How Will COVID Change Us? I Hope We Remember That the Arts Sustained Us

There’s no question that we’re going to be changed by this COVID pandemic. You can’t go through something like this and not be altered in some way. Sadly, some of us will lose a friend or loved one to the virus. Some will have had a major life event (perhaps a wedding or graduation) cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Millions will lose their livelihoods. Savings will be eviscerated. We will all suffer hardship to a greater or lesser degree.

Some self-reflection may come out if it as well. Maybe we’ll discover a resilience in ourselves that we didn’t realize we had. Maybe we’ll find out that we actually enjoyed our solitude more than we would have thought. (Or maybe we’ll realize that we hated it more than we would have expected.)

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The Week That America Died

This is the week that I lost my faith.

This is the week that Donald Trump was acquitted of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by a Republican Senate so cowed by his bullying that they are willing to empower him to shred the very document that they have sworn to protect and defend. He has now claimed total vindication and is completely untethered from any real or perceived limitations on his self-enriching, autocratic, vindictive tendencies.

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Seven Uplifting Classical Pieces

Classical music is usually described as calming, soothing, and relaxing. But it can actually be energetic and uplifting too. Here are a few pieces to accompany you on a hectic day or help lift you out of a gray mood.Continue reading “Seven Uplifting Classical Pieces”

A Hopeful Playlist

There’s so much crap going on in life and in the world right now. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes you can feel hopeless. But don’t give in to the despair. There is always hope. As hard as it is to believe, everything — no matter how permanent it may seem — is temporary. There’s always tomorrow; and where there is tomorrow, there is hope.

“These times are hard.
But they will pass.
They WILL pass.”


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A “Staircase Playlist” For Tough Times

This year has been rough.

Every single day something happens that makes me angry, sad, frustrated or despondent. And with the recent celebrity tragedies in the news, the issue of depression has been on my mind a lot. What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed? According to mental health professionals, an episode of sadness that lasts over two weeks is considered depression. Well, this has been going on for about a year and a half, so what does that mean?

I was reminded today that we each have our ways of coping with difficult situations, and like many people, music helps me cope. One way I dig my way out of a dark mood is to find a song that hits just the right resonance for me: maybe it’s something in a minor key or maybe it’s one with a slow, angry tempo; I look for something that vibrates at the same frequency as my state of mind. I play it a few times and wallow in the mood, and then I find songs that gradually, gently move into a more positive perspective. I think of it as a staircase that I use to climb, step-by-step, out of my emotional basement.

Here’s a staircase playlist for a Trump-era day like today.Continue reading “A “Staircase Playlist” For Tough Times”