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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Five

At seventeen, Lewis is a folk musician who enjoys pieces from a variety of cultures and traditions. Certain pieces seem to call forth his best, and when he plays “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” you have to tap your toe, … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence of Thought, Part Four

Lewis’s mis-reading of the notation in “Don’t Bother Me” in favor of a far superior and more spirited rendition, put me in a brief quandary. If I corrected his performance, he might learn something about music-reading, but I’d be pushing … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Five

When my son stubbornly insists that his cello playing should match the perfect music he hears inside his head, I’m not disturbed until he quits a practice session too soon, stating gloomily, “I’ll never be able to play well enough.” … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Three

What happened after I assigned practice writing to Lewis, as an “end run” around his declaration that he could never write as well as Dickens? For several weeks, not much occurred. But now, after a few months of practice writing … Continue reading

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Your Perfectionist Child, Part Two

My son, who has enjoyed writing and storytelling for many years, somehow also feels paralyzed by his own high standards. That’s when he claims he can never write as well as Dickens does. I saw that I couldn’t fight his … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Four

When an idea hits your gifted child, the ability to carry through may or may not be present. Thus, in cello practice, when Annette discovered how to use her bow better, this didn’t immediately translate into better playing. On the … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Three

When my daughter, Annette, then approximately seven, hit on a great idea for practicing the cello, she could think of nothing else. For hours she’d sit in her room, working out this idea, and all her talk about it dominated … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part Two

When a gifted child gets an idea, whether for a story or for some other project, that energy burns white-hot until some of it is discharged in pursuit of that project. Wise parents allow free play of this energy because … Continue reading

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The Creative Moment, Part One

Experienced writers know that their first drafts are often their best. Not necessarily in grammar, style, or punctuation, but in form and spirit. Our freshest ideas have life and power that fades, if only slightly, as we meddle with them. … Continue reading

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Trying Impossible Things: The Process

When I practice the cello, I never try to recover what I did best the day before. Instead I let all those remembered sounds and sensations float around in my head until they come clear again. In letting go of … Continue reading

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