Thursday, November 21, 2013

Learning About Me


This is the season of the year we give thanks for all of our blessings.   I am thankful for all of the readers of High Notes and want you to know that you touch me through your responses, as well as inspiration and new ideas touching you through the newsletters. Check out the full High Notes newsletter or archive on my blog site, which has additional photos and poems.,/    Linda

I am excited so say that the official release of the wonderful product, Learning About Me, occurred at the Crisis Nursery Benefit Concert on November 15, 2013.  By a child we are led.

FLY…Free and Loved

 Two books for children, with artist comments for parents, are now available for you online.  Check it out at and you will find two stories; Wings to Fly and I Like Myself Too that will be fun for kids and inspiring for parents.  Meet Abigail and Timothy.
Go to my web site at and click on Learning About Me Videos on the bar of choices.   That will take you to the web page that has the book video selections for you to choose or the comments I offer about the inspiration and artistry of this product.
Abigail, the butterfly, and Timothy, the dragonfly, give us all great messages of acceptance about others and ourselves in both books. 
Just like Abigail and Timothy, kids teach adults every day about curiosity as well as   acceptance.   I hope you will love the book characters and their messages as much as I do.
Enjoy Learning About Me at and feel free to pass on the link to anyone who may benefit from this teaching material. 
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
 Melody Beattie
Genesis Creative Concepts
Linda Carlson, Creative Strategist,/

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Piano Bench

Pianos share a legacy
Far beyond their melodies.
Stories of dreams and aspirations
Rise among black and white keys.

Remember lessons for the children,
Hymns to say what we believed?
Duets: who could forget chopsticks?
Practice is finished—necessary, most relieved.

Pianos carry memories
Of love and hate and hurt,
Of charm, beauty, or comfort
Like a well worn plaid shirt.

Children gathered round about
Or sitting on a knee,
The tunes of time move quickly on
Yet capture you and me.

Where do we find reflections
Of these treasures in our hearts?
Lift the lid on your piano bench;
That will surely be a start.

A collection of keepsakes
We didn’t want to lose,
Sermon notes, songs composed,
Recital programs, sheet music to choose.

It seems so second fiddle
To the glory of hammer and strings,
But the hidden joys of my piano bench
Came to light and made my heart sing.

For life is filled with moments.
We walk in measured feet.
Pause for lyric or word refrain,
Relish those secret treasures that you keep.
(Dance and choreographed reading by Leah Nelson at the Crisis Nursery Benefit Concert)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Spectacular Fall Colors

Halloween Soup

It's a grey, sometimes drizzly day.
Surely, all the little folk in costume
Will still come out to play.

Butternut squash is calling.
It is a soup day for me,
What creative mess can I make
That will be delightful to taste
This day's inspiration, not to waste?