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Practice Practice Practice

There are a lot of people who will tell you how to get really good at something. They will tell you “Practice makes perfect.” They will say the only way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, practice, practice. People will quote various studies telling you how many hours you need to do something before you …

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Beating the Inner Perfectionist into Submission

Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird, “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft….Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true …

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Muscle Memory – Kaput!

This past weekend I was feeling out of sorts. On Sunday morning, I told my husband that I felt like taking a swing at something. This is definitely not a normal state for me, and the fact that it was so unusual for me to feel mad at everything made me feel even more uneasy. …

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The Gift of a Musical Upbringing

When I was growing up, I was surrounded by music. Both my mom and dad sing. Back then, they were in church choir, a local Pops chorus, and my dad also sang barbershop – both in a chorus and a quartet. My sister and I both took piano lessons when we were little. We also …

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Is it in the genes or did society do this?

Nature vs. Nurture has been up for debate in many areas of society.  Are sociopaths born or made?  Is a person’s sexual preference determined at birth or does the environment they are raised in play a role? Last week, on Facebook, a young writer posted a question asking what books people recommended she read to …

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