Saturday, December 24th, 2011
If you’ve ever been in a crowded church on Christmas Eve, when they turn down the lights and start passing that little flame from person to person until it makes the whole room glow, you know what I’m talking about.
The symbolism of the entrance of the Light of the World is breathtaking.
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
We put up our Christmas tree yesterday, and it is beautiful. I have always loved decorating the tree and then just sitting near it. The smell is fantastic. When I come down the stairs into our living room, I get hit with this deliciously Christmasy blast.
Every time I think about our tree, I’m singing this song in my head. Enjoy.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
It’s pretty rare that you get to hear two of your favorite choral works in concert together. (Well, I don’t know if you have two favorite choral works, but you can substitute another type of music ). Today we heard the Choral Arts Society of Washington perform Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” I sang “Chichester Psalms” (which is in Hebrew!) in my college choir and loved it. It is so unique and lots of fun to sing. The Lauridsen is one of the most beautiful pieces of music, and by far the best modern composition (composed in 1997), in my opinion! I encourage you to seek it out and give it a listen.
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
My husband and I attended a choral/orchestral concert last night, and I got tickets to see Switchfoot in December. I like a lot of different kinds of music, and I’m glad there is more than one kind.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
There are things I can do, and there are things I can’t do. Gardening or any derivative thereof falls into the latter category. I guess I *could* plant something, technically, but the desire to do so is pretty much nonexistent. I have one houseplant that survives despite my care.
Thus, I am extremely grateful that people exist who do these things well. The front of our house – a mere patch of grass – has been graced with the original set of bushes for awhile. We never pruned them, so each rainy season basically produced an entirely new plant on top of the existing plant. It was just lovely. Every so often, some weeds would sprout up. (Did you know weeds can grow as tall as I am?)
We finally attended to this issue – I’m sure much to our neighbors’ delight. The mutant bushes have been hauled away, and small, neat plants have taken their place. I might have to purchase some shears now.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Yesterday I took a walk in the park near my house. I love having a park within walking distance. There were kids, dogs, runners, and families out enjoying the evening. Taking in some green scenery and hearing a little babbling water can do wonders.
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
One of my favorite things to do in the D.C. area is visiting Wolf Trap. It has acres of gorgeous greenery and an outdoor theater. You can picnic on the lawn and see terrific performances. Since it’s set apart from the urban areas, you can actually see the stars there at night. Tonight I laid back on my blanket and took in some stars while listening to Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Saturday, July 16th, 2011
I don’t have a great sense of spatial reasoning. It’s not my strong suit. So anyone who can design things in 3-D gets great appreciation from me. I visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello today, and that is an impressive place. Jefferson designed basically every aspect of the house, including innovations ahead of his time. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the unique rooms inside, which featured tall ceilings with skylights and beds hidden away in alcoves. One of his guest rooms was an octagon. My favorite was the tea room, which had large windows on the multi-sided wall. I have a new appreciation for Jefferson.
Monday, June 13th, 2011
The humidity is lower today, with a nice breeze, which prompts me to slow my walk and look around a bit more. Blue sky, bright green grass and trees – it’s a beautiful, colorful world.
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
There’s something about eating outside on a grassy knoll. Lying back on the blanket and watching the clouds swim by. Enjoying a breeze with your chips and fruit. Aahhhh.