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  • 2016 May 29: Memorial Day

    May 27, 2018 10:30

    When I was five years old a piano showed up at our house, and I was hooked. Probably as much to preserve their sanity as anything else, mom started me on piano lessons with a lady up the street, who got me started on the rudiments of reading music. But my father was in the Navy, moving was relentless, and so I didn't have steady lessons until my father was stationed at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey for a three year stint and mom saw her opening. (more )

  • 2018 May 13: Hildegard of Bingen

    May 08, 2018 12:28

    Hildegard was of lower noble birth. Perhaps due to her visions from a young age, or due to political considerations, she was offered as an oblate to Benedictine monastery at the Disibodenberg perhaps as young as eight years old. She was assigned to a woman named Jutta who taught her the rudiments of reading and writing, and other useful skills. She also learned to play the 10-string psaltery.

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