“Love and Kisses to Everyone Staying HOME”

                  “A BIG KISS – to YOU!”

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“Look what we found!”  

“This is the biggest “KISS” that we have ever seen and we found it….  and we hope it is filled with only “HERSHEY Chocolate Candy?”

“Alyssa,  as soon as we see Daddy… I’m going to ask him if he can put this “BIG KISS” in his truck…  so we will have candy for everybody… when we get back to Saint Louis, Missouri… OKAY?”     “Okay”

When you travel with children…  it is good to find  monuments as big as  possible and especially… when they remind you of something that you like…. such as those wonderful “Hershey Chocolate Candies” that  are also so good for you!

It seems that a long time ago… that I heard,  that the good dark “Chocolate” is good for the “body” at Ten o’clock in the morning  and at Noon and at Four  o’clock in the afternoon…. so, that  being  the case… having a large “Chocolate Kiss” as in the photo… the whole  “City  and County of Saint Louis” would be ever so happy… and for a long time, and would just LOVE us … for bringing it home for all to enjoy!

“Just wish that we had… such Good Luck!”


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“As I Remember”

Now is the “TIME” to do it…

Every FAMILY  has one important thing that they usually do every SPRING and or in the  FALL!

Have you already guessed what it is that we did?

We would drive up to OHIO… that is where my FATHER is from  and his FAMILY wanted to see all of us  as we little KIDS were being born and as we were getting older.

The very first trip that my FAMILY took, was when I was about seven months old. My MOTHER told me about the trip  so many times… that I feel that it was just as she described to me. The back seat of the car was set up special, just for my comfort. The open area where you would put your feet is the area that my DAD put our suitcases and added some other items that they would need to change my diapers and extra baby stuff, but to level it so that the basket that I was to travel in… would sit still and level.

This basket that I was to travel in… is the very same  oval laundry basket that we had when I was older and every time that we would be doing laundry my MOM and I would reminisce about the traveling and how good of a baby I was  when traveling long distances.

When you are little I feel that it is good – if  – what you are doing  is making good memories that both you and your parents will  always remember  and really enjoy talking about  later … till the last day you are on this earth.

My MOTHER  would tell me that when they put me in the basket in the back seat of the car that … they had to really be ready to start the car and get it moving.  If they still had some packing of stuff  to put in the trunk or anything that would delay the car from getting on the road,  “I would sing out loud and clear  for the whole wide world to hear me!”

Seems that I just was not about to lay back and keep my mouth shut… either you get this  “show” going  or you will be hearing from “your back-seat driver”  and…  that was me!

When my MOTHER would tell me about the trips and  all  of what went on she sure enjoyed re-telling me all the stuff  that we did  on the way up to OHIO and  then back down to Saint Louis. That is why I feel it does one good, internally to remember the good times  that we have… as so many of us have enough bad times  but,  if we would  only remember more  of the good times…  maybe we would not have…  so  many bad times?

What I enjoyed most…  was hearing about  me!

I bet that there were times that they wished that I was not in that back seat, just from the way I know  that some kids act… when they are cooped up too long and where they  are not wanting to be?

Over all my Mother would say, that I was the “best baby” to travel with because for hundreds of miles of driving, they would not hear a peep from me. “BUT…  if we had to make a quick stop…  just the second that our  car stopped then,  I would scream so loud… there was nothing that I wanted  and nothing that I needed  but if they would start  the car…  moving… I went right back to sleep and I would sleep soundly until the next stop!”

“Keeping that car moving … that’s when I was in HEAVEN, I would travel without disturbing a soul!”

Since I have had my own children,  there has been  some times when I have heard of children that would be babies and under six months old… who just could not or would not sleep in peace for the new parents, that is and unless they  all got into  their car and drove around the block a couple of times…  just to get the new born baby to rest quietly and fall into a sound sleep!

Are you  “ALL” ready to take a long trip with the newborn baby?? “It will be FUN for all – I know!”    and…   “PROMISE!”


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“PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!”

PIANO DAY is March 28 and April 6, 2020!

International Piano Day is the 88th day of the year. (The traditional piano has 88 keys.) This year that lands on March 28, 2020. However, we had intended to celebrate it in Portland on April 6. (That’s because the Bösendorfer Model 290 Imperial piano has 97 keys, and that is worth celebrating!) But, because of the current restrictions on gatherings, we have postponed this celebration until a later date.

Want to learn more? Contact … @portlandpiano.org 

We all love piano music. Please help us support piano and piano education in our community, through this fun and rewarding activity, coming soon!

Where we will be on PIANO DAY 2020

Union Station: 800 NW Sixth Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209 Performers will be found inside in the center of the room.

What is Piano Day?

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In 2017, Portland Piano International (SOLO) presented its first Piano Day event to celebrate the 88th day of the year, March 29, 2017 — an official day that had never before been celebrated in the United States!

