Hilltop Diary, June 1, 2020 The last two weeks at Hilltop have seen some changes, first of all in backyard landscaping. Crystal asked me to build her a “Mary Garden” and gave me a sketch of the plan she wanted. It consists of four 4’ X 4’ raised flower beds in quadrants surrounding the fountain […]

I am grateful for the coverage of my work in this week’s “The Epoch Times” – click here: The Epoch Times (To see all of the article, you may have to subscribe for one dollar, but you can read some of it for free.) This is a growing international newspaper in print and online in […]

The last couple of weeks have seen the continuation of gradual healing from whatever plague Crystal has, but in the past several days with a pretty nasty relapse. It came with lots of pain, though vital signs and breathing have all been fine. This becomes a mental challenge, and we hang in there as a […]

The last two weeks have not brought forth any big news to share here, but as an update I have used the time at home to compose and orchestrate the first two minutes of my symphony’s fourth (last movement) and wrote the first thousand-plus words of my novel’s chapter 22 (of 28 chapters). This Monday, […]

As with so many of you, we remain home-bound as instructed by the powers that be, for the good of all. And it is for the good of us, since Crystal has been fighting some kind of plague, whatever it may be, and I have only had mild symptoms but am pretty much over those […]

Close to three weeks this time since my last entry, and so much has changed. It turns out that the local production of my musical show, originally scheduled to premiere yesterday but canceled by the theater for financial reasons (along with their whole spring season), would not have happened anyway, due to the virus measures […]

It has been six weeks since my last entry, because I was waiting for some things to firm up before writing again. Some of them have, and some still have not, and others have dissolved altogether! Crystal’s musical theater run of Matilda just completed, and it was very special. What a fine cast, and what […]

Sometimes it feels like a vacation to return from vacation, if the vacation was more hectic than one’s normal life. That was the case leading up to this new year of 2020. I will be happy not to go anywhere near either an airport or a long highway ride for a while! I was not […]

It has been a little over a month since my last post, due to the busy holiday season, but here’s all the news! It was one year ago that the body of much-loved ballerina of the St. Louis Ballet, Raffaella Stroik, was found in a rural lake 100 miles south of St. Louis.  Here is […]

It has been over a week of mostly low-grade colds here at Hilltop, and we’re about ready for that to abate altogether, perhaps after a few more days. Crystal and I are thankful to have each other to alternately nurse each other from moment to moment, though she’s had to power through teaching school all […]