I blinked and suddenly it's been a year since I posted an update here. That's what I get for blinking, I suppose. Little has changed since my last update, even down to the usual late-October flailing. But this year, I've come to realize that what causes me to feel so off-kilter this time of year … Continue reading Pandemic years don’t count, right?
Happy autumn! Though I must confess: this season always throws me for a bit of a loop. It's partially due to the diminution of daylight and having fewer opportunities to enjoy sunshine. It's also partially due to the end of summer singing hiatus in September, so by the time October rolls around, I inevitably feel … Continue reading Back in the saddle
It's been a busy few months since my last update, which is nice to be able to report. The most notable thing is that my spouse and I are fortunate enough to be fully inoculated, and we've tentatively started spending time with other vaccinated folks, including friends, nearby family, and music ensembles! It feels like … Continue reading Because why the heck not?
Merry December to all who are still observing the passage of time, happy solstice to those looking forward to shorter nights, welcome Yule, merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a joyful Great Conjunction (photo credit: the wonderful Dana Wayne)! It's been awesome to watch Jupiter and Saturn draw closer to one another over the past weeks. … Continue reading At least we still have the butt jokes.
Howdy from Still-At-Home Land! Things in the wider world are fraught and disturbing, and closer to home, San Diego County has its first wildfire of the season, which broke out southeast of Alpine during a pretty gnarly heat wave. We're fortunate enough to be nowhere near it, and the marine layer has been protecting us … Continue reading Show and Tell
I like to read books on dog training. Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the Dachshund and … Continue reading How to Train Your Dachshund
I'm sorry, everyone. I think this is all my fault. This is what happens when one signs off an early-March post like this: "Here’s hoping for a significantly less dramatic month to come! Smooches (the non-sticky and germ-free sort) to All!" Yeah... sorry about that. As you've likely gathered, all of the music I blithely … Continue reading My Bad.
On the last day of January, I was tidying up after a meeting, and I started to feel unwell. Having just eaten lunch, I reckoned it was a spot of food poisoning. I managed to make it home without incident, sent my spouse to the symphony without me, and went straight to bed, hoping that … Continue reading Video Games Can, Indeed, Save Your Life.
The Season of But(t) Thanks is upon us! That is to say, it's Advent, and therefore Messiah season! This is, of course, opposed to the Season of But(t) Dust (Ash Wednesday/Lent). Which is also Messiah season, of course, just different bits of Messiah. Still! As a church musician, the But(t) Seasons (Advent and Lent) are my … Continue reading Inappropriate Cracks
There was a young fellow named Hall Who fell in the spring in the fall. 'Twould have been a sad thing Had he died in the spring, But he didn't — he died in the fall. I wish I could claim credit for that gem, but the author's identity has been lost in the mists … Continue reading A Seasonal-ish Limerick