This post is dedicated to all the organizations and individuals who are "pivoting" during this difficult time. Wherever you are - you are not alone. Thanks to my husband whose organization produced this; he and the North Carolina Master Chorale continues to bring beautiful music and hope into my life. I am wishing you beautiful moments of hope and the knowledge that you are not alone. ~Kathy~

As I lay in bed - eyes open each night, this article has been running through my mind. I wrote it long ago when internal/external organizational changes came and went for my clients - always too slowly but always inevitably passing. Like most everything around us, it's time for a re-write - and here it is....

These days it feels like we are on a monster boat ride - end destination not quite certain - aftermath not quite clear. Change often feels like that - one particular ride comes to mind.

A little while back, my family and I took a ride on a "Monster Boat" on the east coast of North Carolina. It...

I hope the text of this beautifully haunting song gives you wings for a moment  - when I first heard it, I closed my eyes and imagined myself flying - letting the wind take me away for just a moment - wafting peacefully with the wind. 

The Victor Hugo text that is the basis for this arrangement is designed to inspire courage in the face of adversity. It tells the story of a little bird who feels a tree limb give way beneath her but sings because she has wings to fly. Thanks to my husband who put this song before me - the parking lot performance gives a unique and current performance venue. Here is the...

This is one of my favorite songs - when I first had dreams of creating productions like this, Morten Lauridsen's Dirait-On was always on my mind and in my heart. The work is based upon a text translation of a poem by Rilke; the section that inspires reads - "Who you are sustains you eternally, so they say; your very being is nourished by its own enlightened reflection.” For me this text encourages us to recognize and share the best of ourselves with others. I hope it restores your energies. The music is performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich conducting. Let it heal your soul and celebrate the best...

Connecting with one another and expressing our feelings is good for our health - and also supports the health of those with whom we are connecting. Been thinking of someone? Reach out and tell them. Researchers report that healthy interpersonal support systems mitigate stress and difficult life experiences. (Like now.) Wellness research argues that connecting with others -  talking to one another and expressing our feelings - is healthy and boosts serotonin levels - an important neurotransmitter that, among other things, creates feelings of well being. When we connect with one another, we are boosting our own levels of h...

This Refreshment Zone production is for children of all ages and is intended to facilitate healthy discussions of gifts and talents. The story is written by Kathy Sturgis, PhD, illustrated by Leo Hageman and features the impish vocal talents of narrator and musical conductor Al Sturgis as well as original music and background sounds created and performed by news anchor and Grammy-award winning musician Bill Leslie. Visit Refreshment Zone for original and inspiring content and ordering information for Dance of the Chameleon. This production is dedicated to all who are battling Covid-19 from the front lines and/or from a p...

Music is such a great healer. This week, I found myself driving somewhere and forced myself to listen to some music. I wanted to sing but kind of forgot how to do that - so I had to make a choice and began to sing. After a few minutes I was actually feeling happier, calmer, more optimistic and more like myself. Music does wonders for our soul so today I searched for some new music to put here for you. I hope you enjoy Peder Helland's "Calm Wind" - the nature images will help maintain calm focus while you - breath in - and breath out to the music. (Try finding your favorite song - sing and/or dance - it will increase your...

Distance from friends and loved ones is certainly one of the greatest challenges during this time. This quote was comforting to me yesterday and I hope it will be for you as well. I am wishing you extended moments of mindlessness, groundedness, peace, joy, humor and laughter in these times of uncertainty. Sending another wish for your health and safety and wishing the same for your loved ones. Stay strong! ~Kathy~

"2020 vision" promises wisdom, clarity, comfort, perspective and knowledge that comes when looking back at something (a.k.a. after we have successfully walked all the way through something that was challenging). Right now, we are walking through an unexpected event that is upending our world, our work and our daily lives. Every time I have encountered a life challenge (e.g., job loss, death of a loved one, illness, etc.), I could not wait for retrospect - and I knew the path from here to there needed to be filled with patience, strength and qualities that I could not name or didn't know I had. My mother would t...

I hope that you, your families and all you hold dear are safe and well. The off-road moments we are experiencing right now are teaching us lessons we can’t yet imagine. I kn