Heart of courage

Heart of courage, Kimberly Barber (November 2021) Here’s a shoutout to all the artists out there who daily demonstrate their courage. To quote the Cowardly Lion in part (thanks, Jack Haley): “I could be kind of humanIf I only had a heart…I’d be...

Community

Opera class bonfire, November 13, 2021: A community of singers I took a bit of a hiatus this past week, as my students were performing their two evenings of opera excerpts and I was right in the thick of it. It was our first performance in front of a live audience...

Allowed on the voyage

From “Fifty Boats”, artwork by Nan Shepherd (2009); Kimberly Barber (2021) This week I went on a daring journey with my students in our studio performance class: I told them everything was allowed. Their wildest imagination, their instincts, their personal...

Intersectionality

Puzzle intersections (Kimberly Barber, 2021) I’ve been inspired this week reading Parker J. Palmer’s classic, The Courage to Teach. There is so much to be gleaned there, but one of the things that really landed for me was the notion of paradox in teaching,...

Fluidity

Remember: fluidity. Explore this. When I find myself “all over the place”, can I settle in and do some breathing and examine: what is in my way right now? What do I not wish to accept? Where is the discomfort? Where do I feel it in my body? Can I soften in...