Author Archives: Michael Kurek

Hilltop Diary, December 21, 2021

It is a most interesting life, being the spouse of a musical theater actor. People likely know or can guess that the personal preparation is intense at home after landing a role, before the first rehearsal. What people may not know, though, is that the same intense preparation can go into an audition that only […]

Hilltop Diary, December 14, 2021

Happy third week of Advent and Merry Christmas to all! More by happenstance than by design, since I last wrote we found no fewer than four local musical theater shows we had some personal connection with to attend, one of them an ensemble performance that included Crystal singing the role played by Rosemary Clooney in […]

Hilltop Diary, November 29, 2021

Below, if you want to skip the gossip from Hilltop, is an audio mockup of my new (5½-minute) ballet movement that you can stream for free – just click on the play arrow. But first things first: Thanksgiving Day was blissfully simple and peaceful, maybe because Crystal did all the cooking this year! I did […]

Hilltop Diary, November 14, 2021

Welcome back to the Hilltop! As this will be my last post before Thanksgiving Day, I will begin by giving thanks to all of you who follow these musings, plus the usual thanks we all share for God’s many blessings. My new Thanksgiving column in The Epoch Times will appear online in the next couple […]

Hilltop Diary, November 1, 2021

Happy All Saints Day and All Souls Day tomorrow! We visited friends on Halloween (All Hallows Eve) and also on the night before. Only a few “spooks” came to the house where we were. Crystal made a pumpkin cheesecake for one of these events and a pumpkin swirl cheesecake-ish tart for the other, and so, […]

Hilltop Diary, October 18, 2021

Wow, I cannot believe two weeks have passed since I last wrote. I’m just going to jump into randomness here in my topics. Yet again, our plans to see the travelling Downton Abbey Exhibition have been thwarted and rescheduled. We tried to see it at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina three times, I think, […]

Hilltop Diary, October 4, 2021

A practically opaque, dense fog enveloped Hilltop this morning, as it sometimes likes to do to signal the approach of fall. Crystal, a lover of all things Brigadoon, upon awakening to this glorious scene, grabbed her camera and ran barefoot in pajamas out into the field behind our house and disappeared into the mist, like […]

Hilltop Diary, September 21, 2021

It’s been an exciting time at the Hilltop, with the performances and guests coming into town for Crystal’s show, The Music Man, which is about to enter its final weekend. She has felt privileged to be part of such a fine production, with great singing and impressive dance numbers. Crystal herself has glowed and given […]

Hilltop Diary, September 7, 2021

There is not a great deal to report from the Hilltop this time, but that’s probably a good thing for my peace of mind. Foremost, though possibly least interesting to write or read about, has been working in the garden and on the lawn. Our period of extreme dry heat was followed by a little […]

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