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Ponderings: On Practice

Updated on September 4, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

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My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 9th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word practice.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word practice...

Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. Its the thing you do that makes you good.

— Unknown
Practicing my posture!
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Practice Makes...Personal Best

I was a shy, hard working kid - quite serious about anything I made up my mind to accomplish. Mom taught me I did not have to be perfect, only to do my personal best.

I studied hard and got good grades. Although I tried not to broadcast it, I actually enjoyed my classes.

We studied many things in school - from handwriting to multiplication tables. I took swimming classes, with hours of weekly practice. I sang in the Sunday choir and in our high school musicals - yet more hours of preparation. I followed in my sister's foot steps and took up the piano as well, which involved much practice and study on my part for years.

These early habits prepared me for a lifetime of readiness for the careers and passions I have gravitated towards... nursing, teaching and now writing. I welcome the repetition of practice in order to achieve my own sense of proficiency in an activity or pursuit.

This week I received a thank you card from a group of students. One young man wrote: "Maria, You were such an inspiration in this field to me. I wish to emulate you in my future career as a behavioral health nurse. S__" Now there is no greater reward to me than helping the future generation of nursing in developing their skills and building excellence in their practice.

Genna East...


My Friend's Name Is ...

...Genna East is a gracious, lovely and warm presence in HubVille.

She is also rather sleep deprived these days with her busy schedule!

Genna is a consultant in her day job. Like me, she has reached enough of a proficiency in her work that she is able to teach, support and guide others with her years of experience and wisdom.

I know she worries that she never has enough hours in the day to write ... and I understand that as completely as I understand her use of the ... ellipsis (LOL)...!!

"To me, Genna is like fine chocolate and champagne. I know I cannot have it every day, but her work is to be savored when offered". (Gosh, that was a great interview!)

I also asked Genna if there was ...

Something she would never part with and she answered ...

"My piano. It's a mid-sized Steinway grand that has been in my father’s family for generations, and will be eventually passed down to my son, Bud. My mother began to give me piano lessons on the Steinway when I was 6 years old, and I, in turn, gave lessons to Bud. Music has given so much to my family over the years; this piano is - in a sense – at the heart of this gift."

The beauty of the HubPages community is how we can continuously learn and be inspired by each other. I bonded with Genna for so many reasons, but her love and appreciation of music is high on the list.

I was entranced with a series of hub articles that Genna recently wrote in dedication to music in film. In each of seven articles, she focused on one director, and the composers and songwriters he or she has collaborated with over the years.

Genna's work inspired me to watch some of my favorite movies again, this time listening closely to the music. In some cases, I felt like I was watching the movie for the very first time.

How about you...? Are there any movie scores that bring you a sense of inspiration and awe... as these do for me? If so, please share YOURS in the comment section below... and thanks to Genna for giving us such a wonderful head start with these talented artists..., mar!

Memoirs of a Geisha - Sayuri's Theme

Steven Spielberg

Genna's series started with Steven Spielberg, which I hope you will have an opportunity to check out.

"One of the most prolific directors, producers and screenwriters of our time, Spielberg's films carry an emotional weight and classic humanism that are his trademark". Genna summarized this genius most aptly I would say.

As I reviewed Spielberg's many contributions to the film industry, I decided my favorite soundtrack to share would be from Memoirs of a Geisha. It was a tough call...♥

Hugo: 21 Winding It Up

Martin Scorsese

In her next installment, Genna reviewed some of the works of Martin Scorsese.

She described Scorsese as a man who: "loves music, and has often acknowledged that he would probably be a musician had he not decided to become a filmmaker".

Hugo is a movie I could watch over and over. The music carries me along the journey of the story ... and adds greatly to its wonder and magical charm.

Ordinary People

Robert Redford

Genna next explored the work Robert Redford.

With Redford, Genna explains that his: "storytelling is an important part of humanity. Music is an integral part of his artistic synergy and collaboration with other artists which realizes the story through film".

Mom and I saw Ordinary People together in the theater in 1980. I was nineteen and studying psychiatric nursing. We had great discussions about the themes in this powerful story - amazing how music can take your mind right back in time.

Pulp Fiction - Surf Rider

Quentin Tarantino

Genna even ventured into the work of Quentin Tarantino, whose movies tend to be edgier and violent - not my choice by a long shot.

In Genna's words, Tarantino's: "music and film aren’t simply joined at the hip…they’re indelibly fused. At times, we can’t tell if the music is set to the scene, or the scene was written to the idea of the music".

I cannot deny that the musical scores to Tarantino's movies have kept me in my seat, even if I had to close my eyes during some of the scenes. Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are downright palatable because of the music - to me that is solid evidence of the extreme power of music, as well as the genius of Quentin Tarantino.

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Thomas Newman

Genna shared the talents of Thomas Newman in her next piece.

She described Newman as being: "well-known for having a unique voice and the absence of an ego-centric approach which enables him to collaborate successfully with directors".

Any movie with Maggie Smith is a winner to me... just listening to the music again of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel reminds me I need to make a date with myself to check out this classic once again...!

