Category Modern Family

In Memoriam: You Are Not Alone

Yesterday, I led a memorial service commemorating the life of a good friend.  I worked with two of her very closest friends in the lead-up to the service, and, as is common, we gathered photos together for a slideshow to commemorate the occasion.  As we compiled the show, a question arose about what kind of […]

Birthday

It’s a birthday – 42.  Like others lucky enough to have landed on this age, I can’t help but consider Douglas Adams’s supercomputer from his fabulous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  In the universe Adams created, the computer is a mammoth device constructed over eons with one purpose – to reveal the answer to the […]

New Year’s 2018 – Notes on Focus

One year ago today, I published my 500th post on Musical Me.  Today’s post is my 545th.  I started this blog both to chronicle my project to learn to play the violin, and to foster disciplined writing.  The twin pursuits emerged as an epiphany one Monday afternoon back in October of 2013, each conceived as […]

Family Time, Music Time

We’re back from our annual trip to visit family in Kansas – this year we took my father-in-law along, which was a special treat.  He enjoyed getting to meet my nieces and nephews, my in-laws, and my two grandmothers, with whom he’s developed a bit of a correspondence concerning their maladies over the past couple […]

Oklahoma!

Earlier this year, two of my nieces had lead roles in their high school production of Oklahoma! – while I couldn’t be there in person, one of the performances was filmed, and I was able to watch it last night.  Prior to that, I’d never seen the show and really knew nothing about it except […]

Graduating Swing Lessons

Over the long weekend, I was out of town visiting family for my oldest niece’s high school graduation.  Her graduating class was 11 people (my own was about 400!), and I think most of them and many more made an appearance at her after-graduation party, which doubled as her 18th birthday party.  It was also […]

Christmas 2016

We’re just back from our annual trek to Kansas to visit my family for Christmas – we were fortunate to have had excellent weather for the duration – some years, including last, weather has sidelined us into roadside motels as we make our way to and fro’.  The rental Explorer performed great and our hotel […]