I am so happy to be joining you in this class. It’s snowing mightily from my home in Colorado Springs right now and it feels like the dead of winter. The cozy weather is just perfect for staying home and writing. I’m a psychology professor at a local college, but I’m on sabbatical this semester so I am stretching myself to do some creative writing with all of you. I have one daughter who is a writer and her ability to capture the essence of a thing in her written work has always been a source of amazement and inspiration to me. I have been listening to Billie Eilish pretty obsessively lately. There is something so calming and also melancholic about her voice and her collaboration with her brother fascinates me. She recalls other musicians I've admired - Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday. I have always been interested in the arts and grew up dancing playing music, and writing but I am undisciplined and I have definitely let my day job absorb too much of my energy. Most of the writing I've done has been pretty academic, so it is a challenge for me to break out of that box! I look forward to having this time to try.