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Making and playing both Native-American style flutes and Finnish kanteles has led me into thinking more and more about creating a calm and positive spirit. I’ve found that many who purchase my musical instruments are interested in playing to have more peace in their lives. Some are music therapists who use my instruments in their […]

Earthskills Arts of the Coconut

The Florida Earthskills Gathering provided me with a great opportunity to practice my woodworking skills along with the many who were interested in learning sustainable living skills. Little Orange Creek Nature Park, outside of Hawthorne, provided a scenic location, with the event held amidst massive live oaks. I participated in Barron Brown’s Bowl Carving workshop. During the day-long workshop, […]

The latest dogwood branch flute with pyrography & color.

When I’m selling my flutes and kanteles at music festivals or art and craft shows, one of the groups of people who like to talk with me about my instruments are retirees. I often start the conversation with “Do you play any musical instruments?” In the responses from retirees, I hear two themes. About half will […]

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If you have ever witnessed the beauty of an osprey fishing, then you will know it is an amazing moment when the osprey emerges from the water with a fish. The osprey circle above water looking into the depths for a fish. Once they see a fish, they dive into the water to grasp it with […]

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Walking the La Chua Trail always is a nature treat. The 1.5-mile walk to an observation platform takes you on a path through Paynes Prairie State Park. My most recent visit to La Chua Trail provided a variety of wildlife. Alligators slowly cruised through the waterways or were sunning on the banks — or sometimes were […]

Tuscan Herb Olive Oil

Just past the sponge docks and the Greek restaurants in Tarpon Spring is the Tarpon Springs Olive Oil Company. Running the length of the store was a display of more than two dozen containers of olive oil. Butter Olive Oil, Chipotle Olive Oil, Persian Lime Olive Oil, Rosemary Olive Oil, Blood Orange Olive Oil, and many […]

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I wish you all the best for the New Year. This has been a tough year for me personally – and has been for many others I know. A key to working through difficult times is to remain reflective and grateful. I was reminded of the power of gratitude when I listened to a podcast […]