Author Archives: Jeffrey Carter

About Jeffrey Carter

University administrator, voice teacher, choral director, professor, singer, professional theatre music director, brother, son, uncle, Anglican, Scotch drinker, chef of moderate talent, NPR fanatic, gin aficionado, proponent of the music of Herbert Howells and Elgar and Vaughan Williams, pianist, composer, theatre geek, dog love & cat hater, author & blogger, world traveler, church organist, Anglophile.

Congress is weak



Today is my last day in the office for a while.  I’ll do some work, go to the library, write some letters, have luncheon with Rob Lehman, teach a conducting lesson and a voice lesson, clean off my desk, and leave by 5 p.m.

The next five weeks are away on school business.



I found this 7-minute interview on NPR’s Morning Edition today to be very informative and helpful in understanding what’s going on with the Trump administration’s enforcement of a 1990s court ruling:


The phone rings, with a Kansas City number on the display. While I generally don’t answer if I don’t know who it is, this one I answer.

And immediately: “Hello, is Kim there?”

“Sorry,” I say. “You have the wrong number.”

“Well maybe you can help me. This is Jim with the Missouri Association of State Troopers and Police . . . .”

At which point I hang up.

What’s wrong with this?

Well, this was an unsolicited fundraising call. On a Sunday.

But more importantly, this was a deceitful, sneaky, underhanded sales script.

Some police agency or brotherhood or union or someone purporting to be such is using a false lead-in to get my attention?

They should be ashamed.