Praise for young musicians
Today I had the joy of seeing our elementary school students perform their winter concert. Every year, I am thrilled to see them singing songs, playing instruments, and making joyful music leading into the holidays. As a lifelong musician, I am so happy we have a school that not only has a music program, but a program that includes strings and a concert band! Not many elementary music programs have that.
I know we’re all very proud of our high school football team’s big win, but I can’t help but hope for a day in the near future where our young musicians get the same celebratory spirit and attention for their hard work and accomplishment.
After reading the past week’s Methow Valley News (headline, “Lynx recovery”), I just have to marvel once again about what an amazing newspaper you and your staff put out. In that issue alone, you expertly enlighten us about so many relevant and important issues affecting our lives, locally and globally.
The report that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is finally going to issue a recovery plan for the Canada lynx is a rare bit of good news for our wildlife. It ties in with your beautifully written editorial “Live and let live” in the previous week’s issue. You wrote about the animals that were here thousands of years before any white settlers arrived. Many were here before any humans: “We should care about those creatures because they are part of the natural world we are fortunate to call home.” These thoughts apply to so many other wildlife issues in your recent stories. Wolverines, mule deer, bears, cougars, and more are all part of this story.
You also wrote that “Man is the only animal that commits deliberate murder on its own kind.” This ties in directly with your “No Bad Days” column this past week entitled “Working on it.” There is a lot going on in this world that humans have misshapen (my word) that it is hard to deal with. Try being a little patient with others and ourselves, rather than just getting angry, is good advice, though often hard to follow. And be “grateful and thankful when things go well” (your words).
This also ties in with the letter “Sharing the Land of Canaan” in the same issue. Five locals talk about how closely we humans are all related, and the thought (wish?) that there must be a way to end wars over personal and group identity without de-valuing and destroying others. I share that wish and I think most people do. Unfortunately, there is a giant war machine that feeds on encouraging conflict and hate. It doesn’t care who dies in the process. It’s hard to be patient hoping for that to change in our lifetimes.