Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Snowshoeing.  

We noticed tree branches moving above us.  We felt no wind.  Skywalks of wind!

The air is fresh and cold.  We passed patches of woods, fields covered in snow.

There were intense evergreen smells when the trail took us through areas of trees.  The bright day was shaded when we entered these places.

Sun caused the snow to sparkle.  We admired patterns, waves of snow in woods as blown snow accumulated near places blocking as it fell and blew.

The experience was a blessing:  outdoor exercises, soul feeding, health.

Ten Tenors from Australia.  A Christmas Concert.

The concert was marked by high energy and quality musicality.

Mixed with traditional Christmas numbers were a medley from Jersey Boys and a medley of Australian songs.  The rhythm of “Waltzing Matilda” was skillfully manipulated to make the song a narrative and not a ditty.

Two songs I don’t like were performed in such a way that I enjoyed the performances.  “Feliz Navidad” was performed with joy and energetic choreography.  “Amazing Grace” was presented simply, reverently, reflectively and ended quietly.

In “Sleigh Ride,” the singers formed the outline of a sleigh and invited an audience member along for the ride.

Notes on Reading.  Nonfiction.  Jonathan Frazen, editor.  The Best American Essays, 2016.  Mariner, 2016.

Of the twenty-three essays chosen, my favorites were Ela Harrison’s “My Heart Lies Between ‘The Fleet’ and ‘All the Ships,'” on the challenges and rewards of translation; Sebastian Junger’s “The Bonds of Battle,” on our need for close, intimate relationships; and George Sterner’s “The Eleventh Commandement,” on the beliefs, practices, and history of the Jewish people.

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Retired high school English and French teacher.
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