My Time in Vermont

 As most of you know, I have been vacationing in Vermont. It has been a time for reflection, composing, and peace.  Fall is my favorite time of year. California doesn't really get true four seasons. I come out east during this time as often as I can. I've been visiting friends, rehearsing and composing music.

I have gone on walks, helping with cooking, gardening, learning about how to take care of geese, chickens and ducks. So fun to watch my friend take care of these animals. It is very obvious to me they know she is their primary care giver. They run after her, and make all kinds of racket. This gave me great joy to watch all the chaos erupting around her.

I had some very unique experiences while being out here. I had a very interesting moment visiting a cemetery. Ok...yeah, totally weird right? The cemetery is in the town I am staying in. It is off of a beautiful road that I have been walking on every morning. Thursday, I walked up the road to the cemetery and felt like I needed to visit it. While doing this, I was drawn to a very particular corner. It was set up with fairly new markers. Each corner had an M engraved. For the Martel family members that have passed on. As I read each headstone, two of them stood out. A recently buried woman...who lived a long time. The words that described her was so touching. My heart broke...and I began to cry. I also noticed that a son that was buried there way too soon. He was born in 1958, and died in 1979. 

What really troubled me was, how emotional I felt. I was shedding tears for a family I have never met..yet my tears fell anyway. It seems to me that with the amount of peace I have felt with being here, I was able to cut through all the noise in my head and heart and could feel the pain of the loss of this good family. 

I'm so grateful for my family and their love. I'm grateful for my friends. I'm grateful for the four seasons, and I was able to see the beginnings of this yearly change, bursting with color and cool weather.

Wishing you all much love and go do something kind for someone else! 




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