Monthly Archives: December 2015

Gratitude #14: Kazumi Umeda


Kazumi was a year older than me in high school. In the fall of my senior year, he was home on fall break and said one simple thing that set my future in motion.

Response #3 to Gratitude #13, Phylis Mattheson

Phylis sent me a very kind response and granted me permission to share it here.

Thank you for this. There has been such an outpouring of appreciation and thanks from my mom’s students ….it’s simply amazing. She would have been embarrassed but overwhelmingly touched. She will be missed but I’d say she left her mark.

Gratitude #13, Phylis Mattheson


Phylis is the daughter of my grade school music teacher. Her mom, Jean Peotter, passed away recently.

Gratitude #12, Kelly Barsdate


Kelly Barsdate was a friend of mine from college who changed the way I look at things.

Gratitude #11, Dan Nachbar


Dan Nachbar is a long time friend and mentor.