Finding Home

“Chasing meaning is better for your health than avoiding discomfort.” – Kelly McGonigal     “I never leave my house…” No matter how many times we hear these words from veterans arriving at our SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreats, it is always a...

Ode to My Hero, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Who are your heroes? How can you emulate them? Today I write in honor of one of my heroes, my favorite author of all time, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I rarely state a favorite of anything, preferring to keep the possibilities for unyielding love wide open. I find it...

The Power of Support

  “I am standing here today because of SongwritingWith:Soldiers.”   Sgt. Nikki Shaw shared these moving words as she introduced Half-Horse Town at our September SongwritingWith:Soldiers fundraiser, a song she co-wrote at a retreat with Darden...
How to Carry a Tune

How to Carry a Tune

I love to look at this photo from our last retreat at the Carey Center in Rensselaerville, NY and remember so many good things… like the crystal blue skies and gentle breeze. And how, one by one the soldiers, songwriters, staff, and volunteers arrived, each noting the...
Press Release – Powerhouse line up for SWS retreat!

Press Release – Powerhouse line up for SWS retreat!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          Songwriting retreat for veterans expands reach, impact   Bob Woodruff Foundation, ASCAP Foundation, Lockheed Martin and more  help SongwritingWith:Soldiers broaden reach and build community   BELTON, TEXAS – Twelve active duty...
Good News!

Good News!

    Sometimes I have to share links to projects I am especially proud of. Some you may have seen before — others are new and worth a look. SongwritingWith:Soldiers – The soldiers are signed up, 4 songwriters from Austin and Nashville, too....
The Medium Chill

The Medium Chill

  Feeling frazzled? Wondering how to keep up in this uber-connected world?  Fear not. Sanity exists, and you can access it right now!  Read this article! — Feel better about where you are now, what you have in your life…..and pass it on!   The Medium...