Learning to be a cellist teaches me concentration: My teachers for this piece–Harmon Steiner*, Yoyo Ma**, and Maurice Gendron*** help me live with the Bach Suite for Cello Solo No.2 in D Minor.

Practicing my cello forces me to concentrate (along with a host of other life skills, the least maybe being that I sometimes get better at the playing). My teachers for Bach Suite for Cello Solo No.2 in D Minor.–Harmon Steiner*, Yoyo Ma**, and Maurice Gendron***

Mischa Maisky: https://youtu.be/aTAASV_Rjl0

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*The Maestro, my actual, in-person, teacher: his notes for how to practice a few measures are above and if I do what he gently suggests and spells out and demonstrates? It works.

** no explanation needed

***cellist on the first recording

As a teacher I often wondered if giving kids the day off from school was a good way to “do” Veteran’s Day. I mean WHO mentions it while they’re sleeping late and watching cartoons (ouch)? The Dad of these grandkids of ours thought of it. See below.

Note from this wise son-in-law (the best son-in-law in our family of one daughter and 3 sons!)

In Covina they do a Veteran’s Day program called Field of Valor (http://covinafieldofvalor.org).  Some 2000 flags are placed in the ground and people can sponsor flags in the name of specific veterans.  I took the girls there today to give them a better understanding as to why they have the day off.

IMG_0177 IMG_0178 IMG_0179Note on these vets: Jack was in the Navy during Vietnam. Pop (Jack’s father) spent more than 4 years on the seas during WWII where his ships participated in several battles where ships were sunk and sailors died. The biggest battle was at night off of Guadalcanal during which his ship, the USS Washington, sunk a Japanese battleship.


#TBT Did someone say it’s THROWBACK THURSDAY again? This is my older self (as if ANY picture of myself wasn’t a picture of an older version of myself) and my older self’s writing at age 17. (Caveat: don’t be harsh; I hadn’t discovered the 420 character, 9-line poem and all our English teachers did back then was prep for the SATs which we aced but the result was we went to college illiterate.

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