I am a musician (fiddler, violinist, violist), teacher, composer and writer. My interests include religion (man’s connection to God), philosophy (the search for truth, and wisdom), education, animals, and more. I started this page to deal with the grief of loosing my family, but it has become more to me, just a place to show my thoughts and feelings about all aspects of life. I have degrees in Music History (Wright State University), Music Composition (Carnegie Mellon), and Ethnomusicology (University of Limerick in Ireland). I am a member of ASCAP and have studied the Montessori method of early childhood education as well as the Suzuki method of violin teaching. My own style is just that, my own, and I can’t call myself any kind of specific teacher. I enjoy seeing other blogs, and the variety of topics is cool, neat, nifty, etc. I hope to grow as a writer by keeping this blog. Pictures are of me, my band Blackthorn & Laurel, me teaching, and me and some of my dogs.