Recap of the past two weeks:
Went to St. John Fisher's graduation. It was 3.5 hours long! Congratulations Graduates!
Later that evening went to the Lilac Festival, Rochester has over 550 varieties of lilacs in Highland Park, and saw Rikki Lee Jones and Dr. John. Rikki Lee Jones played songs from her upcoming CD, which will be released in September (just in time for my birthday!). One song "Bonfires of Hell" was so soulful. She's a terrific lyricist. We heard about 4 Dr. John songs before the wind started to pick up. Peter thought the clouds were going to rip open and pour rain, so we walked the distance downhill to our car, and as soon as we opened the trunk to put our chairs away, it started-- ice cold drops. Those poor people at the concert. Dr. John's voodoo didn't keep the rain away.
Last night went to see Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy band at the lilac festival. This was a free concert and it was packed. They were amazing swing band, played a lot of Cab Calloway. People were dancing the jive. Perfect weather too. It had been warm yesterday. No rain. This band is from California and they look "great" -- They've been together, original band members, for 16 years.
SUNY Brockport is done this week too. My students looked so happy turning in their portfolios and final exams. Everyone is anxious for the summer. Me too.
So many people are traveling. I wish I were going somewhere. No plans yet. I would really like to write a few more essays this summer. Slowly, my collection of essays is coming together, but I need so many more pages . . . I think I need to write a few longer essays . . . we'll see what happens.
Saw Steve Fellner yesterday and he "jolted" me with an essay idea (thanks, Steve) while we were talking about movies. I saw The Soloist on Mother's Day with my family, and we went out for a bite to eat afterward and talked about the movie the whole time (slow service too, so this is significant discussion). I rate this movie 5 stars. It's thoughtful and poignant. I'm not going to spoil it for you. Acting is terrific.
The orchard looks like a procession for first communion-- the blooms are white and pink and full of light. It's planting time! Haven't put anything out yet because of frost warnings. Mostly south of here. The lake is a buffer, which can be good or bad news, depending on the weather.
Also, I have Justin Evans' poetry collection! Hope to read it this week. Michael Czarnicki came to my class on May 4th and brought a bunch of books from Foothills, and I bought Justin's book and a book for each student in my class. They made their own selections and loved Michael's visit.