November 22, 2019

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.

  • Antonio Machado

My immigrant Taiwanese parents sought to give their three daughters every opportunity in pursuit of the “American Dream”. During the 1970s in the suburbs of Detroit, my days were filled with v...

October 4, 2017

This season, I find myself running around at the Cross Country meets, trying to catch sight of my boys at different arrival points along their race. It has turned out to be not so easy. I have one kid who is consistently at the front of the pack and another who I wait...

August 29, 2017

"Did the coach say anything about cancelling practice over rain?" I asked Son #1 at his bedroom door, early this morning. "No," I heard him answer sleepily, "but Pleasantville always cancels when it rains." True. On days like today, his former coach at his previous sch...

August 25, 2017

Just glanced at the clock and am astonished. My son has been at the piano for over 3 hours. In these lazy afternoons before school starts, and being in a town where he has yet to make friends, I have usually found my son with his nose in a book after lunch or going off...

August 25, 2017

Last night, I had the opportunity to be among parents without their children. We were primarily parents of new students at a special "back-to-school" night. Hubby and I mingled and chatted and exchanged the usual pleasantries with others. But there was clearly one conv...

January 29, 2017

New to Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard is the Discovery Program, where young artists can major in 2 areas of study between Music, Dance and Drama. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 summer program in Geneva, Switzerland. Please view our new vide...

December 24, 2016

For over 7 years, I was the author of an anonymous and private blog titled "Once Upon a Snowflake." I came to write at this space daily, sometimes even several times a day. I think some of my best writing was in those early years, when I wrote to basically preserve my...

December 22, 2016

Dear Students and Friends,

I am so excited to be venturing out with you to hear some great music in the coming months! Please let me know of your interest and availability for the following concerts:

1) Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1PM @ Alice Tully Hall in NYC 

This is...

December 20, 2016

When my son was in elementary school, I enrolled him in an afterschool religion class. Like many kids, he didn't exactly want to be there but we felt it was time for him to be more connected with his community. I arrived at the end of the first class and asked his teac...

December 19, 2016

In June, I invited a few students with me to hear the fabulous Sergey Schepkin at Steinway Hall. It was such a treat to meet up with an old colleague and to share this musical experience with my students. It dawned on me that evening, why couldn't we do this more often...

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An avalanche begins with a snowflake.

-Joseph Compton

Travelers, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.

-Antonio Machado

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