Grandma

My paternal grandmother, who has been a complete vegetable for a year or so, finally died early yesterday morning. Everyone is very relieved. Surreally, I woke up yesterday morning to the following two text messages that had been delivered while I slept, the first...

Sad day

My little dog Hiko has swallowed a wire of some sort. He’s staying at the full-service vet overnight getting fluids in the hopes it will flush out of where it’s been sitting and pass through his digestive tract. A third set of radiographs in the morning...

Mt. Rushmore trip

About twenty years ago we went to see Mt. Rushmore, but underestimated South Dakota’s peculiarities and found it so snowy and cold (in June) that the vacation kinda sucked and failed. Last year we planned to try again, but unluckily scheduled our trip for the...

Final cantata thoughts

This year was the twenty-fifth and last Easter cantata directed by my mom. Her multiple sclerosis will not allow her to continue this wonderful tradition, much to the sorrow of many. This year was also my twentieth year singing. I’ve written plenty of cantata...