Bear

By | July 9, 2019

Bear on my front porch this morning. Yes, you’re supposed to take your bird feeders in during the spring so as not to attract bears coming out of hibernation. We’ve actually only had ours out for the last month or so. Our reaction to the bear coming onto our porch today was “Hey, dammit, it’s JULY. Get lost.… Read More »

2019 ACDA “Gather at the River” Conference

By | July 2, 2019

I took part in the 2019 “Gather at the River” choral conference hosted by the Vermont chapter of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) this past weekend at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury (quack) Vermont. I was part of the Hawaiian music “chamber choir” in addition to singing in the massed choir. I really liked the Hawaiian… Read More »

Final fundraising push for the 2019 Twin Cities Susan G Komen 3-Day

By | June 27, 2019

Dear reader, we’ve made major strides against breast cancer mortality in the last ten years, but there’s still so much work left to do. It costs money to treat patients, conduct clinical trials, detect tumors, and educate at-risk populations. Donations from my friends, family, and co-workers have helped more than one might realize — the Komen foundation has… Read More »

Aurora Chamber Singers Babylon

By | May 1, 2019

Hi, everyone! I’m a member of the Aurora Chamber Singers and our spring concert is coming up on May 11! If you live within two days’ drive of Burlington, Vermont I hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend. This will probably be the single greatest, most exciting concert any of us will ever take part in, either… Read More »

Weight loss update: Week 2

By | April 21, 2019

This is a follow-up to Weight loss update: Week 1 I did not lose any weight this week. However, I have decided that since I already eat a pretty reasonable diet — breakfast/lunch/dinner-wise, anyway, I’m going to focus on getting more physically active, and hope the weight loss comes along as a result of that. This past week… Read More »

Weight loss update: Week 1

By | April 14, 2019

My weight is down about 2 pounds from a week ago. Sounds good I guess, but I don’t think it’s anything to shout about. I’ve weighed myself several times this week, and I’ve seen the numbers go down a little, up a little, down again… I know that it isn’t really valuable to weigh in every day; I… Read More »

Wherein: We Are Fat

By | April 8, 2019

Jay and I are fat. We’re suffering from the same fate that afflicts a lot of prosperous First World people with demanding jobs and insufficient get-up-and-go: ample “padding” and clothes that don’t fit any more. It doesn’t help that: Jay suffers from major depression I suffer from depression and a certain amount of media addiction (translation: I watch… Read More »

Another Year, Another Marauding Antediluvian Saurian Bearing Angiosperms

By | February 14, 2019

I think Champ is really obsessed with me. He came by my office for the second year in a row to wish me Happy Valentine’s Day! Doesn’t he look bigger than last year? The handler who brought him in, said he’d been eating a lot of hot dogs. I dunno, I heard he’s been eating a lot of… Read More »

Walking Sixty Miles To Fight Breast Cancer (Again, Naturally)

By | February 9, 2019

Hi, all. I am signed up to walk in the 2019 Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day walk, a sixty-mile, three-day walk to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. In order to take part, I have to raise a minimum of $2,300. The money raised will go to pay for research, clinical trials, education, and treatment.… Read More »

Te Deum

By | February 7, 2019

Hey, all. I’m going to be singing in concert with the Green Mountain Mahler Festival this Saturday at St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. The Green Mountain Mahler Festival doesn’t just do Mahler works — they do various readings of orchestral and choral works by all manner of composers. Sometimes we just come together and go through a… Read More »