Monday, March 19, 2012

Recitals save the dates!

Please join me, Nicholas Hay, bass, and Susan Hoffman, piano for two engaging recital programs. They are May 5th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ, and May 13th at Christ Church in New Brunswick, NJ. Arise Ye Subterranean Winds by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Piff! Paff from "Les Huguenots" by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) ALs Bublein klein from "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" by Otto Nicolai (1810-1849) Grenzen der Menscheit by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Wanderers Nachtlied I  Wanderers Nachtlied II Der Wanderer Le Bestiare by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Like a Sick Eagle by Charles Ives (1874-1954) Songs My Mother Taught Me Slow March Charlie Rutlage Romanzo di Central Park

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Solution

Living in the solution is a common phrase in 12 step programs. We talk about living in the solution as a substitute for living in the problem. Problems do occur of course, but the solution is working to solve the problem instead of fretting about the problem. Living in the solution is a matter of what positive action I can take right now. It is not about regretting the past or projecting the future. This is a tough concept for me to understand. An example is if I want to lose weight, which I do, I need to figure out how I can accomplish that goal, versus think to myself oh shit I'm out of shape. The solution can be exercising and eating well. Living in the solution is also taking positive actions to raise my self esteem. I am either doing things to raise my self esteem, or things to lower it. In other words I am either going towards a drink or away from a drink. Raising self esteem is a big part of living in the solution. So is doing things and not making it about me. Doing things to get me out of me. I could go on for a while about this. But, what for? Either I use the tool of having a higher power, or I am screwed, because I need one to help me live in the solution.