Saturday, August 9, 2014

Chasing Bears in Kananaskis Provincial Park

I was fortunate to be able to ride-along with my brother-in-law, Randy Ramsden, a Kananaskis Provincial Park conservation officer in Alberta Canada. Just like last year's ride-along this one was memorable.

Alberta and BC Summer 2014

Snaps from our family vacation to visit the Wall clan in Cochrane Alberta. Randy invited me for a ride-along in Kananaskis Provincial Park where he works as a conservation officer performing bear control. Then we all drove over the Rockies to Kewlona in the BC interior where we mostly lazed about reading and swimming at a cottage.

From Alberta and BC Summer 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Museums on the Park

Today was Pierce's final day at his two week "Adventures in Science" day camp at the American Museum of Natural History devoted to answering the question "What Happened to the Neanderthal?" The kids worked with scientists specializing in Neanderthal DNA, physiology, culture, hunting, ice age climate, flora and fauna. Then they hypothesized answers to the question backed with evidence they had learned about. Before attending Pierce's final presentation in the afternoon, Deirdre and I had breakfast in Central Park and then proceeded across the park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After wandering around the museum for the morning and having lunch there, we trekked back across the park to the AMNH in time to see Pierce's presentation.

Deirdre and I reflected in an architectural installation by Dan Graham on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Melody for the Hills (Air): In Memory of Dad

Two years sometimes seems like just yesterday and other times it seems like a long time ago. I still think of Dad often but as the second anniversary of his passing approached I felt I needed to do something special in his memory - mostly for me, but I hope others will appreciate it too. Like last year, this is a musical endeavor derived from a composition by Dad's mother, Isobel Wilkie.

This piece, entitled "Air" in the 1987 published manuscript, was originally, more poetically entitled "Melody for the Hills" in the original manuscript that Isobel presented to Dad on his birthday in 1976. The melody is lovely but I felt that I could do more with it than simply play it as she scored it for the piano. So I decided to orchestrate the piece in an attempt to bring the listener a little closer to the majesty of the Scottish hills. I wish Dad, and Isobel, could hear it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Engineer

Pierce's latest from art class: an engineer from the video game Team Fortress 2.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dave Brubeck at Jazz at the Lincoln Center

Pierce and Deirdre overlooking Columbus Circle on a wintry NYC afternoon. The view is from the Jazz at the Lincoln Center lobby in the Time Warner Building. We were treated to Winton Marsalis and the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra going over the history of Dave Brubeck's contributions to the jazz repertoire.