Postcard from Chicago


State Street, that great street, as seen from the SW corner of State and Randolph on 12/15/17.

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Winter Quarters

Jacqui prefers this perch in winter.

But she is longing for a thaw so she can get back on deck.

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Alert the purveyors of fake news: I am on the trail of the real ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, right here in Harbert, Michigan.

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Senior Recital

The Howard Performing Arts Center awaits Monika Ansinn, Trombone.

(Andrews University, Michigan) We were privileged to attend the Senior Recital of our young friend, Monika Ansinn, at the Howard Performing Arts Center on a snowy Wednesday afternoon in the present season and thus got to hear Monika superbly perform the works assigned to her: Sonata for Trombone and Piano by Paul Hindemith, Suite for Trombone and Piano by Bennie Beach, Andante and Allegro by Joseph Edouard Barat, and a Fugue by Robert Schuman in which she was joined by her teacher Alan Mitchell and fellow student Tyler Ronto.  Monika was accompanied masterfully on the piano by Joshua Goines, and, upon graduation in May of 2018, she plans to pursue a career as a band director in the public schools. Brava, Monika!

Monika Ansinn is a senior at Andrews University and studies trombone under the tutelage of Mr. Alan Mitchell.


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They came at dusk in spaceships designed to look like our clouds.

And they established a forward operating base and are awaiting further instructions. More details as they are availab. . . .

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Crossing Over

(Chicago, Illinois) A westbound Pink Line train crosses the South Branch of the Chicago River on its way to 54th and Cermak.

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Beach Weather

Hmmm. Maybe I’ll put that swim off for another day. Of course, I could always join the Polar Bear Club.

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