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Travel Reflections: Cozumel

Cozumel

Our third stop on our recent cruise was Cozumel, Mexico. We arrived there on Cinco de Mayo, so we thought we might see a little bit of extra fanfare, but we didn’t. The port known as Puerto Maya was the nicest of the three on this cruise. It’s a long walk along the pier to get to the shops, and then the first shop you enter seems to extend forever. I found the port clean and colorful.

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Travel Reflections: Grand Cayman

Cayman Sunrise

The second port on our recent cruise adventure was the island of Grand Cayman. Again, Janet had been to this island twice before, but it was my first time. By this time in the cruise, we were well out of the range of bad weather, and I was happily chasing the sun at sunrise and sunset. The banner photo above was the sunrise of the day we entered port at Grand Cayman.

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Antique Photos

zeiss ikon

Janet and I both enjoy family history research and discovering antique photos. I’m also fascinated by the cameras that may have taken these photos. Recently, a good friend allowed me to adopt a few of her antique cameras. The one featured here is a Zeiss Ikon Maximar bellows camera.

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Under our current presidential administration we are facing the likelihood of loss of federal funding for the arts through entities like the National Endowment for the Arts. In Rochester, MN, where there is a strong arts presence, these cuts will have a profound impact. Recently, we participated in a community awareness event where citizens and musicians from the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale gather to sing an impromptu Hallelujah Chorus to show that we are opposed to cuts in funding for the arts. See a short video here.

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An Opera Affair

an opera affair

I took in yet another wonderful program from the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale  (RSOC) last night. I don’t consider myself much of an opera buff, but I’ve attended an opera once (in Europe in the early 1980s), and I do like operatic singing. The March program was all focused on opera. Here’s a quick review.

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Preserve Family History

family history photo

Today’s blog discusses the adventure of family history research and how photographs can add so much to your family tree. Both Janet and I enjoy researching our family history, and it’s always a special treat when we discover a photograph of an ancestor we know of by name, but otherwise know little about.

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Run Boy Run

run boy run band

“We hope your spirits will be lifted.” – An Interview with Matt Rolland of Run Boy Run

One of the things I like best about musicians in the folk, old-time, and bluegrass genres is how accessible and friendly they are. Meeting with Matt Rolland from Run Boy Run was no exception. Run Boy Run (from here I’ll abbreviate RBR) is in Rochester this week to participate in the Artist in the Schools program put on by Rochester Civic Music and Riverside Concerts. They finish their stay in Rochester with a full concert on Saturday, March 4, at the Rochester Art Center. Matt very kindly sat down with me for about 45 minutes to talk about RBR and their music.

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