Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

I really try to keep my writing separate from my music teaching career, but this is appalling.

Via: The Washington Post, By Valerie Strauss, 

An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.

That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers.

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What I’m writing to today. Get your french horn fix here.

New Worlds

I’m especially interested, since this takes place during the same period as my Highland Soldiers series.

Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87

Gabriel García Márquez, Novelist and Exponent of Magic Realism

Credit Miguel Tovar/Associated Press

Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

Full Story: NY Times

This cannot be happening.

It’s 11:40 pm on April 15th, and I just looked out the window. It’s snowing! On the plus side, at least this post is not about opera. And God forbid I ever post anything about my actual books. That would be crazy. But, seriously: snow?

Snow on April 15, 2014
Snow on April 15, 2014

It was not a dream.

Snow the morning of April 16, 2014
Snow the morning of April 16, 2014