Hypocrisy 101

Hypocrisy 101

I've heard the word "hypocrite" thrown around a lot lately. What exactly is a hypocrite anyway? According to Merrian-Webster a hypocrite is:
A person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.

or

A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.

We are all on crazy high-alert these days for hypocrisy in all it's many forms. It's so fun to throw stones right now isn't it? It feels vindicating to point out EVERYONE ELSE'S hypocrisy and sit on our moral high horses knowing that we ourselves are untouchable. There is so much hypocrisy OUT THERE and so much of it makes us SO MAD!!!

So all this has got me thinking about the hypocrisy in my own life. When all is said and done, we each have to look at ourselves in the mirror every day and account for our behavior - so I decided to account for some of mine. I spend a lot of time with myself so I figured I'd be a good person to start with. Since I am tired of reading about and watching all of my friends tear each other down for their hypocrisy (assumed or actual), I thought I’d go ahead and pick apart some of my own for your entertainment…

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On This Election Day...

On This Election Day...

I've spent the last several months talking honestly with and educating my kids about our American history and this debacle of an election. I need them to understand the bigger picture and not just the immediacy of this circus. It's so difficult with kids to know what to share, how much and when, but I feel that it is so important that we are open and honest with them. They are the future after all.


We've read books and watched documentaries. We've watched debates and had dinner table discussions. We recently visited...

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Your Underappreciated Momativity

Your Underappreciated Momativity

Art.


Art is not just paint on a canvas, a musical performance or carefully choreographed dance steps. So much about everyday life is art. Art and creativity are everywhere and everything. (Sir Ken Robinson says so, so it must be true.)


Mom art.


Becoming a mom is inherently creative. Being a mom and living the day-in and the day-out is...

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The Subtle Art of Punctuation

The Subtle Art of Punctuation

I've always hated exclamation points. I guess hate is a strong term. I STRONGLY DISLIKE!!! them. Their general overuse has always bothered me. Unless you're really damn mad or crazy excited and you can't express it any other way, I personally don't like to see very many of them.


Periods are cool. Periods can express subtly, sarcasm and dark humor. It can be dangerous though, writing with periods. People generally take you...

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Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Do you ever wonder why older people go on and on about their ailments? I'll tell you why: Because it is new to them. They've never been through being old before. Everyone you know is experiencing every new phase of their life for the first time and you know what? EVERYONE IS FAKING IT. Anyone who tells you otherwise is kidding themselves.

There are things you have done hundreds of times in your life by this point. There are things you've done so many times that you are jaded and cynical about them. I'm not talking about those things. I'm talking about the really big, important things. I'm talking about...

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Can We Change the World?

Can We Change the World?

I have a day job. I work for a music school that I have been with for many years. Last weekend at the end of the year recitals, I spent 3 days with a diverse, kind and caring group of people. I watched hundreds of families, children and teachers of all colors, ethnic and religious backgrounds come together to celebrate, create and cheer each other on. At the end of each day I sat around a table with a talented group of people from all walks of life to celebrate the day's accomplishments. It is a group of people who share common goals: making music, helping children learn to express themselves and making the world a better and more creative place. On the last day, as I looked around the table...

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Be the Change, People.

Be the Change, People.

"I'm just a sad guest on this dark earth.I want to believe in the mercy of the world again..."

- Tom Waits "Make It Rain"

It's so very easy to get mired in the crap that is dragging the world down. Watched the news lately? Logged onto social media and seen everyone indignantly pontificating about everything that is wrong with the world? I like to be as educated and informed as the next guy about what is going on, but DEAR GOD. If I start my day by reading social media or watching the news I want to call out sick from my life, curl up under a blanket and wish the entire world into a black hole in a galaxy far, far away. I try (mostly unsuccessfully) to stay as far away from anything that dark until after a couple of STRONG cups of coffee and at least one full meal (which usually means sometime after 2pm). My general state of anxiety is...

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