A Musical Interlude

Two days ago, I learned from the father of my son’s college roommate that they had a concert planned for tonight! (They’re both violinists in the university’s Chamber Orchestra.) My son never mentioned it because he couldn’t imagine we would want to drive 2.5 hours just to attend an hour-long concert. Oh, he of littleContinue reading “A Musical Interlude”

Immersed in Van Gogh

On Monday, I attended Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. The first part was an electronic museum about his life and works. Then came the immersion room, a large room with images projected on all four walls and the floor, with a scattering of benches, chairs, and pillows in the middle of the room, so weContinue reading “Immersed in Van Gogh”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”

Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill

What sign marks the end of the summer for you? It used to be Labor Day, because my son always started back to school the next day. Now that he’s in college, he’ll start earlier, so I guess it’s the now the third week of August that marks the end of the season in myContinue reading “Friday Five: Over the Summer Hill”

Photo Friday: Griffon

Facebook reminded me this week of some photos I posted six years ago, of the George Washington Middle School Orchestra trip to a music competition at Busch Gardens theme park. I was a chaperone. The orchestra competed onstage Friday, and then spent all day Saturday having a blast at Busch Gardens, until it was timeContinue reading “Photo Friday: Griffon”

Photo Friday: Get Out Your Guitar

I love offbeat holidays. And yesterday was Get Out Your Guitar Day. Yes, this is a real thing. So the photo for today shows guitars. Well, guitar bodies, anyway. I took this one on the Martin Guitar factory tour in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Here are a row of guitar bodies waiting to be made into full-fledgedContinue reading “Photo Friday: Get Out Your Guitar”

Yodel For Your Neighbors

Today, January 30, is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We are not making this up. We are not sure why it is Yodel For Your Neighbors Day. We also don’t know why it is, at the same time, both National Croissant Day and National Inane Answering Machine Message Day. The traditional way of celebrating YodelContinue reading “Yodel For Your Neighbors”

Bernie’s Mittens

We all saw him at the Presidential Inauguration last week. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – eschewing the stylish cloth dress coat look of most of the politicians attending the event – sported a relentlessly unstylish puffy brown coat and enormous patterned sweater mittens. Since then, unless you’ve been living in a cave, you haveContinue reading “Bernie’s Mittens”

A Visit From Pepino

It was 4 a.m. New Year’s morning. I’d gotten to bed about 3, and was just about to drift off to sleep. My husband, who’d sacked out shortly after midnight, was fast asleep beside me. Suddenly I heard a voice outside our door. “Is anyone awake in there?” It was our 18-year-old. He’s not proneContinue reading “A Visit From Pepino”