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Twenty percent of Americans — approximately 63 million people —  live under homeowner’s associations (HOAs), according to the Community Associations Institute. HOAs are basically standards enforcement boards for neighborhoods, ranging in their reach and power, focusing on everything from architectural and landscape design to property maintenance to how many cars are allowed in your driveway. […]

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. ― Plato I’ve been pondering the crisis that many professional musicians are facing — a crisis, not only of income but of artistic survival. A few years ago I watched a YouTube video of songwriter/performer Marc Cohn in a reflective […]

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The sadness, and anger, and bleakness surrounding the events in Ferguson, Missouri have me pondering a powerful experience I had many years ago while living in Boston, Massachusetts. It taught me the importance of utilizing that gifted space we all have between impulse and response where we have the opportunity to choose our response. And […]