Join the BALLET ORPHANS Launch Party!

  My new novel, BALLET ORPHANS, launches on Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 and I want YOU, dear reader, to join me at a rollicking 80’s-themed launch party. You know how you get burnt out from parties during the holidays where you eat and drink too much, and after New Year’s Day, you say, “I’m done”? … Read more

Today we lose our cat

We are in the process of saying goodbye to our cat, Reese. I had a good cryfest about it yesterday as I did yard work with my husband on our property, out in nature, with wilderness and beauty visible from all sides. Funny, I thought it would be a good, healthy thing to be outdoors, … Read more

Revisiting “The Red Violin”

The lack of performing arts events during this time of shuttered concert halls has brought its own silver lining: the opportunity, indeed, the hunger, to revisit films that incorporate the classical music world and/or its instruments. And you know, reader, which instrument to which I am most partial, right? Step in François Girard’s 1998 The … Read more

The Classical Girl celebrates 7 years!

   It’s February 2020, and you know what that means? The Classical Girl has turned seven! The Classical Girl, as longtime readers might know, was a concept I’d created on the eve of 2013. A New Year’s resolution of sorts. My ballet novels were long completed, out being shopped (or already killed on the editorial-board table), … Read more

Holiday Therapy: Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”

I first heard César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” in December when my husband and I were living in London. While holiday shopping, I picked up a compilation CD entitled “Sacred Songs for Christmas,” drawn by the fact that some of the songs and carols were new to my American ears. Back home, I gave the CD … Read more