Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Birthday To Two Great Americans!

On this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, I say:

Happy Birthday, Sheralyn!
I love you, Sheralyn!
Sheralyn, the fetching Mrs. B., is my love, my wife.  God has blessed me with such a wonderful wife, without who I would be lost in this world.  I did this post on her, "A Strong Black Woman"  and also this tribute for her and Jermaine, the son she lost May 25, 2013: "Tribute to a special child.""Tribute To A Special Child"

I love you , Sheralyn!  I don't know what I have done to deserve such a wonderful blessing.

Happy Birthday, Duane! 
Big Duane
Duane Patterson, is the producer of the Hugh Hewitt radio show, that is, the way Hugh tells it, if he only had a producer.   "Duane Patterson's New Life Journey" is a tribute to this courageous Christian man battling and defeating cancer.  As I stated in the post, cancer picked the wrong dude to mess with.  There is no doubt in my mind that Duane, with prayers to God and the wisdom God gave to Duane's  wonderful doctors in Germany and in this country, will completely defeat this cancer and will for decades will be the producer of the Hugh Hewitt Show.  

UPDATE: More than 5 years later, Duane has finished his treatment and the latest test results from his recent PET CT scan shows that Duane is virtually cancer free!  Thank you, Lord. 

I believe it is okay to say that Duane is celebrating the big 51.  Oh, and if you are wondering what birthday my wife is you think I'm crazy?  :-) 

So, these two great Americans don't just share the same birth date, but also a strong unwavering Christian faith who have battled the road blocks in life with a self reliant, strong willed fervor.  

Because of their courage, their faith, and their patriotism, both my wife Sheralyn and my friend, Duane Patterson, are truly heroes of mine.

On this 23rd of September, I wish my wife Sheralyn and my friend Duane Patterson a very Happy Birthday and many more!  Sheralyn and Duane, have a great blessed day on this, your day. 


Happy Birthday Sheralyn!

Happy Birthday Duane!

Friday, September 22, 2017

HSO Opens 2017-18 Classical Season

While our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra's traditional opening night and concert season had to be delayed because of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed, the fetching Mrs. B and I are looking forward to going to our first classical concert this Saturday, Sept. 23, in the beginning of HSO's 2017-2018 season, being led by Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada.  Also, because of the storm, the program has changed and the concert has had to be moved to Rice University Shepherd School of Music's "Stude Concert Hall".   I think it won't be long before our Houston Symphony Orchestra can move back to its downtown home, Jones Hall, as repairs are being made now. 

While the original program has been changed, that does not mean it is not a good one. In fact, this is a program to look forward to as our dynamic young Maestro Estrada leads the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's, exciting "Capriccio Espagnol", Piazzolla's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires", and Beethoven's grand "Symphony #7".
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov [1844 - 1908]
The Russian Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's energetic "Capriccio Espagnol" has 5 short movements that plays more like a one movement concert overture that starts and ends in a rousing fashion.

Beethoven's wonderful Symphony #7 is scored in A-Major with the usual four movements: 1. Poco Sostenuto - Vivace; 2. Allegretto; 3. Presto; and 4. Allegro con brio.  The mesmerizing Allegretto movement is one of my favorites. 

With all that has happened in Houston it will be so nice to see and hear our great director take the baton once more leading our Houston Symphony Orchestra in concert.  As always, when Mrs. B and I go the symphony, I like to give you a sample of the music we will be hearing.  If you want to hear it performed by our HSO, come on down to H-Town.  :-) 

So, please turn up the volume and enjoy two of the pieces we will hear on Saturday night in Rice University's Stude Concert Hall.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol:

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #7 in A-Major:

Oh, by the way, today [Saturday Sept. 23] is my wife's birthday. Happy Birthday Sheralyn!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

L' Shanah Tovah 5778

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at sunset and lasts until nightfall Sept 22, 2017.  As the 22nd is a Friday, Shabbat begins at sunset. Rosh Hashanah literally means head [first] of the year.

Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holy Days for Jews, known as the 10 Days of Awe, Yamim Noraim or the Days of Repentance.  The culmination of the Days of Awe is Yom Kippur, the Holiest Day for Jews.  

On the Jewish calendar Wednesday night begins the year 5778.

The Days of Awe, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur [the Day of Judgement]

One of the most important observances of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the Shofar [a ram's horn] in the synagogue.  A total of 100 notes are sounded each day.

A common greeting for Rosh Hashanah is Shana Tova, "for a good year."  This is short for Shana Tova Tikatevu ve-Techatemu  "May God write and seal you in the book of life for a good year."

Also, frequently said is Shana Tovah Umetukah in wishing all to have a good and sweet year.  

The blowing of the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah:

To all a blessed good, peaceful and sweet year!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Houston Astros Make MLB History

I just posted the following on my Facebook page....check out the UPDATE in the post to find out what history in MLB the Houston Astros have accomplished today.

From Michael Beckman Facebook page, Sept. 17, 2017 at 6:00pm CT:

"Wow   Wow   -  After facing 3- 100+ loss seasons just a few years ago - for the first time since 2001-the Houston Astros (who have been to the World Series one time- but never have even won 1 World Series game in their history)  - have  just clinched the AL West Division title! 
Carlos Correa wearing his AL West Division Title shirt
UPDATE:   I just found out that the Houston Astros made history today by being the first and only team in MLB history to win a division title in 3 different divisions.  The National League West, National League Central and now American League West."

Of course, to make that history we [Houston Astros] had to have our team moved to three different divisions.  We as Houston fans can take that in two positive ways [I won't get into any negative ways-that probably include the real reason we were moved]: 1. the divisions we were moved to lobbied to have the Astros in their division because they loved our team; or 2. The teams in the divisions we moved from lobbied to have us moved out of their division because they were afraid of playing the juggernaut Astros so many times a year. 

Tales reports, you decide.  :-) 

Astros winning pitcher of the division title winner, Justin Verlander, giving fans high fives after the game

Sept. 17, 2017, Minute Maid Park, Astros vs. Seattle Mariners, final out of a Houston 7-1 win that secured the Western Division title for the Astros:

#GoStros  #HoustonStrong  #WorldSeriesOrBust