Teaching is a joy!
I got into teaching in 1996 after I retired from the United Nations at the age of 61. This new career was one that came looking for me rather than me looking for it. I had planned after retirement to start, in partnership with my older son, a small book publishing company focusing on various…
The first violin I made
I completed my first violin on 24 May 2016. It took me three and a half years, working two days a week at the violin workshop run by master luthier Louis Caporale. It is the first of what I hope will be at least ten to fifteen violins I will make (I can’t imagine that…
81 year old violin-maker’s lifetime dream
This article about my lifelong dream of learning to make violins was published in The Japan Times newspaper on April 7, 2016. Click on the link below to read it. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2016/04/06/our-lives/tokyo-violin-makers-apprentice-fulfills-lifetime-dream-81/#.VxY3p8TXerU
Relearning my native English in Manila*
My father made a decision in 1948 that would change my life forever. The family would move from New York City to Manila where we children would continue our education. My father and my American mother had come to the conclusion the we children needed to learn about being Filipino because we had already become…