“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” ~original author still unknown
But what I’ve learned in my now 44 years of life is that living is about knowing and doing what you love. And I mean LOVE! For me, it’s a short list:
The first solo I remember was about 38 years ago, singing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as an angel for the Christmas pageant at church; the famed Hazel King, international organist extraordinaire, chose me out of all of the other kids, and she kept choosing me for years to come.
The first dinner I remember making was in third grade; my mom had decided to let me come home after school instead of going to the nursery school with my little brother. In exchange, I had to follow the very explicit directions she left me for getting dinner started. It was pork chop casserole: dried rice, a can of peas (with juice), a can of cream of mushroom soup, with the salt and peppered pork chops laid on top in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes.
I’ve ALWAYS been in school, and my school colors have always been red, black, grey, and white…except for the very last one. And I have six degrees to show for it. When I finished the last one in August 2010, everyone asked what degree would be next. Figure it might be time to try cooking school. And in 2016, I almost made it into cooking school as an administrator, where I’d have been able to take classes for free! What a dream that would have been!
And I’ve ALWAYS worked full time since I finished college: as a college professor, as a corporate communications professional, as a writer and editor, as an information and operations organizer, as a financial manager. And everywhere I’ve been, I’ve created the underlying management systems that get and keep organizations running. Um, yeah, I’ve been called Radar many times, and, yes, I’m old enough to know EXACTLY what that means and to have seen “new” episodes growing up.
I know a lot, from the academic intersections of my years in school, from my immense network of friends and colleagues, and plain old from paying attention to the world around me. So I’ll share more than just thoughts about singing and cooking here. Deal with it!
PS, my favorite herb combination is…you guessed it…parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…YUMMY!