A Musician’s Notebook: Making a Rainbow

  This is a beautiful and special place. Each summer, a prep school campus of rolling, green hills, clear mountain air, and rippling streams, nestled at the foot of Mt. Everett in Sheffield Massachusetts, becomes a backdrop to artistic achievement and expression. Although I’ve been participating since 1991, I still marvel at the unique experience that […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

This series of photographs is posted in response to the prompt “letters“. Upon first glance, these two photos, are a welcome banner and a logo on a cap.  For me, though, when I look at these photos,  I am instantly transported to the mountains of Sheffield Massachusetts, where each summer I participate in joyous music […]

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Silent Eloquence

Looking out over the expanse of neatly arranged chairs, that in a few hours will be teeming with concert-goers, the stark contrast is clear. This anticipatory lull is prelude to a great crescendo of excitement. It’s as if calm before the storm; the lows needed to appreciate the highs; the darkness to welcome the light […]

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On Miracles

🎵🎵🎵 The same old butterflies returned to her stomach and her pulse quickened with uncertainty, as she turned into the familiar road that led to her mountain retreat. Her friends and acquaintances from prior years had opted for other weeks, other programs, other Directors. But she outsmarted herself by insisting that she wanted to stretch […]

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Dona Nobis Pacem

🌾🌾🌾 🌾🌾🌾 Whitman, Poet penning poems: War poems Williams, Composer setting words to music: Dona Nobis Pacem. Artistic genius, both united inevitably in performance. I sing through tears, their requiem for fallen Father and Son. 🌾🌾🌾 Trifecta Challenge Week 75: a thirty-three word “free-write” about anything. Walt Whitman (American poet, essayist, humanist and journalist) wrote […]

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Why “BCIJo”?

To the uninitiated, this blog name may seem illegible and perhaps even irrelevant.   But it isn’t either of these things.   After having toyed with the idea of changing my blog name, I realized that after these seven months of blogging, I do have an on-line identity; friends have been made, history captured and a journey […]

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September Song

September has always represented for me, a chance to begin a new cycle.  Despite having been driven by fiscal and corporate calendars for the last 45 years and January- to- December calendars all of my life,   I am somehow surprised,  that I would still feel this renewal urge each fall. My husband, a leader […]

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Music of the Mountain (Trifecta Writing Challenge -Wk 38)

  Music of the Mountain   Country roads wind their way Quaint towns, once familiar hills and vales Dismay, as malls of progress  Block farmland valleys. The homeward trek continues – changes unfold.   Tentative… Long driveway ahead Stunning new stone gate; Upscaled arena – superb symphonic space Science center, sparkling in the sun.   […]

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