February’s small stones

I'm still writing small stones every day. This month we're calling them Mad March. In February they were February Favorites. Since I was working a day job over at Northrop Grumman during February, I wasn't sure I'd have the energy to keep them up. But I did and here they are: A new month, with hope for a world less chaotic. If only we didn't have a leader who incites all the turmoil rather than calm. The groundhog saw his shadow today, which means six more weeks of winter. I think that's a good thing. How about you? So busy, so distracted from my writing work, and so tired. Having a day job takes its toll. I saw the sun coming through thick fog this morning, leaving the tree leaves sparkling with green iridescence. Lady Gaga can do it all sing, dance, play the keyboards, fly through the air, and move incessantly during the 15-minute Super Bowl half time show, that is, until she dropped the mike. After a long day I'm enjoying being home with my husband. We have … [Read more...]

At the opera

For the last two Sunday afternoons, my husband Bob and I attended a LA Opera performance at the Los Angeles Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Although Bob doesn't like to go to musical theater, he willingly goes to the opera about five or six times a year. I am forever grateful to him for agreeing to participate in my passion. Last Sunday we saw "The Two Foscari," one of Verde's earlier, and consequently, lesser-known operas. But with Placido Domingo playing the lead role, it was wonderful. The beauty of the music makes up for a grim and tragic story. Yesterday we saw Mozart's "Don Giovanni," played by the gorgeous and intense bass operatic star, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, with Placido Domingo conducting. At the end of "Don Giovanni" only the lead character dies and well deservedly so. All the rest of the characters will lead very happy lives without him. Mozart's masterful pace and playfulness punctuated every scene. Even at the time the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened … [Read more...]