Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tonight on VOX, he chose Butterfly's long aria as sung by five different sopranos. It was wonderful and I stayed up to hear them all. I love VOX, the vocal music station on XM satellite radio. I read that the two satellite radio stations are six billion dollars in the red. I sure hope they don't fade away. The commercial-free listening to three different classical music stations is like a dream come true.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tonight I finished the biography of Virginia Woolf. I was quite irritated when she drowned herself--though of course I already knew about that. That is one thing about biography, the surprise endings just aren't part of the experience; Not like Harry Potter's final secrets, whatever they turn out to be.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I found out tonight that the State of MIchigan is planning to do away with the townships. Supposedly they are inefficient. Littlefield Township, where we live when we are here, is an excellent example of responsive, inexpensive citizen government, I have been so impressed with what they are doing and how they do it. It seemed to me to be a place which is run on the founding principles of citizen involvement in local government. It seemed peculiarly American, local and excellent. But I am out of step with current bureaucratic thought. Amazing that we hadn't heard anything about this until it is almost a done deal.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Several years ago I took a shot from this same spot on the trail at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve near Harbor Springs, Michigan.. Now the trees frame it differently.
You cannot see the other side of Lake Michigan. Like the ocean, but not salty.
On the walk we saw a fledgling robin on a branch. It had just been raining and he seemed unsure about the whole enterprise. We looked at each other.
Monday, July 16, 2007
All day I've been reading about Virginia Woolf.in Hermione Lee's excellent biography. VW was born just two years after my Grandma Susie. She lived through such immense changes, and pretty much created herself without going to school. My grandmother was one of the first graduates from the Juarez Academy, a school in the Mexican Mormon Colonies. All of her seven children went to college and I think they all graduated. I'm not sure about my Uncle Merwin, who was in World War II and fought on Okinawa.
I find when I talk to people that they don't often know much about their grandparents. I know some things and wish I knew more.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tonight K and the grandsons came over and we ate a whole watermelon. It was pretty good, but not as sweet as the melons of my childhood.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Today we finally had some rain, wind, lightning and thunder. But it didn't last very long. Scott unplugged the computer. I have already lost two scanners to lightning strikes here. Best not to risk it.
Grandsons picked cherries yesterday. This seems to be the cherry center of the universe; I think the dark ones are particularly good. TJ mowed a part of the meadow that needed it. Tonight I took some pictures of the sky after the storm and should have them ready for tomorrow.
I'm finishing up a collection of Chekhov's short novels in the recent Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. A joyous reading treat!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
Find a concert of live musicians to attend this summer! Don't limit yourself to concerts by big-name people who are visiting your locality. Look for smaller concerts, perhaps of music you haven't heard before. There REALLY is a difference from recorded music..