I have been blogging since 2007. I write about various facets of my crazy life: performance, voice teaching, radio broadcasting, music ministry composition- with occasional commentary on major issues as well. From time to time I also blog about striking performances that I attend or noteworthy television programs or films that I see. Mostly, though, I write about my own life and the great fun I get to have.

Over Lode

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My fall semester has been crazy busy, even for me, thanks to what I have been describing as a "ferocious overload" at Carthage combined with an especially challenging fall musical at the Racine Theater Guild.  The prospect of this semester was literally keeping me up at night through much of late August,  so tied up

Goodbye, Bobbi

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It was eleven years ago that Kathy and her dad drove together to Indiana to pick up our brand new golden retriever puppy from a breeder there who had been recommended to us by Kathy's cousin Linda.  (Linda and her husband took one of the other siblings, whom they named Haley.) All of the way

Escaping the Ugly

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We are living through some ugly and unsettling times right now,  and there are urgent issues afoot that we cannot afford to evade or overlook.  Nevertheless, I have been incredibly grateful for those rare occasions this summer when something has come along to offer a welcome - if only temporary - escape from the world.

Looking for Lincoln – Three

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Our time in Springfield, Illinois ended in two places where, in a very real sense,  we retraced the steps of those who mourned the tragic and senseless loss of our 16th president.  The first was the Old State Capitol Building,  which looms majestically in the heart of downtown Springfield.  We were told that when it

Looking for Lincoln – Two

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Our first day in Springfield, Illinois was spent exploring its magnificent Lincoln Presidential Museum,  and it was a powerful and moving experience for both of us.  But the next day was even better- because we walked where Abraham Lincoln walked.   In fact,  we walked through the home where Lincoln, his wife and his sons

Looking for Lincoln

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One delightful fringe benefit to making the long trip to southern Missouri for the wedding of Mike Anderle and Alicia Petzoldt is that we were finally able to do something that we have talked about for years but never quite managed to do:  visit Springfield, Illinois and tour the home of our beloved 16th president,

Always, Patsy Cline

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You've probably been told that times marches on, but every so often it miraculously turns back upon itself.  Such is the case with the Racine Theater Guild's revival of "Always, Patsy Cline," which brought down the house back in 2003 and is doing so again 14 years later.   And while there are all kinds

Mike Check

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It was about ten years ago when I first heard from a middle school choral director in Racine named Keri Bieri - who presides over one of the finest middle school choir programs ANYWHERE - who was hoping I might be willing to begin teaching voice lessons to a student of hers who was about

To see for certain

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A few nights ago,  Kathy and I sat down to watch a copy of the Racine Theater Guild's 1997 production of Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat,  which to this day remains (I believe) the RTG's all-time box office champ. (My wife was proud to sing in the ensemble of that production,  and it was a

A life full of music

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A few days ago on Facebook,  I posted something about a sweet moment that occurred during a Tremper High School choir rehearsal when I noticed a young lady in the front row bursting into tears as the men of the choir were singing an especially lovely moment from Beauty and the Beast.   One of