Standing Ovation for Simon Vullo Underiner’s Pipe Organ Senior Recital

This magnificent photo captures the evening perfectly, photographed by guest blogger, Andrew Wagner.

Everyone standing up and applauding heartily for Simon Vullo Underiner’s Senior Recital on the Pipe Organ.   Taken Thursday evening at Holy Spirit Chapel, Duquesne University. The music was magnificent.  Congratulations Simon!

Simon Vullo Underiner looks down from the Pipe Organ balcony as everyone stands and applauds his senior recital. Photographed by Andrew Wagner 
Simon Vullo Underiner with Organ and Sacred Music Professor Dr. Ann Labounsky

Program Pieces  –            Fantasia in F Minor K. 608 I. Allegro Maestoso II, Adante  III. Allegro  by W. A. Mozart
Wacahet auf, rüft uns die Stimme BWV 645  by J. S. Bach
Sonata V for Organ  IAdante  II. Adante con Moto  III. Allegro Maestoso by Felix Mendelsshon- Bartholdy
Arioso (from Six Pieces) by  Joseph Wilcox  Jenkins
L’Ascension   I. The Majesty of Christ    II. Serene Alleluias    III Outbursts of Joy
IV, Prayer of Christ Ascending    by  Olivier Messiaen   

 

 

Guest Blog – Phoenix Bus Ride to the Hotel

Phoenix Bus Ride to the Hotel.    

Could be a six word Saturday too.

Guest blogger is portrait artist Sharon Weaver  You’ve seen an example of Sharon’s portrait painting of my daughter Laura on a Dec 2010 blogpost Unexpected Gift Late Christmas Eve link

Laura’s brother Mark titled it Mona Laura 

 

Maura Texted a Night Pic

Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!

Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.

It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.

Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.

Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!

Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.

Charlie’s Statue of Liberty Adventure

Sunday morning- New York City.

We’ve had a wonderful week visiting my sister for Thanksgiving.  Today we split up and Charlie and his family took the 9:30 boat to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.  Charlie (2+) said she has her sleeves up! The weather was perfect. Mary and I were at the Holiday Fair in Grand Central Station when these photos arrived on my phone,  Looked like a guest blog to me! Thanks James.

All of the photos are taken by my SIL James, Charlie’s dad, except for the one with the Park Ranger taken by my daughter Laura, Charlie’s mom.

“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.” from the National Park Service Webpage

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A Schoolhouse in Scottsbluff Nebraska 

Thanks for the beautiful photo, Shuey. (The guest blogger today). 

Shuey is headed to Prudhoe Bay Alaska.  

On his motorcycle.

 Did I mention he started out in Nicevlle Florida? 

That’s 4,862.7 miles, I just looked it up. 


A schoolhouse near Scottsbluff, NE

Camo Cactus

Guest blogger is friend Lisa who captured this shot when she took a walk.

Power in disguise. I should have included this image along with the real Saguaro yesterday so one could compare.

Believe me, when this “cactus” is all closed up and there is not a cherry picker parked alongside,  you’d drive right by a hundred times and not see the bolts or secret door!

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There’s a link to photos of disguised cell phone towers

Fellow blogger inspires my friend’s dessert for dinner guests 

Thursday I shared a blog post with my friend Roberta. It was from a blog I follow-(http://jjbegonia.com/marian-burros-plum-torte/) with Marion Burros Plum Torte recipe included in the post. 

Roberta made it that night for dinner guests.

Sent the two photos and I asked her permission to share. She’s guest blogger today.  Here’s what she said-

I made it with apricots since there were no Italian prune plums at the market, but otherwise didn’t change a thing. I can see why people love this recipe–so easy and so good. Thanks a million–it’s a keeper! R  

  
Check out the Plum torte post by jjbegonia to see her beautiful plum torte photos and recipe which inspired the apricot torte!

Anna Captures First Signs of Impending Fall

She was in the passenger seat. We had just left Laura’s. The traffic was backed up for the railroad crossing.

She caught the tree with the formerly green leaves, now rust colored.  Don’t want to see the summer end. 

  

Full Moon Rising Over St. George Island by Guest Blogger Kristin

This evening I received this lovely photo on my phone.

It’s the full moon rising over St. George Island, FL from my friend Kristin.

She agreed to be guest blogger for today’s post.  You might have seen her Orchid Cactus Bloom post or the Christmas Day Gators Post .

She sent another shot when it got darker but the mood of this one with the clothesline is my favorite.

Full Moon Rising

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Phipps Conservatory Sports Orange and My Friend Captured It

Another guest post with the orange theme.

My friend and former colleague,Toni, emailed me photos from her Sunday visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens,  ORANGE.

Seeing the orange made her think of the theme this week.

I asked if she’d agree to be guest blogger and here are her orange photos.

Thanks Toni.  Your photos are a bright spot.

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Chihuly garden glass

orange boots