Author: Michael Muckian

In pursuit of mindfulness

Michael Muckian walks readers through what he’s learned along the way about mindfulness and meditation, and how you can get started, too.

In Michael Muckian’s first meditation session, he fell asleep. But he and his wife, Jean, have since developed their practice and deepened their understanding, especially once COVID-19 hit.

UW–Madison music student wins classical Grammy Award

Sarah Brailey — current doctoral candidate at the Mead Witter School of Music — wins award for soprano role in the album Smyth: The Prison

As if classical musician Sarah Brailey weren’t already accomplished enough, the doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music can now add a Grammy Award to her list. The award for best classical solo vocal album,…

The healing side of art

With stress and trauma at an all-time high, creating art is helping people of all ages work through personal and collective anguish.

With stress and trauma at an all-time high, creating art is helping people of all ages work through personal and collective anguish.

Kristin Schmidt found her way to art therapy after facing her own traumas

Many therapists discover their profession after seeing its benefits firsthand.

Many therapists discover their profession after seeing its benefits firsthand. Art therapist Kristin Schmidt is no different, and her personal experiences make a strong case for a discipline that’s become her career.

The ghosts of lost live performances

In Madison, the arts scene endures despite pandemic concerns and social unrest.

Entire theatrical and musical seasons were abandoned and large city events were either canceled, scaled back or conducted online.