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December 2012

Finding Solace in Music

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, I went to the Rice library and listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No. …

Living Nativity

A letter from a visitor to our church last Sunday evening: Greetings Cherrydale UMC Family and Staff: Thank you Pastor Foss and …

Christmas Concert

 The Sanctuary Choir at Cherrydale United Methodist Church will present an Advent Concert on Sunday, December 16 at 11 am.  Here we …

DC Travels: Gems & Butterflies

Yesterday my friend Ann and I visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to see the newly-exhibited Dom Pedro aquamarine. A story …

Music Hero: Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, whose autographed portrait by Willy Haroutounian hangs in my studio, died December 5 at age 91. This Washington Post story articulates the …

Go, Nellie

“Whoa, Nellie!” is the headline in GEICO’s current magazine. I say “Go, Nellie!” At age 91, our friend Nellie is GEICO’s longest-standing customer. …

Orkney Islands, Scotland

On August 23, 2012 Allene, Nina and I traveled by bus and ferry to the Orkney Islands, the remote northernmost tip of …

Books I Like

First half of 2013: The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway is a really dark book with just a little dash of hope …