Change one thing and everything changes  
Apr 14
Notes from the Mat

I like hanging out with MaryBeth Smith, she’s a master educator, nurturing supporter, and her energy exudes insight. She teaches the movement modality, the Feldenkrais Method (she is also the director of The Feldenkrais Center of Houston).

Feldenkrais. Funny word. If you clicked that link, it’ll tell you (a lot!) more. Feldenkrais, among other things, is an awareness development tool rooted in somatic practice. Intrigued?

Recently, I attended one of MaryBeth’s group Feldenkrais classes, and afterward, as always, my body felt long and light, and the work filled me with ideas and insights.

On the Physical... Read on >
Compassion is a verb  
May 10
This new work is created by composer George Heathco and is a setting of the words of the Dalai Lama XVI. The title Compassion is a verb, emerged from the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh.

I'm pleased as punch to lend my singing to this beautiful piece.

“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether... Read on >
ravens & radishes  
May 2

ravens & radishes
is an operatic song cycle composed by George Heathco. George set some of my re-tellings and re-imaginings of fairytale poetry to music for sorpano, electric guitar and cello.

We wrapped up a thrilling world perimiere performance on April 27, 2014. Many thanks to all the wonderful friends and... Read on >
A little poetic Selkie engagement with Virginia Woolf  
Mar 30

Selkie, a sea tale. CD Release Concerts March 29 & 30 2013. Music of Elliot Cole. Lyrics by Misha Penton

Worlds wholly imaginary, intangible, just-out-of-reach; a place and time, outside of place and time…an almost afternoon…a walk through a church belled town, its paths all tiger lily for spring, you stand by a... Read on >

A few thoughts on Selkieā€¦  
Mar 28

What follows is a longer version of my program notes I’ve prepared for Selkie, a sea tale, CD release concerts March 29 and 30, 2013. Selkie is a chamber opera work written by composer, Elliot Cole, and is a setting of my poetry based on Selkie mythology.

Selkies are sought and hunted for their between-ness... Read on >

Happy New Year and Bye-Bye 2012!  
Jan 1

I can’t express my gratitude for such a wonderful 2012 with the love of my life, Dave. We travelled to the Pacific Northwest several times, including two trips to our beloved Tofino, BC; we circumvented Maui on its harrowing, volcanic rock roads; spent a couple of weeks in the wonder and mayhem that is China; and... Read on >