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Day 1008: From the top

From the top of my head to the bottom of my toes, I hope you enjoy today’s blog post.

From the Top is a radio show I’ve been listening to for years, which features young classical musicians performing and being interviewed in front of a  studio audience.

I was at the taping of From the Top at New England Conservatory of Music‘s Jordan Hall in Boston, yesterday.

From the top to the bottom of the following list, I’m going to tell you some things about all that:

  • The last time I was at Jordan Hall, I was onstage singing Antonin Dvorák‘s Requiem as a soprano in the Dedham Choral Society.
  • Before the radio show/concert began yesterday, somebody on stage told us not to turn off our cell phones.
  • They gave away t-shirts to three people who used their cell phones to email a request for one, but I wasn’t one of them.
  • After the t-shirt give-away, we all had to turn off our cellphones, so I have no photos of the actual radio show/concert.
  • I was sitting in the front row, so I got some close-up-and-personal photos before and after the show.
  • The person sitting next to me in the front row told me that George Li, the special guest yesterday, was in the same middle school class as his daughter, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • Besides the amazing George Li,  whose incredible piano skills recently got him second place in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, other young people appearing yesterday included a 9-year-old girl, Harmony Zhu, who’s been on the Ellen DeGeneres  Show and who is already a master at piano AND chess.

From the top, here are about 50 photos I took yesterday, in chronological order:




From the top, here‘s (1) George Li in his first appearance on From the Top, when he was 11 years old …

(2) Harmony Zhu on The Ellen Show:

… and (3) George Li competing in the International Tchaikovsky Competition three months ago:

From the top to the bottom of my heart, I am grateful to all those who helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — for visiting here, today.

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Day 1007: That stinks!

When I met my dear friend Barbara yesterday for (1) brunch at Arlington’s Madrona Tree Restaurant, (2) a visit to the store next door, called The Artful Heart and  (3) a walk to Arlington’s Spy Pond, Barbara suggested that I title today’s post

That stinks!

Barbara didn’t suggest that because anything smelled bad at  Madrona Tree, The Artful Heart, or on our walk.  She didn’t say

That stinks!

in response to any of the many topics we discussed yesterday, including

  • work,
  • health,
  • friends, or
  • my son’s applying to college.

Barbara didn’t say

That stinks!

as I was taking any of these photos when I was with her, yesterday.


Barbara also didn’t say “That stinks!” when I said, “There’s two of my angels!”  when I was taking this photo:

Barbara said

That stinks!

when she sat inside my spankin’ new yellow car and agreed with me that the interior smelled slightly of skunk.

What do I think stinks, this morning, as I’m creating this post?

  1. It’s cold and rainy outside.
  2. I don’t know how long the smell of skunk will stay in my car.
  3. Fellow blogger Irene just commented on my previous post that my blog never appears in her reader any more.
  4. Photos are still not migrating from my iPhone to my laptop, so that creates extra steps whenever I create a post.

What does NOT stink, this morning?

  1. I bought a cool new scarf at the Artful Heart, to help keep me warm.
  2. I have wonderful friends like Barbara nearby and Irene on WordPress.
  3. My son is much further along in his college application process because of a meeting he, his father, and I had yesterday.
  4. I finished writing the Parent Brag Sheet yesterday, so my son can give that to his teachers who are writing his college recommendations.
  5. I’m going to see one of my favorite classical music radio shows, today,  From the Top.
  6. I don’t have the same level of shame I used to have, when something that “belongs” to me smells bad.

Do any of these pictures I took yesterday evening — when I was with my boyfriend Michael — stink, do you think?


Talk about three wicked sistahs!

It stinks that

  • you may have to scroll back up and then down from the top of this post to catch my stinky reference to “three wicked sistahs” and
  • I don’t know what music to include in this “That stinks!” post.

Okay! I found a stinky video on YouTube,  searching for “From the Top.”

Does it stink that I’m rushing through this ending paragraph of gratitude by simply saying “Thanks!” to all those who helped me create this post and “More thanks!” to all of you who are reading it?

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