I’ve always been a “project” kind of guy. I like things to have a goal, and endpoint in mind. I like to work backwards from that end goal and map out how to get there. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to do nothing too. I’m pretty good at that when I want to be–sorta like another project. You…

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Music, Emotion, & Learning

I heard a story on U2 X-Radio (SiriusXM) about a 6th grade geography teacher framing an Ireland geography lesson, and then eventually a whole unit on European geography, with U2 songs. He starting simply with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from the Joshua Tree Album – the greatest rock/pop album ever – and I’ll fight you on…

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The Sweetest Thing

Last week I wrote about the simple gifts. That’s still on my brain this week. I’m reminded of recently a friend who commands my attention whenever he speaks stating he was noticing those around him that were giving the world of themselves by being “present.” That’s been my mantra since he said that a few weeks ago. “Be present.” Don’t…

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I’d like to do some shameless self-promotion. Here’s a sample of four songs from my upcoming Album, Together, which will be released March 10, 2023. These are songs I’ve written over the past couple of years. All are based on prompts from the Singer Songwriter Challenge FaceBook group I am part of. I’ve spent much of my time this fall…

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One Last Simple Gift

The last simple gift from a friend was the importance of telling those you love just that. I guess it doesn’t have to be those three words, but maybe better if it is. Another friend of mine, possessing a wisdom I admire, recently shared an anecdote encapsulating the importance of noticing simple gifts others bring to the world and how…

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Oh, That Surplus

Minnesota is looking at a $17 billion surplus as they begin work in the 2023 legislative session. Oh what to do, what to do? Nothing riles people up like the possibility of some money burning a hole in their pocket. To be clear, as a professor at Bemidji State University I’m a state employee–so I’m hardly an unbiased voice in…

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