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Life transitions, the art of living simply and the importance of ‘The Present Moment’

Generations that cared for their children often need to be cared for by their children and grandchildren. Susan Laird, the toddler in this photo from 1967, is caring for her mom, Janet Laird, who is recovering from transverse myelitis. Photo courtesy of Susan Laird

There are stages in all of our lives: a time to be born, a time to die. Between those two points in time there is the “stuff” life is made of: childhood, school, the high school and college years, family life, friends, growing older. The list goes on and on. I’m now at the “sandwich” […]

No Comment / June 07, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Showcasing the ‘quilts of our lives’ at the Folsom History Museum

The American experience includes many stories, many artifacts. One item that consistently appears in every generation is the quilt. This item of practicality, comfort and artistic talent appears in the items handed down by every generation of Americans for the last 400 years. Even two of my (multiple) great-grandfathers arrived in the New World with […]

No Comment / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Remarkable Folsom Symphony to close season with additional performance

Sometimes, when one grows up surrounded by greatness, it is easy to take it for granted – or not to recognize it for what it truly is. Take, for example, the Folsom Symphony. Eight years ago a “little local orchestra” was formed — the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra, as it was called at the time. […]

1 Comment / May 11, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Classical Masters Music Festival seeks young talent

The artistic and musical talent of the youth in the Sacramento region never fails to amaze adults in the audience. Young people are emerging from theater troupes — such as El Dorado Musical Theatre — and making their way to Broadway in New York City. Musicians like young Chase Onadera of Sacramento are playing classical […]

No Comment / April 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Nunsense II’ keeps Sutter Street Theatre in the habit of great entertainment

"Nunsense II" marks the return of the "€œLittle Sisters of Hoboken" to Folsom's Sutter Street Theatre. It'€™s a wacky, humorous musical … with surprisingly reverent moments sprinkled in. Left to right, Connie Mockenhaupt, Sister Marionette and Sarah Kalsey Null. Photo courtesy of Sutter Street Theatre

You can’t keep the good “Little Sisters of Hoboken” down. In fact, their first “fundraiser” at Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre (“Nunsense”) last year was so successful they are back at it with “Nunsense II: The Second Coming.” Now, there really are no “Sisters of Hoboken.” The characters are entirely fictitious, brought to life by Connie […]

No Comment / April 06, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring is in the air — time to plan a day trip

Despite the rainy days of late, as I sit at my notebook computer to write this morning, robins and goldfinches are chirping in the garden. The sun is shining through a break in the clouds and all seems right with the world. Once again, I’m away from the noise of the TV/radio/Internet. I can ignore […]

1 Comment / March 26, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’ continues to resonate, 188 years later

The world of 1824 was an uncertain place. The Napoleonic Wars that tore the European continent apart had ended nine years earlier at the Congress of Vienna. The crowned heads of Europe were focused on maintaining their hold on power, while a rebel thread of independence yearned to break free. It was the age of […]

No Comment / March 09, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »