children and adults in ways that create lifelong learners has been an
inspiration to many. Thank you, Mimi, for reminding me how to be
myself with children, for helping me teach with reckless joy, and for
touching the lives of all of us in Arizona. I give a very special thanks to
Dr. Carroll Rinehart, another living legend in the arts-education world.
Thank you, Carroll, for your Yoda-like perspectives on education, life,
and love and for illuminating the circle of growth, trust, risk, and affir-
mation. Thank you for spending so many hours with me and making
me think more deeply. Without ever meaning to, you reminded me of
my calling and inspired me with the twinkle in your eye and the story
you are now able to tell without breaking down.
Finally, I give my most intimate thanks to my family. I am grate-
ful to my parents for always loving me and for opening the door to
the world of music and education. I thank my father for teaching me
perseverance and my mother for her kindness and encouragement. I
thank my brother Ted for his loyalty, friendship, and the many games
of chess and glasses of wine we have shared. I thank Charles for always
loving me, my children, and my wife. I thank my son, Nicky (eleven),
my daughter, Samantha (fifteen), and my lifelong love and (amazingly
young) wife, Marie. They have shaped me and have allowed me to
shape them. My intensely artistic daughter has taught me a lot, includ-
ing how to listen and how to let things come to me when they are
ready. My utterly joyful and talented son continues to remind me of
what unconditional love is and how a big heart is the answer to most
of life’s questions. And to Marie, there are simply no words to suffice.
A glance, a breath, a scent, and I am suspended in light. You are my
greatest champion and, without exception, you have been there for me
with the one thing that fuels me indefinitely—loving me.
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