Music at the End of Life debuts on NPR!

A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest on an NPR show called “The Jefferson Exchange,” in Ashland, Oregon.  The producer and host had reviewed Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage and invited me to answer questions about the book and about music-thanatology.  They also invited two local music-thanatologists, James Excell and Elizabeth Markell, to bring their harps into the studio to play music and participate in the interview.

It was more than a dream come true to be invited onto the show.  I had never been on the radio before (let alone an hour-long live broadcast!) but after the initial nerves passed, the experience was truly enjoyable.  It felt like an interesting conversation between the host, my colleagues, and the people who called and emailed during the show.  

Here is the podcast: The Jefferson Exchange, September 8, 2010

Reading at Reunion

Last weekend I headed to Connecticut College with a dear friend for our college reunion.  The reunion planners were kind enough to include me in a panel called “Natural Wellness: Alternatives that Connect Body, Mind and Spirit.”  It was a really interesting conversation, and I had a chance to learn about Zero Balancing, and to meet Dr. Kenneth Larkin, known as “The Almond Doctor.”

Later in the afternoon, I was thrilled to participate in an author’s panel with other alums.  Their books were fascinating.  They included Donald Gallinger’s novel The Master Planets;  Anne Marguerite Herbst’s beautiful book of drawings with poems, Line by Line; Anne Verplank’s Quaker Aesthetics: Reflections on a Quaker Ethic in American Design and Consumption, 1720-1920; and the photographs of Miles Ladin in Celebrity and Performance.

We each offered brief remarks or a short reading.  It was my first public reading for Music at the End of Life, and I was honored to be among such talented writers and artists.  It was a pleasure to hear their remarks about art-making, as well as their reflections about how faculty at Connecticut College helped to shape their work.

Following the reading, we had a chance to sign books and meet some of the participants.

For those of you who are wondering, the answer is yes, that isphotograph of Paris Hilton behind me.