Bird Watching in Cape May

Sunday, May 20, 2012

shapeimage_2-8Michael and I spent three glorious days in Cape May for the NJ Audubon Spring Migration weekend. The weather was perfect, not too hot with bright sun and blue skies. We stayed at the Angel of the Sea B&B again and enjoyed the overstuffed parlor, overstuffed breakfasts and sunny porches. All the guided birding walks were fantastic and we usually got completely overloaded after two hours of mindful seeing and hearing. Highlights included piping plovers with babies on the beach, indigo buntings in the fields, pine warblers in the trees and many more. I especially loved meeting NJ Audubon legend Pete Dunne. What a character! He said when you see a bird and can name it, then you own it. Yes, there is definitely a feeling of grasping in the seeing, when you are trying to get a good look at the bird and see it clearly enough that you can really identify it. We definitely have to get better optics! Too bad the weekend was clouded by Emily’s troubles with Henry. We tried to be as supportive as we could over the phone.

On My Own

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

shapeimage_2-5I had two more voice lessons with David back in February, after I got home from Barre. He was very positive and supportive. Each time I was there with him, I felt relaxed and comfortable and my voice felt good. Each time, he gave me new and different exercises, and I diligently practiced them at home, looking in the mirror to keep my throat muscles relaxed and expanded and the back of my neck long. Yikes, I tell my students the very same things, but it is so hard to be objective with your own mechanism! Continue reading

Dearest Thisbe

Sunday, March 11, 2012

shapeimage_2-7Dear Thisbe, our 14 1/2 year old beagle, died last night, or this morning. It was very peaceful, but very sad. She had been very sick for the past year or so, having little, and not so little seizures which sent us to the vet, Animerge, specialists in PA etc. Last July, she had a bad episode which left her with one leg paralyzed , and a terrific daily pill regime. Continue reading

Forest Refuge

Sunday, February 12, 2012

shapeimage_2-6I drove up to Barre on Sunday, Feb. 5, and cried the whole way. The night before, Lenore and I did our French concert at Stonebridge and it was a disaster. Ok, it probably wasn’t as bad as I thought, and I’m sure they enjoyed it, but when I warmed up before the concert, on my own with the new exercises, I could tell that things did not feel quite right. Continue reading

Second Voice Lesson

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

shapeimage_2-5It was great to be able to see David again so soon. I had listened to the CD of our first lesson, and transcribed all the vocalizes. I had been practicing the new exercises, and while they felt a bit strange to me on my own, when I was with David, miraculously, they felt good. This reminded me of what it felt like to work with George McKinley. When ever I was there with him, it was like magic, and my voice felt wonderful. Continue reading

Return to Odessa

Sunday, November 27, 2011

shapeimage_2-4Michael and I returned to the Ukraine last week to do another concert with the Odessa Philharmonic. Michael is on leave this semester, and Hobey is covering for him with the PU orchestra for the December concert. This time we would bring some of our favorite American music, Barber Knoxville, and Copland Appalachian Spring, to share with our Ukrainian friends. Continue reading

Hiking in Switzerland

Saturday, August 13, 2011

We sshapeimage_2pent a fantastic week with my longtime friend and student MJ Link in Grindelwald, Switzerland. MJ had been many times before and knew all the best routes and hikes. Michael and I finally arranged to go with her and we hiked everyday, mostly, downhill. It was easy to take a train or bus or gondola to many different beautiful hiking destinations. The Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau looked down on us wherever we were, and the sweet sounds of cow bells, mingled with the spectacular scenery showed us what Mahler was trying to share with his music.