Sunday, November 11, 2018

How I Installed TNG on a Raspberry PI

Recently I've had great fun with Raspberry PIs (those small computers that cost $35.00 on Amazon—well, maybe $70.00 after you buy a case, power supply and MicroSD card). It occurred to me to try installing The Next Generation of Genealogical Sitebuilding (TNG on one of my PIs. (It is the same software I use to run the Whipple Database ( on my favorite hosting company's servers (

Friday, October 20, 2017

Goblin Valley

The two of us, October 20, 2017

Friday, September 2, 2016

William Shatner and Star Trek

William Shatner ("Captain Kirk") front and center
Got to see William Shatner at the Comic Con this week. He's every bit as nice in person as he was in Star Trek. (We also saw Mark Hamill (Star Wars' Luke Skywalker) at the Comic Con.)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book on Beethoven's Organ Works Available Now

I just noticed that my latest book—Beethoven’s Organ Works: A Study—is now available for purchase at and at

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Daughter-in-Law

Parents of the newlyweds: her parents on the left, us on the right. At the Alamo in San Antonio.
Last week our son married a wonderful woman. The parents all met in San Antonio to spend time together and get to know each other. Congratulations!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Getting His Teeth Brushed before Bed

Two-and-a half weeks ago we got to babysit our grandchild for an evening. When it was time for the bedtime story, he balked. It didn't take long to remember that he always gets his teeth brushed before the story.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Good Morning!

As we drove to the nearby gym for our daily workout this morning, we were greeted by this sight as the sun was about to peep over the mountain. I couldn't resist pulling over, taking my iPhone from my pocket, and taking this picture.

Today will be another good day!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Germany Trip 2013

Barbara and I visited our son in Germany for thirteen days, leaving the U.S. on April 22 and returning May 4, 2013.

During the 13-day trip we visited Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Cologne (Köln), Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Kattenhochstatt, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles (near Füssen), Munich (München), Leipzig, Berlin and Hamburg (whew!).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Morning Haze

I'm not sure why I noticed this morning, but the sunrise was particularly striking. (It might be the smoke from the forest fires in neighboring states ...)

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I saw this combination of signs this afternoon while shopping at Target:
It reminded me of all the DOS programs that used to prompt me to "Press Enter to exit." (Not quite the same, but they both created a similarly confused sensation whenever I stopped to think about what I was reading ...)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kerry Arbon at the Assembly Hall Organ

Kerry Arbon playing on the Assembly Hall organ on Temple Square in Salt Lake City--likely in the late 1980s. We were visiting from Minnesota that day.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

You Think English Is Easy?

The following showed up in my inbox. I couldn't leave it there. (I have no idea who created it, but here it is for you to read.)

You think English is easy??

Monday, September 12, 2011

J.J. Keeler in Leipzig, circa 1932

Thanks to fellow organist Mark Bell, who emailed the above photo of our teacher, J.J. Keeler. The photo was taken during the period 1931-1933, while studying with Karl Straube in Leipzig. Keeler went to Leipzig at age 18, following graduation from high school. Thank you for teaching me how to practice! We miss you.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Readying for a Recital

At the Walcker organ, Madsen Recital Hall, 1973

Friday, December 17, 2010

Graduate Recital at the Provo Tabernacle

18 April 1976, Provo Tabernacle
This was originally posted in 2008. Because of the fire at the Provo Tabernacle this week, I decided to re-date and repost it. Thanks for the memories!

While I'm reposting, here is what was on the program (for the record):

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another Dream Shattered

Somewhere over the rainbow ...
Hmmm... No pot of gold here ...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Definitions from a (Possible) Distant Cousin

I chuckled when I received these in an e-mail from Blaine Whipple earlier today. I hope you like them, too.
A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
Beauty Parlor:
A place where women curl up and dye.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Alexander Schreiner at a Provo AGO Convention, Early 1970s

Organist Alexander Schreiner (above) talks to organists at the sanctuary of the State Hospital in Provo. The organ behind him had been recently installed. Schreiner played several pieces on the organ, including (as I recall) Louis Vierne's Naïades. (FWIW, Alexander Schreiner is Barbara's great uncle.) One of the stops at the convention was the Provo Tabernacle. The organ there has been rebuilt completely since that time. The pre-rebuild organ was used for my graduate recital.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rhine Cruise 2007 via Manhattan

In 2007 we took a cruise on the Rhine and other rivers in the area of Frankfurt am Main (sometime referred to at "Mainhattan" because of its skyscrapers. The cruise embarked from the Frankfurt airport. We decided to spend a day or two in Manhattan (New York City) on our want to "Mainhattan"

New York City, September 5, 2007

Our hotel (the Red Roof Inn) was across the street from the Empire State Building, so we walked to  that building on our first evening in New York City.

Barbara in the first-floor foyer of the Empire State Building

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Our 2005 Visit to England, the Netherlands, and France

Barbara and I visited our daughter in the UK in August 2005. After our visit, we rode the Chunnel to Brussels, then visited the Netherlands and France.

We visited Lakenheath, London, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, and Bocking (Essex) in the UK. Then we took the Aerostar ("Chunnel") to the Continent and visited Amsterdam, the Hague, Versailles, and Paris.

RAF Lakenheath August 10

Our plane landed at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, August 10, We managed to navigate the Metro across London, then took a train to Cambridge. While awaiting a train to Brandon, we took this photo of a taxi. (We briefly considered taking a cab to Lakenheath, but changed our minds.)

We considered taking a taxi, but changed our mind.