Forget "left" and "right" Twix bars; the left vs. right hand on the piano keyboard is just a doozy lately. I hit that snag in my learning while with my instructor this morning. So far, what we'd been playing has had at least the bass part starting (chord or single note) along with a note … Continue reading Two hands, two different beats on the keyboard… now what?
My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman
Boy I love going to get a massage. When I let the craziness of the past weeks drift away, I can really think, and think really hard about what I need or want to do most. My initial goals about music and art and reading books haven't changed a bit, but I really have to … Continue reading I’m giving myself the rest of March to clean up the place: house, pantry, body, all of it.
I've been trying to write for three days now, and this is one thing that's come into and out of my mind the past week. Namely, how to achieve such an interesting idea, when you have a mind like mine. I've talked about my job and related issues several times over the past month, but … Continue reading Work-Life Balance for Dummies When You Have No Life (and I’m the dummy in this one…)
Yeah, I don't mean it has to be all at the same time. Like I could break it up into a couple sets throughout the day or something, but that's what I want to aim for--be able to do 100 push-ups a day. Maybe next year I'll go for sit-ups (shudder). That said, yes, it's … Continue reading A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.
I love this film. But I love it so much that I have to have a specific time and environment to watch it in for Christmas. Just hearing the music and knowing what I'm going to see puts a lump in my throat every time. This year, it will happen when dad finally goes to … Continue reading Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.
My Copy: 9780664262679 (image from amazon.com) Somewhere in the examples of family, friends, and churches, I've found myself not looking at Christianity as terribly relevant to me for over a decade. But this book is making me take another chance on Christianity--and myself--to find the good and spiritual. A Bigger Table is a fantastic read … Continue reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz
Out of curiosity, I took the Briggs-Myers personality test a few months ago. They were right when they said the results might be eerie...they called me a "moderator" type (at least some of my fave actors, scientists, and writers have the same type--makes me feel a bit better). I felt like yes, okay, it's just … Continue reading Learning to say “no” for your health
I hate cleaning. I'm so scatterbrained and easily distracted by things I'd rather be doing (like reading books and writing) that cleaning ends up by the wayside. My cleaning projects become as epic as a journey into Mordor...and if I'm really unlucky I'll meet some interesting living and dead species along the way. My aunt … Continue reading Making a long-term project to-do list into ta-da!
Oh boy--this one's been buzzing around my head for years. In some respects, if somebody doesn't choose to accept that climate change is really happening, and that humans are making it worse, that's their issue. The problem is, denial isn't doing us any favors in the long run. I've heard the arguments that we're destroying … Continue reading #036–What Would We Have to Lose By Believing in Human-made Climate Change?