Let’s not let fear have the last word

Don’t be afraid. We hear it from a father, releasing a child to her first solo bike ride, as he lifts his hands from the fender. Don’t be afraid, a mother soothes as a child protests against the dark at bedtime. Don’t be afraid, says the roller coaster operator as he snaps the steel harness … Continue reading Let’s not let fear have the last word

Following a musician’s lead in a distracting season

For a good part of the concert, I felt sorry for the musicians.  It seemed as if they were playing in a dust storm of distractions: squawking children, chatty adults, buzzing amplifier chords. But by the end of the evening, we had all, remarkably, been corralled into quiet, focused listening. It was as if a … Continue reading Following a musician’s lead in a distracting season