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World’s Getting Sicker…Rich Getting Richer

Here are some things that I find very concerning… The unemployment rate in the US got to a record high of 14.7% when the pandemic began.1 Since then it has fallen to 7.9% yet millions of Americans continue to not be able to find a job.2 Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos saw his net worth […]

Daisy

Critiquing Self-Criticism

Sigh…self-criticism has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Being a musician isn’t exactly the best type of pastime to avoid such a mental activity. Like many aspiring musicians, being critical of myself was part of my daily routine. When you’re trying to master something, it is near impossible to […]

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Getting Back to Important Little Things!

It doesn’t take much to get off course from important life habits. As disciplined as I tend to be, I’m also prone to getting off course with important everyday things. That’s not to say that I stopped completely, but I just haven’t been doing these important things as much as usual. Example 1, going for […]

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The Second Wave Cometh

The whole point of having a blog is to share my thoughts and feelings and have people read them. So I’m not doing a good job of that if I pick topics to write about that people don’t want to think about. But for this post, I’ll do it anyway…the second wave of COVID-19. If […]

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The Virtue of Rest

During the Pandemic, I am so grateful that I have been able to stay busy. Despite the shutdowns and isolation, I actually feel like it’s been even more busy than usual working on a number of great creative projects. Thanks to technology, I have also been able to continue to see most of my students […]

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The Last Time I…

The last time I got a haircut: January 6, 2020. Usually I get a haircut every 3 months. It’s now been 6 months. I’m starting to get a bit shaggy. But I look good with my hair blowing in the wind 🙂 The last time I ate a meal in a restaurant: March 13, 2020, […]

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Don’t Want To Die of COVID? Get Healthy!

In the past number of weeks, we have been bombarded with constant media messaging that tells us the way we can avoid contracting COVID-19 is by physical distancing from others, washing hands and wearing a mask. I don’t dispute that. But why do I never hear medical experts or the government encouraging us to get […]

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A Worried Sports Fan

I am an avid sports fan, specifically hockey, tennis, baseball and basketball. Due to the Pandemic, I have felt a void. I feel sort of wussy for admitting this considering so many people are going through WAY more important hardships right now. But sports has always been an important mental diversion in my busy life. […]

Music for Self-Isolation - composed by Frank Horvat

I’m done but #IsolationMusic remains

I haven’t written a blog post in a little while…I’ve been busy. When self-isolation started at the end of March, I had this crazy idea…why not compose a short new piece for a different instrument or voice each day so my musical friends have something new to play while in Self-Isolation. On March 25, I […]

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COVID is Tragic, Crazy, Disruptive… and Good?

In my 45 years on this planet, I can’t think of anything that has impacted the entire world simultaneously like the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a student of history, I’m also having a hard time finding another comparable example. Not necessarily in the amount of victims…fortunately that is still a relatively low number. But just to […]

Earth Hour Music

Change in Plans…

March 17, 2020: Change in plans again… Due to the State of Emergency over COVID-19 announced in the province of Ontario on March 17, this live-streamed concert has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your interest. Wishing you the best of health! Dear Friends, It has been such a difficult week for so […]

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Reality Check on Our Relationship with Climate Change

Before there was Greta Thunberg, there was David Saddington. He got a lot of media coverage about his youthful activism to battle climate change. But then he realized his approach was completely wrong. Watch this… I found this talk very profound as I often wonder why the world has not stepped up united to demand […]

Learning to use a computer (Learning to use a computer (Image by Brian Kelly from Pixabay)

It’s Never Too Late To Learn Something New

Something’s been happening lately that I thought would never happen…my mom is learning how to use a computer! To many, this might not sound like anything special, but to my mom (and me), it’s huge! My mom worked her entire professional life as a hairstylist (no need for a computer). She never learned to type […]

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The Need for Community

I just started reading this wonderful book The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler. One of the reasons they state that people in our modern age have less happiness is because we are too solitary. There could be a number of factors for this: the proliferation of […]