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“There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The worl

On Scattering and Gathering Stones

Ecclesiastes 3:5 "...a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them..." My family is entering a new era, if you will. There's been a lot of scattering these past few years as my siblings have graduated high school and moved out of our childhood home. Then, we lost my grandfather this past December. Between my parents living in our childhood home (top photo) and my grandmother living independently on the farm (bottom photo), there are currently 3 people living in roughly 8,000 square feet of houses. So now we begin the gathering process. My parents are preparing to move into the family farm before the snow flies and help my grandmother out with the snow duties and such. What this has mean

Summertime, And The Livin' Is Easy

"Summertime, And the livin' is easy..." George Gershwin wrote these lyrics to his brilliant opera, Porgy and Bess. And I think these are great words for my piano students to live by this summer. They worked so hard in the month of May to perform well at our piano party, and now they are officially all out of school. So let the fun begin! As I am teaching this summer, I wanted to provide my piano families with a few tips and ideas on how to still practice in between family vacations, and how to stay motivated between lessons. 1. Go to the piano at least once a week. It can be so difficult to pick up right where you left off if you stay away from the piano for a long time. So even a quick revi




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