What I’m Doing Now

  • Weddings. As of January 1, I am no longer actively serving as a wedding officiant. I’ll still do weddings for friends and accept referrals, but I want my time back!
  • Playing Music.   My primary instrument is trombone, and I am currently playing in four jazz ensembles: Desert City Jazz, the Scottsdale Community College Big Band, the Chandler/Gilbert Community College Little Big Band, and a yet-unnamed combo at CGCC with my husband Jeff who is learning the tenor saxophone.

In June, 2019, I began learning a new instrument: the steel pan (drum). I have loved steel drum music for decades, and I have often said that if I were to learn a new instrument, that’s what it would be. So I figured, why not? I’m not getting any younger. I am enjoying it so far. I am now part of a group called Rhythm is Life Steel Band, and I have performed in public five times so far.

  • Writing. I have finished my third book, The Quest for Retirement Utopia: How to Find the Retirement Spot That’s Right for You. I have no plans to write another retirement lifestyle book at this time. I have several fiction books in my head (and have taken small stabs at writing them), so I am going to focus my writing efforts on fiction for the foreseeable future.
  • Playlists. I have added many more playlists to our music jukebox computer, especially Brazilian music and holiday music. But there’s still a ton of music I haven’t put on the music computer and many more songs I would like to add to playlists. This will be an on-going effort for as long as I want it to be.

What I’m Reading Now

I am now re-reading Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series. I read this series a long time ago, but I have forgotten most of it and it is almost new to me now. I decided to read the series again in order to learn what I can from his writing style. I just finished Babycakes (the fourth book) and will begin Significant Others.

What I’m Listening to Now

For the CDs I play in my car, I am working my way through the catalogs of T-Square (Japanese fusion band), Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica & vibes), Al Jarreau, Claudio Roditi (Brazilian trumpeter), the Blenders (vocal group).


Last updated February 7, 2020  |  This “Now” page was inspired by Derek Sivers.