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Hi there – I’m Miriam! Welcome to my blog!
I am a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. I also spend my time writing, blogging and providing music therapy for clients and patients.
In this blog, Bubby Joys and Oys I explore the issues of being a grandmother and mother-in-law while providing entertaining ideas, inspirational stories regarding positive situations and challenging issues in my life in general. I describe my experiences in a light format and style.
Music, especially as it relates to healing, has been my passion. As a pianist, I received my Music degree and Music Therapy Credential in 1995 from California State University, Northridge. I earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from CSUN in 1998 and published for my Graduate Thesis, a study of music therapy and inclusion in preschool settings.
As a Music Therapist since 1995, I have worked with children who have developmental disabilities both in private practice and for organizations. Currently, I use piano, harp and various activities to achieve goals with elderly patients in hospice care and other populations who are healed by music.
Additionally, I’ve been writing articles about music, as well as progress reports for hundreds of clients with disabilities. These reports have been read by psychologists, parents, therapists, and other people on the therapeutic team for children who are on the autism spectrum or other diagnoses. The reports were detailed accounts of how music works as a medium for helping children achieve physical, emotional, social and language goals in therapy.
During the past six years, between 2007 and 2013, I was published in a variety of magazines, including a Grandmother column in Binah Magazine, and human interest articles in City Spirit, in Chabad.org, and various Jewish print publications: Jewish LifeLA, Yated Ne’eman, and City Spirit Magazine. I used to write for an online community, Zujava.com.
In 2012, I published Mazel Tov! It’s a Bubby !. This is a book about “the joys and oys (challenges) of being a mother, mother-in-law and…grandmother.” I created the book for women who suddenly find themselves having to switch modes and become mothers-in-law, grandmothers, and moms of adult kids. No easy feat!