Music

Using Music to Set A Mood

You might imagine that I constantly have music playing in my house, subtly influencing my children and setting a beautiful tone for my life. You would be mistaken. I don’t know what it is, but background music is often a very very late afterthought for me. It’s the kind of thing where I will walk… Continue reading Using Music to Set A Mood

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It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Yeah, I’m channeling the original lyrics of Kermit singing “It’s not easy being green,” just adjusting it to my own needs. I was so close to posting three weeks in a row, but, alas, I was pretty sick last week (totally overdid it the week before and suffered the consequences) and did not have the… Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Creative

Miscellany

Joy Through Hard Work

A Gut Moed! We’re in the middle of the holiday of Sukkos (Sukkot, whatever you prefer), which is also known as zman simchaseinu, the time of our joy. Maybe you don’t typically associate hard work with joy, but I wrote a piece for Hevria about that exact thing, and why I think that working hard… Continue reading Joy Through Hard Work

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Joy Through Music

I meant to post this last week, but then things got busy, and then, with yesterday, a lot of the joy (and, thus, motivation)¬†got sucked right out of me. BUT Life moved forward, regardless of what horrors are occurring, or what joys. We’re approaching Zman Simchaseinu, the time of our joy, Sukkos, a happy, happy… Continue reading Joy Through Music

Miscellany

It’s My Birthday!

Yep! It’s true! Today I am 37. It feels great. I’m probably gonna go out and buy some shoes. The closer I get to 40 the more excited I get about life. It really does get better. However, society sends aging women some seriously messed up messages. Like what happened yesterday: But whatever. I’ll continue… Continue reading It’s My Birthday!

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Inside the Mind of A Creative Person

I was thinking about naming this piece “Inside the Mind of This Particular Creative Person,” but with SEO and all that I figured I’d go with the more generic title. That’s one little peek inside my creative process. Over at Hevria this week, I took a long, long look at all the things that go… Continue reading Inside the Mind of A Creative Person

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Shabbos and Creativity

A lot of my writing lately has been focused on things that I find difficult, or that I have struggled with. I think it’s important to explore these topics, but when it’s gotten to the point where writing about how much I appreciate Shabbos feels subversive, I realize that I need to think about balance!… Continue reading Shabbos and Creativity

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New Song and Video – Bereishit

The reality of my life is that I have a finite amount of time to do creative stuff. And given my currently mercurial relationship with blogging, I’ve been giving more priority to music. That’s a little sad for the writing side of me (and, I suppose, for the reading side of you, haha), but the… Continue reading New Song and Video – Bereishit