Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
It is tradition for members of the seminary basketball team to sing the National Anthem before each game and this last game of the year featured a player singing the second verse of the Anthem as a solo.
Two companies (one's a government run company). One is running in the red and going to stop Saturday business, the other is having its best year ever.
The first is the post office, so broke even stopping Saturday deliveries may not help the hemorrhaging. The second is the Deering Banjo Company in Spring Valley California.
It hasn't been easy for the banjo company: "If you ask the Deerings what their greatest challenge has been, the answer has been running the business in California, particularly during a run-up in workers' compensation insurance premiums that began under Gov. Gray Davis.
"That nearly put us out of business. We're still paying off some of those debts," Greg Deering said, adding that the company has remained in California mostly because the family considers it home.
"And because we are stubborn. We are so stubborn," Janet Deering said".
However they did it and whyever banjos are becoming more popular again, the Deerings " have expanded and trained its own workforce and expects to top $4 million in sales for the year ending June 30."
What in the world is Gangnam Style? I see this term everywhere. Everywhere from people tweeting something they're doing, "I'm going Gangnam Style" to Thanksgiving dinner-Gangnam Style, to outside Christmas lighting-Gangnam Style. I had no idea what this popular meme meant nor did I have much desire to look it up. But this story on a Round Rock Texas man's outside Christmas display pushed me over the edge. I finally googled "Gangnam Style".
It means, " a Korean neologism mainly associated with upscale fashion and lavish lifestyle associated with trendsetters in Seoul’s Gangnam district, the most affluent part of the metropolitan area."
Each year we see video of amazing or over the top work some people do decorating their homes with lights set to music but this one is really done exceedingly well. Except for the music. I don't care for a Christmas display that doesn't use some kind of Christmas music, but that's just me. It doesn't take away from the excellence this man created with his lights and sychronization to the music. Just outstanding. Take a look at how perfectly the lights move and change, sections of the house and yard take turns. He really knows what he's doing.
I love outside Christmas decorations, I don't care if they're corny or elegant and this is just so well syched except I still don't enjoy a Korean rap to the Gangnam Style music.
270 pieces of real Christmas music from Amazon for just 99 cents. This is a deal of a deal. It is in mp3 format for listening on whatever device you choose. And, by real music I mean not the Chipmunks type of holiday music that play endlessly in stores.
If you like Christmas music you have to get this.
Thanks for the head's up Brad and Margie Ellisor of Fox 2 and Channel 11
Singer Andy Williams died during the night after a year long battle with bladder cancer. I'm old enough to remember Andy Williams as a fixture on television and radio. He had his own show from 1962-1971 which was watched by just about everyone. My mom and dad always, always settled in when he came on. He was the one who made the Osmond Brothers stars! And he introduced the Jackson 5! And many others. Look at all these rock stars who came on his program.
He was such a celebrity that movie/tv magazine carried endless stories about him and his first wife a French woman-Claudine Longet. Funny, my memory of them is so clear I could pull up her name effortlessly and even spell it correctly, so frequent was this couple in the news back then.
But it was Andy's music which gave him a lifelong career which continued almost uninterrupted until just recently. Look over the list of his recorded songs and I'd bet everyone of you could sing along. Beautiful music, lovely songs, timeless. Every Christmas "It's That Most Wonderful Time of the Year" plays in every store. Moon River is his most famous, but looking at the list, almost every song was memorable.
His Christmas album, his albums from movies, love songs, Kennedy tribute songs (Abraham Martin and John), oh my gosh. The memories.
Going to iTunes today and getting some Andy Williams music in his memory.
About 18 months ago members of the board of Collinsville Progress agreed to sponsor the creation of a Christmas music cd to be performed by various church choirs and city choral groups. Pat Murphy took on this huge task of lining up the choirs and finding ways to best record. He was helped during recording sessions by Joel Sprenger and Ben Martin of Ambit Audio.
Last night the cd was unveiled and dedicated at an event in the community room of the park district. Many people who were part of the choirs were there as well as the Mayor and most members of Collinsville Progress. Cd's were available for sale at the end of the program and I'm listening to it right now and it is so good. It gives me chills. Local people singing so beautifully.
To begin the program, one of Collinsville's city choral groups sang a couple of Christmas songs. They were fantastic.
Before the program began, people drifted in and found a seat or talked.
This is Pat's grandson. Isn't he cute?
The back row was filled with members of Collinsville Progress.
After the program there was cake, punch and cd sales. Hey, 10 dollars for a Christmas cd, bargain! Get one. They will be available in many places, I'll update a list later.
The cake was made by Kruta Bakery and it was decorated with Christmas tree ornaments in frosting. It tasted excellent as always and was totally gone by the end of the night.
Mayor John Miller and Pat Murphy toasted the successful completion of the cd.
While the mayor's wife, Diane, pulled out the checkbook
And others stood in line holding checks.
All the proceeds will go to the Collinsville Area Ministerial Association.
Recently Madison County saw a string of rural home burlaries thought to be committed by a man now in custody. Some items the police recovered have not been claimed and officials have put out a list in order to locate the owners.
One unclaimed thing is an unusual musical instrument, a rectangular cello. We first saw a photo of this on the local news and this morning again in the Belleville paper. I've never seen a cello like this.
After a bit of googling, it appears as though this cello type is English made and elderly. Heh. Surely there will only be one person out there missing his/her rectangular cello.