My son and I text each other songs each day, just one way I [try to] stay connected to my teenager. And I hadn’t really thought much about it, until I heard a writer-friend mention she had just been published in the Washington Post’s On Parenting. Not sure what made me think of the musical connection my son and I shared, but I did what all writers do: realized it might be a topic to write about…and started writing. And then I reached out to a music therapist and a psychotherapist for input in the evolving parenting piece. The result? I quoted the therapists, wrote, wrote some more, revised until I thought it was ready, and then clicked “submit”….and soon heard “yes.” You can see my article for the Washington Post here.
Speaking of the Washington Post, a few months ago I noticed a full-page ad in the Post for a “One Day University” here in the DC area, though they have these in cities across the U.S. In one day, 4 visiting professors give lectures on several topics (yesterday’s subjects were music appreciation, the psychology of aging, politics and the presidency, and German resistance in WWII.) It was an interesting event, and it’s always fun to learn for the sake of learning (read: no tests, quizzes or papers!) The professors were dynamic, and the audience–which numbered well into the high hundreds–seemed engaged. (About the only problem I could notice was a traffic back-up and problem with parking outside the venue.) So if you find yourself wanting to exercise your mind, and “live talks starring the nation’s professors” is something that actually excites you in the same way a good TED talk makes you stop your Facebook scroll and watch and think about fascinating subjects, you might want to check it out here to see if it’s coming to a city near you. #