About Me

(Sat. Feb. 4, 2012)

As I’m typing my tabby cat Huckleberry is nestled next to me with his face next to mine, his whiskers tickling my cheek, and his paws outstretched towards the keyboard.  If I’d let him he’d pat the keys on the keyboard and you’d be reading “About Huckleberry” instead.

According to WordPress if you want to increase traffic to your blog, you should add an “About Me” page, but it’s not as easy as I thought. I’m wondering: “Who’s reading this?” and “Who cares?”

I used to keep a diary and I’d write in it several times a day. These days it’s turned into a journal when I travel, but it was always meant to be private, not for the eyes of the MILLIONS of readers I’m certain will be viewing my blog.

Well, if this is what my audience fans want, here goes:
I’ve traveled extensively, but currently reside in Texas; I grew up in Houston, Texas.  After college I lived in Germany (Idar-Oberstein and Hoppstedten-Weiersbach), I’ve also lived in New York City and before returning to Texas I lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  While I was in Europe I visited most countries, and when I lived in PA, I experienced an exciting trip to Russia and China.  During my years in NYC I visited every inch of the northeastern states and became a fan of the coastal areas, especially Bar Harbor, Maine, Cape Cod, and Annapolis, Maryland.  I’ve traveled to Mexico, but more during childhood and definitely not as often as I’d like to and I frequently spent glorious days in Quebec and the Virgin Islands and Jamaica.  Upon returning to Texas, I’ve made it a point to explore this giant state. I hope my traveling days have not ended. I’m not fully content if I’m not exploring a new country and culture.

I’m trying to make the central theme of this blog about music, because it consumes my life.  My father was a musician. He taught himself to play guitar, he played mostly Mexican music, but he could pick up any tune and accompany it.  He once played with a Mexican trio, a la Trio Los Panchos, but he ended his professional career after marrying my mother.  There was NEVER a time that my “Daddy” didn’t have his guitar with him, and though I try not to dwell on regrets, I do have one great regret…video was in its infancy when my father was alive.  However, he discovered reel to reel and tapes, so I am fortunate to be able to listen to hours and hours of his music.

I myself play piano. I don’t consider myself a pianist, but others have told me I have a gentle and moving style.  Unlike my father I am bound to sheet music and I’m trying to learn to play by ear. I won’t say more on this page about music, because that’s what this blog is about.

In conclusion … I’ve been told that when I talk, there is no conclusion … so intentionally and deliberately, “in conclusion” … I’m a lover of the arts, music/of course, international cultures, and travel.  I’m passionate about social justice and human rights issues, politics, and community service.  My family comes before all else, which since my father passed away is now just my mother-who is the light of my life-and uncountable numbers of aunts and uncles and cousins and their children, and I might add, my close friends. I don’t distinguish between family and close friends, maybe it’s because I’m an only child.  Close friends to me ARE family. 

Oh, and did I mention I love to write?  Maybe you’ve picked up on that by now, so: WELCOME TO MY BLOG, emilyskeyboard!

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