information, life, news

Deafening Noise Pollution

I am my daughters' violin Practice Partner. I noticed when one daughter, earlier today, pulled her head away while playing a piece. I asked her about it, and she said the violin was too loud. It's true, she produces bold sounds when she practices. Sometimes it's too loud for me as well. Maybe her violin… Continue reading Deafening Noise Pollution

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

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

music, singing, soprano, voice

Captivating Voices that Dazzle and Boost Morale

I've been singing since I was young. I sang as a part of the chorus in Hello, Dolly! in the seventh grade and participated in other pieces and productions since then. Mostly as a part of a chorus or in choirs. But since high school, I've had a dream — one I don't really talk… Continue reading Captivating Voices that Dazzle and Boost Morale

corrupted love, love, single mom

Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story

Over the weekend, I was at the Denver Performing Arts Center's Boettcher Concert Hall for the DYAO (Denver Young Artists Orchestra) Spectacular, where conductor, composer, and arranger David Mairs talked about his World Premiere piece, "Dreamdancing." He talked about how it was his heart song, and he ended by encouraging all of us to write… Continue reading Corrupted Love Vanquished by Single Mom’s Compelling Heart Story