Peace is the moment between ending today’s tasks and picking up anew…
Another successful student orchestra concert is under our belts… The children looked spectacular as usual, and sounded even better. Here is a clip of the Brass Choir, performing a short fanfare from “La Peri” by Paul Dukas, French composer of the early 20th century. I am posting this a little ahead of YouTube’s processing curve. […]
April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, many schools and organizations are sponsoring write-a-thons or special events. For those of you who follow my quest to actually do something worth doing, well don’t look here! NaPoWriMo begins this Wednesday, and I will be blogging a poem each day (or else). But I won’t be soliciting […]
There are now some lovely little “English daisies” (Bellis perennis) coming up in the lawn in places, their fuschia-and-white blooms contrasting nicely with the bright yellow of the dandelions (I like to think of the latter as droplets of sunlight rather than weeds).Â I can see trillium beginning to unfurl in the back, but can’t […]
Knowing there is a concert always makes the day before — and morning of — interesting. The shirt that was “fine” a day previous is suddenly found to have stains. The pants or tie or belt (or socls or shoes) are missing or require attention. Last minute rush always includes such treats as finding the […]
There were many wonderful (and a few weird) science projects this year at the local school. Our participant received the third place award for his grade level… Here are two pics of the project “in situ” — the second one shows it next to the first-place winner for their grade, a good experiment with plants! […]
Had to wait until he was home from school, the camera belongs to a union that it can’t work until after 8 am!
Murphy! (The most recently arrived of my Irish ancestors… in the 1870s we think) Conn, Porter. Downpatrick, County Down. Arrived in the 1850s. McConnell. County Down? Arrived in the early 1700s. Granville. The one who immigrated to the United States in the 1850s was born in Wales… and of course the name originates in French/Norman […]
Yes, it’s corny, but I got my fellows matching green T-shirts. Here is the younger one, ready to celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green!
My Irish heritage is a big part of my identity (So is the German, Dutch and then less and less French, Welsh, English, Scots…). So FÃ¡ilte (which means Welcome) to you! I will post a few pics as the actual day for wearin’ o’ th’ green (why do we clip the ends of the words […]