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July 4, 2018

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Happy independence day! But a comment I read sadly hits home– it feels kind of like giving a birthday party for someone who has been kidnapped. What have they done with my country! It is hard to be optimistic about the course we seem to be taking.

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July 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

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July 3, 2018

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Take me out to the ballgame! We celebrate the summer with friends in a new tradition– a game by the local minor league team followed by fireworks. Surrendering to Americana, beer, and cheers– our team sadly loses, but it is safe to say a good time is had by all.

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July 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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July 2, 2017

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The garden has been busy during my absence, producing yet more flowers of grace and beauty.

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July 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm

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July 1, 2018

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I wake up at home, exhausted. But luckily all I have to do is take the last couple of students/friends, who have stayed overnight with me, to the airport. And P actually does that, so I can collapse, in enervating heat, and plan to do nothing for as long as I can stand it. Heading to Maine in a few days for another teaching week– easier than this one, but still requiring a certain amount of energy and focus. so I lay low and try to find my center.

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July 13, 2018 at 5:21 pm

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July 30, 2017

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Today I leave, not exactly as planned. I can’t take the ferry back to the airport because my flight doesn’t leave until tomorrow. So I take one to Hong Kong and then a taxi to the airport. From there it’s a short walk on a raised walkway to my hotel. The original plan had been to check into my hotel and then take the airport train to town to look around. But it’s 96, feels-like 114. And my Google Alert says “Very Unhealthy air quality” and warns of danger of heat stroke. And so this is my photo of Hong Kong. I pragmatically decide that today is a day to relax and enjoy a spa day at my luxurious hotel. So I paddle about in the outdoor pool, close my eyes and daydream in a poolside lounge chair, take advantage of the huge cedar sauna, and watch some TV news in English, for the first time since I left home. Tomorrow I will be home and I am so ready for reentry.

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August 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

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July 29, 2017

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A last walk around Macau today, stopping to pay tribute to the goddess who watches over the harbor. I pack up, get room service for dinner, get ready and head to the concert hall. And it’s showtime! You can see my folder on the music stand in front of the harpist. All goes well. As the conductor put it, as he zooms past us after the show, “Good, good, some little things, but good.” I did see him look annoyed at the singers at a couple of points, I assume when something was wrong with an entrance. But he looked delightedly at me when I made my first entrance– I’m assuming because, with the raised platform, he finally heard me as loudly as he wished. I am spent and head home to finish packing and sleep.

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July 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm

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July 28, 2017

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A quiet day. I re-figure my entrance cues, now that my first entrance is right after the cut to the score that the conductor made yesterday. I have four entrances, I’m not in for long each time, but every time I mark a change of mood and am nearly solo, so all has to be perfect. I read for awhile in a park near the hotel and then head off for rehearsal– there are two today. The afternoon one goes better– the singers have rehearsed alone in the morning and the one who was muffing cues is much improved. I have got the new entrance point figured out, a big relief. I go out to dinner with two of my new friends from Taiwan, also guest musicians for the performance, before heading back for dress rehearsal. The conductor decides the harp and I should be raised up slightly on a platform, and so we are. I listen to the first-half piece, by Mahler, and then our final run-through goes wonderfully well. I feel good about the performance tomorrow.

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July 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm

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