Hello to all my friends and faithful readers who keep checking back to see if I have posted anything new. Thanks for all the emails wondering if I'm okay and encouraging me to get back to writing. I've been working on a major life-changing project since May 11, which I have officially now completed. Although it did not keep me from writing, most of my psychic energy went to reaching that goal. I'm not ready to announce what it is yet, but someday I might.
My new goal is to write something on my blog at least every two days. I'm working on a book report on local author Gary Forrester's new book, Houseboating in the Ozarks. Our reading group met last night and discussed the book with Gary, who was with us by telephone from New Zealand. I'm also working on a report on the new Martin Scorsese movie, The Departed. At least one of those reports should be up by tomorrow. I've committed to fellow blogger, Patry Francis, that I will put up a report of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on November 3rd as part of the Third Day Book Club that Patry has started.
For those of you who know my son, Chris, the violinist, when I last reported on these pages, he was about to go to Lucerne, Switzerland, with his quartet, Jack, and to play as concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under the renowned conductor, Pierre Boulez. Chris had a successful trip, and his quartet has been asked to return next year as one of the featured quartets. They have also been asked to play at other places in Europe and a New York debut may be in the offing. Meanwhile, Chris is performing with pianist/composer, Richard Carrick, in Encinitas, CA on Nov. 1. Carrick has a very impressive bio here.