"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


July 16th

I've been talking with a friend who's just graduated from college, and is searching for the next step in life.

Listening to her struggle with the dichotomy between what makes her come alive
(roots music & dance) and what she's 'supposed' to do (graduate work: 'serious academic study').

Listening as she tries to reconcile herself to committing hours of hard work and thought towards mastery of something which doesn't completely fit with her creative energy.

Acknowledging her utter ability to succeed--brilliantly--in either area.

Knowing that there's not much more I can do to help her find her way, except to listen with care.....

and thinking, with gratitude, about how many times others have given that exact same gift to me.

Just sayin'.

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