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Looking back at his own analysis, Mason says, "I felt it was a big success. I feel much better. I don't loathe myself. I feel comfortable with my decisions and [was] able to help my kids through the hard time of the divorce." (One son is now a junior at the U-M, the other a high school senior.)

And he has the pleasure of his music. "I practice now about two hours a day," Mason says. "I go to a piano institute each year for ten days. I still have terrible performance anxiety, but I don't think of it as pleasing people anymore, but of pleasing myself."

The time he spends at the annual camp "puts a burden on my wife," he admits. "But my family is very supportive. I no longer feel guilty--it's a positive thing. It makes me a better person."

Asked if his family benefits from that improvement, though, he's careful not to take responsibility for their happiness. "You'd have to ask them!" he laughs.

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