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Masterclass in Minimalism & Songwriting

I've pulled the trigger on some rather large lifestyle changes. Without divulging too many details (ones not yet ready to be revealed) I can say that KonMari and minimalism have been heavy on my mind. Minimalist living has always interested me and I'm really looking forward to getting hip-deep in re-homing the things I no longer need.
 
First step of that today, was making a stop to Half Price books. Did you know Half Price books has no chairs?! I'm sure it's because they want people...

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"Don't Ruin Your Career Before It Starts."

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This is @lecalethicia. She's a phenomenal harpist here this week at #Marrowstone2016. High schoolers and college students from all around the world audition to become students and symphony members under the tutelage of world-renowned faculty who also come from long distances to be here!

Every day for 14 days, the Western Washington University's performing arts building is soaked in Brahms, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and more. There are more kids than practice rooms. and the music and rehearsal...

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Why We Need Bravery Today...

 

This is a hard blog post to write.

I've been feeling really rough lately.

At first, I thought it was my incessant "artist struggle" to get bills paid and pour myself out for all to see. I thought maybe it's that gosh-darned low grade depression which follows me around from time to time... (It very well might be.)

But as the gloom presses down upon me further and further, my detective-brain hunts furiously to get to the bottom of it. Perhaps it's just the continued life changes...

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Present Darkness, Hopeful Distance

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This may not be what the sky looks like tonight (it's from a couple nights ago) but it's how I feel right now. 

As a sophomore in college I spent over a semester living in Ankara, Turkey.

My time there was filled with *way* more serious things than your typical study abroad shenanigans. Turkey happened in the midst of my first year in recovery from my eating disorder. It was my first months of Prozac. It held an attempt at forgiveness. It broke down a lot (all?) of my internal...

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The "Other" Seattle Skyline & Father's Day Attribution

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Not many people get to see the "other" Seattle skyline: ferris wheel, stadiums, port paraphernalia, and Mt Rainier.

I got to call my dad while looking at this view sitting in traffic on my way home from teaching music.

My dad's a teacher too - a professor who wears bow ties, elbow patches, and gives exorbitantly long answers to simple questions. He's the one who taught me how to ask questions, sell lemonade, and be a feminist #girlboss.

My dad's pretty great.

Happy Father's Y'all!

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Did I Know I Was Going to Portland? No, No I Did Not.

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Did I know when I woke up this morning that I'd be going to Portland today?

No, no I did not. 

Did I know at 12noon I'd be going to Portland today?

No, no I did not. 

Did I know at 2pm?

No, no I did not. 

Did I know at 4pm?

No, no I did not. 

I made the decision at 4:30pm to arrive at the train station at 5:30pm.

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I can hear you saying, "Oh my god. Emily, you are insane."

Don't worry, I'm not.

I was furiously packing to catch the last train of the day and...

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Hello Scrivener, I Love You.

In the lulls between songwriting, album-making, and concert performing, I've been slowly working on writing a book.

Well, actually re-writing a book.

My plan is to completely overhaul a previously (and quietly) released version of a book I put together last year. The old version is currently unavailable to purchase, because it will be re-released newer, better, bigger, and more wonderful all-around. So you'll just have to sit tight and hold your horses.

Until today, this total...

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Settling - A Poem By Denise Levertov

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There is a framed poem sitting on a table in the house I'll stay for the next 10 days. Behind this poem is the above view of Orcas Island.

 

 I was welcomed here-clear gold

of late summer, of opening autumn

the dawn eagle sunning himself on the highest tree

the mountain revealing herself unclouded, her snow

tinted apricot as she looked west,

tolerant, in her steadfastness, of the restless sun

forever rising and setting.

 

               ...

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Lessons From The Road: Planning Ahead Doesn't Always Work

The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
— Leonardo da Vinci

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my attempt at an eye-roll inducing motivational poster... 

It's no secret. I make light of my OCD tendencies and social anxiety. Jokes soften the blow, but this one's gotten heavier over the last season....

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Pink Floyd & The Lists Which Need Revision

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photo by Carlo Mirante 

If the last 29 years have accomplished anything, it's creating the list of Things Which Make Emily Ann Peterson Cry.

Here is a sample from that list...

  • exhaustion
  • hunger
  • pain, emotional or physical (duh)
  • kindness, in any amount
  • loneliness, mine or someone else's
  • the rollercoaster that is grief
  • unrelenting hope
  • unrelenting defeat
  • baby animals

Someday I'll draw up a helpful venn diagram and hand it out on first dates. That should go over well.

But I...

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