The winter of 2017 was one of endurance for me -- the worst allergy season I think I’ve ever had here. Cedar pollen was plentiful! And mostly doing local playing.
March saw Sharon taking a trip with her sister Debbie to southern California to visit their brother Bob and his family, and in late March and early April, I did a weekend stint at a couple of church venues in the Dallas area.
Ordinarily, I would go up to upstate New York in January, but I was persuaded to move it to mid-April, right after Easter. It was a good trip, generally speaking.
In May, we celebrated Sharon’s birthday and also Mother’s Day at Cafe-on-the-Ridge, a delightful restaurant near Kerrville. And May was the month for my work as pianist at the annual Camp Siloam for the Blind at the Golden Cross Ranch in New Caney, Texas.
June found us back at Cafe-on-the-Ridge to celebrate Father’s Day. But July was the real highlight. I received a lovely birthday gift in that Sharon, her sister Debbie and I flew out to Las Vegas for a three-day getaway. Our longtime friend Terry Fator (who’s a topnotch ventriloquist and entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip) took care of not only our lodging at the Mirage Hotel, but also our meals there and tickets to see his show! Sharon and Debbie’s brother Bob and wife Patty joined us in Vegas for those days, and we all had a lovely time!
Sharon and I celebrated our anniversary in August at WinStar Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK, which is right across from Gainesville, Texas. We had a lovely time there.
In late August, I went to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where I performed a concert at the Inn at Ragged Edge, an old Victorian-style bed and breakfast resort built in 1900 for the president of the then Pennsylvania Railroad. The piano I played was a 1901 Steinway grand, and I loved its tone! My brother Bill and his wife Fran came to hear me there, along with some local friends of the area. I think it went very well. It was my last tour for this year.
Another highlight was our new CD, “Together Forever”, that Sharon and I recorded this summer and released this fall. We had an official release concert on Sunday, November 5th at our church. (See the links on this site to know more about this and other CD’s and to order.)
Our daughter Hannah is doing fine, living and working in Kansas City, MO for EK Success Brands as an illustrator/product designer. Sharon, in addition to helping me with transportation and other things, loves to make potholders and other crafts. I’m still playing frequently at the Officers’ Club Lounge at the Hangar Hotel, at our church, at various nursing facilities and occasional school venues, and with the Raggedy Cats at the Treaty House, an upscale cafe in town.
As for 2018, we know not what may transpire, except that we’re planning on satisfying a bucket list item -- going on an Alaskan cruise in late August. We’re booked on Norwegian Cruise Lines for the trip, which will be from August 19th to the 26th. Having never been on a cruise in our lives, this should be very special indeed.
In closing, I, along with my wife Sharon, want to wish you a very happy and best ever 2018. May you come to know the Lord Jesus as your own personal Savior and Rescuer from sin’s penalty. I leave you with this Bible passage:
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it
is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put
to shame." (Romans 10:9-11, NIV)
Duncan, Sharon and cat Simba