A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Since this blog is all about keeping a forward trajectory in midst of change and reaching your personal best, I wanted to preview some of my planned experiences in the hope that it will inspire some to join in. As Dale Carnegie once said, "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Let's all get busy!
Travel the Adirondacks-Lake Placid New York-Winter Olympic Adventures
The Adirondack Mountains (Whiteface) and Lake Placid New York home of the 1980 winter Olympics, is
a doable drive (8.5 hours) from Pittsburgh. When you get there, you can experience the mountain beauty and some of the best alpine skiing in the east (see
Day 187). With this New Year east coast
arctic blast, I was determined to tackle some new adventures to combat the
sunny but negative digit temperature days in Lake Placid by visiting the Olympic Sports Complex , ice skating on the speed skating
track, watching ski jumping, trying cross country skiing and even again whipping down a track on a bobsled (see Day 186).
Grupo Corpo-Brazilian Dance- January 17, 2018- Byham
I love the ballet and Grupo Corpo is an internationally acclaimed Brazilian Dance company that mixes ballet with other dance forms like samba, bossa nova, and modern dance. The monochrome dance piece Suite Branca preformed with in all while dress and with an all white backdrop, looks mysterious and winter-like (watch here). I can't wait to see this unique dance company in motion!
(Join me on January 17, 2018 at the Byham and experience this melting pot of diverse dance styles with Grupo Corpo - tickets available at Trustarts.org )
Pittsburgh Symphony-2018 Session Kicks off with The Firebird- January 12 and 14, 2018
The Pittsburgh Symphony 2018 session starts this weekend with Juanjo Mena conducting. I have ventured to the POPS in the past but I am now ready to experience the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the more "classical sense". I love the ballet, The Firebird (I even saw the movie), so I am ready enjoy the flight in Stravinsky's composition for his first ballet in 1910. There also is a lot more to this program and I am looking forward to my first flute concerto with Principle Flutist Lorna McGhee.
(Join me and kick off the Pittsburgh Symphony season with The Firebird from January 12 and 14, 2018, tickets here) Blog post here
Frick Art and History Center -Undressed -until Jan 14, 2018
The Frick Art and History Center always brings interesting art exhibits to this town and Undressed, about the design of underwear seems too different to miss. The Frick is the exclusive North American venue for this exhibition organized by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The evolution of underwear deign and what it says about our society is definitely a new art experience.
(Tickets for this show that runs until January 14, 2018 are available here )
Blog posthere Pittsburgh Broadway Series -Love Never Dies- Benedum/ Jan 2 -Jan 7, 2018
The story and music from The Phantom of the Opera brought me to tears about 20 years ago. The new musical, Love Never Dies, is a sequel that show and continues the story of the Paris Opera Phantom who now in 1907 influences the musical performances of a Coney Island freak show in New York City. He continues to long for his love and protegee, Christine Daae’, who he lures from Europe to NYC. I can’t wait to hear Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical composition and experience this unique story of love and romance.