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Put Yourself Out There! - with a link to a performance video :)
Sunday, June 16, 2019      19 comments

I think a lot while I run. Today, I was thinking about a piano competition I went to a few weeks ago. Long story short, I was cut just before the final round, which was a shock to just about everyone in the audience. I took it in stride, as I... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts What Defines You? (Thoughts from My Walk Today.)
Wednesday, March 27, 2019      32 comments

As I was walking today, I found myself thinking about how I can improve my middle school Music Appreciation class. This is not because it's not going well. It's going wonderfully. However, teachers are always looking for different ways to eng... Read more
Go with What Works (An Unfortunate Acronym)
Tuesday, January 01, 2019      19 comments

Like many others, I also have made my New Year's Resolutions, which I began a couple of days ago. I need something to help me remember them on a daily basis, so I make no more than three resolutions and I come up with something like a checklist... Read more
Weakness #3: It's COLD outside!
Monday, December 31, 2018      19 comments

I think I blogged about this once before, but it bears repeating since it's a big weakness of mine. I hate being cold. I even hate the brief moment of being cold when I get out of the shower before I dry off. (I also hate being wet, but that'... Read more
Weakness #2: Wine
Sunday, December 30, 2018      20 comments

I like wine. My husband even makes his own wine in our basement, so at roughly $3 a bottle, we're usually pretty well-stocked. But... talk about empty calories! Yeah, I know there are supposedly some health benefits involved in drinking a... Read more
Weakness #1: But It's SPECIAL!
Saturday, December 29, 2018      23 comments

Thank you to everyone who commented yesterday as I blogged about my not-so-triumphant return to SparkPeople. ... Read more
"That" Woman Is Still Here
Friday, December 28, 2018      28 comments

I'm back to SparkPeople, after a long time away. Here is yet another example of a person who seems to get it together in the athletic and nutritional department, only to slide back into old habits over time and wind up exactly where she started... Read more
Not as Nice to My Husband
Wednesday, July 19, 2017      27 comments

One of my favorite things about Fresh Market is their selection of specialty chocolate bars. I don't shop there often, so when I do, I usually pick up a goodie for each family member. Yesterday I had 5 assorted chocolate bars in my cart, and I... Read more
Your Little Portion
Monday, July 17, 2017      24 comments

If you ever want to feel your blood pressure go down, just spend some time talking to a Franciscan. A young woman from our church entered the religious life several years ago, and every summer when she comes home for a visit with her parent... Read more
"... and up" - I'm nearly there???
Tuesday, July 11, 2017      28 comments

A few weeks ago, I took a Praxis exam to see if I had specific knowledge and expertise to add another endorsement to my teaching certificate. After I received my (passing) score via email, I got a second email asking me to take a brief onli... Read more
The Hardest Work of All... Resting
Monday, July 10, 2017      36 comments

A few weeks ago, on the morning of the semi-finals of the Boston competition, I woke up with a horrible, itchy rash all over me from the neck down to the mid-thigh. Here's a small sample of what it looked like. ... Read more
Wednesday, July 05, 2017      30 comments

This past Saturday I ran the fifth race in our summer race series. Only ten hours earlier, I had arrived home on a train from a 10-day trip to Boston and New York City, so I was tired. The sticky heat of Virginia seemed oppressive. And here I... Read more
Lightening My Load
Tuesday, June 27, 2017      24 comments

A little over a year ago, I started having problems with pain in my right elbow and arm. It was so bad at times that I couldn't play the piano or pick up my backpack. Several things were causing this, but today I'd like to talk about one thing... Read more
Two Homers!
Sunday, June 25, 2017      31 comments

I write a lot of blogs about the struggle to push onward and try my best in all things. It's hard to do when failure is one of the possible outcomes. Who relishes the idea of putting in hard work, only to have a disappointing result? Of cours... Read more
Why Am I Doing This to Myself?
Saturday, June 17, 2017      24 comments

This morning I ran the fourth race in my running club's local summer race series. It's a very hilly 5K. Brutal. Here's the elevation chart, taken from my RunKeeper. Notice it starts AND finishes uphill. Does that count as "uphill both ways?... Read more

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