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To Plan or to Improvise?

I’m used to improvising. I suck at planning. For some people, it’s the other way around. Some are good at both (if this is your case, I have to admit, I envy you). 1,007 more words

Why You Should Not Make Green Onion Cakes

I spent an hour yesterday trying a new recipe. I saw an article in the Edmonton Journal about a woman who makes green onion cakes that are immensely popular. 532 more words

Living And Learning

Indian Raags for Piano made easy

Sheet Music Review

”And now for something completely different …”

John Pitts’ book How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano was undoubtedly one of the most unique publications submitted for review last year, and as I browsed through the 260-page volume, I have to admit that I was somewhat overwhelmed by the depth and quantity of information in it – to the extent that I felt genuinely unqualified to write a review! 935 more words

Intermediate Repertoire

Light Into Darkness - February 11, 2018

I had the extreme pleasure of playing with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble on February 11 at the Hudson Public Library (near Cleveland, Ohio). Here is my solo on “Light Into Darkness” — a tune I’ve been tweaking for over a decade now. 30 more words

Dulcimer Music

Charm Pack Quilt - Finished

It’s done. Quilted and bound with a label. A vanishing 9-patch quilt with borders built from ~80 charm squares.

I’m pleased with the scattering of the small yellow blocks – they appeared when the assembled 9-patch block was recut into four – the yellow central block became four small corner squares. 189 more words


Changing Gears

Some time ago I wrote a piece about how Cycling is lot like mediation. See, https://karpmediation.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/cycling-is-a-lot-like-mediation/

I was out on my bike again today and was noticing how often I was changing gears. 521 more words


Maybe in an outcomes focussed culture, it's pioneering to visualise only the way.

I was out running the other day a combination of getting fit, and winter training. I have have a number of routes around the edge of Hartlepool, nearly all are loops of some kind. 960 more words