Category Archives: Daily Life

Happy teacher

Seven of my private voice students were on stage at the Muny this week.

I’m one proud teacher.

I caught six of them after the second performance of The Little Mermaid.


That’s two waves, two guppies, a Flounder, and 1/4 of an octopus.  Not a bad catch . . . at the Muny.

Holiday

My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.


The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!


But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .

The dentist

I saw the dentist again on Wednesday.

Cleaning.  Fluoride treatment.

And an appointment to see him again in two weeks for an adjustment on the crown he installed in April.


Then I walked across the street to HotBox Cookies and bought two yummy, sugar-laden discs of doughy goodness to bring home with me.

Sandy Creek Bridge

I went with a friend on Sunday evening to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in Hillsboro, down in the county where my father was born.

Until about 1900, I would have paid 3¢ to walk across this bridge, and each head of cattle or sheep I drove across would have cost me 1½¢.

Favorite things

I made shortbread again this weekend.
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018784-shortbread-10-ways

And this NPR story was too fine not to share:
http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/06/17/533211998/meet-the-nanotechnologist-behind-the-timpani-at-the-met