Thursday, February 23, 2012

Redhead Heroine

Looking forward to this Disney/PIXAR
coming this summer!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Light the Fire Within: 10 years later

10 year old Caitlyn at Olympic Plaza.

Folks in our neck of the woods are fondly remembering
the 2002 Winter Olympics.
It was an amazing experience.
A coming together and a healing time for our nation
after the horror of 9/11.

13 year old Coryn playing the Chihuly Steinway in Abravanel Hall.

IOC President Jacques Rogge began a tradition
of assigning each games their own
identity and calling the
2002 Salt Lake City Games

Enjoy a retrospective of photos of those glorious events.
And read about some of the significant moments

Remember NYC Officer Daniel Rodriguez
singing a beautiful and emotional National Anthem
and afterwards being signed to a recording contract?

IOC President Jacques Rogges, President Bush,
and Olympic Leader Mitt Romney
salute the tattered flag
which flew over the World Trade Center.

President Bush with the USA Athletes.
(Talking to one of the athlete's moms on the phone.)
My husband bought me one of those coveted hats:)

Remember the "Children of Light"
skating on the ice?

And nightly performers at the Medals Plaza,
like this group called N'Sync...

Oh, and a young Josh Groban and Charlotte Church
singing a gorgeous new duet by David Foster
called, "The Prayer."

And a "scandal" that forced the presenting of
two sets of gold medals to figure skating duos.

Young New Yorker Sarah Hughes
surprised everyone by taking the gold
in figure skating.

And everyone fell in love with
speed skater Apolo Ohno.

Artist Dale Chihuly designed several
unique glass sculptures to adorn the
downtown plaza.

Oh, those mountains, blue skies
and plenty of snow.

Olympic rings lit nightly on the mountain.

The city was aglow
and for two glorious weeks
human kind came together in peace
and unity and understanding.
It was magical.

Monday, February 13, 2012

"...where there's love overflowing..."

Whitney on the Merv Griffin show in 1985

The voice of a generation.
One of my favorites.
Such a senseless loss.
A shame she forgot where to find
"The Greatest Love of All."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Writer's Words and a Terrific Teacher

Blurry Focus Photography

Went to our beautiful local library on Tuesday
to hear 2010 Newbery Award winning author
Rebecca Stead.

Court with author Rebecca Stead

My daughter and I had some great conversation
with Rebecca last summer at the
BYU Books for Young Readers Symposium.
She is a fascinating person and a talented writer.
We were delighted when she recognized
and waved at us before the presentation.
Fun to visit with her afterwards.
Read more about Ms. Stead HERE.

Court with Mrs. Terry (right) and some of her third grade classmates.
Another treat of the evening was seeing one of Court's
favorite elementary teachers
Merilee Terry.
She had accompanied several of her current students
to the event.
Her students asked the author many excellent questions.

Mrs. Terry taught Court in 3rd,4th and 5th grade
as part of a pilot "community classroom."
She is an outstanding teacher and has received
many much-deserved honors.
Even more amazing, she has kept in touch
with many of her students for over 20+ years.

Hooray for children's book writers
and dedicated school teachers!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Food for Thought

Two of my favorite restaurants : Communal and Pizzaria 712 are run by Colton Soelberg. I met Colton when his restaurants generously sponsored The Rooftop Concert Series in Provo. Eating in either of these spots is an experience to savor. Fresh, delicious, and beautiful food. Worth every penny. I highly recommend a visit.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

No Social Network Needed

"God has no Phone, but I talk to Him.
He has no Facebook,
but He is still my friend.
He does not have a Twitter,
but I still follow Him."

~actor, Will Smith

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hitchcock Hilarity

photo: Pete Widtfeldt
Talented actors Kelly Hennessey and Blake Barlow

Gut-laughed my way through the delightful production of
"The 39 Steps"
at the Hale Center Theater-Orem
masterfully directed by my friend
Christopher Layton Clark.

Court, Coryn and I first saw this play on the
West End in London.
It was presented Proscenium style in a large theatre.

Chris very cleverly mounted this production
in the intimate round.
Sharp-eyed fans of Alfred Hitchcock will
pick out references and sight gags from his films.
Four actors and a foley artist
play over 40 characters.
This cast was fabulous!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Singing...

Happy day for two of my vocal students.
Aurea got cast in "Seussical" the musical,
And Michaela sang a wonderful rendition of
Our National Anthem.
So proud of them:)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Horse and his Boy

Took my mom (the former rodeo queen)
to see WAR HORSE.
Spielberg Sentimentality.

The movie is based on the beloved
British children's novel.
If you love horses, as I do,
you will love this film.

It was made into a popular stage production.
The horses are life-sized puppets.
When we were in London we could never score tickets.
It was always sold out.
Though the story is based on war,
it really is a love story with the horse as the hero.
I highly recommend.