Does time really have to move fast?

Here it is the end of the school year for us.  Our daughter Jane is graduating from High School this week, and I have mixed feelings about it.  On one hand I am SO incredibly excited for her and as she has so much going on this Summer.  The creativity in this girl is beyond amazing. She writes stories, draws incredibly well and she loves to create music too. 

On the other hand, I know I need to let her go.  When Claire left years ago after she graduated, it was painful. I was not ready for those changes.  I think all of us cried at one point or other.  The cool thing is, Jane will be staying at home to go to local college to get two years behind her, then she can go forward from there.  Perhaps I will be ready when she finally does move out, maybe I won't be as sad when she goes.  Maybe we will be ready to kick her butt out.. she may get really tired of living here.  ( She already is).  

The HOPE is that the transition from teen to an adult - and me being able to handle that transition in a  good positive way.  I know we will get on each others nerves - but the beauty of that is being able to work together instead of getting angry.  

I am looking forward to what she does with her life and how it all goes for her.  

Peace in Music...

Kori Carothers

A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman