The Shiva Chronicles: Nurse Ratched’s Vendetta

To be honest, this has not been the most enjoyable of weeks. I returned home from an absolutely wonderful trip to Lincoln to record a CD with my best friend on Saturday afternoon; early Monday morning I had surgery on my right shoulder (an open distal clavicle excision with an AC decompression). Now my ‘go-go-go’ … More The Shiva Chronicles: Nurse Ratched’s Vendetta

The Shiva Chronicles: The Terrible Threes

“The terrible twos is a normal stage in a child’s development in which a toddler can regularly bounce between reliance on adults and a newly burgeoning desire for independence. It is a stage that most toddlers will go through in varying degrees.” (Verywell Family, ‘Terrible Twos and You…’) I had great hopes that when Shiva turned three … More The Shiva Chronicles: The Terrible Threes

On Birthdays, Grief Days, and Animal Therapy

I’m sitting on a plane, just now departing Birmingham and heading to Tampa for a busy few days of professional responsibilities- a presentation, a recruiting event, and a Board meeting for my international clarinet organization. I grew up in Tampa and spent the beginning of my career there, and I’m excited to see my sister … More On Birthdays, Grief Days, and Animal Therapy

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in the ‘Hood

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the ‘hood, our creatures were stirring, but still being good. The stockings were hung on the mantle with care, well lit by Mr. MacKenzie’s LED flare. Snuggled in our jammies by a cozy bright fire, a cocktail in hand, we’d begun to conspire; what could we do … More ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in the ‘Hood