Rachel Portman

Genna next examined the work of Rachel Portman.

I learned that Rachel: "composes on a piano and rarely uses electronic equipment such as synthesizers to augment her film scores. She is best known for her lush orchestrations, and imaginative use of piano and strings in the romance/comedy film genre".

Mom would have loved The Legend of Bagger Vance, with its setting in her beloved Georgia. The acting chops of Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron along with the stellar soundtrack makes this a memorable film.

Thelma and Louise - Thunderbird

Hans Zimmer

Genna's final installment on music in film focused on the work of Hans Zimmer.

As Genna detailed in her article: "By integrating electronic music with orchestral arrangements, Zimmer enhances his musical scores with brilliant dimensions that embody the mood of a film, perfectly".

The year was 1991 and I was thirty years old. Without giving away the ending to Thelma and Louise, I was soooo able to relate. And I know this music would be playing in my head as I was executing my decision with my best gal pal...!

But for now... thank you Genna, for allowing me this trip down memory lane with some of my very favorite musical movie sound tracks.

As Far As Passing the Baton...

... to me, Genna East has already shown us the beauty of PRACTICE - kinda like Dorothy clicking her ruby red slippers in the Wizard of Oz.

Genna is the definition of practice in its purest sense: 'she repeatedly exercises her writing skills and has thus both acquired and maintained proficiency in it'.

This hub is rife with evidence of this practice in Genna's interview, musical series and some of her fiction. She has graciously accepted the baton of LOVE from Always Exploring as well.

Hugs and see you next time, mar

© Maria Jordan (September, 2014)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you, dear Audrey. What a profoundly beautiful comment.

      Wishing you and yours a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

      Love, Maria

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      Audrey Hunt 

      15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A captivating tribute to Genna and her work. I love your selection of music videos and the information accompanying them. About practice:

      A young pianist was attending a concert given by the most famous pianist of all time... Vladimir Horowitz. The young man sat spellbound and longed to meet Horowitz. After the concert his mother rushed him backstage just in time to catch Horowitz entering his dressing room. The young man approached his idol..."Oh Master, I would give my life to play as well as you do" to which Horowitz replied, "My son, I have."

      Thank you, dear Maria, for being you.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I can see I will need my ENERGY to keep up with your comments today, dear Car51...thanks for the visits!

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      6 years ago

      With PRACTICE I have to call it a night.Will pick up tomorrow with ENERGY!

    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Shyron,

      Thanks for stopping by and adding your special soundtracks...appreciate your votes, shares and you, my dear friend.

      Love and hugs back to you, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Maria, I can relate to the songs from Kill Bill; Thelma and Louise and Footloose. I don’t remember any other soundtracks that really stick in my mind, but all the ones that Genna chose are awesome and so is your hub.

      Voted-up, ABI, and shared

      Blessings and give yourself a hug for me.

      Love Shyron

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nette,

      How lovely to see you, and I know so many of your pals will also be thrilled as you return to the HubVille community.

      Always thinking of you too...sending love, hugs and a smile, mar

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Mar, such a welcome return to Hubpages for me, and to visit with my long lost, but often thought of sista. Practice, a simple word with a multitude of meanings, but one in particular for me, repetition. That repetition that makes us who we are today, and by learning the value of life and working to embrace it in all its glory. Thank you for an amazing read, a beautiful tribute to Genna, and another wonderful choice of music. Sending much love. x

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Hi All,

      shanmarie, I believe that no matter what curve balls life has thrown you, you still love your music dearly. It's always so lovely to see you, sweet lady.

      Audrey, I could not agree with you more!

      Thanks, dear Peg! Yes, I think we all did have that same console (LOL)!

      tirelesstraveler, I agree that our Hub community is truly the finest...

      Thank you all very much for these wonderful remarks and have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Wonderful. Cheers to the wonderful way the Hub community comes together.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Genna's work is inspirational and a shining example of practiced writing. The music from these classic films is amazing, and your picture of practicing posture was truly adorable. I think we had that same TV console.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I love Genna's work! And she is a fine example of practice! Thank you!

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 years ago from Texas

      When I was young, I thought practice would help me play the violin as well as I do in my head! LOL But, alas, nearly everyone else in class.could afford private lessons so I often got left behind, catxhing on at a slower tempo just as it got sped up to full tempo.

      That doesn't stop me.from loving a great score, though! As far as music in movies go, I remember playing Legends of the Falls. So beautiful and haunting. I kept the music sheet up until my house burned.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Faith, Your comments make me smile 'from the inside out'...!! I have not been called 'adorable' in quite some time, so thank you for that, you sweet honey! I'm not surprised that you also "loved to study and make good grades and were so very shy" as well.

      Jean, "We are lucky to be among such a nice crowd of people here." I agree with you and thank you for such a wonderful comment, as well as your visit.

      Mary, Your comment is as sweet and lovely as you...I am also ever so grateful for the special friendships that we have found in this community of beautiful people. Thanks also for your kind words about Genna and the votes.

