I know I haven’t written for a while, but it’s mostly from good things. Besides being busy with work and activities, last week I spent most of the week out of town at a WONDERFUL family wedding. It was a beautiful event that went off perfectly, celebrating the love of two delightful young people who … More This Year We Can All Have a Capitol Fourth!
Last summer I wrote about how my greatest regret, besides seeing the people I loved, was the cancellation of Summerfest, an outdoors series of music played by the North Carolina Symphony in the Koka Booth Amphitheater. That has been my favorite summer tradition for years and years, and while I realized that it was necessary … More The Sounds of Summer Return
Tonight, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I’m going to a friend’s house for a potluck dinner and meeting with people outside my own household, and…I’m SO EXCITED! The people coming are all 2 weeks+ past our full vaccinations, so we have the CDC’s blessing. Of course, we’ll still be cautious … More What Song(s) Do You Associate With Our Year in Lockdown?
I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
This morning in North Carolina, it is cool, dark, and rainy. Still, I know that Spring is here. This month I have been studying Persian mythology with the students of my literature classes. In the Persian, now Iranian, culture, the New Year, called Nowruz, occurs on March 21. The picture above displays a typical Nowruz … More Did You Hear that Winter’s Over?
I assume you all know The Twins, AKA The New Trend AKA First Time Hearing. It is two young men, twin brothers Tim and Fred Williams, 22? I think, and living in Gary, Indiana (Broadway baby me connects that with The Music Man, but ignore that unless you are a Broadway baby as well). Anyway, … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: The Twins
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
This is the last in the free weekend streaming of his concerts on Sir Elton John’s YouTube channel (there were three before I found out about them). Starting at 3 PM Eastern time and lasting for 72 hours, anyone can stream his 2001 concert from the Great Amphitheatre in Ephesus, Turkey. How cool and exotic … More Elton in Turkey
For us in Cary, NC, the great cultural disappointment of the summer was the cancellation of the annual Summerfest concert series, when the NC Symphony plays at the magical outdoor pavilion known as Koka Booth Amphitheater (and I’m sure you can guess why). In New York, another great summer tradition fell as well–the free Shakespeare … More When Shakespeare Meets Black Lives Matter
As I mentioned last week, Sir Elton John is sharing one of his concert videos for free for the next few weekends as a fundraiser for his foundation, which is expanding its usual work with AIDS/HIV patients to include all the negative impacts related to COVID-19. This weekend’s show (which becomes available at 3:00 PM … More Elton at Madison Square Garden Tonight