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PICT0133Evan Bond is an accomplished cellist.  He played for us:

Long, Long Ago * Allegro * O Come Little Children * Go Tell Aunt Rhodie


Debuting was beginning drummer (or tinner) Aili Selfridge. 


Aili soloed on one number.  We’re not sure of the title.  She composed it as she played for us.  Amazing!

We hope the more learned Evan Bond will agree to take promising Aili Selfridge on tour with him.  This is still under negotiation.            

Thank God for kids and for music.  It would be a sad world without either.

Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.  Psalm 33:2

Evan played skillfully and Aili was definitely joyful. 

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Mark 10:14

We’ll talk more about kids next time.

Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends talks much about kids and music.  Grab a copy. 



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PICT0116Once upon a time, the royal big sister had braids placed all over her head.  PICT0118

One day she decided she was tired of them and wanted them removed.   The royal great grandmother was called all the way from the West Coast of that Great Land.  Her royal job was to remove the braids from the royal big sister.


The royal great grandmother worked and worked, strand at a time, trying to return the royal big sister’s hair to its original state. 

Soon the royal big sister grew tired of this agony. 


She called the royal hairdresser, who removed all the braids by cutting and washing the royal big sister’s beautiful locks.


Alas, the royal big sister lived happily ever after, well somewhat happy for several minutes.

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Once upon a time, Big Brother ate grains and nuts a’plenty.  PICT0103




While Big Sister was looking pretty and talking on the phone.  PICT0104PICT0108PICT0110





All the while, Cinderella was tirelessly sweeping the floor.PICT0107





Alas, Cinderella has found the golden hat.  PICT0113PICT0114She no longer must toil and slave.  The golden hat will bring her wealth and happiness, though it will be difficult for her to see where she’s going with that big hat on.  

These stories don’t end happily ever after like they used to.  But we came as close as we could.

This unlikely story took place in the unlikely city of Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you can’t find a good fairy tale, try reading Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.

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PICT0100At the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, we met an old friend, Gai Brajkovich, from our previous church in Clovis.  David switched seats with her.  This certainly made the flight go by faster.  I wonder if the pilot drove faster because we were talking and laughing so much, he wanted to get us out of there.  PICT0101PICT0102Maybe it wasn’t turbulence at all.

David and I make pretty good chauffers.  Is the Cincinnati airport hiring?  That might make a pretty good retirement job. 

Gai is an officer with Parents Without Partners, and she came to attend a conference.  We’re here for a family reunion with our kids all the way from the Middle East. 

If you don’t meet an old friend at the airport this summer, try taking Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.  You could read the whole book in a transcontinental flight.



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