I’m grateful for moments of reflection. Tonight I participated in a Q&A session at the Center on Halsted (a wonderful local gay/lesbian community center) sponsored by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, hosted by the dashing Roger Pines, and attended by a lovely crowd who so kindly obliged me in my request to take a group photo! Because Roger had put so much thought into the questions, and the audience was so attentive, I had the opportunity to reflect and express various elements of why I do what I do, what it means to me, and why I love it so much. Being given an opportunity to do this (in a public forum, no less!), reminds me that music is something that unites people, empowers them, and lifts them up – and how lovely to be given the chance to celebrate that! Thank you to everyone who attended and making me feel so much at home!

PS – Some folks are asking how to see the photo larger. As is the case with nearly all the photos here, if you click on it, it will take you to my “flickr” photo page, and you can click on that photo; then you can click on “all sizes” above the photo, and there you have the option to view the photo larger! Happy surfing!