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
My husband stopped our car at the red light where two main city arteries converged. A young man sat beside the busy intersection. He stared at the ground five feet in front of him. Printed in neat letters on the cardboard sign he held was the word, “Homeless.” A blast of icy wind blew his … More Native Sons & Daughters
For a solid week before another native son died, the song played through my mind: “Good morning, America. How are ‘ya? Don’t ‘ya know me? I’m your native son . . . .” https://genius.com/Arlo-guthrie-the-city-of-new-orleans-lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klgr0C9V2sM If only the message was understood. Maybe someone could have reached out. Maybe he would have listened. Just. This. Once. … More Do You Understand?
Six a.m. I yawned. We were newlyweds and it was Valentine’s Day. Even though it was my day off, I wanted to do something nice for my husband before his twenty-four hour shift. While I made breakfast, the radio blared with love songs. The DJ said something about Valentine’s Day tributes for the next few … More Valentine Wake-Up Call
Life has both beauty and truth. Sometimes, truth is not pretty. Sometimes, it is ugly. My previous blog post about Shen Yen focused on the beauty. But Shen Sun also showed the ugly truth about Chinese Communism. Nearly every culture on earth has some form of belief about salvation and about heaven. Yet again, I … More Shen Yun Portrays Truth
The curtain rose. Chinese ladies in spring green and vibrant pink costumes lined the stage. The audience breathed an appreciative sigh. Perhaps it was all the beautiful colors. Or perhaps it was the visual declaration of spring compared to the bitter cold and barren winter landscape we escaped on our way inside the venue. The … More Shen Yun Portrays Beauty
A truck towing a horse trailer drove into the parking lot. The driver parked so the back of his horse trailer faced me. Then he closed his truck door and walked toward the building. Inside the trailer, a pair of oversized ears—bigger than a horse’s ears—pivoted first one way, then the other. Like radar … More Sensitive Ears