Tani Wolff

My favorite sayings: I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Don’t drive onto a railroad track until there’s room to drive off the other side. ~ Daddy

They want a bio that tells who I really am?  “How?” I ask.  “Try a favorite quote.”Okay, these two quotes came to mind.

Interesting! One idealist, one pragmatist.  Pretty accurate actually! My daughters gave me the first.  It is printed on parchment in beautiful calligraphy and framed in leather and it sits on my desktop every day. The latter is ingrained in my psyche.  Funny, Daddy was really talking about trains; I apply the railroad analogy to life.

I’m an MBA and an opera fanatic.  I had a long corporate career, while raising two daughters. Lately I have turned my attention to raising two impish golden kittens.  Believe me, the daughters were easier! I was married for thirteen years and have been divorced for twenty-seven.

I love murder mysteries and algebra. (I was the one who did well on both sections of the SAT.)  My horoscope (Cancer) typically says I am someone who will be conflicted between money and family.  Cancer people, like the crab they are named after, have both a hard shell and a soft inside.

I grew up playing the piano, cello and violin; taking voice, dancing and drawing lessons; and devouring every volume of the Hans Christian Anderson’s and Andrew Lang’s fairy tales.  In college I majored in Economics at Middlebury College in Vermont and went on to get my MBA at Harvard…at a time when only a handful of graduate business schools even admitted women.

I love numbers!  I do algebra and geometry problems, Sudoku and LSAT logic games for fun. I adore words.  I once spoke five languages (oh how such skills die if left untended!). I have researched and written papers on everything from Alice in Wonderland and religious architecture to Shakespeare and Roosevelt’s International Policy…also for fun.

Today I devote my writing skills to a college admissions blog, Acing College Admissions to marketing materials, and to preparing articles about Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ upcoming festival season.  The latter is my true passion.  I spend eight to ten months each year researching the composers, librettists, time periods and performance records of our productions (as well as the music) to put together articles that will enhance the enjoyment of our fabulous and devoted patron community.  It is truly a labor of love.

In these pages I will be trying to convey some of that love and the excitement of opera in English to you.
I hope you will enjoy my posts.

Grandmother Frederiksen’s Indian Corn Pudding

If you’ve been reading my recipes you probably guess th […]

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Veggie Heaven

Growing up at our house (Whitebread Ohio in the 50s) wa […]

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Foodie Fall!

Fall is in the air.  No, forget that, fall is here! Aft […]

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Retail Therapy Works .. Research Confirms!

Shopping as “therapy” is effective at eleva […]

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The “Hoffsicle”

I’ve never been a television person. I can go years wit […]

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Daddy’s Tomato Garden

My father spent most of World War II on Attu, a frozen, […]

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An Opera Picnic

June is opera season in St. Louis.  Opera Theatre of Sa […]

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Carrot, Radicchio & Ham Salad

Somewhere years ago I read that the way to a balanced d […]

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200 Years of Being Female In America

A couple of weeks ago I happened on two articles, publi […]

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Mother’s Day Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a Mother’s Day tradition at our […]

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In the Kitchen with George and Joe

I admit to a very un-feminist yearning.  I would love t […]

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In Praise of Green

Back when I was working 60-hour weeks in the corporate […]

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Thinking…About Boxes and New Clothes

This morning I was thinking.  Honest!  I was lying in b […]

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Norwegian Christmas Breakfast

Feeding people, although always a big part of my life, […]

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Sizzling Creativity .. Ouch!

FEBRUARY 22, 2011 A Little Zap of the Brain Yields Fres […]

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No Surprises

An evening at the opera is rife with emotions: love, ha […]

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Bittersweet

She was young and fresh and beautiful when we welcomed […]

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