Let’s get energized!

I’ve been spending more time doing my passions, and not so much writing about them. Let’s see what we can do to remedy that situation. I have crossed a major milestone in my life recently. I retired from my job in the public school system. This is a bit...

New Passion: Concertina

This one goes well with my Anasazi Flute and Irish Traditional Music. I wanted an instrument that would go well with the pirate songs we’ve been doing lately. The concertina is not technically from the classic pirate period, but it’s a smallish instrument, suitable for life aboard a crowded...

New Passion: Anasazi Flute

I’ve recently discovered another new passion. It’s called Anasazi flute. If you don’t know who the Anasazi are (were, actually) they lived in the Four Corners area where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona come together, more than 700 years ago. They had a fascinating history, much of which...

What’s your story?

I remember when I was in fifth or sixth grade, my mom was worried about me. Sometimes I did very well in school; other times I did not. They kept telling her I was smart enough, but didn’t always apply myself. One day, a lady came and called me...

When does it all make sense?

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking back. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the...

Ketogenic Diet and Impostor Syndrome

OK, so I found another new passion. I’ve mentioned before that I am a combination of cyclical and simultaneous, but I often discover something new and fascinating, which I guess throws a bit of sequential into the mix. Sometimes, I think I’m related to that dog on the movie...

What are you going to do this summer?

I’m working with deaf and hard of hearing kids in a middle school, and for school people, this is a common question as we approach the end of the year. What are you going to do this summer? For me, it’s different every summer. (What a surprise, right?) A few...

Multifaceted Multipassionate

Yesterday, in the space of about three hours, I waited out a hailstorm in the cable tv store, started reading a new book that came in the mail, looked up a passage in another book I’m reading to cross-reference it, changed to a third book after 50 pages or...

What about family history?

Family history can mean different things to different people. To me, the idea includes genealogy, stories, memories, and even participation in events. Scottish and Irish festivals are an example of the latter. Among the hats I wear is the one where I am the state commissioner for Clan Thompson...

Improvising your passion!

I enjoyed a wonderful class on Saturday, taught by Ashley of the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse in Denver. I’ve been teaching Improv Drama to middle school students for several years now, and it’s one of my passions for sure. Ashley helped me take it to the next level. We even...