Of Composers and Symphonies

Music, you know, is simply amazing. “There are 12 unique named tones in Western music; all pitches are one of these 12 tones. Thus, from a purely sonic perspective, there are only twelve starting notes for a key, and with major and minor scale qualities, there are 24 tonally unique keys.” That’s from a music theory …

Smoke from a Distant Fire

Much of this August, like last, our state was shrouded in smoke. This pervasive blanket of ick turns the sun red; obscures line of sight; gives an eerie light to every waking hour; keeps people inside on the warmest days of summer; and motivates those with existing respiratory problems to …

Walking Each Other Home

What I am about to tell you has done more to impact my heart for my marriage (in five days) than anything I’ve heard in a long, long time. There I was, unsuspectingly sitting at a bridal shower for three of the young ladies in our church. Having participated in …

Just Doing My Mom Thing

When my daughters were just starting public school (almost 17 years ago now), I was more-than-adequately concerned about who their teachers would be. Translation: I was a bit wacko about it. I would spend time talking with other parents, trying to contact potential teachers, emailing the principal, and (as a …

Deadheading

Let me get something straight right off the bat: I am no gardener! My deck hosts many baskets of flowers during the summer, but that’s the extent of it. They’re the easy ones: petunias, geraniums, marigolds… amateur stuff for sure, but I enjoy the bright colors and can usually keep …