In retrospect, I should have expected that 2020 might not be the healthiest year since when the bells were ringing in the New Year, I heard them from inside the ambulance that was going to bring me to the Emergency Room. I had made the mistake of eating a cookie that I didn’t realize contained … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020, New Year’s Eve Edition: Fiction, Faith, Food, and HAMILTON
Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about although COVID restrictions had forced the cancellation of our beloved July 4th tradition of gathering with my spiritual center to listen to an outdoor concert by the North Carolina Symphony followed by a firework display, the holiday was still going to be special because they were … More Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!
On this Hanukah weekend, this festival of lights, our family is looking forward to a number of activities to keep us entertained and grateful for the many blessings that we have. Tonight, here in North Carolina (but available via Zoom where ever), we are going to participate in an event by the North Carolina Museum … More Great Online Activities This Weekend
One of the great traditions of Broadway is the annual fundraiser for the MCC Theater (an off-Broadway theater focused on producing original works by up-and-coming playwrights) known as “Miscast.” Now in its 20th year, the show presents the best and the brightest of Broadway stars performing songs from shows they would NEVER be actually cast … More Don’t Miss Miscast This Sunday, September 13
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
Memorial Day Weekend has a lot of rituals for my family. That weekend is the kickoff for Summerfest, the outdoor summer concert series by the North Carolina Symphony that is one of our FAVORITE summer traditions. So on Saturday night, we and our friends get to Koka Booth Amphitheater early, stake out our place on … More What Are You Doing this Memorial Day Weekend?
Back in 2016, the first year that Hamilton: An American Musical appeared on Broadway but before it had gained widespread fame, I played a few video clips of the show for my high school literature class. They knew nothing about the musical, but they were spell-bound. The very idea of an ethnically-diverse cast telling the … More Broadway Blessings #4: Homeschool with Hamilton
What Broadway musical is more appropriate to watch this weekend than Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Jesus Christ Superstar? Fortunately, you have the opportunity to watch two different versions–via stay-at-home technology, of course–this weekend for free. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the best contemporary Broadway writers/composers/producers around, is doing his part to … More Broadway Blessings, Day 2: See Jesus Christ Superstar for Free this Weekend
So how did you spend your Inauguration day? Although my latest posts described a number of options we had here in the Triangle for marking the day, I didn’t go to any of those. I had my own special type of celebration. My son had invited a number of his friends from homeschooling to our … More The Kids Are All Right