Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Q is for Quicksticks


Not the product you can buy in a two-pack to pick a padlock.

Not even these horrid things to stick in a tree trunk to make short work of climbing it.

Nope. It’s the word I found on phrontistery.com which means to do something without delay.

Let’s get out the door — quicksticks!! It happily reminds me of the often whimsical words the Aussies use for things, and if you know anything about me at all, you know I love Australia and her people, places and slang.

My A to Z blogging theme this month is acceptance. I’ve come to accept that doing something quicksticks is just the best way to go. Do it now. Get ‘er done. Just do it. Nothing like having the inner suggestion and acting on it right now.

Like John Lennon said: life is what happens while you’re making other plans. Do it now, without delay, quicksticks.

Seymour: An Introduction

I had the privilege and pleasure and joy of watching this film today.

Seymour Bernstein was a concert pianist until age 50, when he quit performing to become a piano teacher. Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Before Midnight, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise) directed the documentary after a chance meeting with Mr. Bernstein at a dinner party in Manhattan.

Somehow I felt like I knew that this film was going to be something special, and indeed it was. I cannot think of any other film in recent or distant memory where my tears were in response to the exquisite beauty of the music.

At one point in the film, he quoted Robert Schumann. I wanted to include the quote here, but was not able to memorize it and unable to find it. Next time I watch the film, I will take special note of that quote and share it. For now, just listen to this: