Wednesday, November 30, 2005
For more details see http://http://www.monm.edu/news/releases2005/christmas-carol.11-29-05.htm.
Only 24 more shopping days till the big one. Shown below is a photo of Mom and Dad with David de Young at Christmas 2004. Since then David has become a movie star. Sort of!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Did manage to get off the butt long enough to put up the Christmas lights. We won't actually turn them on for another week, but it's done before the arrival of snow, sleet, ice, wind, etc.
Friday, November 25, 2005
Other thoughts. Ted Koppel retired. In his closing statement he asked the same question I have been asking for some time. Why is it that the only people who are expected to sacrifice in the war against terrorism are our troops and their families? I can still dimly remember the ration books, tin can crushing, and the quarter a week war bond stamp books of WWII. If this is a war and it does affect each of us, why not some kind of surcharge to help pay for a bit of it now? There are few belts in this country that could not survive one small notch of tightening. One wonders if those ubiquitous "Supprt Our Troops" banners would be so common if the cost of displaying one was a couple of hundred bucks directly to the US Treasury. The sad fact is that too many citizens would prefer to battle fellow consumers for the latest photo phone at Wal Mart and complain about high gas prices than pay now for their president's commitments-- whether right or wrong.
After all isn't that what grandchildren are for?
We all might want to remember that shoes only pinch when we walk in them ourselves.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
This past weekend the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL sponsored it 3rd annual Taste of the Arts. We admit to a bit of bias, but have unashamedly declared it the most successful of the three.
There was a nice dinner, a charming wine presenter by the name of Randy Pelotte, and lots of tasty Australian and New Zealand wines. Our favorite of the night was a Black Opal chardonnay.
This was also the evening we announced our Spirit of Grace Buchanan Arts Patron of the Year for 2005. The winner was long time Monmouth resident David Flemming who won $5000 dollars for the Center in a Fantasy Golf tournament set up as part of the John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity program. Mr. Flemming is pictured center flanked on the left by Mike DiFuccia, the Executive Director of the Buchanan Center for the Arts, and on the the right by Jim De Young, president of the Board of the Directors.
Anyone wishing more information about the Buchanan Center for the Arts and its programs is invited to visit our website at http://bcaarts/org