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Two essays in the works.

The first is on my complicated relationship with music, how it stops time, triggers memories, fills the brain to the exclusion of all else, and promotes jealousies that interfere with my writing world.  It explores as well the many years of classical training I’ve had, the awards and achievements, piano, cello, voice . . .  So how is possible that I only now realize I can’t read music?

The second is for Primer Stories, an online journal dedicated to exploring the interesting, little-known details of life. The piece “How to Build a Brain” is on artificial intelligence and the human-computer interaction, out this month, November, 2015.

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  1. Mary Hannon

     /  September 24, 2015

    Hi Denise,

    I’d love to hear more about your complicated relationship with music. I edit a quarterly titled Piano Forte that brings together amateurs, professionals, teachers, students and music lovers to share their stories. I’ve met some amazing people with inspirational stories to share. It would be great to include you in our circle of sharing.

    • admin

       /  October 14, 2015

      Hello Mary,
      I’m sorry to be late in reply, but this has only now just reached me. I’d be happy to share my piece with you and your readers. I’m sure there are others like me: those who progress without being able to read a note. But I’m curious to learn if there are people who don’t even recognize the existence of the disability until decades after the fact. Complicated? You bet! I’ll send it along when it’s done. Look forward to your reactions.


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