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Why Community Matters to Me

We think of community in terms that may or may not be positive. Community theater is often thought of as less than in quality and value than professional theater (NOT TRUE) Community college is where you go when you can’t afford a “real” college (NOT TRUE) A community choir implies that there were no auditionsContinue reading “Why Community Matters to Me”

Memorization Techniques and Tips

Memorizing music and lyrics always came easily to me. Whether it was classical or musical theater, English or a foreign language, I could learn music and have it ready to perform just like that <snaps fingers.> Not so much anymore. Maybe it’s aging. Maybe it’s lack of practice – before I moved back to MilwaukeeContinue reading “Memorization Techniques and Tips”

Grit and Creating a Practice

In the last year or so, I’ve heard a lot about the term GRIT, which is part of the title of a book by psychologist Angela Duckworth. I was reminded of the term in listening to a not-so-recent podcast, Dare to Lead, by Brené Brown, in which she interviewed Dr. Duckworth. I haven’t read theContinue reading “Grit and Creating a Practice”

So How DO I Actually Focus?

I’ve picked my Word for the Year, and it’s FOCUS And that’s all well and good, but exactly what steps am I taking to facilitate this? It’s not enough to say, “This year, I’m going to focus,” or even to establish on what you’re focusing, but what am I doing to ensure that this actuallyContinue reading “So How DO I Actually Focus?”

2021 In Review

Well, THIS was a year.  Let’s review it, shall we? (Buckle up, there’s a lot – although it’s still shorter than Dave Barry’s annual year in review) January:Sang for a televised Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg (masked) Started taking Peter Jacobson’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training programContinue reading “2021 In Review”

What’s My 2022 Word?

For the last few years, I’ve chosen a specific word to be the focus of my upcoming year. So now it’s time to figure out my 2022 word. Last year, my word was SYSTEMS. That worked pretty well, overall. I’m still working on the email marketing part, which I kinda hate. For 2020, it was RECREATE,Continue reading “What’s My 2022 Word?”

Creating Your Own Holiday Traditions

I have written before that I grew up without any real holiday traditions. My dad was Slovenian (or at least that’s what I was told – in recent years, I’ve been told secondhand that he was born in Slovenia to Croatian parents) and my mother was Estonian. You would think that my childhood Christmases wouldContinue reading “Creating Your Own Holiday Traditions”

Happy Holidays (all of them)

Saying “Happy Holidays” at this time of year does not mean that you have sold out and are part of the so-called War on Christmas. It is an acknowledgement that there are multiple holidays at this time of year and different people celebrate different things. Sometimes Hanukkah is at the same time as Christmas. ThisContinue reading “Happy Holidays (all of them)”

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