Almost 3 years ago, Older Daughter took up the challenge of directing one of our church choirs. Shortly after, I started singing with that choir. It was good to get back to choral singing as I had not sung in a group since high school. Continue reading “Conducting a Choir: a short-lived experiment”
Next vegan baking project: chocolate chip cookies. Since I had a jar of ground flaxseed in the freezer just begging to be used, I decided to try yet another recipe from MyCaliforniaRoots.com. Continue reading “The Best (Vegan) Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!”
I’ve loved Marching Bands ever since college football days. We were blessed with a decent football team and a Marching Band to boot. There is something very uplifting and inspiring about the Band playing on a crisp autumn day during half-time – they made you want to stand up on the bleachers, dance & cheer! Continue reading “I Love Marching Bands”
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil. Continue reading “As we forgive those who trespass against us”
Friday night found Younger Daughter, Older Daughter & I huddled on the sofa, poring over one of the books Older Daughter brought back from the library.
We three girls love culinary books: Younger Daughter & I like pictures we can drool over, Older Daughter likes the quirkier side of the culinary world. Pasta by Design captured the imagination of us all! Continue reading “Pasta & Mathematics: capturing imaginations with a book”
A couple of months ago, Culinary Friend baked me a batch of brownies to die for. When I found out they were mostly vegan, I nearly keeled over! Knowing how much butter & egg goes into regular brownies, I was very keen to learn how to make these. Continue reading “The Best (Vegan) Brownies Ever!”
When I was growing up, I gobbled up Roman & Greek mythology: there was something very fascinating about deities who were larger than life but were often as goofy and petty as human beings.
When I was in college, I took a C.S. Lewis elective: not surprisingly, my favourite book was Till We Have Faces: a Myth Retold. We revelled in all things Lewis. My guilty secret was that I couldn’t get through most of his non-fiction works (with the exception of A Grief Observed, which resonated with me as I was dealing with death issues at the time). His fiction was a different story: I devoured the The Chronicles of Narnia (ignoring the protest of classmates that they were children’s books), his Space Trilogy (because I loved all things Science Fiction), the Screwtape books (because I found his characters hilarious!), and of course, Till We Have Faces. Continue reading “Till We Have Faces by C.S.Lewis”
We’ve been to London a number of times to visit Beloved Family. We’ve been there in the Spring, the Summer and the Winter (strangely never in the Fall): we have decided that Christmas is our favourite time. Continue reading “St Christopher’s Place: a Chance Encounter”
Some 10 years ago, Older Daughter & I stood in the atrium of the Esplanade: Theatres by the Bay, mouths agape in wonder as we watched & listened to the rhythms of a taiko drum resonating through us. This past weekend, we found ourselves at this same venue, craning our necks through the crowds to watch Hibikiya & Kodo open the Super Japan: Japanese Festival of Arts. It felt like we had come full circle as we gathered in the outdoor theatre, just a decade later.
It was an evening of incredible taiko drumming: the contrast of the fast-paced modern performance of Hibikiya contrasting with the traditional style of Kodo served to highlight how eclectic the world of Taiko drumming is; and I stand in awe in the realisation that I am part of this proud tradition. Continue reading “My Journey with Taiko Drumming”