Working with Anger in Your Romantic Relationship- How do you work with your or your romantic partner’s anger or your own?

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote:“I’ve learned … that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.” – Andy Rooney (1919- 2011) More Quotes by Andy Rooney here: Thought:Working with Anger in Your Romantic Relationship How do you work with your or your romantic partner’s anger or your own? …

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Is it Fair to Obligate Listeners to Absorb Another’s Anger in Service to the Venting Person?

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “We find our energies are actually cramped when we are overanxious to succeed.” Thought: Often you hear something along these lines: “Just vent and get it out when you’re mad.” And many people do just that, temporarily feeling better but leaving those around them …

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Responding vs. Reacting

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.”         – The 14th Dali Lama    More Quotes by Lhamo Thundup, The 14th Dali Lama here Thought: Responding vs. Reacting I made a video of this communication tool …

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Want More Relationship Happiness? Balance the Power.

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote:“Guilt implanted at a tender age is not easy to destroy. A weed, it sprouts in unexpected places.” – Caryl Rivers      More Quotes by Caryl Rivers here Thought: Want More Relationship Happiness? Balance the Power. Is your primary relationship balanced as it relates to …

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How Much is Too Much Alcohol?

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote:“Nothing excellent can be done without leisure.”– Andre Gide  (1869-1951)  More Andre Gide quotes here on our website. Thought: How Much is Too Much Alcohol? As a therapist, I have pondered the alcohol question professionally and much earlier on in my personal life. Like many people, …

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Relationships Communication: Go From Arguing to Connecting

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote:“It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident who was killed by the Nazis for helping Jews escape to Switzerland  More quotes by Bonhoeffer here on our website: …

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What is Encouragement? (Hint: It Isn’t Praise) 

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” – President Calvin Coolidge  More Coolidge quotes here on my website. Thought: Thought: What is Encouragement? (Hint: It Isn’t Praise)  Encouragement is the skill of intentionally observing the positive actions of others, …

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Vertical vs. Horizontal Striving: What Drives Despots or Inspires Humanitarians

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Thought: Vertical vs. Horizontal Striving: What Drives Despots or Inspires HumanitariansOriginating with the psychologist Alfred Adler and present-day Adlerians, including this writer, have expounded on ‘vertical versus horizontal striving’ to understand the actions of individuals. It helps to understand this continuum visually.  Let’s place Russia’s hostile, …

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Primary and Secondary Concerns: Facing Life’s Challenges Directly & Creatively

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” – Mark Twain   A one-paragraph bio and more Mark Twain quotes here on our website Thought: Primary and Secondary Concerns: Facing Life’s Challenges Directly & CreativelyOften, …

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Intentionally Choosing Your Inputs & Outputs for Optimal Health

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “We’re lost, but we’re making good time.” – Yogi Berra    More fun Yogi Berra quotes with a short bio here on my website Thought: Intentionally Choosing Your Inputs & Outputs for Optimal Health Inputs and outputs are valuable constructs to achieve better health in …

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Three Distinct Kinds of Decisions

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung                         More Carl Jung quotes here on our website Thought: Three Distinct Kinds of Decisions You make …

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Identity’s Benefits and Limits

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second-rate Ravel.”       – Maurice Ravel (Ravel’s response to Gershwin’s request to study music composition with him.)    More Maurice Ravel quotes, along with a one-paragraph bio here on my Leading …

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The myriad of physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits of being a life-long learner

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “Folk songs were the way I explored the universe, they were pictures and the pictures were worth more than anything I could say.   …Most of the other performers tried to put themselves across, rather than the song, but I didn’t care about doing that. …

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The value of reflection and the benefit of thinking more deeply before taking action

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Thought: I have been pondering the value of reflection and the benefit of thinking more deeply before taking action. Productive thinking requires discerning between various types of thinking, and worry and rumination are very different than objective, thoughtful analysis.  The best way to engage in the latter …

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How can you express your concerns and frustration with your romantic partner without making things worse?

