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October 28th, 2009


Marian Anderson (1897-1993) lived in my hometown. I heard her sing in a parking lot in Danbury CT on a very cold night toward the end of her career. In 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow her to sing in their Constitution Hall, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR and had the U.S. government allow her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial. She was a consummate professional, and was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan opera house.

Famous as a contralto, in this radio broadcast she performs the Casta Diva from Norma. Even lowered a tone, it gives clearly an idea of her great range.

I was looking for the words for TO GOD BE THE GLORY and came across Carrie Wilson singing MY TRIBUTE. The video says it is in response to Marian Anderson singing Casta Diva (above).   Carrie is singing at a wedding in Kenbridge, Virginia, in 2007.

October 28th, 2009


With Christmas coming up my thoughts turned to the poinsettia plant that I received last January from St. Peter’s.  Its  time on the altar was over and we parishioners were invited to take the poinsettias  home.  Mine has spent all of spring, summer, and most of the fall on the front porch and is now an even bigger, better, bushier  poinsettia, but, alas, quite green.   It is now back  in the house since we’ve had a couple of frosts.

How do I make it turn red for Christmas?   Google knows, of course, and according to the experts my plant needs 12-13 hours of dark each night — total dark — apparently it would be good if I could turn off the moon.  I started covering it at night with a big black plastic bag maybe two weeks ago and so far have forgotten the covering ritual at least twice.  I don’t know what will happen with this lackadaisical approach but I’ll let you know.

Here is a picture of the poinsettia now.   Tune in at Christmas-time for the results.



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