When we got the newletter telling about the Continuing Education conference yesterday at John A. Logan College, I signed Gerald and me up to attend. With all the cancellations and problems of Katherine’s aides, however, I had become convinced we’d have to miss it. And we did miss the first session, but happily we arrived in time to hear Chris Villillo presenting “Abraham Lincoln in Song.” I think it was the best lecture/concert I have ever heard. His research on both that era and his knowledge of musical history was fantastic and presented in the most engaging way. He had the audience totally absorbed as well as participating in his music with hand clapping and singing. I learned more in that hour about
Who knew that
I had no idea what a Jew’s harp was, but Villillo gave us a demonstration as well as a brief history of the Jew’s harp, jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, English trump, guimbarde, and many other names this ancient instrument was called. He said while
As he entertained us, Villillo played other antique instruments including a hammer dulcimer similar to one playing the waltz when
One of the neatest things about yesterday’s conference was seeing so many friends that I haven’t had opportunity to see or have lunch with because of their busyness and mine. It was great to be able to sit through one session with Marilyn Schild, who will soon be leading a tour to
A nice ending to a day, which started after I arrived back to the farm with Gerald fixing me a bowl of oatmeal, was a sandwich supper I served to Gerald and our son-in-law Brian. I went to bed early and slept well.
Katherine’s continued suffering is one of the most difficult and saddest things I have had to experience in life, and the joke was on us about the understanding nurse who said to come anytime before four that March 1 Friday that I last wrote about. We hired an extra aide to help me and Jeannie and worked as fast as we could all morning to get Katherine there that afternoon before four despite the rain outside. About two, however, someone from that office called that an office meeting had been called, so not to come after all. That particular nurse or caller was amazed when Katherine told her what she and I both heard the nurse say that no appointments for a couple other procedures would be necessary. So that caller told her what we would have thought had we not been told otherwise that, of course, those procedures must be scheduled. The caller said someone would call her with new necessary appointments. So far no one has called unless they did yesterday after I left in the early morning. I will be going in soon and find out.