made seeing difficult. Not what I expected, when I heard the phone ring. Jumbled and confused, the news gave my heart a jolt. I miss you.… Continue reading Too Late to Say Goodbye

Crazy Rich Asians, love, sacrificial love, The Phantom of the Opera

Long-Suffering Love

Recently, watching Crazy Rich Asians made me think more about how far people go to love, really love someone, even to the point of saying "goodbye." Many of you know I'm very fond of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. Before going any further, i should warn you I'll be giving some spoilers, regarding… Continue reading Long-Suffering Love

identity, life, life lessons, refugee

Rebel Refugee

I was born and raised in the same area, attended the same schools, participated in a variety of lessons ranging from the performing arts to sports, did the same sort of activities to pass the time. Same as everybody else. All I had really wanted was to blend in. But, that didn't happen. Not remotely… Continue reading Rebel Refugee

life, unique, upside down

Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

I've been reading three books, two on any given evening to the kiddos at bedtime: The British version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, and Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker's Dracul. In Mary Poppins, we recently read and listened to Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins' visit to her cousin, Arthur… Continue reading Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

artist, Leonardo da Vinci, Uncategorized, writing backwards

Building Brilliance Backwards

I've always struggled with learning in the classroom. The teacher talking sounded like indiscernible waves of noise, much like what is seen in the "Peanuts" strip. Really. The problem didn't have anything to do with teacher but me. I mean, there were ones who taught in a monotone voice or presented material far over everyone's… Continue reading Building Brilliance Backwards