This is the first year in 54 years that I have not gone to school in the fall! After 37 years of elementary music teaching, I am adjusting to my new normal. At first it was difficult because I missed my students and staff members. I drop in now and then and my wife subs there frequently (it is right down the street), so I get to see my friends.
I am now working on new projects - a new musical for children for my church based on the story - The Three Trees and a musical for a local theater about an old ice cream shop in Seymour - Kovener's Corner - life and love at Koverner's Corner.
I recently finished a new musical for elementary titled "Pets, the Musical" - it is cute city.
I am also starting to sketch out ideas for a couple of one man shows for Indiana schools as we get closer to our state bicentennial year in 2016.
Currently I am doing composer/author visits to Indiana elementary schools. I normally do 6-7 presentations per day to groups of 100 or less kids. I share about my way of writing music, sing some of my songs and tie it all in with reading, literacy and creativity. I had three days in a row this week and I am worn out - a good worn out though. They are so much fun to do and I have been getting nothing but positive feedback. It also pays well!
And . . . I decided to get in the best shape of my life starting last June. I began walking 4 miles a day, plus some serious workouts using DVDs (Bob and Jillian from Biggest Loser). In December I began running and I have now done 2 5k races and a 5 miler. This May I will run the Indy Mini-marathon (1/2 marathon) - 35,000 people! Then next November - one month after I turn 60 - I will run my first full marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon.
So . . . life is good - I am energized and feel blessed beyond belief.