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Friday, October 30, 2009


Amy saw this production in Pennsylvania last year and thought it was great. It is showing tonight at Castleman Hall. I know this is really late notice, but forgot we were going until today. Information about the show is below.

Travel on a musical journey spanning seven decades of American history as seen through the eyes of composer Irving Berlin in I Love a Piano. The revue will be presented as part of Missouri S&T's 2009-10 Campus Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall.
Tickets are available online at leachtheatre.mst.edu/cpas/index.html, or from the Leach Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 341-4219 for more information.

I Love a Piano is a fresh interpretation of more than 60 of Berlin's songs. The tunes span from the Ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century, through World War I and the swinging sophistication of the 1920s and '30s, to World War II and the innocent optimism of the 1950s. Some of these favorites include White Christmas, God Bless America, Puttin' on the Ritz, and There's No Business Like Show Business.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for students. Leach Theatre is offering a $5 per ticket discount for groups of 10 or more. The first 75 tickets for S&T students are free.
Leach Theatre will offer discounted tickets through its "Back Row Club" one hour prior to the event, should tickets remain for the show. The seats in the last row of the theater will be sold for $10 each prior to the performance.

For more information about the Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series, call the Leach Theatre Box Office at 341-4219 or go online to leachtheatre.mst.edu.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

WOW ! ! !

We have been having auditions for Fine Linen's spring production of Pride and Prejudice. Thus far we have auditioned over 80 people, and we're still not done.
I really appreciate Jane Austen, and am discovering that I am part of a very large and devoted group.

Performances will be the end of March.
Stay tuned for more details.
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Friday, October 23, 2009


"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,
search through her squares.

If you can find but one person
who deals honestly
and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city."

Jeremiah 5:1

May we each live our lives so as to be that one person.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The Becker Report is one of our children's favorite blogs. Postings from a fellow homeschool graduate include the interesting, the bizarre, and the randomly humorous such as the above.
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Adam, John, and I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland last weekend for the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.
Shown above is the winning entry, a widgeon painted by Maryland artist Robert Bealle. I was inspired by Mr. Bealle's perserverance. He won second place in the 1983 Duck Stamp contest, and has pursued his goal of winning first ever since. He was in the audience and it was a very moving event to have him win.

This absolutely breathtaking painting of Wood Ducks won second place. It is by Scot Storm, who won first place in the Federal in 2004 when Adam won the Junior. Scot is a fantastic artist and a very kind and gracious person.

This Gadwell entry by Jeffrey Moberly of Oklahoma won third. As usual, we had a fantastic time, and enjoyed so much seeing the beautiful artwork as well as meeting the artists, stamp collectors, conservationists, and Fish and Wildlife Service staff that make this contest so important. To date, sales of Duck Stamps (which serve as hunting permits and entrance to National Wildlife Refuges) have generated funds to purchase and maintain 5.3 million acres of wetlands. As we have seen from Katrina and other major flooding along the Mississippi, etc. the lack of wetlands not only adversely effects ducks and wildlife, but very much hurts people as well.
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This is Adam's entry. It did well, being voted through the first round 4 votes to 1, and placing about 28th overall, out of 225 excellent entries. It is always interesting to note the judges differences from year to year. All of the top three this year are similar monochromatic, analogous color schemes. Adam's obviously didn't fit in that catagory.

Last year's winner was this wonderful, colorful Long-Tailed Duck by Joshua Spies, another wonderful artist and person.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


One particularly trying day last week Amy called and casually asked how I was. I answered honestly. She was very encouraging and I hung up feeling much better. First thing the next morning these beautiful flowers arrived. My spirits were lifted! An encouraging word, a thoughtful friend, and flowers --- a terrific combination. This mother was very blessed by her daughter.
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Thursday, October 08, 2009


Check out our new website for Fine Linen Drama:
for information about past, present and future activities.

Many thanks to our Graphic and Media specialist, Amy Hobbs for making this long held dream a reality.
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Friday, October 02, 2009


The kids have been painting lately, and Anna brought me this little picture today that she had painted.
It looked strangely familiar. The name Renoir immediately came to mind . . . .

. . . and this is why.
"Boating on the Seine", by August Renoir.
Anna is in good company.
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Thursday, October 01, 2009


Local theatre critic, Lois Ann Marler, attended Tuesdays dress rehearsal and posted a review on her website at:
This will also appear in the Kaleidoscope magazine.
The following pictures taken by Debbie Hickle are from that rehearsal.

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