On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Open for surprise

The recreational art program in Juvenile Hall continues to be my favorite hour of the week. The boys are immensely appreciative and enjoy the quiet time to draw with contraband materials away from the din of the unit.

The only part that surprises me is that they enjoy - often say something nice - the classical music I play for them as a background. Raised on rock 'n roll and rap, I never anticipate that the melodic orchestral pieces by the masters will add to their enjoyment of the time, but it does. My motivation is simply to bring in something they would never have been exposed to, an accurate guess. I don't say anything about the music, but they frequently do and it's always positive.


  1. My Dad used to play classical music constantly and it was very loud if I went out and had a late night then disturbed them in the morning. I now love classical and think you are giving these kids a fabulous present that will last forever.

  2. That is my hope! Thank you, Jill.


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