This Present Won't Fit in a Box. And it's for you.

This will be my first Christmas as a Grandma. Leon will be 8 months old! My own son, his dad, never knew my mom, his Grandma. She died 6 weeks after he was born, but not before she got to…

Information is power. And we're together in this . . .

November is National Caregivers Month. Let’s face it. The journey of caregiving is a challenging one. Most people are learning as they go, on their feet, in stolen moments. That is why this week I want to call your attention to…

I Got Rhythm!

Are you ready for a bite sized mini training that will liven up your music experiences?   
  
You’re in luck! 
  
This week’s short video is one of five in a training series available on my website and on…

What Can One Little Person Do?

Many years ago my best friend, Tiyi Schippers, wrote a musical for children called “What Can One Little Person Do.” It is based on the song by the same name, written by another dear friend and children’s musician Sally

Here's What I Know for Sure... Everybody can sing.

Lois was a quiet woman who often sat in an easy chair just outside of our song circle. I always invited her to join us but she would almost always decline. As the singing started I would keep an eye…

I Want to Live in a World Where . . .

I’ve been thinking a lot about our world lately. Perhaps you have too.  Here are a few things on what I'm calling my '"musical manifesto."  Go ahead and call me a dreamer or an idealist. I’m good with that. Because I…

13 Reasons to Sing with Your Grandchildren

My first grandchild, Leon Carter Rose, was born this past week. As many of you know, being a grandparent is just about the best thing ever. I know this to be true from only four days’ experience! 

I can’t…

Three Top Tips for Tuning into Singing: Insights from Finland

By Deborah Shouse, Dementiajourney.org - Guest Blogger

Mom was staring into space, oblivious to my brilliant smiles and cheerful conversation. So I started to sing, just to occupy myself. I chose songs Mom liked, such as Oh What a

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