“Mother” Moment

I rarely post “braggy” things, but as I did once before last autumn, I want to share a short video of my younger daughter singing a portion of¬†“On My Own” from Les Miserables at the conclusion of a “Broadway Camp” that she attended, taught by Broadway professionals, this past week. That’s why she’s not in costume or otherwise “in character”.

My daughter is 14 and was the youngest participant, but she got so much from the program. And yes, I’m her mom, but even if I wasn’t, I’d love the maturity and tone of her voice. She’s really a soprano (I’ll do another short video of her singing in some of those ranges later this week) but you’d never know it from this performance.

Thanks for letting me indulge in these occasional “mother” moments. ūüôā And if you decide to click and listen, I hope you enjoy.

Gobble, Gobble!


painting called “Snow and Bluster Turkeys” by Persis Clayton Weirs


Thanksgiving by Norman Rockwell

I love turkeys…I like seeing them on my drive to work, where they will often be in a field, like pictured above, gathered in a flock and pecking for leftover grains in the farmer’s¬†harvested fields.

They’re taking the spotlight in today’s blog post, since ¬†we’re fast coming up on the quintessentially American holiday of Thanksgiving. It’s a time of family gatherings, reminiscing, stories, laughter, and, of course, eating. ūüôā Turkeys are often at the center of that part of the celebration for most.



“turkey” flower arrangement

Last weekend, my sister-in-law drove the two hour¬†distance between our houses to¬†go to one of the¬†community theater¬†performances of the “Little Mermaid” musical my daughter has a lead role in, as Ursula, The Sea Witch. Because we’re¬†getting near to Thanksgiving, she brought with her a little¬†gift for our mantel – a floral arrangement that looks to me (and looked to her when she purchased it) like a cross between an adorable, plump hedge hog and a turkey. It’s really cute…a little turkey whose body is make from a fat, round flower, with added fluffy ¬†“pipe-cleaners for the tail and beak, a fuzzy foam ball for the head, and glued on “eyes”.

Clever, don’t you think?



 UrsulaSo, I’m going to do a little shameless bragging here. It’s not about me, but about my 14 year old daughter, who was unaccountably blessed with a full singing voice and an actor’s soul. She’s featured as “Ursula the Sea Witch” in a Community Theater production of The Little Mermaid Jr…and she did well enough in the role that the directors added in a song from the normal “Broadway” version of the musical for her to sing (“The Good Times Back”… the¬†1 minute,¬†38 second¬†video of it is¬†posted below). It’s not¬†the greatest quality since it was from my phone, but I think she did a bang up job with a pretty tricky, jazzy song. Have a listen if you’re so inclined. ūüôā