A pair of Canada Geese flew overhead. They honked encouragement to each other, then glided in for a landing on the pond near where they set up housekeeping. Like many other geese, this pair returns to the same spot year after year to raise their goslings. Whenever I hear geese honking my first thought is … More What Does Mother Mean?
City traffic zoomed all around me. I was hemmed in by cars in front and behind. Two semi-trailers passed me on the three-lane thoroughfare. They kicked up debris. Small pebbles pinged against my windshield. Sheets of water sloshed over my car. My wipers could not keep up. At one point, deep water caused me to … More What are You Afraid of?
It’s that time of year when birds of the same species will no longer tolerate another bird in their territory. Two male cardinals tussled outside my window this morning—the first sign of spring—or the hope of spring. In and out of the maple tree branches they fluttered. Flashes of sunlight ignited their red plumage. One … More It’s Time . . .
Many people struggle with some form of change. From my office window I look out on a landscape of trees with rolling hills and a pond beyond. It gives me a fine vantage point to watch the seasons change. Or not. This spring, winter has not willingly released its grip. One day dawns with blue … More Do You Like Change?
We’re budget travelers. We save our pennies and nickels and dimes and…. You get the idea. We saved for a trip to the Bahamas one year. Part of our budget had to go toward wardrobe. The Bahamas are hot and humid. Hats are needed for protection from the relentless sunshine. We found the perfect inexpensive … More Budget Hat
This time of year with the NCAA Basketball tournament, supporters and team members alike proudly wear their team’s colors. Individual teams often emblazon slogans on their t-shirts. Slogans meant to fire up the team. One such inspiring challenge read: “Unfinished Business.” Their team had not yet accomplished their goal for the year—a victorious season. This … More Finished Business
This Friday, March 31 is National Crayon Day. Let your inner child out to play. Ahh, the distinctive waxy smell of crayons. Can you smell it? Brings back so many memories. You know you may be getting older when you start sentences with…When I was a kid…. Here comes one of those sentences. When I … More National Crayon Day
In my previous blog post, Shen Yun – Erhu, I shared about the beauty of the Shen Yun music. The artistry and dedication of the musicians impressed me. Are you a musician? Would you like to join the Shen Yun orchestra? Shen Yun Orchestra holds Auditions for Available Positions Brass: French Horn, Trumpet, Bass Trombone … More Shen Yun – Auditions
No. I did not misspell. It is Pi. As in 3.14, though people do sometimes celebrate the day by making / buying and eating pie. All sorts of pie. Pizza pie. Fruit pie. Cream pie. Maybe even pasties like savory meat and vegetable pies. (And no, I did not misspell that word either.) So what … More Happy Pi Day!
Most Chinese instruments make a sharp twang sound that is not pleasant to my ears. However, the music played by the Shen Yun orchestra was different. Shen Yun’s Orchestra combines classical Western and Chinese instruments. The two-stringed Erhu and the plucked Pipa, lead the melody with a full Western-style orchestra. Thus, Shen Yun has created … More Shen Yun – Erhu