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Flexibility: Fiddle as a metaphor 4 life

When I was attending the University of Utah, I had the opportunity to study privately with some really wonderful teachers. One of them, Margaret Tyson Klein, introduced me to the teachings of Kato Havas and taught me a lot that…

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Stretching: Fiddle as a metaphor 4 life

I took a trip to the Chiropractor’s office last Friday. I was experiencing back problems that I was not able to remediate on my own.

When I arrived, I did the initial intake questionnaire, spoke with the doctor, and then…

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Balance: Fiddle as a metaphor 4 life

My favorite violin teacher in college introduced me to the writings and philosophy of Kato Havas, a wonderful concert violinist and teacher from England. Kato Havas wrote a couple of small books which I highly recommend to you, especially “Stage…

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Letting Go: Fiddle as a metaphor 4 life

Ask any of my current or past students: I have metaphors and analogies for EVERYTHING. Sometimes they don’t make a whole lot of sense, and I’ve hade many eyes roll at me over the years. But most of the time…

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New Trad Tune Website

For several years I have been gnawing at an idea to start a website. A site that would utilize some of the same techniques I’ve been using over the years to teach my private students.

One technique in particular seems…

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Courage and Fear

I’ve been reading again. Today I read a chapter in Florence Scovel Shinn’s “The Game Of Life (And How To Play It)” (1925). In it is a passage I want to quote directly that treats the subject of Fear:

“I…

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Celebrating Unexpected Blessings

I came home last night to find my sweetheart in the middle of meditating. At the end of the meditation, she pulled a card from her Tarot deck for each of us. My card? Prepare to celebrate!

I realize that…

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Golden Rule (Tuesday October 4th, 2011)

I’m sitting here at Westminster Cafe in Westminster, CA listening to Akshara Weave’s Cho Ku Rei: Reiki Healing. In addition to writing this, I am drinking coffee and water and smoking the occasional cigarette. This is what I do when…