Category Archives: Travel 2013

Candles and flowers

My travels around the world have taught me a few things.

1.  Candles in the window on cold days really can dispel the gloom and chill. (Copenhagen 2010)

The front window of the restaurant.  Look at the candles in the lanterns beside the door.
The front window of the restaurant. Look at the candles in the lanterns beside the door.

2.  Flowers in the front window brighten up the house, both indoors and out.  (Worcester 2013)

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3.  Often times, the best meals include both pork and beef.  (Prague 2013)

Veal medallions with potatoes.
Veal medallions with potatoes.

4.  There is no place like home.  (Saint Louis, 2015)

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Christmas Eve

The day is chilly and rainy.  Gray and ugly.

Overnight, another 18-year-old was killed by a suburban police officer in Saint Louis County.


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/a2b/647128/files/2014/12/img_7464.jpgI am spending the morning doing laundry, listening to the Service of Nine Lessons & Carols from King’s College Cambridge, blogging (of course), and then making a dash to Costco to collect the ham for tomorrow’s Christmas dinner.

The fireplace is filled with flickering flames.  My Christmas tree is alight.  A lone candle burns in the front window.

And I’m texting with friends around the world.


So apparently, my dear friend Ken Rodgers and his lovely sidekick Ryan Hebert are taking Christmas break in Amsterdam, and have made their way over to London and thence up to Cambridge, and are now actually inside the King’s College chapel for the Lessons & Carols service.  For choral musicians, at this time of year, this is Mecca.

I’m going to take the high road and contain my jealousy, thinking as a salve of my own attendance at the the Three Choirs Festival last year, including of course the Wednesday live broadcast of Evensong and the incredible splendour of the opening service and the singing of “God Save the Queen” and all those wonderful hymns.  And the Gerontius.  And of the visit on the same trip to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

I’m OK.  Truly.

But, oh, those pictures from inside the chapel.  I’m green with envy.


This afternoon = kitchen time, and finish the annual Christmas letter.

Lessons & Carols are at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.

D will join me for the Midnight Mass at Christ Church.