“Listening for Communities of Caring”, Virtual Listening Exchange, May 15, 2020
“Remember: Be Love” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 12, 2019 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.
“Reflection, Collaboration, Community,” Oakdale Community Choir Performance and Discussion for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Conference, October 17, 2019.
“Personal Reflections from Behind the Walls: X,” Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Songwriting Workshop Performance, August 20, 2019.
“Building Bridges to Peace” Oakdale Community Choir Concert, May 4th, 2019 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.
“Changes We Choose” Oakdale Community Choir learning exchange, November 12th, 2018 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.
“Finding Forgiveness, Kindness, Peace, and Gratitude Inside the Fences”, Oakdale Community Choir Concert, April 28, 2018 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.
FINDING FORGIVENESS, KINDNESS, PEACE, AND GRATITUDE INSIDE THE FENCES
20th Season of the Oakdale Community Choir – April, 2018
-Prison confines prevent many from enjoying the gifts from God. One can only imagine the soft sand squishing under our toes as the waves come in with spray of saltwater. The quiet beauty from the top of a mountain peak can’t be appreciated from pictures of the views. Some can only dream to see the stars and moon with the coolness of a silent night. The light of the world, Christ, is one of the few peaceful gifts which can be practiced within the confines. It would be a shame if we couldn’t sing and praise God within these walls.
-Peace can be hard to find when we have stress in our life. Sometimes taking on one thing at a time is all we can do. Being around people with the opposite calming energy can help but many times it is easier just to take a few moments for ourselves. In these moments we can remind ourselves what we are capable of.
-The peace that we share is a shining star of light and hope. I do wish one day that things will be ok, a deep wave of peace. I hope one day my mother will have that relief. I wish every day she will feel the flowing air of light in this world.
“May I See Beauty Too”, Oakdale Community Choir Concert, December 13, 2017 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, Coralville, IA.