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A Happier Perspective On Donald Trump’s Presidency

Readers, if there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I love getting a shift in perspective. A slight twist of the lens, a zoom in or out, some new information provided: I feel a deep thrill to have an issue freshened, a story given new dimension. (In another life, I might have been a judge.)   I usually keep these revelations to myself. I also don’t usually talk politics on the... read more

“Tomorrow Is A New Day, With No Mistakes In It Yet.”

“Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it yet.” -Anne of Green Gables This quote is true every day, but none more so than on New Year’s Eve. I wish all of you the best with your fresh, pristine year ahead. I have great hopes for 2017 for myself and my family. I also have great fears for the world. But I will do my best to combat those fears with acts of social justice and political... read more

The Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning for Writers

How often have you heard a writer say, “I couldn’t face my manuscript, so I cleaned my closet instead?” On the surface, this remark seems to be entirely about procrastination and the weight of creative work. But is it? What if decluttering, organizing and cleaning are skills we writers truly need? Decluttering is a lot like editing. We find things in our home that no longer serve a... read more

Life Lesson: Keep It Simple

“Michael always says, ‘K-I-S-S. Keep it simple, stupid.’ Great advice. Hurts my feelings every time.” -Dwight Schrute, The Office It was the morning of my son’s 4th birthday party, and I was debating whether to make pancakes for breakfast. For most people, this would be a no-brainer. The kitchen was clean, there was a lot to do before the guests came in the mid-morning, and... read more

Honor Your Audience

Last week, I was preparing my flute students for the annual New York State solo festival, where they would be judged based on their performance in scales, a solo, and sight reading. Most of them expressed some degree of (understandable) nervousness. I talked to them about keeping the performance in perspective, remembering all the work they’d put in on the piece, and trying to nudge the feelings of... read more

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