Beginner's Mind

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi

Friday, July 31, 2009


Why does Debtors Anonymous sell products on their home page?

At least they don't take credit cards.

Music in my head:Time and Tide, Basia

Saturday, July 25, 2009

No Arias? No Thanks!

I just spent a bit over an hour listening/watching Richard Strauss' opera Capriccio. There isn't a single aria in the whole thing...or, at least not in the first half, anyway.

I've enjoyed Strauss operas before, such as Die Fleidermaus, and my favorite of his, Salome, but this one left me cold (on a hot day, no less!). There were a few laughs, and Kiri Te Kanawa as well, but it couldn't save it for me. I need arias to keep me interested.

Should be a good one tomorrow afternoon on PBS. Guess I'll just have to wait awhile.

Music in my head: Nothing coherent, I'm afraid.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I'm partially on Facebook now. I still need to post some photos. What a strange little service. It kinda resembles Twitter; you gather together a list of friends, and post a few sentences during the day about the minutiae of your life. One thing it has done for me is put me in touch with people from high school, though I think some of them thought they were getting someone else (sorry, folks!).

Not on the same subject at all, THIS comes as no surprise.

I'm gonna start blogging again. Thanks to the half dozen or so of you who have kept checking for new posts. I have been posting to the music blog every so often, which seems to be getting more traffic than I would expect.

Music in my head: The Lark Ascending , by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.