      Genna, You are the sweetest woman and the very thought of you makes me grin from ear to ear. I know Mike and Ruby...really all of us feel the same way about you, my darling. You are the real deal-- in both the friend and the writing department. I'm thrilled you are pleased with this hub as I had hoped. Love you too!

      Hugs to you all and sweet dreams too, Maria

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      And thank you, Ruby, my friend, for that lovely comment about the music series...that is the best compliment, and made the work I invested in that project so worth while! Thank you!

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Dear Maria...

      i was so honored and humbled to read this wonderful article...and the continuation of this truly awe-inspiring series. Thank you so much for thinking of me; your kind words warm my heart. I agree with Ruby and Mike; you are the master, dearest Maria! I don’t know how you do it…I’m just so thankful that you DO! Where would we be without you? You are my teacher, and my friend of the heart and of music that is the magic, grace and joy of the soul. Love you! :-)

      Mike…a special thank you for that very generous comment. I agree with Maria. I sooo look forward to your stories. TGIF has taken on a new meaning for me; a new Friday installment that has been in recent months, the fascinating and inimitable adventures Quinn and Betty, and now Duncan Waffles.

      Good wishes to everyone for a terrific week! Hugs.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Beauty is in the practice of reading your marvelous writing. You show us not just practice in music but practice in life. There isn't much to say about Genna except excellent!

      Maria, I can't say enough what an inspiration you are, from your childhood through adulthood. Always going and always giving. Thank God I found HP and friends like you.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Music is such an important part of a movie. I can watch Thelma and Louise over and over. Pulp Fiction was too violent for me, but I did like the music. I will have to read more of Genna's hubs, this is really interesting. And I already know what a beautiful person Jo Goldsmith is. We are lucky to be among such a nice crowd of people here.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I loved this wonderful "Good Word" of Practice! You sounded so much like myself growing up, as I, too, loved to study and make good grades and was so very shy. I loved learning a bit more about "My Sweetest Friend" ... you, and, of course, I just love Genna, as she is one fine woman and one of the best writers here on HP, I must say without a doubt in my mind.

      Yes, Genna's repertoire of hubs certainly serves to symbolize Practice!

      I am so glad you are adding in these latest hubs of "Good Words" the hubs of the ones you chose for the particular "Good Word" ...

      You are adorable there practicing your posture!

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hugs and love always

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good and Happy Monday to all,

      Mike, I appreciate your first and most gracious comment and I think Genna will as well. With the amazing story telling that you have been doing over these last three years...I would say you have been PRACTICING yourself into quite a state of proficiency.

      Sha, The good thing about classic movies is that they are always around for the watching...I think you would enjoy some of these very much - except for Pulp Fiction (except some of the music 'is' amazing, seriously).

      Vicki, Thank you for stopping by with your words of support and are very much appreciated, my friend.

      "There is no doubt that I'm still throwing baseballs at walls today as a writer. " Oh my, this may be the best line you have ever written - love it, Bill!

      Martie, Your comment is insightful and thought provoking. I know that you are PRACTICING your craft like mad these days as you are writing your novel... of note, Genna is not going to actually write a post on the word 'practice'...her repertoire of hubs serves to symbolize the good word for us.

      Hoping you all have a lovely week. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thelma and Louise has been featured all week on TV, Although I've seen it too many times to count, I watched it again. Seems I can't get my fill of two of my all time favorite stars. I remember after reading Genna's series on the directors and their music, I started listening more closely to the musical scores and it brought a more intense feeling to the movie. I really hadn't listened that much before. Genna is one of my favorite writers on HP, she has a gift of writing beautiful poetry plus lovely stories. Mar this musical challenge is great. They say practice creates the master. I fully agree. You are a master music lover. Hugs

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful glimpses inside you and Genna...practice...I've written about it before. My determination to be a professional baseball player...the hours spent throwing baseballs at a cement wall, trying to perfect my control...completely enraptured by the process and the challenge...and there is no doubt that I'm still throwing baseballs at walls today as a writer. :)



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      6 years ago

      Dear Maria,

      As usual, I'm overwhelmed by your music choices that you seem to pull out of the air at the snap of a finger, or blink of the eye!

      I love this work of yours on Practice. It is something we all need to do, In order to become good at whatever it is. And you have practiced in abundance, especially in sharing your knowledge with others!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Mar, I'm ashamed to say, with the exception of Thelma and Louise, I haven't seen any of these movies. I read the book Memoirs of a Geisha. I love the music scores in all the movies you highlight above. Well, all but Pulp Fiction - Surf Rider.

      I'll have to keep my eyes out for these movies. Thanx!

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning mar, I always look forward to the works of Genna. Her writing is amazing. She paints masterpieces in imagery with her words. Her love of music overflows from her pen and I learned a great deal from her music series. She is a serious writer, in my opinion on par with the first tier of the literary hierarchy.

      This series of yours mar has reached new heights. The word Practice has taken on a whole new meaning. You are one who has taken the word practice and incorporated it into everything you do. (I never practiced posture or piano or anything else for that matter.)

      Good to see the Good Word project blossoming in the Hub garden.


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