Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Come Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow ME!

Whither shall I follow, follow, follow,
Whither shall I follow, follow, thee?
Too the Greenwood, to the greenwood,
to the greenwood, greenwood tree!

(I have a new name for my new blog:)

Y's Kindermusik blog....

Thanks for following......
Hope you're still singing and twirling~

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The view from here....

Put your eye to the viewfinder. Here is the picture: (I regret I didn't have my camera) The trail reminds me a little of the Saugatuck Dunes State Park trails except maybe there's more rise to the slope and more undergrowth, more vines. It's pretty humid. There's 20 hikers gathered, like every Friday year round, with the "Let's Take a Hike" group out of Asheville. Their T-shirt motto is "Quit whining. Keep Climbing!" They count off so that when they come to the end they can account for everyone. Looking around at the circle I think how they seem pretty serious with their ski poles and packs. I'd say most in the group are in their 60's give or take. My mom has invited me to tag along. She's 81. As we begin the ascent she warns me "I might not make good conversation when I'm out of breath". It's a bit more humid than normal she says, it has stormed recently and there's lots of interesting mushrooms on the trail. As the trail begins to intensify I notice a couple folks pull to the side to catch their breath, I'm panting and red in the face but I don't want to lag behind Mom! My conversation lags! When we get to the top the view is splendid..... the valley and the highway below, green-green-green the whole earth is lush....In a couple weeks the tourists will be here looking for color.

There is color in my mom's face but mine is really red! A group member comments to me "Isn't she great!! " pointing to Mom.

This is what I came to see.

I should mention that whenever she introduces me to anyone she does not overlook the chance to tell them about Kindermusik and all the benefits of the program...in case anyone's grandchildren should be young enough for my classes!

Sorry I forgot my camera.

My legs are sore.

International Peace Day Sept. 21

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Years ago on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, right out of college, I shared a big farmhouse with a roommate and her dogs. One of the dogs was a Weimaraner... Owho really enjoyed singing along with my flute students. Bitsy would sit right next to my chair and sing and sing and sing her heart out. If I stopped playing she'd stop singing...when I started back up she'd start back up. She looked so forlorn if I took her out of earshot for the lesson, you could tell she loved her voice lesson!

Anne's new cello teacher, Miss Frances, has a dog that reminds me of Bitsy. Chloe has been singing for cello lessons for quite some time. When Miss France's daughter practices violin she considers it sing along time too. Some songs are just OK but if she know's the piece well she really belts it! Some of Chloe's friends have captured her on this little video...The videos are called www.littlepearls.org and they have some very beautiful ones if you care to browse around. Enjoy your day and sing it from the roof-tops.
Love, Yvette

Friday, September 5, 2008


Hello friends, It's me...Yvette ...

Are you still there? Have you been waiting for me? I think I'm ready to get back to posting, I know I promised.

Things to do:
Download phots from my camera (Anne took some shots of me with my TRUCK)
Change my driver's license.
(I have to take a written test!)
Get new tags for my car.
Get new magnets for my car.
Register to vote!
Change my address for journals.
Figure out the online banking for my new bank.
Change the message greeting on my cell phone (still says Kindermusik of Holland).
Get business cards.
Unpack more boxes.
Find my tea kettle.
Write Thank You letters.....(I couldn't have done it without the help...the generous, generous help).
Go to the local farmers markets.
Make salsa.
Find a coffee shop as good as Lemonjello's.
Go to the local La Leche League meeting (that's the 4th Saturday).
Make new friends.

Miss you....miss you all,

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

cleaning off my desk

The "perma crud" is pretty amazing! But among the bills, scraps of lists and reminders, photos, love letters from you and your children, and other stuff (some of it unidentifiable) ... that I've kept on top I've also found some thought provoking quotes that I'd written down. The first one has probably been on my desk for 3 years. I love it and I think about all the people who are taking care of children...that we should remind themselves that:

This world is nothing more than Beauty's chance to show Herself.
And what are we?
Nothing more than Beauty's chance to see Herself. For if Beauty were not seeking Herself we would not exist....


These next two quotes are more recently added to the piles on my desk. They are by different people but definitely related. I apply them to parenting and to teaching. I regret the times I was a "monster" to my independent toddlers! But I forgive myself and try to learn through my mistakes.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.

F. Nietzsche

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.



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 them.....to your children, your partner, anyone?

Make a difference.