The Opera Singer

That couple, now in their mid-80s, had been at our wedding in 1999, but I had known them since then only passingly. The husband is a retired opera singer originally from Wales, and as we chatted and I realized he was happy to talk about his career I encouraged him to do so by asking him lots of questions...

That Handwritten Past

Am I just ridiculously sentimental? That's probably why I've become a writer. I suppose we all are sentimental in some form or another.

Within “Ten Minutes”

...and my uncle jumps to my mind and I imagine him lecturing me how this needs to be turned into a screenplay and he knows a screenwriter and she's fantastic and I think yep he always knows a woman and he asks me where did I get those women geez...

Side Notes

You may well be reading this with headphones in. I dare to wonder what music you associate with me?

Back To Bach

Another weekend is upon us. The wider world out there is, as always, full of happenings none of us probably can have the slightest impact upon. However, here is information you may perhaps truly find personally useful, from Pacific Standard Magazine: ...newly published research ... finds women perceive men as more attractive and desirable when …

“And out comes her phone”

A pleasant Saturday morning: Slowly the short story is coming together. Here's a tiny peek. This is the first new draft writing I've shared since Conventions was published: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas" ... the 1790s... for the time being at least. Ah, traveling. Always a variety of unexpected happenings. And so …

Danger: Second Guessings

Monday motivation, courtesy of the Voice of America's Instagram: I know over in Britain it is not an ordinary Monday. It's the May bank holiday. Thus the need for "Monday" motivation today may be less than usual.👏😄 The holiday rental here on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island has no television. But there is fantastic internet. I've …

Easter 2017

As you may have seen on my Instagram, on Friday we traveled across the pond to Pennsylvania to see my father for Easter, and to have a holiday here in the U.S.: He has just been "getting by" without my mother. That is about all. I have noticed this since my mother's death: he's not …

At The “Breakpoint”

I don't normally do more than one post a day. But the stark difference in the subject matter between this one and the previous one is such that I could not combine them. And I wanted to make sure I posted this as well. Yesterday afternoon, unaware of what was going on "out there," I …

Music In Our Lives

It's early on a Sunday. Let's have a lighthearted post. Who prompted this?: Adele Archer. Yesterday, the "International Relations" series author amusingly described the music in her life growing up. I won't go into detail lifting from it. You can read her full post here. She asks us if music has impacted us similarly. As …

“In My Life”

We're off later to see what will be our latest house starting on Friday. Another moving week ahead. As I told my dad the other day on FaceTime, "It's in Hertfordshire, which is pronounced Hartfordsheer." "Is that near Midsomer?" he joked. "No, that's a few counties over," I laughed. It's a High Street village cottage. …

Sinatra On 45

Some Sunday morning pop music fun. Friends of ours - the husband, specifically - outside of Bristol have a huge collection of old LPs and 45s dating back many decades. We arrived at their house yesterday evening to find Frank Sinatra greeting us on their record player: Spinning there is Sinatra's Come Fly With Me …

A Musical Taste Of Summer

As you know, we are borrowing our friends' holiday apartment here in Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands. The clocks went forward last night here in Western Europe. So it was darker an hour later this morning than it was yesterday.... ....but the sunnier early evenings are also now here! So how about a musical taste …

“I’m having a few and wishin’ that you were here….”

You may recall that post I wrote last summer about Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night song. I enjoy settling back now and then to his music. Last night, pre-dinner, I was listening courtesy of my iPad to a Christmas present that had come, uh, my way.... If you don't understand what all the "fuss" …

The Big Fear: “What if it’s awful?”

Whether we like it or not, life is one big risk-taking venture. Yet fearing to fail is one reason most of us don't try to do what we want to do. Who really wants to look like a fool? So failure may be in the back of our mind. But I have usually found myself …

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