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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

At the Bruce House, Cumberland, Maryland

Fireplace in the parlor of The Bruce House, Cumberland, Maryland
We went to hear Mountainside Baroque's concert, "Lessons and Carols," in Cumberland, Maryland this weekend. The music was superb, and the setting, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland was beautiful.  We had a very pleasant stay at the Bruce House Inn .  Our room was furnished tastefully with antiques, the breakfast was delicious as well as beautifully presented, and the company (the other guests and host, Pam) were so pleasant to be with.  It was fun going to the concert and seeing our host and fellow guests there!  If you plan to go next year, go a half hour early.  The church was packed and it was hard to find a seat ten minutes before the performance.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Children's Lake at Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania

Dan and I enjoyed some good meals in Boiling Springs, on our way home to Ohio after a visit to my family in New Jersey. We had an excellent dinner at the Boiling Springs Tavern Saturday evening. (Oysters Rockefeller, followed by veal main dishes), and then lunch on Monday afternoon at Cafe 101, where we had peppermint lattes and tuna melt sandwiches with a beautiful view.

Coincidentally, Boiling Springs is the birthplace of Henry Warstler, who was the first settler in Stark County, Ohio, where we now live. There is a Henry Warstler Cemetery about a mile from our home.

Memorial Plaque for Professor Hans-Dietrich Meurer


Commemorative Plaque honoring Professor Hans-Dietrich Meurer who taught at Shippensburg University from 1966 to 2003.  I learned German from Professor Meurer, and also acquired a deep appreciation of Bach Cantatas from him, during my senior year in college in 1977.  He was a patient, knowledgeable, and skillful educator, who was held in great esteem by his students and colleagues. His great sense of humor kept us all coming to class regularly, despite our early 8:00 a.m. class! 

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The tree, a Northern Red Oak, is planted in his honor between Kriner Dining Hall and the Huber Art Building. (Photo updated 23 July 2015.) (If anyone has a photo of the tree in its fall colors, please let me know.)


Hans-Dietrich Meurer, 1974.




Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80, by Johann Sebastian Bach





Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Skyline, from West Orange, New Jersey


New York Skyline, from my brother's house in West Orange, New Jersey.  Midtown is to the left. Can you see the Empire State Building?   Downtown is to the right. (Tallest building: World Trade Center) 


New York Skyline, from where I grew up on Woodside Terrace, West Orange, New Jersey.  In the 1970s, from our kitchen window, we could see the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as they were being built, and after September 11th, 2001, the smoking ruins.  Now you can see the new 1776 foot World Trade Center.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio


Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Now that the dams have been removed, the river runs faster and cleaner.  We're quite proud of the Cuyahoga Falls, as they drop 250 feet, whereas Niagara Falls only drops 170 feet. Well, okay, our waterfall does take 3 miles to do the drop, whereas Niagara does it all at once!