There and back again

Spiral staircase: photo by Heide Schleider, 2019. “Wherever you go, there you are” (Jon Kabat Zinn) I have been reminded multiple times in the past week about the spiral nature of learning and experience. We experience, reflect, experience, reflect,...

At X purposes

Hand-thrown bowl by Leslie Fagan, 2019 We all do it. Why? Sometimes it can simply be blamed on ignorance or inexperience. We all misstep. But so frequently, we act in spite of knowing better. We choose the path we know all too well is not the most efficient,...

Brave New Year

It’s a new year. A new decade. I’m reflecting with intention on what I’d like the next days, weeks, months and years to look like as they pertain to my singing life. And as we know from these last few months of Singing and Self, I take the idea of...

Peeling the onion

As we contemplate the New Year that is upon us, let us contemplate the onion. Singers are all a bit like onions. So many layers. With every new element we learn, we peel away and expose some aspect of our selves. Sometimes that process is laborious, even painful....

Soulstice Sisterhood

You without Y by Jana Philipp This solstice I am thinking about Sisterhood. That is, all the amazing women who have welcomed me into their hearts and lives, whether they are my family members, my colleagues, or my friends (or all of the above). I’m celebrating...

Such a long journey

This past summer when I was teaching in Lyon, I walked up these stairs every morning to work. It was no mean feat (where the photo was taken is about 2/3 of the way up–it’s steep!). Today as I pondered what to post, I remembered this photo; when I took it...