Dear Dr. Black, I could have attached a video or 100 to an email but I thought you might enjoy this just a little more. CJ is doing AWESOME!!!! There is still a “hitch in her giddy up,” especially at the end of the day when she is tired. It does not interfere with anything […]Read More CJ Sarver: 6 weeks Post Op
I had no plans to mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of my best friend, George N. Parks, but I stumbled upon a video released today by another best friend, Robert Hammerton. And it is stunning… and it is relevant…and it is required watching for all UDMB Drum Majors (as well as anyone […]Read More 10 Years
Today is a gray, rainy, dreary day. One in which you crawl into a ball on the couch with a good book in your hand and a dog lying next to you. There is a portion of me that has the UDMB senior class on my mind–it is finals and they are closing in on […]Read More The impact you made is everlasting.
Having been home for 6 weeks now since my university announced we would move to “remote classes” I have learned a few things I thought I would share. I’m not sure why I think anyone gives a damn about what I’ve learned but Imma write my blog post anyway. Let’s begin: PRE-REMOTE LEARNING In the […]Read More Things I’ve Learned After 4 Weeks of Zoom Teaching…and other thoughts
I purchased a Peloton bike about two years ago. I had turned a big corner with regard to fitness and nutrition after a year of steady work to restructure and rewire my brain (and habits, and all that goes along with it). The bike arrived and I was instantly hooked….but something wasn’t right after a […]Read More The Bike That Goes Nowhere
Thanksgiving is here tomorrow and with the lack of a football postseason my world came to a screeching halt a couple of weeks ago…and that’s fine by me. As stated in my last post I have entered the “real post game” period of time. I’ve already checked off most of the items on that list, […]Read More Finding The Time
Band banquet is a couple weeks away but that is merely the icing on the cake each year. The truth of the matter is that the UDMB season has come to a conclusion once again. I still have 100 (you read that number correctly) mini essays to read, as well as 40 or so music […]Read More The Real Post Game
A good friend sent me a text early Sunday morning, the day after the party. It said, in part: You have made a difference in so many peoples lives. You should be proud. While what he wrote is true, it is still not the first nor even the second thought that comes to mind. I […]Read More Homecoming #25 — WOW!
I remember thinking: “I have never stayed anywhere longer than 4 years other than the house I grew up in.” I remember thinking: “5 years already? Wow!” I remember thinking: “How did 10 years go by so fast?” I remember thinking: “I wish George was still here to celebrate 20 years with Jim and I.” […]Read More “To Boldly Go”…year 25
Once again a group of adults (albeit young adults compared to myself … funny how they are always the same age and I keep getting older….) is about to take that big step into “the rest of their lives.” If you asked any of them they would tell you they had arrived for band camp […]Read More This Is Just The Beginning