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!
Not to contradict the Gershwin brother’s beautiful music in Porgy and Bess, but while it is now officially summertime, the living sure doesn’t feel easy. It has been another week of political conflict, of accusations of illegal police violence, and of rising cases of coronavirus. Here in North Carolina, based on the continuing increase of … More Ways to Chill Out at Home This Weekend
The Wake County Public Library System began allowing people who ordered books on hold to start picking them up as of yesterday, June 15. To me, that’s worthy of a celebration! So let’s have a little music… That is courtesy of the Nashville Public Library–so cute! When I got the notice about being able to … More Hooray! Limited Library Services Have Restarted!
“The time has come,” the lock-downed said, “To laugh at many things:Like shows—and books—and fairy tales— kookaburra that sings—And pink rainbow unicorn hugs— And beavers safe in springs.” “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban OK, so … More Of Kookaburras and Unicorns
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?
I don’t use Google as my search engine due to its lack of privacy protections, but I do enjoy their doodles. There is a particularly fun one today (May 21, 2020) dedicated to the Mbira, a traditional instrument from Zimbabwe. If you click on the arrow, you get an animation that explains a lot about … More Play a Virtual Mbira on Google Today
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) would have been the Earth Day Teach-in on “Reducing Your Carbon Foodprint” at our local Farmers Market (Cary Downtown Farmers Market). Due to the Coronavirus, that has been postponed until…we don’t know–until it is safe to do it. But we are committed to doing it, because it’s not really about Earth … More One World Together At Home
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
This is the start of a special weekend in the Christian tradition. I’m a spiritual person very committed to my spiritual center. But if there is anything that could compete with my spiritual commitment, it is my love for…Broadway musicals! Broadway, as the exemplar for all US theater, has always been the most progressive of … More Broadway Blessings, Day 1
In another of my series of what good may be coming out of all this Coronavirus disruption, I have to say our local neighborhoods seem to be coming together in a way that I haven’t experienced before. One thing I’m super grateful for is the wonderful technological tools we have to help us through this … More Silver Linings #2: Rediscovering Neighbors