Archive for August, 2010

Arbor almost finished

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I can show you my garden arbor, looking almost the way it will when it’s finished. It needs more pieces cut and many pieces to be put on, and some finish on the seats (I think I’ll use a clear oil on them, because the paint I used for the rest of it will get […]

Hyphenated Blues

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

On our way home from Portland this morning we heard Hyphenated Blues by the Okratones on WUNH, the campus station from Durham, New Hampshire. It’s about last names. Just listen.

Calligraphy memoir

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I started doing Hebrew calligraphy while I was working at Parke Math Labs in 1978, give or take a year. A born-again woman who worked in the same building said “I just found my name in the Bible, as a heading over a verse in a psalm.” I explained that her name, Beth, was the […]

Listening to chamber music

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I went to a concert last night, part of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, in a renovated carriage house on one of the old sea captain estates along the main road into the town. If the festival hasn’t changed its home page since I set up that link, the picture on the festival web site […]

Making musical instruments?

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I was starting on this story last night — When I was in graduate school I got the notion that I’d like to learn to play “Turkey in the Straw” on the fiddle. Being a starving graduate student, I couldn’t afford to buy a fiddle. Maybe I could make one? While I was thinking about […]