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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Is This My Big Break?

By on Feb 10, 2017 in Advice, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I have an opportunity to make a career change. I have been in administration and marketing for most of my career. I am not too far from retirement, but still want and need to work for several more years. I have an opportunity to get involved with an artist’s studio, leading classes, conducting workshops, and also...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Sustenance for The Holidays

By on Nov 25, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Everyday Inspired, Movie Musings, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I write a weekly advice column on my blog. It’s published on Thursdays, and on Fridays it goes out to my readers via email and on social media. This week, I missed my deadline because of Thanksgiving and other work commitments. Have I blown it with my readers? Do you think they will forgive me? Signed, Thinking They’re...

Review: Amy Grant’s New Christmas CD “Tennessee Christmas”

By on Nov 2, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Music Musings | 0 comments

From the first notes of Amy Grant’s new Christmas music CD, Tennessee Christmas, it feels so cozy. We’re fireside with a woman who loves the Christmas season so much, she’s dedicated (now) 5 albums of her extensive discography to it. Most years, she’s on tour right up until Christmas week making spirits bright. Tennessee...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: The Creative Life

By on Aug 4, 2016 in Advice, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I am an aspiring writer. I’ve been at it for several years with moderate success. My question is about what to do when people ask me about my work. For example, my husband and I were at dinner with some friends last week. One of them asked me about my latest project, and when I told him, his response was, “There aren’t...

Maria’s Musings and Advice: Volume 1, fourth edition

By on May 12, 2016 in Advice, Music Musings | 6 comments

Dear Readers, In a quandary? Life got you down? Need some perspective? Check this out: My new advice column! I’ll answer questions every week,* so if you’d like to ask a question, click here. I look forward to hearing from you, or “for a friend.” Please add your thoughts, and suggestions in the comments section, below.    Dear...

I’ve Got [the Muse] Under My Skin

By on Mar 10, 2016 in Maria's Blog, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 0 comments

A song for recovering creatives: Julia Cameron nurtures and shoves Recovering Creatives out of the nest in her seminal work, The Artist’s Way. This Frank Sinatra standard celebrates the internal tug-of-war the Creative has with the Muse: pulling between expression and safety. Let’s ride along and see who wins. The whole trip...