Category Archives: Travel

#TBT: July abroad

I realized the other day that I have spent quite a few days of July abroad in recent years.  Here are a few photos from July excursions to Europe.

Scenes from Montreal, Vienna, London and every one of the countries in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Stockholm, Antwerp, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Florence, other points in Austria, and Paris.  I think that’s it.

Travel was by jet, plane, car, bus, train, and bicycle!

Many of these adventures were with my friend Kevin Cherry, or with the choir from Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City.  I’m grateful to Webster University for the Messing Award that allowed me to spend three weeks in Vienna in July 2018 for curriculum development.

June travels

Since I’m not traveling this summer, I’m posting some previous travel photos from this week of June over the last 15 years.

Nebraska State Capitol, 2019:

NY, NY, 2017:

Lee’s Summit, Father’s Day Weekend, 2016:

International Thespian Society conference, Lincoln, 2015:

International Thespian Society conference, Lincoln, 2014:

ACDA meeting, Oklahoma City, 2009:

The 2009-2010 ACDA Repertoire & Standards leadership team.

 

Thespians

This would normally be the week I would be at the International Thespian Society conference, doing the good work of Webster University.

The conference is virtual this year.

Memories from previous years:

#TBT: GSE

Nineteen years ago this month.

I was part of a Group Study Exchange of four young (under-40) professionals, going to Brazil from central Indiana, all under the auspices and sponsorship of Rotary International.

This trip changed my life.

Read more: https://jeffreycarter.wordpress.com/travel-memoirs/brasil-2001/.

Summer . . .

I am one week away from the end of this strange, interrupted semester at Webster University.

My last summer trip has just been canceled.

So, with a week to go, I’m thinking of what this summer may be, and realizing that it won’t be like any summer in my last 20 years.

I’m taking a ‘diploma’ course in Jungian archetypes. One-hundred-fifty hours of work! I’ll start this later this week, I think, and pick away at it 10-12 hours a week.

My summer conference about the teaching of contemporary commercial music vocal techniques is canceled, so no trip to Virginia in July. I’ll take the course on-line in its virtual form instead.

My trip to Puerto Rico was already canceled, and it looks like I’ll not be going to New York this summer, either.

So, two courses . . . and books.

I’ve set out some serious reading this summer. Some Albert Camus. Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. Believe it or not, War and Peace, which I’ve never read. Perhaps the Wolf Hall trilogy.

And the piles of books about voice-teaching and teaching psychology and story-telling through song . . . all of which have been on the pile for some time now.

I’ll need to pay attention to the body as well. In this eighth week of physical distance, my weight has only gone up slightly, but it needs to come down for the sake of my joints, my heart, and my liver.

I’m betting this summer will also have a pile of Webster work too, since I’m anticipating prepping for on-line instruction (at least partially) of the musicianship course I teach.

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

Some photos from various swirls around the sun, and from travels on this amazing planet . . . .

Heart attack

It’s a click-bait header, I know . . . .

But I had a heart attack on a plate yesterday morning.

When in England, I love fried bread at breakfast. Look it up. It’s on the breakfast buffet at any swank hotel.

Here in the States, I make fried bread about once a year. It’s so easy and so fast and so yummy and so heart-killing. (Don’t ask me what the frying agent was.)

I’m watching loads of BBC stuff on the streaming services late in the evening, and Monday evening I found myself craving fried bread.

With homemade bread in the fridge, and bacon and eggs always at hand, I indulged.

So there it is. And there it was. And call my cardiologist.