Saturday, December 27, 2008
In the daytime we went to spend an abundant meal and fellowship with Georgette victor and some of her family and neighbors
Here are some pictures of Christmas day:
In the evening my kids prepared a birthday dinner (Lasagna), Hiroko's cake, and some gifts afterward.
Here are some pictures from that day:
Here are some pictures from this visit:
Friday, November 28, 2008
Here are a couple of shots from our day together:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The first three pictures in this slide show are from an orientation session with religious leaders as we prepared for the Ceremony for merging sacred waters, a part of the festival on the following day.
The next picture is with Julius Alexy with whom I collaborate for youth education in Europe. After that comes a picture of a steeple shot out of a bus en route to the convention center.
Three pictures are of a swan in the rivulet that flows beside London's Excel Center. Two pictures are with Maya and her mom (with whom I had the pleasure to meet and stay with throughout the festival).
The four most important pictures are from the sacred waters ceremony, and the final 4 are the young people celebrating during the music at the GPF.
For any interested, here is a video of the entire sacred waters ceremony, narrated by Mr. David Hannah:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sat in over a bite to watch the early returns, while the race was still anyone's to win.
Got to Times Square in time to see California called and the 270 cracked. President elect Obama.
In the live video you'll hear two sets of screams. Fox called Cali first, but only some caught that. The larger ABC screen then called Cali a touch later and the louder roar happened.
People lingered, hugged and sang in Times Square until the wee hours.
These first images here are still slides:
These second images are the live video I caught as the 21 month campaign finally came to an end:
As you can see from the 1st picture, Steve does not live in a very nice home. Nevertheless, he does have a lovely wife, and a darling little dog.
I had a wonderful and most relaxing time during my short stay. On the way home from our early morning nature walk, we stopped at a Walmart. To me it was like Disneyland!
Here are some pictures of our visit together:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here are a few pictures
And here is a video I took in a little square:
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I had been here long ago, and returning here now brought back a flood of memories. Here is a quick walk around, capturing a couple of images from my first impressions, and some pictures from my time lecturing there:
Marissa decided to take a year off from college, and spend the year involved in service projects both in the United States and internationally.
Our family came up to see her off and say good bye. It was a pretty tearful and emotional time.
Here are a couple of shots from her send off:
Here are a few shots of our brief time when most of us were all in one place:
Saturday, June 28, 2008
After the ceremony, we came out to the court and had some pictures together. The final couple are with two of Marissa's teachers (economics and history).
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sakura Matsuri, New York City's "Rite of Spring," marks its 27th year with over 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture and the blossoming of BBG's 220 cherry trees. Visitors to the weekend-long Cherry Blossom Festival can enjoy J-pop concerts, traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, martial arts, bonsai pruning workshops, Japanese Manga art, tea ceremonies, and workshops for all ages. New this year is the Sakura J-Lounge, featuring some of the country's hippest DJ's spinning Japanese pop sounds. Free with Garden admission.
Marissa went along to help, and ended up conscripted to lead the parade!
Here are few pictures of our time together to cheer Hiroko on:
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I had the good fortune to spend the day prior with the Hagen family.
By God's grace the day was glorious, and the meteorology blessed my efforts to take in the beauty of this eternal gateway.
Here are a few pictures of those couple of hours before the weekend's work.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Though somewhat of a lout when it comes to haute couture, I had the time of my life.
The performance consisted of two separate acts. The first act, titled The Blue Necklace, is a about a distressed mother who gives up her baby but always longs for her. In the end they are reunited in a Cinderella like scene in the midst of grand choreography in a society ball.
The second part, Makin' Whoopee, is a comedy (a David Belasco play and then a Buster Keaton film) Seven Chances about a man who needs to marry to collect his inheritance. By the end of the show the stage is riddled with ballerinas in bridal gowns (including a couple of male dancers stomping around, equally after the star's 7 million inheritance) great dancing, yet genuinely funny.
In all it was tremendous fun. And my sister survived dragging a lout to Lincoln Center.
The occasion was a symphony performance to benefit Korean Unification at Merkin Hall of the Kaufman theatre.
Elizabeth played two masterful pieces supported by the Ureuk Symphony under the leadership of conductor Christopher Lee, Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Fantasy on Russian Theme for Violin and Orchestra.
Other soloists for the evening included Soprano Kyong-Jin Lim, and cellist Jacques Lee Wood.
Special gratitude to Elizabeth and all the Happy Tao family together with Sabonim, Khan Bada.