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~

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...

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...

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 know that I am learning more about what really matters. I’m noticing things I might have taken for granted before – the birds singing, the tiny inchworm and turtle in the garden, the beautiful yard that’s big enough for a crowd but holds only two. Like you, I miss my family and friends. I miss my routine. I miss my clients. Yet I know that this time is teaching us lessons yet to be imagined. It’s a time to reset, reimagine, reaffirm, refine and reflect....

In this challenging time, this timeless story brings hope and reminds us of what binds us together. I hope you enjoy it today. Sending light and thoughts of health and healing to you and all you love, Kathy

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People come from all over the world in the hopes of finding wellness at the Mayo Clinic. Although I have never been a patient there, I have found healing there.


I hope you do too as I tell you about my experience.

The Piano Man

It was the man at the grand piano that taught me the most.

I wasn’t trying to find him. And he wasn’t trying to teach me anything. But there he was playing the happiest music I could imagine...

A few years ago, I started setting a theme for each year. I'm not exactly sure how I backed into this practice, but it has become a signficant - and fun - exercise to integrate into my personal visioning and planning.

As you prepare for a new year and, inevitably, think about what the year holds for you, I'd like to suggest that you adopt a theme that reflects what you want your year to represent.

Let me explain....

A theme is a recurring idea you'd like to invite. It might be thought of as a central idea, subject or issue. As you imagine a theme for yourself, allow it to become a reference or decision point for the year....

To pass through a mountain, we have to go through a tunnel.

Recently, I was driving to and from Nashville, Tennessee and I had the joy of driving through the Cherokee National Forest.

It was gorgeous and there were tunnels - lots of them!

As I approached each tunnel, I got nervous for some reason. 

I had to come to terms with the fact that I don't like tunnels. I know they present an efficient route through a mountain but, for me, they are dark and scary - unlike the picture I've included above (it's how I like to envision tunnels now).

I realized that when we're in a tunnel, we don't exactly know how...

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