Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Blossom" by Frank W. Merrill

Picture of the Day for 9/23/2014. I'm on an absolute volunteering roll. It's volunteerpalooza. I went back the care center in my neighborhood for a second time this month to participate in the Relief Society meeting for the elderly female residents. 

I told them all about my great-grandfather Franklin W. Merrill. How he was a composer, music professor, and assistant organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the 1890s. How he composed the version of a Mormon hymn (O My Father) that was sung at the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. How he became deaf and ended his working career as a janitor. What a cruel irony for a musician. How he was often mistaken for David O. McKay (one of the presidents of the Mormon church in the middle part of the previous century) because they looked so similar.

After giving that background information, I played one of my great-grandfather's piano compositions called Blossom. It sounds very old-fashioned, like something you would have heard in the Victorian or Gibson Girl eras. It's a beautiful piece and I love playing it. 

I'm glad to say my presentation was a big hit!

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Brain is OK!

Picture of the Day for 9/22/2014. I've been meaning to catch a show on the Science Channel called Hack My Brain. It's all about improving brain function and memory. The irony was not lost on me that I kept on forgetting to watch it. 

I finally caught the first episode "on demand" today and then went online and tried a couple of the brain exercises the host tried out. Surprisingly, I did fantastic! I even scored 100% on one test that was pretty hard. My results for the two tests combined put me in the 98th percentile of all people who have taken the test- far better than even the host of the program. Wow...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Walking Late

Picture of the Day for 9/21/2014. I took a walk this evening and I made sure I got home before it got dark. I made the mistake last week of thinking it would kind of be nice taking a walk at night. It was not a nice experience. I couldn't see where I was stepping and it seems like every family on my route let their dogs out. I was actively pursued by one dog for nearly a full block while its owner kept on half-heatedly calling it back.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's Important to Make Sure Your Alligator Wears a Seatbelt

Picture of the Day for 9/20/2014. Today is my great-niece Hayley's 15th birthday. 

Here she is with all her loot. My favorite juxtaposition is the make-up bag (full of Clinique cosmetics she received from her Aunt Renee) resting against a stuffed animal from the Disney movie Frozen. It's a perfect metaphor for her "between stage." Growing up so fast yet still interested in some things from childhood.

Both Hayley and her younger sister Sadie rode back to their house after dinner in my car. Sadie recently received a stuffed alligator (which she named Betsy) that has become her constant companion. Sadie made sure Betsy was safely buckled in her seat belt. So cute. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nature Finds a Way to Flourish

Picture of the Day for 9/19/2014. I noticed these flowers at the bottom of my driveway. At least I think they're flowers. Sometimes plants that look like flowers turn out to be weeds. Regardless, the blossoms are pretty.

I did not plant these flowers. I'm always amazed at plant life that crops up in the most interesting places. Nature will find a way to flourish. There's an object lesson in there somewhere...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prophetic Fortune Cookie

Picture of the Day for 9/18/2014. I got this message in my fortune cookie at lunch today. It is EXTREMELY accurate. I'm not at liberty to say what the refreshing change in my future is, but I'll announce it as soon as I can.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Job

Picture of the Day for 9/17/2014. My niece Chantal has a new job at a dry cleaners in my neighborhood. This is her first week of work and I was compelled to drop in to see her in uniform. And take her picture of course since I take pictures of everything.