Now Go Make Some Mistakes!

I remember a lesson I learned when I was playing violin in the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra. I believe I was a senior in high school, and we were rehearsing the William Tell Overture. If I remember correctly, which I may not, our guest conductor that year was the conductor of the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. I remember only two things he taught us, and neither of them had anything to do with the actual music. (By the way, if you’ve never heard the cello solo at the beginning of the William Tell Overture, do yourself a favor and go look it up. The Lone Ranger section isn’t the best part of the piece.) First, always always always have a…

The Gift of Today

Today was a gift. A wonderful, glorious, marvelous gift. You see, this morning I started getting a migraine. (My migraines like to make a big announcement with flashing lights, so I knew it was coming.) Lucky for me, I had a headache appointment yesterday where the nurse practitioner gave me several new meds to try. Well, they weren’t really NEW, since I’ve tried them all before and they never worked. Actually, nothing ever works, so I didn’t hold out much hope. Today, it worked! Within about 2 hours I was up, eating, and functioning normally; well as normal as I ever do. So today was a gift. Instead of lying in bed with intense pain in 1/2 of my head,…