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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge December 26, 2017
I finally finished my travelogue entry for the trip my husband and I took over the Christmas holiday last year. Click the picture above or go to the Travelogue page on this site. Enjoy!

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100-2382_origI recently created the newest installment to my travelogue. This year for our vacation we went to Poplar Ridge, NY and stayed at my husband’s family’s cottage. We haven’t been there together for 10 years, but we hope to make this trip together yearly from now on. Above is the sunset over Cayuga Lake on Monday June 6, the best day of the entire week-long vacation. If you’d like to read more about our stay there and see more pictures, click here. Enjoy!

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Sunset Over Lake Winyah September 16 2015

The highlights, in my opinion, of our latest trip up north were the sunsets over Lake Winyah. This year, instead of staying with relatives, we rented a little cabin in the woods. Click here to view my latest travelogue installment. Enjoy!

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Travelogue Changes

To everyone who enjoys my travelogue entries, changes are coming. I received an email last week from Comcast letting me know that as of October 8, 2015, Comcast will no longer host web pages. My travelogue entries are on my Comcast website, so that meant I had to investigate free web hosting sites to see which met my needs.

Ideally, I’d like to be able to upload my photos and currently built HTML pages but looks like none of the sites I investigated allow me to do that. These sites want to make things easy by providing web-based builder tools and a “no coding needed” way of doing things. Problem. I don’t mind coding. I am a programmer. I like the control I have with coding. Oh well, it’s not like I’m a paying customer, so I can’t complain too much.

After a bit of investigation of another site, which seemed to meet my needs, except that their web page editor was incredibly frustrating to use, I settled (for now) with weebly.com. As a tester, I rebuilt my most recent travelogue post, “Presque Isle, MI 2014”, on this platform. Check it out here.

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Bay View Park, Alpena
The latest installment of my Travelogue is up, for those of my readers who are fans. Please click the link on my Travelogue page. The picture here is my favorite of the bunch. It was taken at Bay View Park in Alpena. Enjoy!

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“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” — Jimmy Carter

Photo by Joyce Simkin, Along the trails at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 6, 2013.

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For three years now, ever since I moved to the Lansing, Michigan, area and found out about the Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands, I’ve wanted to attend. The first year, when I mentioned it to my husband, he described it as “garbage”, thereby discouraging me from attending… somewhat. Last year, I again thought of going, but hesitated. Then, this year, I decided that just because he thinks it’s garbage, doesn’t mean that it is. And, since the festival is during the day, I don’t need him to drive me to it.* I put it on my to-do list for Saturday and went. I’m glad that I did. Garbage… not at all. There were 11 bands that played in the festival this year. The format is half-hour concerts by each band, with a 10-minute intermission in between concerts. I sat through three concerts, one each performed by the Meridian Community Band, the Grand Ledge Community Band, and the Downriver Community Band. Being in Meridian Township, it’s the Meridian Community Band that hosts this festival every year, now in its 18th year.

This festival is for anyone who likes to experience a variety of music. Where else can you hear moving pieces of music, a polka, a medley from the movie “The Great Race”, Greek folk music, and much more for free? (Well, donations are always welcome!) Not to mention, the quality of music is quite good. At one point when the Downriver Community Band performed “Promise of Living from Tender Land” by Aaron Copeland, if I didn’t know better, I could swear I was sitting in Orchestra Hall listening to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

For me, the best piece of the afternoon, was “Joy in All Things” by Brian Balmages, performed by the Meridian Community Band. I was literally tearing up during the flute solo. No exaggeration! Here’s a video of the piece performed by the California All-State Concert Band. Not as good as a live performance, but hopefully it will give you a taste of what I experienced at the Red Cedar Festival this year. Enjoy!

*For those of my readers who don’t know me personally, I stopped driving at night, unless the trip is short and/or necessary, due to sight issues. Recently, my ophthamologist gave me eye drops to, hopefully, help the problem. I have yet to test them out.
UPDATE: I tested the eye drops. Totally useless. They wore off after only a half hour and they didn’t make a measurable difference in the glare from the headlights. They did give me a headache though.

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