Home for the Holidays Part 3

Home for the Holidays Part 3

I can remember three rules in the York home pertaining to Christmas. 1) Christmas lights had to be multi-colored. I’m not sure there were many options of light colors in the 1950s and early 1960s other than multi-colored. However, I do remember neighbors that used...
Home for the Holidays Part 2

Home for the Holidays Part 2

I have always loved the iconic Christmas photo of me sitting in front of a sad looking Christmas tree with a record player along with a pair cowboy boots, (that I learned were a gift from family friends) at my side. The date on the black & white photo is 1955 and...
Home for the Holidays Part 1

Home for the Holidays Part 1

For many people, spending time with family and friends can make for joyful holidays. For others, it is a time of sadness when reflecting back to past holidays and loved ones that are no longer with us. But as holidays evolve, we are left to choose what effect they...
The President and the Piano Teacher

The President and the Piano Teacher

“If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.” —T.S. Eliot My family moved into a brand-new ranch-style home in 1957 in the West Meade area of Nashville just in time for me to start elementary school at Brookmeade. Two years later, I started...
Mama a Rainbow

Mama a Rainbow

Please allow me to share an excerpt from my followup book, Songs from an Imperfect Life, which I plan to release in this coming spring. “Along with the part-time music director’s job at Carroll Street Chapel, I found a part-time retail position at Strobel’s Music Shop...