NOEL – Fearless for Him

Carols Weekend 2018 is here.  I am looking forward to the weekend and sharing with the thousands who have tickets and who will watch via the web and television (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). This year has had more than its share of challenges.  This is my 38th Carols (out of 49 total) and the…

Bowing Along

So Thursday and Friday, I did this thing – tested cello bows. This is my second bow upgrade since I began lessons in September 2017 and I took a really big step!  Seriously, I gave myself a low-level carbon fiber bow for Christmas after playing with the lowest level student bow for several months (I…

Treasure Island

Leave it to kids to teach you stuff.  Most who know me would say I am intense, that I know my strengths and weaknesses, and generally stay away from things and projects where my comfort zone is, well, uncomfortable.  Historically, set construction, for example, simply ain’t on my list (excuse my grammar.) I have little…

Hot Hot Hot Then Cool

After our pleasant hike around Durnstein Thursday, the Scenic Jaspar continued through the Wachau Valley. It is stunning – I can only imagine how much more it would be if the river was at the full level. You pass little villages and towns, monasteries and castles, farms and terraced vineyards. Stunning. Soon after lunch we…

Comfort Zone

I made my second quick trip this week to South Mississippi. For a number of months, I have worked with various members of the Stone County Arts Council  and The Old Firehouse Museum as well as folks from The Friends of Stone County Library, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at…