My Writer's Journal

Things I Love, Besides Books

March 31, 2013

Generally, as everybody knows by now, my days are quite structured, starting with a morning walk and then writing all day and reading in the evenings. But there's more to life than writing and reading, and for the past couple of weekends I've been indulging myself.

Last Friday I went to the opera, "Madama Butterfly"--beautiful music (Puccini), but also a straightforward storyline with themes that interest me. After a Sunday morning concert (performed in a warehouse) with a Mozart string quartet, I saw an exhibit of Japanese Art Deco at the Albuquerque Museum. This Friday, as I was finishing up planting pansies and other green stuff in my balcony gardening at 7 pm, a friend called with a last minute invitation to a modern dance performance; by 8 o'clock I had washed my hands and was in my seat at the symphony hall, watching a visually stunning performance by Momix. Yesterday afternoon I went to a friend's book signing (more stuff to read!). Today's Sunday morning concert in the warehouse began with some really contemporary piano stuff that I don't enjoy at all but am willing to sit through for the second half of the program: Bach's Partita #6 in E Minor. Somewhere there's a camera that projects a view of the keyboard and the pianist's flying fingers. Wonderful!

And now, for the next three hours I'm going to write, and then--I'm going to the ZOO!


  1. March 31, 2013 10:20 PM MDT
    I haven't seen Madame Butterfly, but because I'm interested in lots of Japanese things (geisha included), I've read the Wikipedia page. It sounds kind of interesting.

    I'm curious which Momix group you saw. Their show Botanica was just in East Lansing (about 35 minutes away) a few weeks ago and made for some neat newspaper photos.
    - Dayanara Ryelle
  2. March 31, 2013 10:50 PM MDT
    Yes, it was the Botanica show....
    - Carolyn Meyer
  3. April 5, 2013 8:58 AM MDT
    What would Anastasia (the grand duchess) do on a regular day?
    - Anonymous

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