Monthly Archives: July 2013

49’er

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One of the coolest things about the Weston Noble Alumni Choir is that (unlike the typical class reunion) you are side by side with alumni from across the generations.  I could see that being a little bit discomfiting to some people who prefer to connect with people of their own age, with whom they have

Ten Things

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Ten things I LOVED about the five days I just spent with the Weston Noble Alumni Choir . . . 1) Raindrops ...   One of our pieces,  a gorgeous setting of “Ave Maria,”  had this interesting effect at the beginning in which the sopranos and altos overlap in what the score says is supposed to

Weston Noble & his 78 Angels

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I have spent the last four days experiencing a bit of heaven- on-earth,  and not just because I’ve been in scenic Decorah, Iowa.  What has really made it heaven-on-earth has been the experience of singing once again with the Weston Noble Alumni Choir.  78 of us (his 78 angels, and he once referred to us,

“A Heck of a Day”

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Today was one of those mornings at WGTD radio when I felt like one of those circus performers juggling six flaming plates while balancing on a unicycle....  except that when I finished out the morning with what amounted to a perfect dismount,  no one even knew about it.  Nobody in the whole world knew what

A Place to Grow

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With all due respect to the good folk of Wisconsin, the state which has been my happy home for decades, a really big part of my heart is rooted in the state of Iowa.  I was actually born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota- but from kindergarten through high school,  Iowa was my home state ....

Craig Burch Came Back!

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Of all of the emotional risks I have taken in my life, the decision to go back to Atlantic, Iowa for my 35th high school reunion - the very first high school reunion I’ve managed to attend -  has to be one of my scarier leaps of faith.  In typing those words, I realize how

The Builder

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I can’t close out these recollections about our time on Washington Island without mentioning our wonderful host, Kari Gordon - a friend of mine from Luther College who, in an incredible coincidence, now lives four houses away from us in Racine, in a house she and her husband Rod built right around the same time

Sonja

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Isn’t this a wonderful photograph?  It shows my stepmother, Sonja, standing between two of my nieces: Anna and Aidan Spencer-Berg, a few minutes before Sonja and my dad renewed their marriage vows- 20 years to the day after they first made those vows with each other.  (In the background, you can see the gorgeous Stave

Ferry Dust

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When I think back to the delightful time that Kathy and I got to spend up on Washington Island at the end of June,  one of my most vivid memories is of ferry we rode to get there.  There is something so remarkable (I suppose because it’s so unnatural) about driving your car on to