Author Archives: Michael Kurek

Hilltop Diary, Feb. 22, 2021

Welcome to the frozen tundra of Hilltop! Or, as of today, the rapidly melting tundra. I have no idea what a tundra is, to be honest. We are thankful that we never lost our electricity or water and had plenty of food and firewood during last week’s nationwide blizzard, and we offer sincere condolences to […]

Hilltop Diary, Feb. 10, 2021

It has been a good couple of weeks since last I wrote! A major project of over two years came to a milestone in the form of the now-printed and bound 11 X 17” score and 9.5 X 13”parts for my 45-minute Symphony No. 2 for a large symphony orchestra, shown here. Parts had to […]

Hilltop Diary, Jan. 27, 2021

While looking for low calorie offerings at the fish counter, this lovely character, a monkfish, caught my eye and made it to our table last Friday – fortunately in filleted form. I first imagined he is called that because he is so ugly that he should stay in seclusion, like a monk. Not really. It […]

Hilltop Diary, Jan. 12, 2021

This is the time I call “In the bleak mid-winter” (after the song of that title) when we still have nearly the least daylight of the year, and light deprivation syndrome gets me down a bit. The back garden seems dead and barren and frosted over. I’m not seeing our deer or turkeys or birds […]

Hilltop Diary, Dec. 29, 2020

Welcome to my last blog of 2020. Wishing you a Happy New Year! We had a lovely Christmas Eve and Day, with my wife Crystal’s parents visiting at our house. It was actually the very first year of our 10 ½ year marriage that we were in our own home on Christmas Day. It’s always […]

Hilltop Diary, Dec. 21, 2020

Welcome to my annual Christmas diary entry. We “finally” have a tree up (actually three this year, here are two of them). We normally do Advent and wait to put up the tree till just before Christmas. Then we leave it up for the twelve days of Christmas (starting on Christmas Day) to Epiphany (visit […]

Hilltop Diary, Dec. 9, 2020

It’s been back home and to working unrelentingly, as usual.  I wrote two articles, one on the King’s College “Lessons and Carols” service at Cambridge, England (for The Epoch Times), and one called “Was Beethoven Egotistical?” (for The Imaginative Conservative) – both to be published on Dec. 16, Beethoven’s birthday.  A lot of time has […]

Hilltop Diary, Nov. 25, 2020

Today’s entry comes not from Hilltop but from “beachside”, where I am vacationing at Fort Lauderdale by the Sea on Florida’s South Atlantic Coast, just north of Miami.  We have a lovely third-floor room with a balcony overlooking the beach and ocean. They have a bar on the beach and provide lounge chairs and umbrellas. […]

Hilltop Diary, Nov. 11, 2020

Hi all, after a wee bit of Indian summer, we’ve now entered the drizzly, chilly days of Daylight Wasting Time here in Nashville. The most earthshaking news is that I’m joining in the popular uprising called “Mass Exodus” from Facebook, at least I’m mostly exodized. I have deleted my FIVE, count’em five, FB “artist” pages […]

Hilltop Diary, Nov. 4, 2020

It has been an eventful couple of weeks at Hilltop, but also a time to buckle down and work.  We managed to go buy a pile of pumpkins in various sizes and colors at a country stand not far from us. Crystal carved a face in one of them, and I baked its seeds for […]