Four years ago, German pianist Nils Frahm declared the 88th day of each year to be “Piano Day,” a special day to celebrate the piano. The 88th day of the year was chosen because the modern piano (usually) has 88 keys. In 2016, there were more than 20 events held across the globe, from Japan, Australia, Russia, Slovenia, Germany, The Netherlands, Israel, Lithuania, France, the UK and Canada.

How does Piano Day work in Portland?

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On Monday, April 6 from 9am to 7pm, there will be one location in the Portland Metro area where you can hear the piano played by local pianists of all ages: Union Station in Northwest Portland.

The choice of music is up to the performer and there are no restrictions on what can be played.

This event is free to the public, but each performer raises funds from the community with a minimum goal of $20 per minute played. A robust software platform is in place to help manage the peer-to-peer fundraising process. The funds raised are used to support the educational programs of Portland Piano International.

Over 80 events around the world are scheduled in honor of Piano Day this year and we can’t wait to have you participate in this international celebration, right here in Portland. Here’s the signup link to play.

Why do performers participate in Piano Day?

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Play a fabulous piano. This is a chance to play on a truly great grand piano.

We’re making history. Each time we do this, we are joining pianists around the world celebrating the piano! 

Play on a world stage.  Performances are streamed live and are watched around the globe.

Get swag. After the performances, the participants receive a certificate of participation. They also get their choice of two free tickets to an upcoming Portland Piano International performance (pending availability)!

Help a great nonprofit. Since 1978, Portland Piano International has been bringing some of the best pianists to Portland and providing educational opportunities to teachers, students and the general public through master classes, a summer festival, professional development in rural Oregon, commissioning new works for solo piano, etc.

PIANO DAY 2017 VIDEO

https://portlandpiano.org/pianoday2017live

 


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“Songs… Favorites…Have not heard in awhile”

and…  the words…

Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Told Me)
My mama done tol’ me, when I was in pig tails
My mama done tol’ me,
” Child a man’ll sweet talk”
And give ya the big eye,
But when the sweet talkin’s done
A man is a two-face,
A worrisome thing
Who’ll leave ya to sing the blues in the night
Now the rain’s a-fallin’,
Hear the train’s a-callin,
“Whooee!”
(My mama done tol’ me)
Hear dat lonesome whistle blowin’
‘Cross the trestle,
“Whooee!”
(My mama done tol’ me)
A-whooee-ah-whooee ol’ clickety-clack’s a-echoin’ back th’ blues in the night.
The evenin’ breeze’ll start the trees to cryin’ and the moon’ll hide its light
When you get the blues in the night
Take my word, the mockingbird’ll sing
The saddest kind o’ song,
He…
and I always need… only… five minutes more…

and then…

and… one of my MOM’s favorites…

and… just one more of my favorites… could dance all night too…

“If only my feet would cooperate with me – -when I want them to pick me  up and move around the floor  – just like I used to do!


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“NATIONAL SCRIBBLE DAY”

NATIONAL SCRIBBLE DAY – March 27

NATIONAL SCRIBBLE DAY

National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.

Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our personality develops as we go. We’re a bit like a scribble.

Children’s scribbles become more than just scribbles when eyes and a smile are added. Somehow a personality leaps onto the page and with it, encouragement for children to grow and express themselves. The positive result looking back at them spreads a surge of joy that is infectious.

That’s what’s so wonderful about scribbles – anyone can make them no matter their ability. This means everyone from Grandpa to the smallest family member can join in the day.  Gather up the crayons in every color and scribble up smiles for everyone!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScribbleDay

Scribble with a child on National Scribble Day.  Whether it laughs, dances or grins, it doesn’t really matter. The child can laugh, dance and grin, too!  Educators, visit new.dianealber.com/scribbleday/ for resources and to sign up for stickers.

Families, you can participate at home by bringing out the crayons and art supplies. Let the kids of all ages get creative with their scribbles. Art is an excellent way to relieve anxiety and there are no lines to stay between here! Here are some fun ways to enjoy creating scribbles:

  • Challenge your household to scribble sudsy scribbles – you know, ones that use the right amount of soap when they wash their hands.
  • Have fun naming your scribbles.
  • Turn your final scribbles into a game of who’s who. For example, whose scribble looks most like Mick Jagger or Marilyn Monroe?

Educators, also visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ways to celebrate the day with your students.

Use #NationalScribbleDay to share your scribbles on social media.

NATIONAL SCRIBBLE DAY HISTORY

Diane Alber, author of I’m NOT Just a Scribble, founded National Scribble Day in 2019 to share a message of kindness and acceptance and to encourage children to create art no matter their ability. Every artist started with a scribble!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Scribble Day to be observed annually on March 27th.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!

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“So you need to self-quarantine the family”

and…

and…

Sometimes we just need a reminder of the things that we usually do not think about… when we are worried about catching some disease…  that we do not want for our family and friends.


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