Sometimes I am awake later than I should be. (Like this week of the time change, being alternately exhausted or wakeful at night!) Midnight comes and I click the TV to PBS and set the sleep timer to watch or listen to Classic Arts Showcase. It is full of short excerpts of great performances from symphonies, ballet, opera, theater, and film. Like a good book can do, this program can transport you to new worlds and experiences. Sometimes a piece of calming music is being played, and I am lulled to sleep long before the sleep timer expires. Sometimes there is a fascinating interview that offers new insight into an artist or art form. Often I am drawn to simply enjoy the performance for its beauty and spirit. Sometimes I start thinking “deep” thoughts as I guess one only does when it is so late at night. I wonder, for example, what if, when I was a child, I had seen live performances of great ballerinas? I had ballet lessons but I never saw a real ballet performed. If someone who loved opera had introduced me to it, and I had heard the great singers of the world and understood the stories of their operas, would I have a greater appreciation of opera today? What if I had been able to try film-making, especially making movies of some of the stories I wrote? Then I think of my students, and how little arts education they get, in spite of the valiant art and music teachers who try to give them some of these experiences. This thinking keeps me awake some nights. Mostly, though, my late night lessons in the arts are enriching and enjoyable. I just need to record them to watch in the daytime and get my sleep at night!