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thoughts for the new year
based on remembering: Yes I can.

(yes, it's a very positive, short blogpost)
wp.me/p4Ng5z-107 mastodon.social/media/-NWqEaRL

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off the grid.

no data so infrequent connectivity
old school
maps and talking to people

walked 10 miles yesterday, nearly all along the beach.

and the cello survived the airplane

Hello LA, thanks for having me

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Packing- food mention Show more

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when you have too many tabs open and past the wrong link...

yeah, I just did that. Well 3 hours ago. One of those early morning brainstorms. ah well...corrected it now. It was all on the same train of thought, just different carriages.

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tomorrow the new C string arrives... which means we can tune this sucker! It is about to snap and permanently a good semitone (half-step) flat. Oh then the tuneful Beach Boys harp-n-cello practice can resume for this weekend's wedding ;)

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a very good friend has played the AI bots at work... for his internal work profile pic (since they made him remove the pic of Jerry Garcia he previously used) he has now successfully used a pic of Grumpy Cat, which does not violate the 'no sunglasses & no beard' rules... ixquick-proxy.com/do/spg/show_

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Don't master your art, live at the vulnerable edge of it. It is only through maintaining a relationship with this edge that you can shelter your creations from your overbearing desire to understand them.

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Commit to posting mostly or only positive things on your favored social media site for a while.

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new, less expensive, airbnb booked! and it saves me an hour's driving. Woo Hoo!

Californ-i-a we're a-coming! (well, next Thursday!)

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My students from Hong Kong and Belgium- it’s been a week of f2f study on an otherwise online PG course. We have had the most excellent and intense week talking all things teaching and I did weep more than once this afternoon over goodbyes. (I am a softie) such commitment, passion, eagerness to learn, and humility. They care about the love of music and the joy it brings and that makes it all worth it to me.

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Good morning world!

Last day of my mega week. it's all sunshine and gentle rain. Just off for my run to find the rainbow.

(this was my waking view through the curtains today)

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my airbnb just cancelled a week before my trip.

pants

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Well it's Tuesday and it's been a week. !

Deep breath and hope the day brings pleasant surprises.

(...and perhaps a cool breeze)

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Protect your schedule, including the empty time.

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Because when I ask or say, there is listening and reply- by people. I don't usually know them, if they're famous or tall or posh, and that is the most wonderful thing for me.

The important people in (my) life are the ones who listen, notice, and smile back. These are the ones who keep me going.

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

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last bit to the thread-

Besides bringing some of these composers to my community orchestra, I'm adding this radio segment to the listening for my Romanticism class for the session when I talk about American Nationalism.

:) I'll make sure my students listen, and we'll talk about it. Last year I started that session on one knee as I played the national anthem.

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it gives a first hand look at how opportunity, resources, and the inherent prejudice of the people/place impact the development and dissemination of art.

Over halfway through there's a cellist who has to be careful how he defines himself - and the suppositions that are 'assumed' - huge hurdles for people.

sickening and shocking. I find it hugely upsetting that all this is in such very very recent times. (as in still going on)

Really worth a listen. gives fresh perspective.

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Heard this in the car last Sunday... all about Dvorak and his activism shouting about the inherent value of Black music and musicians in America. It is a very well done piece.

My community orchestra is going to play works by some of these people if I can find the manuscripts.

ONLY CRITICISM: there was one moment 2/3 of the way through when the speaker said 'people thought....' and I cringed as he should have said *white* people thought.

100% worth a listen.

bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08qtdtx

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!

decided to make my own non-granola bar things. The model is this: sainsburys.co.uk/webapp/wcs/st it lists the ingredients, and I went backwards and made my own. Didn't turn out too badly. I used cling film on top so I could press it together a bit and you can see it crumbles on the plate... but they took no time to make.

Next time I might stir in the choc like making rice crispy treats to help hold it together

They taste quite close! :)

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