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Forthcoming travel

Travel plans for the next year are shaping up.

March 2018 — Moscow, Vienna, London

May 2018 — Kansas City, Boston

June 2018 — NYC

July 2018 — Vienna, with a one-day stop in Stockholm

August 2018 — Helena, Montana

November 2018 — Washington DC

January 2019 — Hong Kong, Bangkok, Saigon

I’ll have a few more short trips in there too, but these are the big ones!



Random photos

Random photos from this past week!

I thought about renting this beauty at the airport in Phoenix…. Of course they walk you by the exotic car collection on the way to Kias and Hyundais.

According to Starbucks at Lambert airport, I am now Jaff.

Thursday dinner of chicken with lemon artichoke sauce, pasta in a light cream sauce, and Parmesan bread.

The boy loves the fireplace.

5.30 a.m. Friday. Lawn Place.

Tuesday on campus.

Marlettos hit this Tuesday lunch out of the park. Chicken and beans and red peppers in a sweet sauce, with scallions and cashews. SO yummy.

Monday evening at the Missouri Botanical Garden, after leaving a cooking class.

From the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix.

Japanese Friendship Garden

I visited on Saturday the Japanese Friendship Garden in urban Phoenix.  What a lovely and tranquil place this is, in spite of the fighting ducks.

Three studies of ducks:

And the ducks fighting with each other:

The Japanese lantern, studied from different angles and locations in the garden:

Nature always wins. Until it doesn’t. Poor dead tree.

Hello Scottsdale

I’m currently at the Westin Kierland resort in Scottsdale, where the National Association of Schools of Music convenes the annual conference early Sunday morning.

The main building, Friday evening.

The view from my room, early Saturday morning.

A lime tree outside of the lobby.

Thoughts from Baton Rouge

Arriving in Baton Rouge late Wednesday morning, I heard a wealth of ‘yes ma’am’s at the airport.  And I knew I was in the South.

I also felt the humidity in the air.

The hotel has given me a ground-floor suite.  My patio windows look out on palm trees.

I like palm trees.

But the rain falls in copious amounts, and the bayous are running high already today.

Tex-Mex tastes the same down here.  And the lunch menu at the Mexican restaurant, as everywhere, includes a “Speedy Gonzalez” special of a beef taco, a beef enchilada, and beans or rice.

Baton Rouge is FLAT!!!

The college-age server did not blink today when I ordered unsweetened iced tea at lunch.

Dinner at Galatoire’s Bistro this evening was a yum-fest.  The grits, whipped with roasted garlic and heavy cream, were the best dinner grits I’ve ever had — and I make a pretty mean cheese grits.

My afternoon was spent in situ working on a grant application, which is now complete and ready to submit in time, thanks be to God.

And at 8.41 p.m., the Astros leading 5-0, the rain is still falling in Baton Rouge.

Thursday = New Orleans, city of my birth.