Daily Archives: January 18, 2017


Happy birthday today to my youngest sister, Beth, who has hit the half-century mark.

The day she was born, I threw a fit, because I wanted a brother.

I’ve since gotten over it.


I’m reading more this year, or at least trying so to do.

Over the weekend I finished a book I collected last summer in Norwich, England — Penny Junor’s book The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor. It’s a bit tell-all, without any real scholarship, but it was a breezy reconnection with the British royal house.

Now I’m on to a book I saw recommended in some list I was looking at.  More on that in due course.

And I’m still working my way through my travel diaries, and reading all sort of books on a) teaching voice and b) creating musical theatre.  These latter two subjects seem to be where the remainder of my working days are headed.

Plus — as a result of Monday’s New York Times article about President Obama’s reading list, I’ve looked up and sent myself two of his recommendation lists.  I’ll take a look at those, plus the huge stack of books at already waiting at home, and construct my list for the remainder of the year.