survived the two day marathon


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We made it through out marathon day 2. In fact, I had time to go over to the church and practice in the morning. Sarah walked over to Mom’s nursing home and then texted me just as I was finishing up. I went over to visit Mom with her and then take her and Lucy back to the house.  We had lunch then packed up to go visit the Hatches for the rest of the day. The visit went very well with all parties on their best behavior and apparently even enjoying themselves.

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I have decided to resurrect some cool organ pieces that will sound pretty wonderful on the new instrument. The choir is learning “Maria walks amid the thorns” by Distler. The group that was there Wednesday night showed progress in understanding this subtle and beautiful music. It inspired me to pull out a couple of organ pieces by Distler to also play the Sunday of Advent that we sing this motet.

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I began working on the Bicinium movement of his partita on “Wake Awake” and also the first/last movement of his piece on “Nun komm der heiden heiland.” I played the entire latter piece on my bachelor’s recital. I do like it quite a bit although I can remember the organ teacher on loan from U of M making snarky comments about the writing in it.

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As I write this Eileen is researching vacuum cleaners on her phone. She is so happy with the little portable vac she recently purchased to replace our crappy one that she wants to get a larger one to replace our regular one. Sarah, Matthew, and Lucy are out walking around. It’s a beautiful crisp morning in Holland Michigan. Earlier this morning we all drove over to the Wooden Shoe to have breakfast. The sky was beautiful with pink clouds off set nicely by the blue sky background and the naked black trees in the foreground.

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Podcast #191: Kevin Young & Bunk—Hoaxes, Hooey, Hocum; Cons, Plagiarists, and Forgers | The New York Public Library

I listened to a bit of this. I find Kevin Young inspiring and have already interlibrary loaned his new book.

3000 year-old Urartu castle found under Lake Van in Turkey

There’s not much to this article but I found it interesting. It reminds me of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

NYTimes: A Conservative Plan to Weaponize the Federal Courts

Bookmarked to read. I’m getting so when I see an article that looks good even in the NYT I bookmark it so I don’t lose track of it. I think this is a flaw in the NYT app, that it is so haphazard in how it allows the reader to access all the current articles available.

Outing the Inside | by David Salle | The New York Review of Books

This is a review of a collection of work by Louise Bourgeois.  I admire her work immensely. All of the pics into today’s blog are of her stuff.

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marathon report


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I had a bit of a marathon day yesterday. First thing I spent time with Finale putting in the hymn, “Comfort, comfort ye my people” so that my choir could sing it in four parts and also in the key of G major. It is my plan on the first Sunday of Advent to have them sing a verse before I play three of Georg Böhmn’s variations on it.



Then after breakfast I went to three places before arranging to rent a minivan next Monday to take my harpsichord to the Chris Brodersen’s shop.

After that to church. First I printed up corrected posters of our December recital. I gave Sarah the wrong spelling of the name of one of the musicians. So she had to go back and correct it and email me the new one which I then used to replace the old ones around the church and also on Facebook events.

I madly worked at church preparing for last night’s rehearsal. About half way through my tasks Eileen called and said she needed the mini to take the high chair to my Mom’s nursing home for the birthday party. I dropped everything and went home.

Mark,  Leigh, Ben, and Tony had arrived. We all went over to Mom’s nursing home for a birthday meal together.


Mom lasted about an hour.


Then we went to church so that several of the visitor’s could see the new organ.


After that  we all went back home for a chat and eventually some snacks. We ordered a pizza. Then rehearsal.

Today we do a Hatch Thanksgiving. Marathon Day 2.

Nautilus | Science Connected

It’s always interesting to me to listen to how people are getting their news. Tony, my nephew Ben’s husband, mentioned this site.

NYTimes: Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

We sing “Lift Every Voice’ at church regularly. The trick is to not to take it too fast.

NYTimes: He Played Kennedy. Then He Became Himself.

Wow. I remember Vaughan Meader’s recordings well. My fam of origin had some of his records. I think I still have one of them. It is a bit sad to read about him bumming money.

NYTimes: 100 Notable Books of 2017

Dear reader, you know I love book lists. I haven’t finished any book on this list, but am reading a few of them.

‘American mercenaries’ are torturing arrested Saudi princes

Weirdly this link was on Drudge’s “right” list. Right as in “right wing.” I don’t see anything that “right” about the report. But it does mentioned Blackwater as involved in this ongoing weirdness.