Week off

It’s been strange to have a week off but it certainly hasn’t meant that things have slowed down all that much. Now, I’m just trying to get the little things of life accomplished before everything gears up again.

This week I drove my oldest son back to college which is about a 525 mile drive each way. I did the trip back and forth in 36 hours which meant that a lot of time (18 hours) was spent in the car. How nice to have one on one time with our freshman. My back was really hurting upon getting home. I used to enjoy driving long journeys but perhaps that novelty has wore off---not to mention that the sloppy road conditions were slowing things down.

I did go to the movie theater with my wife to see the encore HD presentation of “Hoffmann”. How strange it was to watch myself in the opera that has occupied so much time as of late. There were things that I really liked--and some things that I wish I could do over--but that’s not how it is in live theater. I was glad that friends were in the theater as well---and yes, a few folks recognized the villain in the audience.

I attended my jr. high age son’s winter concert last night. That was fun--there is so much talent floating around and it needs to be encouraged at a young age. Another son is in rehearsal right now for “Romeo and Juliet”. I can’t wait to see his school perform the play next month.

This coming week brings my annual trip to Yale to teach a master class as well as to give private lessons. I always look forward to this time in Connecticut--what great students!!! In addition, I’ll be doing a radio program on WMNR radio at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12. This can also, I believe, be heard on their website.

Two years ago yesterday (January 8, 2008), my niece’s young fiance was killed in Iraq. May God’s continued healing and support be on his family and my niece and may his protection be over all our men and women serving in the military. God bless them all!!!