Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Giving Thanks 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving to all!

May your hearts and tummies both be full.

Safe travels, too. 

The holiday magic has official begun.... 

Pace yourselves.


Saturday, November 02, 2019

Updated Media Coverage L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honoree Award

Photo by Nilaya Sabnis for L'Oreal Paris. 

More great press regarding my 2019 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honoree status.

Please continue to Vote Daily thru November 15th for RicStar's Camp for National Honoree and $25,000 at WomenofWorth.com and like/share/comment on Twitter: @LOrealParisUSA and on Instagram: @LOrealMakeup.

Every single vote matters!

Thank you, all, for helping us continue to celebrate the abilities of all those with special needs through music therapy, while honoring my son's remarkable legacy! Beyond grateful. :)

Recent press:




@LOrealParisUSA #WomenofWorth #lorealpartner #ricstarscamp #Forbes #MLive #EastLansingInfo


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thanks, Media, for the Great L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Coverage!

Thanks to MSU Today, the Lansing State Journal, City Pulse and Ludington Daily News for the great and immediate coverage of my L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Award! 

More to come. :)

Click links above to read the interviews.

Vote daily through Nov. 15 at WomenofWorth.com and like, share, comment on all social networking posts.

Much appreciated!!

@LOrealParisUSA #WomenofWorth #lorealpartner #ricstarscamp #Ludingtondailynews #lansingstatejournal #citypulse #MSUToday


2020 RicStar's Camp Dates Announced!

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The 2020 camp dates for the 18th Annual Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp (aka RicStar's Camp) held at the Michigan State University Community Music School have just been announced!!

Adults: June 11th-13th.
Children, Adolescents & Young Adults: June 15th-17th.

Find our more, sign up to volunteer, and camper registration here.

Scholarships are available! 


Winter Chosen as 2019 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honoree

Photo by Nilaya Sabnis for L'Oreal Paris

I'm incredibly proud and honored to announce that I've been named one of ten 2019 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honorees for my work on behalf of the Eric 'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp!! AKA RicStar's Camp!

Please go to WomenofWorth.com & VOTE DAILY thru Nov. 15th for RicStar's Camp for the National Honoree award and an additional $25,000 for our deserving camp/pers. And please vote, share, comment on your social networking sites, too.

Every single vote counts.

Thank you for helping us continue to serve individuals of all ages and disabilities by providing continued access to important music therapy in a summer camp setting focused on nurturing and celebrating individual abilities!

@LOrealParisUSA #lorealpartner #WomenofWorth #ricstarscamp #musictherapy #celebrateabilities

Friday, September 13, 2019

My Forbes.com article

Eric Richard Winter. 1990-2003. Jena McShane/McShane Photography. All rights reserved.

Check out my op-ed on Forbes.com published yesterday entitled 'Institutionalization Isn't the Solution to Senseless Violence,' here.

My take on institutionalization, mental illness and gun violence.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday WOW! America's Got Talent: Kodi Lee

Erik Taylor Photos. All rights reserved.

Don't miss this story/video that highlights the power of music, big talent and a mother's unconditional love. 

Do yourself a favor and watch Kodi Lee's unforgettable America's Got Talent audition here.

Lee is a talented musician who is blind, has autism and he gets the Golden Buzzer and a standing O from AGT judges.

Never say never.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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RicStar's Camp 2019 Registration!

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Reminder that registration for the 17th Annual Eric  'RicStar' Winter Music Therapy Camp, aka RicStar's Camp, is now ongoing! All ages. All abilities. Sibs welcome. Scholarships. Volunteer ops, including for teens, dance, movement, certified therapy dogs, housing support, and so much more!  Did I mention, lots of fun?

RicStar's Camp changes lives.  Join us and take part in all the magic.

Details here.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Weekend Spirit

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"I'm slowly becoming the person I should have been a long time ago." -Charlotte Donning.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend Spirit: Rumi

RicStar's Camp. Eric Taylor photo. All rights reserved.

"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." -Rumi


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A reminder that you will find much more regular special needs updates on my professional Facebook page.

Check it out here.


March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

In honor of March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, this guy. I will always love him. 

My forever muse.

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Love Wins

Photo courtesy of RicStar's Camp. All rights reserved.

These are especially difficult times in our country and world. Hate, violence, lack of civility, dishonesty and darkness seem to be the new norm.

But I believe strongly that eventually love, goodness, humanity, compassion and light triumph all. 

Powerful stuff.

The song "Love Wins" by Carrie Underwood seems to be an anthem and a light for me right now. Maybe it will brighten your life, too.

Few things are a sure bet. But this much I do know.

Music holds the power to heal us.

If only for a few moments of much-needed respite.

And, Love Wins. 

Listen here.


Love not Hate

My thoughts are with the people of New Zealand during this time of unspeakable horror and tremendous grief and loss. 

Love not hate.

Judy Winter Images 2018


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Weekend Spirit

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"As she waits for the future, she leans into the present, for there are truly beautiful things to be gathered there." -Morgan Harper Nichols

Do you see them?


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, and all those that fight for equality and justice for all, especially for our children, I share with you this powerful battle cry: "The Champion" by Carrie Underwood and Co. Never give up.

You're far more powerful than you know.

Watch Champion here.


Facebook Reminder

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As we take on the many challenges of 2019, a friendly reminder that you'll find more regular posts (usually daily) on my professional Facebook page.