Month: November 2011

Our Year in Photos – 2011

On the eve of Thanksgiving, I’ve continued my tradition of the past few years and posted family photos from throughout 2011 on More to Come…  In this year of transitions, where the children graduated from high school and began their college careers, we have so much to be thankful for as a family. We all enjoyed the wrap-up of their senior years in high school and family and friends joined us to help celebrate their accomplishments.   Andrew and Claire have both found colleges that fit their personalities and goals.  We’ve had health issues this year, but  approach 2012 with a great deal of optimism for the future. These pictures give a glimpse of what we’ve experienced in 2011.  To read the caption, simply place your cursor over the picture and it will magically appear.  At the top of the post is a photo of the four of us following Andrew’s graduation from high school. Thanksgiving blessings to you.  I hope you enjoy the photographs. More to come… DJB

Moving Heaven and Earth

When she was in the fourth grade, my daughter Claire – in response to the question “What Does Your Father Do?” – told her class that I “signed papers and went to meetings.” Today was not that kind of day. With two colleagues from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I joined officials from the Washington National Cathedral on a glorious fall morning to see first hand the extent of the damage from the August 23, 2011 earthquake that hit the east coast.  We were visiting the cathedral as part of ongoing conversations about the restoration and preservation needs of this national landmark. The cathedral’s website has a gallery of amazing photographs that document the damage – from just after the quake until the present.  I encourage you to view it and more importantly make a donation to help rebuild this unique place. On our tour, we viewed the damage from outside the building (including the cracks in the flying buttresses at the historic end of the cathedral), and then traveled up to the very …

Acoustic Music Old and New

Airline travel has its occasional benefits. Earlier this week I had a trip to Boston booked on Jet Blue Airlines.  When I sat down in the seat, I glanced at the arm rest and thought, “Hot dog – Jet Blue is the airline with free XM radio!”  I whipped out my ear buds and settled in for 90 minutes of the XM station Bluegrass Junction. I love to listen to my own iPod playlist, but it also great fun to settle in to an airline seat or a rental car to catch XM radio’s bluegrass station.  Every time that happens I always end up hearing some great new music, and my Boston trip was no exception. On one leg of the trip, the station was featuring one of its staples:  a program entitled Track By Track where the DJ plays a full album by a featured artist who provides commentary along the way.  This week’s show featured the new Compass Records album Somewhere South of Crazy by the Southern songbird Dale Ann Bradley. Now I’ve …