Posts filed under ‘a tribute’

nine years ago…

March 6th, 2005


the day she came home

face on a website

a precious discovery

love at first snuggle

mommy, daddy and brothers

a family’s new beginning

being stalked

supervising mommy
while she cooks for the boys – 3/5/14

March 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm 8 comments

words for J & P’s


heart is

full of love

for my children.

life would not exist

without them here

by my side



yes, J & P are my sons

P’s is my girl

February 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm 2 comments



deep voice

a sweet sound –

could make me laugh

could make me angry

could make me cry big tears

could say what i could not – say

could lift me up and drop me hard

could make me feel as if i mattered

he was my best friend and i still miss him.


Las Vegas, 2009
Myself, Sponge Bob and Bill

February 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm 18 comments

opening night

standing center stage

Puccini marked his debut

nineteen years ago

Happy Birthday Pnut

ps:  Nineteen years ago, Jordan was born…while listening to Puccini’s famous aria Un Bel Di from his opera Madame Butterfly.  There were two ironies present at that moment – Jordan made his momentous entrance into the spot light as Kiri Te Kanawa ‘hit the high note’ of the final crescendo.  As a dancer and choreographer, I could not have staged this moment more perfectly!  Second irony of the day – Un Bel Di translates into One Beautiful Day.  January 23, 1995 was a beautiful day indeed.

ps take two:  Puccini’s O Mio Bambino Cara (My Beloved Father) was also on my CD, but Pnut must not have been ready for his grand entrance.  A divo cannot to be rushed! (he still cannot be rushed) Not to mention the fact that it was the beloved mother who was experiencing natural childbirth  – not the beloved dad, who was standing with a camcorder….waiting…. 🙂

January 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm 10 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – The Finale

The Finale

soaring crescendos

all the dancers on the stage

Clara bids farewell


This poster was issued in 1979.

December 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm 7 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy


The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy



celesta keys strike


dainty pink pointes enamor


a charming classic



The celesta, an instrument invented in 1896, gets its name for its “celestial,” tinkling sound.  It provides the distinctive music that accompanies the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard.

December 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm 7 comments

The Nutcracker Act II Pas De Deux


The Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier





on stage right.

they stand prepared.

he extends his arm –

she gently takes his hand

stepping onto perfect pointes.

gracefully and delicately

a majestic pas de deux unfolds…

dreams of sugar plums become her desire…..



A long time ago.....

My first year as Clara
December 1978

In 1974, the Cincinnati Ballet Company premiered The Nutcracker.  For two years, I sat in the audience – mesmerized.  In Summer of 1976, I changed ballet schools and that December I was cast as a party girl and bunny.  Many little girls and boys see more than just a ballet while sitting in the audience of a production of The Nutcracker – they discover their heart’s true desire.

December 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm 9 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Mother Ginger and Her Polichinelles

Mother Ginger


Her Polichinelles

frilly petticoats

little feet beneath her skirt

mother proudly grins

dancing on their tippy toes

sweet and fun wrapped up in one

December 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm 9 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Russian Dance

The Russian Dance

‘Candy Canes’




leaps suspended

high above the stage

lively candy canes

share their talents

spreading joy

and bright



More everything Nutcracker!

December 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm 8 comments

The Nutcracker Act II – Dance of the Mirlitons

The Dance of the Mirlitons

‘Danish Marzipan’

sweet, lovely ladies

dancers spring in unison

sound of reeds inspire

more nuts cropped

Block China
Cookie Jar and Mugs

Yes, more Nuts!  My mother would always keep her eyes open for Nuts…these became part of my Nuts family in 1996.

December 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm 5 comments

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