Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
When we were in Vermont, we visited Shari and Ben’s folk dancing group. They were very active, both of them were very good folk dancers. It was a regular meeting time, but quite a number of dancers were in their favorite folk dance customs. They danced one dance after another, full of enthusiasm. Both Janice and I were certainly appreciating their way of approaching the folk dance, as we were more or less the same way! It is great that I have taken some pictures to show you below:
Saturday, August 10, 2013
When we got to Vermont, we saw their farm house on a 5-acre plot of land. Our children got interested in dressing in folk dance costumes too. The four kids took a picture together hand-in-hand. It is my favorite picture of them together.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
On Cape Cod in 1973, we got to meet Erin Fernald for the first time. Janice’s brother, Greg, and his wife, Judy, were living in Illinois and pursuing advanced degrees at that time. Erin was born there. We all went to the Cape in the summer and got the chance to spend a bit of time together. Every one had the opportunity to meet her, some got a chance to feed her, and others got a chance to hold her! It was certainly exciting for everyone there, but she was not impressed, just continued her schedule to do what she liked, such as sleep and eat.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Another thing I did shortly after we moved to Tennessee was to start something I had wanted to do for a long time, but had not had the opportunity for, i.e. to take voice lessons. ETSU had a pretty good Music Department. There were two professors in voice, Robert Lapella and Betty Fleming, at that time. They usually worked together. I decided to start my voice lessons and both of them felt that what I needed most was to improve my diction. Betty had a better schedule for me, so I started my lessons with her, once a week for half an hour. She tried to give me some familiar songs to sing and then to correct my pronunciation in detail the following week. Later, I took some lessons with Bob, too. Singing had been part of my life since my Junior High school days. While I had sung in choirs and directed choirs, I realized that I needed some formal training. My desire to get better was still very strong!
Friday, August 2, 2013
In the summer of 1972, Father came from Taiwan to accompany my sister Kai to the states. We took him north for a big trip all the way to Cape Cod. My sister had to report to the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky, therefore she did not make the trip with us. Father went back home in the spring of 1973, since his visitor’s visa only lasted for half a year. We decided to take Kai that summer for a trip north. Since she had never been in New York City before, we spent quite a bit of time there with Sherman’s family. We visited all the famous icons in the city, plus the Bronx Zoo for our children’s sake. We must have been in the city for a whole week, but we finally arrived at the Cape. Unfortunately Kai was sick and could not get into water. She did get to the beach as shown in the last picture. Greg and Judy were also visiting there.
Shortly after we moved to Tennessee from Kentucky in 1971, we joined Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Johnson City on Sunset Drive. Janice became comfortable with the Lutheran Church after leaving the Catholic Church. It was a very small church and we got to know everyone quickly as many members of the congregation were about our age. We were very familiar with the liturgy of the Lutheran church and the church activities soon become part of our routine life. We would belong to Our Savior for more than a decade, during which time a brand new Sanctuary was built. (See below.)
It is very interesting that I did not ask myself why I belonged to this church, or why I belonged to any church at all, until much later. At that time, we were very comfortable belonging to this church and we certainly enjoyed many, many church activities. For example, at the end of1972 I accepted the position of director of the Junior Choir, the first ever junior choir at Our Savior. There were twenty some young children between the ages of eight to ten in the group. I had never worked with young children before. You could say that I did not know what was I thinking or doing!