Tag Archives: music

Let That Be Our Secret!

Wanted to be in nature so a walk in our village park fit the bill. Sights and sounds galore. The clock rang the hour followed by carillon music. Park benches near the water fountain beckoned. My eyes and ears were … Continue reading

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Life’s Unexpected Pleasures

Noticing that we had a new mail carrier, I opened the garage door for the large package she carried. We chatted. Then I offered her some small snacks. She had not had lunch and was most appreciative. A hug followed. … Continue reading

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Weltanschauung – Worldview

  Prompted by the word for the day on my tear-off calendar, weltanschauung, and a magnetic poetry kit in German, I dove right in to compose a Haiku in German and in English. Call it playing! Hope you enjoy my … Continue reading

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On Being Grateful

As the new school year is about to commence, I am grateful for the years I was able to teach German. I watch the young ones in the neighborhood as they play with one another and shop for new clothes. … Continue reading

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Family Rituals, Traditions and Education

Nurtured in us at an early age was the love of God, family and the importance of education. We were also gifted piano lessons and practice was a given.¬† We never questioned any of it but simply did as we … Continue reading

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Alluring Butterfly

  Softly, gently, you alight. You hover over blossoms so fragrant. Flitting to and fro as if trying to decide which flowers hold the best-kept secrets. If you could speak, I wonder what you might tell of your day’s work? … Continue reading

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Blowing Bubbles

My earliest recollections of music came from listening to my parents as they sang to us. Later we listened to the radio or to records on the record player. In Colorado, it became necessary for us to have two pianos … Continue reading

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The Diva Bag

I love music and singing in the church choir. Having started as the church organist and choir member at age 13 in Pueblo, Colorado, I can attest to many experiences and in many places. Church choirs have their own ¬†personalities, … Continue reading

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July 4th Traditions

Family, friends, faith, food, flying the flag and fireworks create memorable traditions this July 4th. Neighbors are out relaxing, playing, taking walks and cooking outdoors. Everyone stops to reflect on this country and on those who went before us and … Continue reading

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Remembering him today

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s death. He died Oct. 18, 1990 when I was a Fulbright teacher in Neresheim, Germany with our two young children along.¬† According to his wishes one month earlier in a phone conversation,¬† I … Continue reading

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