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Tragedy and Comedy

"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." - Charlie Chaplin Even though we are currently pushing toward the end of July, I want to take a moment to talk about how our June was filled with both tragedy and comedy. In mid-June, we celebrated my birthday with our yearly tradition of attending and picnicking at Shakespeare on the Lawn. This year's production was the ever-infamous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. However, one week later we were glammed out for a night at the opera, watching the brilliant, funny, and effervescent comedy, Die Fledermaus. Going back to back weeks from a tragic ending of a husband and wife in Shakespeare to the charming reuniting of a husband an

We Say Good Bye...And Hello

Yesterday was the beginning of our music room transformation. Not only are we bringing the Steinway from Denver into our home in the next couple of weeks, but we are also adding a small upright piano for my younger students. Once they've developed the piano basics, they can then move over to the Steinway for their weekly piano lessons. So it was the beginning of piano musical chairs: the movers carried the Emerson baby grand piano out of the music room in less than 10 minutes, and moved the upright piano in the room within 5 minutes. So in 15-20 minutes' time, we had a new music room! That is not enough time to process what this Emerson "rescue piano" meant to us, so I thought today's blog w

A Story To Tell, A Story To Give

Last weekend, Ben and I took a mini-vacation over to Chicago. Chicago is very near and dear to us, as we spent our first three married years together there. We call it our "growing together" years, since we started out in a 700 square foot apartment with a card table for a dining room table and no TV. Our first Christmas was spent around a 4 foot artificial tree that our friend let us borrow. Ah, the good old days. By the time we hit our two year anniversary, we were able to splurge and have a nice, ritzy dinner at Cité Restaurant, located at the top of Lake Point Tower. That dinner was nothing short of magical: a clear sunset overlooking both the lake and skyscrapers, fireworks from Navy P




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