“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” Abraham Lincoln I don’t know what it is but there is something strange going on this spring. I have had more than my usual number of emails about People Behaving Badly
“The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I have a bag of tricks—I am not ashamed to admit it—to get my choirs to do what they need to do. Some are appropriate for young singers, some are
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi A few weeks ago, I wrote about Donald* who felt uncomfortable when a colleague, who usually snubbed and ignored him, began treating him normally. Of course, there was a reason for Donald’s
“The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another… and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.” Leonard Bernstein We all know
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” Mark Twain Donald* tells me most people would not think he has a problem. In fact, most people would believe he’s the problem. Not me; I think he has a point. What’s all this about?
“Make yourself do unpleasant things so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.” W. E. B. Du Bois Donna* and I have been corresponding since late last fall. After a move, due to her spouse’s job, she found a church position. She began last August, 12 months after
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain Jeremy* wrote to me a few weeks ago with an unusual problem. Or at least, he thinks it’s unusual. I don’t think it is.
“Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.” Walter Winchell I hate gossip. In fact, I hate it so much when someone is spreading any ugly rumor; I refuse to acknowledge they’ve spoken. This doesn’t mean I don’t listen to gossip; I just
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Thomas Jefferson In the last two weeks, I have had five people contact me about politics. I don’t mean friends or family or acquaintances sharing Facebook stuff but CHORAL DIRECTORS
“Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.” Harry S. Truman Have you ever been in a situation where, if you are completely honest, you could offend someone? But if you are not honest, that person will think whatever he or she is doing is fine, even if clearly