Monday, April 25, 2011


This morning, the light filtered hopefully through tiny droplets of rain as I ran and listened to Guster.
That album ("Keep it Together") has done a lot for me.  I was remembering this time of year two years ago.  I was about to graduate from high school, and my grandpa was in the final weeks of dying of brain cancer.
Every Monday after school I'd drive to Berkeley for violin lessons and youth orchestra.  The trip took an hour.  I'd get in my car, talk to God out loud for a while, then listen to Guster.
Those songs still hold for me a kind of peace or catharsis.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


My aunt Josie and her kids dropped by this afternoon.  They wished my luck on my final performance jury.We stood on the sunny front step and talked.  Olive climbed on the stair railing.  Gabe made us laugh.  We talked about the books we want to read.  Raya tossed Saul's hat onto the front lawn. 
The whole visit lasted probably no more than ten minutes, but it was easily the best ten minutes of my day. Isn't family the best?