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link Quote: “True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the sufferings and joy of others.” – Andre Gide (1869-1951). More quotes and a one-paragraph concise bio of Andre Gide are here on our website. Thought: Thought: Do you have a romantic partner? From time to time, …

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Thinking about how we strive to impress others

Take Two+ TuesdayA Quote, a Thought + an Enriching LinkQuote: “Celebrity is a mask that eats into your face.”Thought: With this very 1st “Take Two+ Tuesday,” I lead with one of my favorite quotes by the writer, John Updike. Although very few of us are celebrities, the meaning of the quote holds up if we find ourselves …

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Addiction: Songs of Struggle & Victory

Alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug addiction were destructive themes in the lives of my five aunts on my dad’s side. I learned, as an adult, alcoholism had also been a significant detriment in the life of my grandfather that undoubtedly affected his daughters, my aunts. I have also witnessed how frequent inebriation traumatized the lives …

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CloudWinds Woodwind Trio November 15th, 2019 Recital Well Received

Our recital went well! We had approximately 45 people present between audience members and musicians. Works of the two French composers, Ibert & Koechlin, Polish, (but French inspired) composer Szalowski, and J.S. Bach, Joplin and my own four original works and arrangements all came together for us. Vocalist Jody Martinson joined us for an original …

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Life of Saxophone Inventor Adolphe Sax

By Richard J. Chandler, MA, Composer​ In 2018, I completed a new work based on the life of the inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax. The narrator of the piece tells Sax’s story in the first person as if Adolphe Sax himself returned from the afterlife and told us his life story. Sax Transcends for …

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CloudWinds Trio to Provide Music for Celebration Lutheran Church Services January 13th 2019

Our CloudWinds Trio is excited to play a part in the upcoming special services celebrating baptism taking place at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pine Cone Rd N, Sartell, MN 56377. We are honored to be a part of the 8:30 am and the 10:30 am services on January 13th, 2019. Our involvement begins 8 minutes prior to each …

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The CloudWinds Trio Performed for an Outdoor Wedding

Late this summer, our The CloudWinds Trio performed for an outdoor wedding just north of St Cloud, MN. The setting was beautiful. It took place in the yard, underneath large pine trees at a residence along the Mississippi River. Using our usual instrumentation of flute, clarinet, and bassoon, we played relaxing pieces by composers Kummer and Bozza as …

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Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet and Narrator

I am very excited to have finished writing a new 12-minute work called “Sax Transcends for Saxophone Quartet and Narrator.” It is like the ghost of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, returns from the dead to tell his life story, which is interspersed with the music. And a colorful life it was! Intrigue, …

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Chandler’s DaVinci Duets Performed at DeLaSalle High School Recital

This recital featured the music of composer Doug Duea. It also included 2 pieces by Richard Chandler, Youthful Dance and Flight of Time from the set of duet sketches, DaVinci Transcending Time.  They were performed by Richard Dirlam on baritone saxophone and Richard Chandler on alto saxophone. The compositions and performance were well received by …

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Chandler’s “Sacred Geometry” Performed by MN Sinfonia!

Program Notes for Sacred Geometry from the Sinfonia Both the St. Paul and the Minneapolis performances were well received by the audiences! Of the people that I invited, 18 were able to be at the concerts! I also heard a number of very nice comments from audience members. And the orchestra, and conductor Jay Fishman, …

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Chandler’s Sacred Geometry for Chamber Orchestra to be Premiered

I am pleased to announce that my Sacred Geometry for Chamber Orchestra is to be premiered by the Minnesota Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra on January 12th and 13th, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN. This piece is one of the four that were were selected to be premiered through a granting award funded by the McKnight Foundation in cooperation with …

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New Music Created for You

Would it be cool for you to have a new piece created for you as a ‘stand alone’ composition or as an element for a work of poetry, modern dance, film, video game or any other creative project?
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The Top 3 Things to Consider When Looking for a High Quality Used Instrument

Rather than renting or purchasing a new, student-level instrument, instead consider purchasing a high quality used one. Here are the top 3 things to consider:
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Richard Chandler Awarded MN Artist Grant

In April of 2017 I was awarded a $3,000 Individual Artist Grant by the Central Minnesota Arts Board. This grant is funded by the McKnight Foundation of Minnesota.
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