Friday Finds #257



Amazon ends its charity donation program AmazonSmile after other cost-cutting efforts. (NPR)



STOMP closes after a 29-year New York run. (NPR)



Five excellent podcast episode recommendations:

Why Your Creativity Matters with Liz Gilbert (Everything Happens)

Special Episode: The Bono Interview (The Bulletin)

The Art and Science of Gathering with Priya Parker (A Slight Change of Plans)

Andrea Yahr on Tax Prep Tips and FAQs for 2023 (Music Studio Startup)

Did Artificial Intelligence Just Get too Smart? (The Daily)



Krispy Kreme is releasing its Biscoff collection, and one of them tastes like a  cheesecake. (The Kitchn)



Speaking of Biscoff, besides just eating it by the spoonful, here are some great ways to enjoy the cookie-butter-peanut-buttery-like goodness.

Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies (Bake Me Some Sugar)

Two recipes I haven’t tried these yet, but I am intrigued!

Cookie Butter Pie (All Recipes)

Cookie Butter Blondies (The Pioneer Woman)



A new website, blog, and game membership resource:

Get their free game, Dynamic Den, here.



Bang Bang Chicken: The Authentic Sichuan Version (The Woks of Life)

My husband and I went crazy over this recipe! It’s healthy and full of flavor! We ate it with a bit of brown rice and… oh my!



I have had a razor-sharp sore throat for almost two weeks. I’m not sick otherwise, so it’s been really strange. Besides sore throat Chloraseptic lozenges, this Spiced Hot Toddy from Williams Sonoma has been the best for soothing the pain.



Germ Alert: A Teacher’s Guide to Staying Healthy (Amy Chaplin)



Registration for the Digital Organization Series is OPEN! Meet with Amy and a small handful of other teachers via Zoom over eight consecutive Fridays (12:00-1:00 pm ET) to gain control of your digital workspace.

Amy will walk you through how to clean up, reorganize, and maintain key areas, including devices, documents, media storage, email, & more.

DATES: Jan. 27 – March 17 



Your turn! Did you discover anything interesting or delicious this week? Share in the comments!



  • I’m so sad to hear about Stomp! I’ve always wanted to see them live. Darn!
    I’m also sad to hear AmazonSmile is ending. Our MTA groups benefit from that. 🙁

    • Oh, you never got to see Stomp live? Darn! I’m lucky enough to live near Chicago so I got to see them a couple of times. Yes, it’s super sad about the Amazon Smile thing. I always had a hard time remembering to use it though since it was a different URL than I wonder if that was some of the trouble?

  • Amy,
    I am a piano teacher in NC. I have been reading so much about MLT and listening to podcasts. I mostly use Piano Safari method but would like to learn some ways to incorporate MLT into my lessons. I saw that you and Joy recently presented a program on this. Would you be willing to share your ideas?
    Thanks for all you do for the piano teaching community!
    Julie Van Wyk

    • Hi, Julie. That’s so wonderful that you’re exploring MLT! I hope you find it a rewarding time of exploration. As you can imagine, that can be an involved answer! LOL. One of the easiest steps I recommend is ensuring your students are getting music in lots of different meters and tonalities and talking to them about the difference between duple and triple meters. There’s so much out there to learn from. I have a list of recommended resources, including an article I wrote in the Alfred music blog. You can find all of that here I would recommend reading Eric Bluestein’s book (listed on the resources page) first thing if you haven’t already. If you’re interested in bringing our session to your local teacher group, you can find it here. I would also recommend following the Facebook group Edwin E Gordon and Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers and listening in on the “Keys to Music Learning” podcast.

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