David Kim, concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been sharing his talents and a message about the value of hard work in Philadelphia schools this week. He played n school gyms and was accompanied by a pianist on an instrument with missing keys. Kim also told students about his childhood. To say that his mother believed in “practice makes perfect” is an understatement. In order to make additional time available for the violin, his mother would sometimes feed him donuts for dinner. The equivalent expression in French that extols the importance of a highly developed work ethic is c’est on forgeant qu’on devient forgeron (set on 4Jon con deveeN 4Jron) literally means that “it’s by forging that one becomes a blacksmith.” Personally, I keep hoping that someone will invent a Matrix-like device so I can achieve finest quality results without all that effort!