Once Again – Stranger in a Strange Land

I spoke with a friend this week who felt like a stranger in a strange land. She’s recently moved to a community with almost no experience with Muslims, people from West Africa, or with those with chronic pain from a … Continue reading

I’m So Discouraged

Several times this week I heard a variation on: I’m so discouraged, I thought I was doing better. I just keep sliding back. I really suck at this. The topics: meditating every day, losing weight, managing anxiety, soloing, recovering from … Continue reading

Last Post, New Year

Last post of 2015. Reviewing the year in 51 blog posts, we discussed: Death and Dying Give Me My Dam Data Values Leadership Work/Life balance Grace Ignorance, Uncertainty, Research Music Caregivers Experience of People at the Center And more I’m … Continue reading

Pausing – A Magic Lever of Best Health

Yesterday, my wife took me to Boston Improv for my birthday. My daughter-in-law took me out for lunch. This week I found myself spacing out several times at my desk.  I listened to the rhythms of conversation in meetings at work. … Continue reading

Mistakes – Finding your Groove Again

We make lots of mistakes improvising while playing music in my jazz combo – wrong notes, lose our place, no feel for the rhythm. No mistakes never happens. The music is good when the group communicates, recovers and finds the groove again. … Continue reading

Comedy Improv and the Health Journey

I’ve written before about music improv and the health journey.  Today I’m inspired by Tina Fey.  She says: The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree … Continue reading

Sounding like yourself

Two musical events for me yesterday: my combo rehearsal and Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, JD Blair, and Derico Watson at Berklee School of Music. The latter, 2 virtuoso bass players and 2 amazing percussionists, demonstrated energy, experimentation, creative inclusion of the … Continue reading