Dissonance

by +CrystalThieringer    @cdthieringer I have a love-dislike relationship with the piano. Lately, I’ve been disliking it a lot. As a flautist, a simple melody or harmony line makes sense to ...

When you hate Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, and we celebrated with my dear friend and her family.  It was a wonderful, wonderful time and I have had many moments of looking back on that table laden with wo...

The changing face of a Veteran

When I was a young girl, my grandmother told me to always take time to thank the veterans, because they gave me my country. I never really understood it, or why buying a poppy would make her cry.  As...

He saw her

I once worked in child care, as an administrative assistant. This was an important time of my life, one in which I learned both to respect children and understand myself. It was in many ways the perfe...

Life is hard, and it hurts

I have been privileged to communicate with several teenagers about some of the struggles they face.  They are some of the most courageous people I know.  I’ve featured two of them before–...