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
Three students who grew up homeschooling together (along with my son) started playing music together a few years ago. Even though they are all attending college, they have continued playing together on holidays in a band they named The Offbeats. They specialize in playing family-friendly classic rock. While this is mostly just a hobby and … More Free, Family Friendly, Live Streaming Concert to Benefit Pay-what-you-can Cafe
Today, July 24, is National Tequila Day! What a great reason for celebrating what, at least in North Carolina, has been a really hot, humid, stormy week. While Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has run out of free videos to show for your weekend’s entertainment, Sir Elton John is stepping up to fill the void! Sir … More Songs, Sips, Sups, Science, and Social Action for National Tequila Day
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!