My Top 7 Influences As A Writer

“People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.” – T. S. Eliot This is so true that we are often influenced unwittingly by our favorite authors! Young writers especially tend to imitate the style of whatever author they are currently infatuated with. I've certainly been guilty of that in my early years as a writer. … Continue reading My Top 7 Influences As A Writer


2017 In Review

When each year comes to a close there are a number of stats I like to look back on as a tool for looking back on the year as a whole. I like to see how many books I read in a year, I like to know how much music I listened to compared to … Continue reading 2017 In Review

A Quote Off My Shelf

These are more and longer quotes than I typically post but they were too beautiful to abbreviate or reduce. A.S. Peterson's concluding sequel met and exceeded all of my expectations. The book will shatter your soul then gently, tenderly mend it together again.  The motif of music is strong throughout the book and captures best … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf


2015: A Year in Review (Music)

^^ that's about right! No surprise on 1-4, but #5 took me by surprise--what is Bow Pop, and how could it make my top 5 if I don't know what it is?! Google failed to turn up a definition. From what I can piece together based on Spotify's playlist entitled "Bow Pop," it appears the … Continue reading 2015: A Year in Review (Music)


Reviewer’s Digest // Music Resources

On Wednesdays I am not only a blogger, I am also a piano teacher for young children. My class is a preparatory class. I do not teach on the piano, I teach music history and theory, relying on good literature and interactive activities to engage the imaginations of children ages 3-10 and cultivate in them … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest // Music Resources


To Imitate the Strains I Love

THE REDBREAST AND THE SPARROW As a Redbreast was singing on a tree by the side of a rural cottage, a Sparrow, perched upon the thatch, took occasion thus to reprimand him: “And dost thou,” said he, “with thy dull autumnal note, presume to emulate the birds of spring? Can thy weak warblings pretend to … Continue reading To Imitate the Strains I Love


Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis 
Read October 28th

 (Afterward by Chad Walsh read on the 29th) 4 Stars I was pleased with myself for finishing the entire book in one sitting--but then again, I couldn't very well go to bed in the middle anyway. It frightened me to see the questions, the doubts, the … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction


Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015, dear readers. 2014 has been filled with many good books for me and I expect 2015 to be filled with many more! I have 11 mini-reviews of books from the latter half of 2014 that I have not yet published. Previously, I have published reviews individually, no matter the length, but this time I am … Continue reading Happy New Year!


Two Weeping Kings

Awhile back, I was introduced to the talents of Eric Whitacre and his evocative song "When David Heard", by my composer-friend, Zachary Horner (if you get the chance, be sure to check out his Sound Cloud account for samples of his own amazing work), and continue to be fascinated by the song's depth and intensity … Continue reading Two Weeping Kings


Songs of Asaph: The Queen of Iowa (Andrew Peterson)

#13. The Queen of Iowa Andrew Peterson Made beautiful through suffering. Miss my introduction to my "Sons/Songs of Asaph" series? Catch up here.  Miss my introduction to Andrew Peterson? Read it here. (Lyrics) I met the queen of Iowa She was dying on a couch in the suburbs And with all of the things … Continue reading Songs of Asaph: The Queen of Iowa (Andrew Peterson)