Enthusiasm and Energy - Through New Eyes
About seventeen years ago, while I was attending a baby shower, the hostess passed around some index cards on which we were each to write some parenting advice for the new mother-to-be. I tried to think of a useful tip that she hadn't probably ... Read more
Single-Serving Packaging... Do We Need It?
If you Google "increase in single-serving packaging," you'll find a number of articles from the food packing industry. Did you know there is a "Packing Digest" publication or foodmanufacturing.com? I never thought about it.
If you look at... Read more
Lifting a Mother's Spirit
"A mother Is only as happy as her unhappiest child." It's something my mother, Brooklyn_Born, once said years ago and I've never forgotten it.
First, let me reassure you that nothing is wrong at home. We've got three kids, ages 15, 18, an... Read more
Patience... Yeah, Yeah, I Know...
We all know patience is a virtue. I am sitting here moping a little about this injury and not feeling very virtuous, I guess. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not all that bad. It's not life-threatening and it should heal. I was... Read more
They Look Like Me!
The other day, my oldest son was off from school and I found him in the middle of watching The Price Is Right. I loved that show as a girl in the 1970s and 80s, so I sat down and started watching with him. The doors opened to reveal what some ... Read more
Do Not Squander Time
For the past few days, I've been dealing with pain in my left hand. I went to my GP today and she brought the sports doc in. Diagnosis: Stress fracture of the fifth metacarpal. NOT what a concert pianist (who has an engagement to play Rhapso... Read more
Thanks to You for These Two MILEstones!
This morning, I got quite a shock when I opened up my SparkPeople blog and saw the little sticker that yesterday's post was voted a Featured Blog. That's the first time that's ever happened to me. My mouth literally dropped open, and I joked t... Read more
Someone's Gotta Be Last!
I ran a unique kind of race on March 11th. It's a Predict-Your-Time 4-miler. You guess what time it will take you to walk or run it, and the race director writes your name on a big chart. The race clock starts ticking DOWN starting at 70 minu... Read more
Daily Goals to Curb Hunger?
A few days ago, I wrote about how filling a German breakfast is and how it stuck with me through the day while touring Munich. One Sparker suggested part of that might be because I was distracted by my new surroundings and activities. While I ... Read more
This Weisswurst Is Making Me Thirsty!
We discovered weisswurst in Munich. We liked it so much that my husband ordered it three times. I ate it twice. Of course, everywhere you eat in Munich, you have to drink their beer. I mean, it's Germany. You just *have* to drink their beer... Read more
A Breakfast Revelation
My husband and I ate breakfast four times in Germany. On the afternoon of the second day, as we were walking around the city centre, I remarked to my husband, "It's already 12:30 and I'm not hungry at all." He said he wasn't, either.
We a... Read more
Munich Piano Marathon
Home, sweet Home!
We're back after spending four full days in Munich. We went because I was invited to play a piano recital at the Gasteig in Munich. It's a huge cultural venue, much like the Kennedy Center in D.C. So of course I jumped ... Read more
You Have Reached the Top of the Mountain!
"You have reached the top of the mountain: performance on the level of .....!"
This was the only line of text in an email I (and 10 others) received early this morning from the man who has organized the "Piano Marathon of Master Amateurs" t... Read more
There's a SparkTeam for That! (Calling All Pianists!)
Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the vastness of SparkPeople. Seriously! But in a good way. There are so many things to help us on our journey to better health. Nutrition tracker. Weight tracker. Fitness tracker. SparkRecipes. Articles. Vi... Read more
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Pedal OFF! A Reality Check.
I've been learning Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for an upcoming performance in May. It's coming along quite nicely, but I'll tell you something I have struggled with since I was a little girl when it comes to the piano.
My mother, Brookly... Read more