Sunday, June 28. En route from Lincoln to Saint Louis, on I-70.
Traveling in a van with three colleagues from Webster University, we have just crossed the Missouri River for the third time today (this time east of Boonville). About 100 miles ahead lies on more river crossing, and then the final jaunt home.
My mother would have been 77 years old today. How often I made this trip with her and Pop when I was younger . . . and what I wouldn’t give to make it once more with her in the car.
June has been a good month, on balance. We celebrated my father’s 80th birthday anniversary a few weeks ago. I saw a most moving and celebrated opera the next day, with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Emmaline.
At Webster, the punch list has not gotten any shorter, but summer is moving along appropriately. We received word this week that our replacement voice professor position has been approved.
At home, the office remodel is now totally completed. Sadly, the basement flood is going to take a bit more cleaning up. I entertained Erie Mills and colleagues earlier this month in a meal at home. Beth and Anna came to visit as well.
This last week the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that will ensure that love wins, and that those less fortunate than I am will have access to affordable health coverage. These are positive things indeed.
I spent the month surrounded by talent – wonderful voice students, a winning cast of The Threepenny Opera at New Line Theatre, a presentation at the regional conference of the American Guild of Organists, last week’s Thespian conference in Lincoln.
And this week I depart for a European vacation, but not before seeing Hairspray at the Muny!