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Read This: A Passion for Japan

I've got a book for you that will bring you such joy! A Passion for Japan, edited by John Rucynski, is both an ode to building community, and an interesting, in-depth ethnographic look at being a long-term expat resident in Japan. I LOVE it.

Read This: A Passion for Japan

Music for Connecting Community

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Apr 18, 2022 / 0 comments

Music can be a way of connecting community, in hard times, in times of celebration, and in day to day life. Music is helpful for reflecting on one's own, also. Music offers ways of marking things, too, and of considering questions and challenges which may arise.

Whatever season you may be in, consider the work of these musicians as you move through the time.

Music for Connecting Community

Music for Autumn's Landscapes

by Kerry Dexter /
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Nov 15, 2021 / 0 comments

Shadows slant differently in autumn light. Nights draw in sooner; there may be an edge to the wind. That wind often plays music on the rustling leaves as they turn to autumn's colors of red and gold.

It is a time of gathering as well as solitude, of reflection as well as celebration. All these take place in the frame of the natural world. Those changes and connections are subjects artists often turn to for reflection themselves.

May this music aid in your reflections and actions on the changes of this autumn season.

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Join Things! (The Benefits of Extracurriculars)

by Stacey Ebert /
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Oct 04, 2021 / 0 comments

It’s October. Many school children in the northern hemisphere have now been in school for over a month. Amidst the clamour of all things Covid, schools have gotten back to it. Whether in person, remote, or hybrid, the back to school honeymoon period is waning and we’re full throttle into all things learning. So now what? As the weather turns from summer’s warmth to autumn’s cooler days and soccer, band, theater arts, and more pick up speed, will your student be in the midst of organizations, meetings, and activities, or choose to spend their time in a different way? 

Music and Community: Stories of Ireland

by Kerry Dexter /
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Mar 18, 2019 / 0 comments

Making sense of the shifts and changes in the world has always been one of the roles of music. This might by songs which teach; it could be through songs which offer escape. Maybe there a tune which gets people dancing together; perhaps there's an uplifting song which opens doors to community, perhaps it is a piece that expresses grief, or joy, or understanding which can be shared as the music is performed and heard. Events change, but the role of music continues on. 

December: A Time for Reflection, Community, Solitude, and Music

by Kerry Dexter /
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Dec 17, 2018 / 0 comments

December: it is a time of darkness and light, star-filled nights and bright celebrations.

As the calendar of the year begins to turn, December is a time of reflection.

As winter sets in, December is also a time for community, and for solitude. 

See how the work of these musicians encourages you to reflect on all these things...

December: A Time for Reflection, Community, Solitude, and Music

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of June 2, 2018 By Josh Garrick

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of June 2, 2018 By Josh Garrick 

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of March 31, 2018 By Josh Garrick

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of March 31, 2018 By Josh Garrick 

Music: A Path to Community and Connection

by Kerry Dexter /
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Mar 19, 2018 / 0 comments

Maybe you have offered a hand to steady someone -- friend or stranger -- on an icy sidewalk.

Perhaps you've been the person who accepted that assistance.

There are surely times when you've confided in a friend, secure in the knowledge that what you talked of would be kept between the two of you. Could be you are the friend who has respected that confidence.

These and many other large and small acts are acts of trust. 

Music: Listening for Community

by Kerry Dexter /
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Feb 19, 2018 / 0 comments

Community. The people who live on the same street, in the same neighborhood. People you see every week at the market. Those you know through your work. Your family. Friends of the heart. Passing acquaintances. The many communities of shared interests and shared histories to which each person belongs, in physical, geographical life and in the wide variety the internet offers help share and define identity. If things go well, community is a source of strength and support in hard times.

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