1) Though we’re rapidly returning to real-life settings in these parts, I am thankful for the experience of Zoom and for the Zoom meetings I will continue to enjoy. I imagine this would include my weekly Monday afternoon meeting with Kurt the linguistics expert. Although it hasn’t happened yet, I always enjoy it, and usually learn new things.
(2) I’m thankful for all the professors I met in the two theology groups I discovered a while back. On Thursday I met with Nick, a professor emeritus of philosophy who was the director of religious studies at the University here. We had a wonderful conversation, in which he expressed his interest in my musical as well as theology. I’m thankful he’d listened to Talking Shop Part Seven and Reaching for Your Hand, because he had useful observations as well as encouraging things to say.
(3) In the past year and a half, it seems that a niche has been prepared for me in the local journalism community. I now count 22 columns I’ve had published in Spokane Faith and Values, where I’ve met numerous journalists with whom I am able to network. Also thankful for all the local journalists I’ve met here in town, and at the University.
(4) Keva and I met again on Sunday. We dd a new recording of “Reaching for Your Hand” in which we used two iPhones spaced strategically in different spots near singer and piano. I’m in the process of mixing it down for my SoundCloud. We also did a video of a song I wrote called “I Am the Blues.” On examining her work closely, I told Keva she should feel free to interpret my songs as she chooses. She does have that power, that gift.
(5) I’ve been meeting one to one with people who are interested in reinstating a musical workshop for the summer. It won’t be the same exact team, but I am encouraged by the genuine interest and enthusiasm I am finding in those with whom I meet. It’s been wonderful to have slowly realized in recent months that I am not the only person who enjoys working on my musical. It’s been wonderful overall to have gradually discovered that I am no longer isolated, no longer alone.
“I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world.”
— Erin Gruwell
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