The Necessity of Joy: What difference does it make?

How often do you forget all your worries? How often do you feel delighted, happy, and playful?

A few years ago, a friend of mine took me with her to pick up a new dog – a seven-year-old rescued border collie. We met with her escort in a parking lot, and the dog seemed shy and worried. Then, her escort pulled out her favorite toy, a inflated ball about ten inches in diameter.

Inspirations and Beginnings

I recently played zills in an informal but poignant flute recital with a former student. She lives in the mountains, and she and her family were evacuated during the flood that hit the Front Range in Colorado in 2013. In the chaos and confusion, her treasured silver flute disappeared.

Three and a half years later, she gave her recital as a way of […]