Happy New Year!
So far, so good.
OK, so I really haven’t started that diet and exercise program yet. But give me a break — I’ve had two rounds of antibiotics to get rid of a nasty sinus infection that I’ve had since before Thanksgiving.
Of course, the first two weeks, I didn’t know it was a sinus infection because I’d never had one before.
I’ll get started on that fitness plan soon.
Yeah, right! Those of you who know will know that it will never happen.
One day during the holidays, I dragged myself out of my cocoon at home to meet some of my best friends to have our annual Christmas dinner.
One of us was saying how bad 2009 was and he was really hoping that 2010 will be much better.
Then another friend gave her list of how bad 2009 was, starting with “Barack Obama got elected.”
She’s a staunch Republican and was hoping for another four years with a Republican president. She really wanted John McCain to win. I don’t even know why we let her hang around with us. She is the only Republican in our group!
Her list of bad things that happened progressively got worse and she ended it with, “And Obamacare got passed!”
At that point, the first one who was saying how bad 2009 was, said, “OK. I give up. You win.”
We all laughed, but I truly hope this year goes well for her. She truly doesn’t need a repeat of last year. And despite being a Republican, she’s too good a person for such a horrific year.
My surroundings are better
My cubby hole is a lot more cheerful this year. If you know what my desk looks like, you know it’s a disaster. When we were in Japan in the fall, my cousin Noriko gave me a Hello Kitty on a swing. I can look up and see her and it just makes me smile.
Here’s hoping she doesn’t disappear. There are some folks with sticky fingers around here, though I’m sure it’s no one in the newsroom!
Good news for the LSO
The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra released some good news on Monday.
It received $10,000 from a Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).
It will allow the LSO to expand the audience for its annual children’s concert, “Music Tells a Story,” to include more than 400 children from neighboring Meriwether County.
The concert is scheduled for March, but no exact date has been set yet. I’ll let you know when it will be as soon as the LSO lets me know.
This particular concert will explore the region’s American Indian heritage and will feature original orchestral music composed by LaGrange College professor Lee Johnson and narration exploring the Cherokee Indian’s experience during the Trail of Tears written by Gayle Ross.
“The LSO is grateful to the NEA for their positive consideration of our application,” said Scott Smith, president of the LSO board of directors. “This grant will allow the symphony to provide third and fourth grade students from Meriwether County the same opportunity currently afforded students from Troup, Harris and Chambers counties to enjoy a live orchestral concert.”
A Dec. 15 NEA press release stated that grants of this type provide critical funding for projects that increase access to music in communities nationwide. NEA funding both directly supports local projects and also spurs critical giving from other sources like private foundations, corporations and individual contributors. Challenge America grants will help orchestras bring the experience of the arts to underserved populations limited by geography, demographics, economics or disability.