Reflections.  Inspiration. Gratitude.

A Blog by Linda Weise

An Alphabet of New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!  Will be a fantastic year.  2020 taught us so much and shared so many blessings.  We truly learned the meaning of “find the silver lining.” And here we are- on the doorstep of a new year full of new adventures.  I am not one for formal ‘resolutions’ as I work so hard to set those each day- connecting with myself as the hours move along.  I do though choose a letter each year and...

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FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES

It was a really sunny and beautifully warm November afternoon when I entered my lovely school, the Colorado Springs Conservatory.  There in the lobby were several children waiting to be picked up by their parents.  I know them all very well.  Sitting in the foyer after class.  We were all glad to see each other, despite the fact that we were all masked up due to COVID.  I find it so hard to...

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LET THE MUSIC INSPIRE YOU!
LET THE MUSIC INSPIRE YOU!

Listening is a skill that must be forever honed.  We take it for granted and in this day and age of SO many distractions, we can find that the world around us makes it impossible to really focus and actually listen.  A presence of mind and state of focused attention is not something that we might call upon readily if we don’t take the time to actually ‘teach’ ourselves to listen.  “Listen to...

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A Brilliant Genius Inside Each of Us……
A Brilliant Genius Inside Each of Us……

 A child, unbridled in their most honest and pure temperament is simply put, a masterpiece. My father had a wonderful way of sitting and chatting with a child that would astound anyone.  A fun, engaging way of meeting the child, no matter the age, right where they were. He was  present, listening, sharing, watching- or not- sometimes, watching slyly to gauge a more shy child- he was brilliant. ...

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Why Teach Your Child About ‘Community’
Why Teach Your Child About ‘Community’

I would never claim to be a contender for ‘Parent of the Year’, but I have come to know a few things about raising children- as a mother of two daughters and Founder of the Colorado Springs Conservatory.  As a mother, I am forever grateful for the upbringing and formative years my parents afforded me and my sisters.  As a point of reference and model for bringing up my own children, I would...

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“Have you ever been curious…..?”
“Have you ever been curious…..?”

In these times of COVID, the SGS team heard it loud and clear; “create a portion of the show to get the kids out and about.” We heard this from parents, teachers, community leaders- everyone recognized that the children needed to go somewhere outside of their own homes- even if it were only through a screen.   So we created the ‘Curiosity Corner’ with...

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‘Tis the Gift to be Simple – Where did this song come from?
‘Tis the Gift to be Simple – Where did this song come from?

As a voice major at both Oberlin Conservatory and Juilliard School we were exposed to American Folk Songs as a formidable ‘genre’ of songs that we were expected to know and perform.  Whether Shenendoah, Jimmy Crack Corn, Go Tell it on the Mountain or All The Pretty Little Horses- these were all songs we were expected to learn.  Composers from various musical periods in history set each...

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Can I Get a Witness?
Can I Get a Witness?

What we are all seeing with our children during these times of COVID There is an underlying theme to every parent’s life right now; “I am so tired of all things COVID- the restrictions, the confusion, being a home, teaching at home, staying ‘safe’, the isolation, zoom fatigue…..and on and on. If this is how you feel, imagine how your child must feel.  I am not going to claim to be any...

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