Gratitude for Road and Restroom Workers


On our seventh snow-ice-cold day this year, with schools cancelled and travel advisories to stay home,

road workers are out clearing ice and snow to make life a little safer for the people around them.

Every day and every night, while some people are at work or at leisure or asleep,

other people are awake and cleaning offices, homes, and public restrooms 

to make life easier for the people around them.

Sending gratitude to these heroes for their important work and their perseverance to make life better.


Practicing Well-Being


“Well-being is a skill.

Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello.

If one practices the skills of well-being, one will get better at it.”

--Dr. Richard Davidson, neuroscientist who teaches about the ‘resilient mindset.’


The Dalai Lama met with Davidson and asked him to study kindness and compassion, which he did. He created the Center for Healthy Minds with a Kindness Curriculum teaching through stories and practices how to pay attention, work with emotions, and cultivate kindness.

Davidson discusses the impact that acts of generosity and altruism produce.

In Greater Good Magazine, Davidson offers:

“Human beings come into the world with innate, basic goodness. When we engage in practices that are designed to cultivate kindness and compassion, we’re recognizing, strengthening, and nurturing a quality that was there from the outset.” 

“Data shows that when individuals engage in generous and altruistic behavior, they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being.” 

Wishing each of you a new year of well-being.


Gratitude and Peace


"Gratitude makes sense of our past,

  brings peace for today, and

 creates a vision for tomorrow."

          -Melody Beattie

Sending peace--peace on earth.


Gratitude & Happiness


"Happiness cannot be traveled to,

owned, earned, worn or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living

every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

              -Denis Waitley

      Happy holidays, everyone!


Gratitude 2: Gratitude and Beauty


Gratitude and Beauty


Gratitude 1: Belonging


Last night, I played a carillon concert entitled Voices Uplifted. My goal in the program was to lift up voices of marginalized populations through carillon music. The works I composed are: "Our Time: Me Too;" "Enough is Enough, Never Again: Sketches;" and four pieces in a set entitled "Belonging: A Carillon Call to Care for All." The individual pieces of "Belonging" lift up the voices of Muslim/Arab, African American, Jewish, and Latina/o global brothers and sisters. Each piece is based on profound life stories from individuals to whom I dedicated the piece.

On this Michigan summer evening, thunderstorms rolled in before the concert. A brave contingency of audience members showed up, donned in rain slickers and umbrellas. My dear family shared strawberries and brownies with the guests. As the guests huddled under a covered courtyard, the swirling dark clouds chased each other across the sky, unfurling thunder and lightning bolts. During Belonging's "The Voice of Weeping," which opens an invitation to Jews and all to mourn the atrocities of the Holocaust, the heavens poured forth drenching rain. At the end of "Border ID" (the final piece in "Belonging"), I play swatches of "De Colores," celebrating the colors of the world. Just as the "De Colores" theme sounded, the clouds began to part, and the sun shone through in a promise-laden glow of gold and terra cotta.

Filled with gratitude for brave souls everywhere. You belong.



Check out Vidas Pinkevicius' fabulous podcasts!


Filled with gratitude for my friend, colleague, and former student, Vidas Pinkevicius. Check out his wonderful podcast and wealth of resources! Here's the podcast he recently posted of our interview about Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Vol. 2.


More resources on Bach and the Art of Improvisation, vol. 2!


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Music is a moral law.

It gives soul to the universe,

wings to the mind,

flight to the imagination,

and beauty and joy to life and to everything.

-Plato (428–348 BCE)