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Musikhaus News …. or non-news

It’s been a while since I posted. No worries, just lots to do. Rachel is now an official resident of Florida. We’ve all voted (guess how!) and I took the ballots down to the main government building for drop-off rather than trust the Trump-impaired Postal Service. I’ll never understand how so many people have just gone along with the Nazification of the once-proud US government.

In gentler, but still political, mood as Election Day looms, I offer these links to well-written and researched articles:

Yes, I know, NPR is a socialist entity designed to bring down all right-thinking (i.e., non-thinking) Americans.

I am actually a little dismayed that CNN is now viewed as a leftist news agency when it used to be the one news source one could trust to be unbiased.

And yet another obviously suspect leftist/socialist article from that (obviously) biased NPR that echoes what I’ve been saying since 2015 – Trump is a Hitler wannabe.  Wake up, all you supposed patriots! Trump is letting Russia and China take over the world while we are fighting each other!

Meanwhile, Rachel is doing well, has applied for a couple of jobs, and is getting healthy. Michelle has become officially licensed as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida, which 1) gets her a substantial raise and 2) creates all sorts of job opportunities for her if she wants to pursue them. I took my first Total Wine Professional exam today and failed it miserably – as expected. We are allowed to take it unlimited times with no penalty and I was advised by my wine supervisor to take it as soon as it was allowed. So  I did. Now I know what to study.

I’m still working on Isaac motets in preparation for next year. Almost done with the Propers for Christmas Day.  The sequence is the difficult one. It is a mini-concert from the liturgy of the late Middle Ages, set in early Renaissance polyphony by a composer that is now being recognized as perhaps the premier composer of that age. The more I work with this music, the more I realize his greatness.

And the garden is going in. Southwest Florida is backwards from the rest of the continental US in terms of the growing season. We plant in October after night-time temperatures drop to below 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the rains become a little less torrential. I grow mainly herbs – and actually managed to maintain basil and rosemary throughout the summer. Thyme. chives, and sage struggled but are now doing well. Today I placed two tomato plants in the ground and hope to get a third over the weekend. Good bedding tomato plants appear to be at a premium.

Hope you’re all healthy and happy. Floridians, for the most part, have begun to wear masks in public – except for the rabid few who make it a political protest to NOT wear one – and people like that are obvious and easily avoided. We’re all good here and hope to remain so.

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