Thursday, June 26, 2008

I surely won't stop blogging.......

Only 3% of the general public really "get into" classical music. Why?

Why do so many people want their children to learn to play the piano? And why do so many children give it up after only a few years?

What if the whole world LOVED classical music?

Oh, and do you know anyone who is "tone deaf"? Here's a video of one of my favorite musicians.

Thanks for watching.
What would the world look like if we never said anything that wouldn't stand the test of being the very last thing you would ever say to your children, your partner, anyone?

Make a difference.

Thank You

Dear friends,
A bunch of years ago I read a book called the Five Love Languages of Children. It's a great book by Gary Chapman.

These 5 love languages are
Time (presence)
Acts of Service
and ....
I always forget the one that speaks to me! Of course. We moms tend to do that.....

Oh, yes....
I do remember:

Words of Affirmation
From the bottom of my aching heart I so appreciate the kind words you have written to me and spoken to me since I've broken the news of my moving to North Carolina. I treasure them. I do feel very loved. Thank you.


Sunday, June 22, 2008


Dear Friends,

Have you ever experienced when your toddler, busy in the adjacent room, becomes very quiet for a stretch of jump up in a panic to check because surely something is up? Well, I've been quiet on this blog for a bit and sure enough something is up. My heart is trying to make some distance so it doesn't break too badly in saying goodbye.

“The winds of change are blowing my way. I can feel it in my bones.” This quote comes with a melody sung by the children’s music group, Gemini, that often performs in the Holland area. It’s been playing in my head and heart for a month now. I am relocating to Asheville North Carolina! It is exciting to be moving close to extended family members but at the same time I am experiencing great depths of sadness at leaving the Holland community and my “Kindermusik fan club”!

Needless to say I have great concern about passing the baton of Kindermusik on to an entity in the Holland area who can continue to offer this premier program to the many families who have and will continue to look to Kindermusik for their children’s musical beginnings and for the program that nurtures relationships between adults and children and gives children a solid start in cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

If you would like to connect with me on the possibilities of Kindermusik of Holland being part of your passion, part of your umbrella of music and art programs, and part of your community building relations programs please contact me at your earliest convenience. I will be formally closing the doors of my studio on July 25th, 2008. I know I have lots of details to wrap up and if you have any questions or need to remind me of anything...please drop me an email.

Musically yours,

Yvette Odell
of Holland

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." A. Einstein

Monday, June 9, 2008

The POWER of a few moms.....

Just over 50 years ago a group of moms met at a picnic and started chatting. These moms each had young babies in common. Through their passionate conversation and connection they were inspired to meet again with the purpose to nurture precious support in their choice to breastfeed their babies. By word of mouth other moms joined the conversation. Soon it was necessary to organize and allow circles of moms all over the world to benefit from the information and support these few women had begun to amass. This is the story of La Leche League.

This story means a lot to me because in the first 10 days or so of nursing my first baby I teetered on the edge of giving up because of soreness. Calling a La Leche League leader saved me! I've attended meetings for over 20 years and have for the past 13 years as a leader been helping moms who are asking the same kinds of questions I asked!

La Leche Leage has been a powerful entity in my forming of my philosophy on parenting and nurturing children in general. Perhaps most poignant was that La Leche League encouraged me to listen to my heart first in everything I do concerning my work with children.

Yesterday, June 8, 2008, Edwina Froehlich, one of the moms in that very first conversation at the picnic in Chicago, passed away at 93 years young. Many La Leche League friends are wearing a pearl necklace in her honor this week. I'll be wearing mine in gratitude for her passion and activism.