A Good Sounding Board

More than a year ago, I decided to teach myself piano. I bought a keyboard and some books. I am a former violinist and singer, so I can read music. I know theory. I have excellent relative pitch. My natural sense of rhythm isn’t the strongest, but I have developed it to a decent degree…

Flexible Family Values

Isn’t it wonderful that the Palin family has a strong, ambitious mother and a father who took several months out of his career to be a stay at home dad to his kid? Isn’t it great that the Republicans seem to be admiring all of that?   Isn’t it great that their reaction to the…

Gossip Girl Moment, With Apologies

What a summer!!  A dramatic, historic presidential primary, followed by the the biggest olympics blitz ever.   Perhaps the most pageantry-filled Democratic convention in a century (or EVER). All kinds of anniversaries (women’s suffrage, MLK’s march on Washington, Hurricane Katrina, Lincoln turns 200, LBJ turns 100. . .  many others noted by the media (you know…