Category Archives: Getting older


My 56th birthday.

Thanks to Facebook, I heard today from

  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • Sweden
  • China
  • England
  • Brazil
  • Italy
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Canada

And closer to home, from friends (spanning the years from Pleasant Lea Elementary School until today) in

  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Arizona
  • Indiana
  • New York
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Connecticut
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • Iowa
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Georgia
  • Nevada
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Washington
  • Pennsylvania

In a life that has centered on education, I heard from students and colleagues from

  • the years I taught voice in Blue Springs, and at Music/Arts Institute
  • the University of Central Missouri
  • Ball State University
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Louis
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • the University of Kansas
  • Webster University
  • Lee’s Summit High School
  • Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • and of course my current crop of voice students.

“I am wealthy in my friends.”


My kids

Since I had so many of my former Webster University students to see in NYC this trip, I decided to pull a bunch of them together for dinner.

And I think we all decided that this endeavor was incredibly worthwhile and fun, and a most wonderful reunion.  Several of the students did not know each other when we sat down, so long have I been teaching now.

The final tab was outrageous, but the conviviality and memories are priceless.