Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Last memorial video
After most people left the memorial to go home, we had another little ceremony. Bill's ashes are being stored in the garage, the place that he loved most to be, to work. Where all his beloved tools and car(s) are kept. It's like scattering someone's ashes on the ocean that he loved or on a favorite mountaintop. But not everybody would understand keeping the ashes of a loved one in the garage.
Anyway, we had the official "installation" of the ashes in the garage, and drank one last toast to Bill. And, of course, I made a video.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
A Cold Night
I was reviewing an outdoor production of Carlo Goldoni's "The Venetian Twins" last night and took along the camera (missed the best photo ops, unfortunately). It was cold to begin with and got colder as the night progressed. I didn't do a very good job with the video, but here it is, such as it is.
Fortunately, it was a good show.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I have a difficult time with the current immigration discussion. It's not that I think it's not a serious problem, but for some 10-12 years, we hosted some 70 people from 14 different countries, who shared our lives for a few days or a few years. Some stayed in this country illegally, most did not. Some became citizens.
This video is a teeny sample of the kinds of relationships we had with our foreign visitors.
I made a mistake on the title of this video. I said that these were guests from 1990-91. Actually the early ones were in about 1981-82 and the last one was in about 1990 (you can see how much David and Tom grew from the video with the dog to the video with the football!)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
My father and I wrote a song once, when I was a kid. I don't have a lot of positive memories of my father, but when he was at the piano were the best times. He thought up the tune for this when he was in the bath tub. When he got dressed, he asked me to help him with the lyrics. In 1982, I finally got video of him playing it. You don't get the lyrics here, but they are right out of the 1940s moon-June-swoon type of songs.
I fell in love when first we met
My heart said she's the one to get
So I started to sing, and picked out the ring
But you didn't quite know me yet.
You looked at me and shyly smiled
My knees went weak, my head went wild
For I didn't quite see, how you could care for me
When you didn't quite know me yet.
It was autumn, the leaves were falling
Your glances had me in a swoon
It was magic, romance was calling
Love was in bloom, we were in tune
You learned to love, as I loved you
Our little romance had really come true
And I know when the day your hair has turned to gray
I'll still be in love with you.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
This is a family classic. Taken in 1982, when Paul was 13. He decided to record his own Julia Child impression. You probably won't be able to understand most of what he's saying, but the thing still has me laughing hysterically as the bit builds and builds.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
So long ago...
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Peanut's Last Day
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Most Memorable Person
(The photo above is Georgia meeting Senator Mike DeWine, who is examining her Smithsonian medallion.)
Check here for a more complete bio.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
On May 18, our youngest son will have been dead 10 years. He's permanently frozen at age 24. His memorial service was unusual (how often does the local paper send a reviewer to a memorial service?), held in the local theatre. I want to post excerpts from the service today and tomorrow. Today's excerpt is all of his best friend, Jeff Storey, who reads part of a letter David sent to him describing a piano concert he attended. I aspire to be that good a writer. I wish I had known how good he was before he died so I could have told him how very proud of him I was.
Sorry about the length of this.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Grandma gets a camera
For mother's day I gave my 86 year old mother, who is somewhat technophobic, a digital camera. I got a Kodak Easy Share camera, which is the most like a point and shoot camera. I didn't bother telling her about the fact that it does video or any of the other features. I just showed her how to turn it on, how to take a photo, and how to review them in the camera.
I told her that when she has some photos she wants prints of, either myself or my cousin will take care of it for her.