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Monday, May 26, 2014


I apologize for not writing very much recently. An interesting series of events occurred recently. This is the busy season of the year, and I got sucked into the vortex of end-of-school-year activities and recitals and graduations and preparing for all of these events. Then a surprise occurred. While I was feeding my big animals last week, I tripped sideways on some small stones that jetted out of the ground, and the force of my hitting those stones tossed me into the air in a trajectory arc that dumped  me with a thud on my right shoulder. The result is a broken humerus bone and a smashed right shoulder. I have surgery scheduled for tomorrow at 1:45 PM with a shoulder expert doctor. In the meantime, however, it has been interesting to participate in the activities I have listed above with the use of one hand.

I am getting rather good at the use of my left hand alone; I have had practice. If you recall, I recently posted an article about becoming left-handed. In this article I talked about the lessons that I learned on this new skill set journey. If you missed the article the first time, Click here.

I am still able to write, and I anticipate that I may have a little bit more free time to do so in the future after the surgery, but for now it is easier for me to dictate rather than type. I also find that I lack energy right now due to the medications. I can work for a few minutes, then I need a nap.

What this means for the future I will not know until after the surgery. Until then, I am hanging in there. My kiddos gave a nice studio recital yesterday. Many students and parents went out of their way to help me so that things went smoothly. We will see what lessons this latest surprise will reveal to us.

Happy Memorial Day!


  1. Wow, I hope your surgery went well! I will pray that you have a quick and easy recovery. (and some relaxing time while you recover! :) )

  2. Just came across this after doing some targetted searches in your blog (last couple of lessons of the year coming up for my 2 beginners, need to leave them with some great ideas for the summer!).

    Sorry to hear about it, and hope you are recovering well - shoulders are complex things! Hope you have a reasonable summer and look forward to reading more words of wisdom and encouragement in the autumn.

  3. I just came across your blog after reading a response you gave to a parent who questioned if they should allow their child to quit music. I just wanted to say that your response is right in line with how my wife and I are teaching our son. He plays cello and will play cello until he goes to college. If he wants to continue after that it will be his choice. Until then is is another part of his school. Thank you for sharing and I hope this finds you well.