Colorful Kelly

From the day she was born, Kelly has added color to my life. Her playful creativity as a child is stuff of family legend. The ups and downs of her adolescence were painted with the joys and pains of life. She discovered some of her gifts, which include her intellect, athleticism and musicality. She has a view of the world that is special and unique. Her stories are Kellyesque. Her writing is spectacular. I wish she had a blog.

It was wonderful catching up with Kelly in AZ these past few days. I enjoyed meeting her manfriend, Jamen. As a father, it gives me great joy seeing her make the decisions that shape her life. A colorful life. Like the unfolding of a beautiful flower.

Cowboy Ciao

I skipped out of a “lunch with the professor” thing to have a “lunch with Gail” thing instead. Wouldn’t you?!

I used my iPhone Urbanspoon app to find Cowboy Ciao, and to make a lunch reservation online. And it lived up to it’s excellent reviews. Gail and I split pretty much everything. So we shared their signature specialties, the Stetson Chopped Salad, Mushroom Pan Fry, and a remarkably tasty Bread Pudding served with a 5-spice vanilla ice cream and cranberry compote. The bread pudding was my personal flavorite.

I promised more pics.

Yes, I Can!… post from my iPhone!

Gail and I are in AZ. We decided not to bring computers. I feel… disconnected!
So, sitting at the airport this morning waiting for our flight, I thought I’d check to see if a WordPress app was available for my iPhone, and… sure enough!!! Why am I so excited about this? I feel like a kid with a new toy!
(Don’t tell on me, but I’m posting during my conference. Shhh.)
Here’s a pic from inside our room at the FireSky in Scottsdale. I hope you can see our nice little view. More pics later.

Sunday Scenery


This is my contribution for today’s Sunday Scenery, a regular deal at my friend, Lee’s blog. I am visiting my daughter, Kelly, in AZ later this week. This is a picture of the Grand Canyon that I took during one of my previous trips.


Grand Canyon

Click here for my full size gallery/slideshow of 10 Grand Canyon pictures.

Visiting Kelly in AZ

kelly-and-me  Gail and I will be visiting Kelly in AZ next week, and I’ll be attending a medical conference, too, which helps pay for the trip!  (A nice perk of my job!) It’s always great to see Kelly because, living in AZ, our visits are few and far between. I miss my baby girl! Not really a baby, though. She is a beautiful, intelligent, creative, 24 year old young woman. I am very proud!

I’m going to miss one of my favorite singers by just a few days. Michelle Branch is doing a gig in Tempe, where Kelly lives, four days before we get there. Bummer! But I just bought tickets so Kelly and her boyfriend could go. Maybe she’ll take some pix. — Let’s see if I can figure out how to add some YouTube video…

Okay, this is a video of a young, teenage Michelle Branch before making “Everywhere” her first pop hit on the “Spirit Room” CD in 2001. Writing, singing, solo performing, is not easy. She’s the real deal.

Very nice!

Now here’s the piece that probably did the most to make her famous. Carlos Santana recognized her talent and showcased “The Game of Love” on his “Shaman” CD.


Finally, a mature performer, with her own unique styling, and an artistically produced video of “Are You Happy Now” from her second CD, “Hotel Paper.”


She’s an AZ native, but now lives in Nashville. Her latest stuff is a bit countrified, but not much. I hope for more from “The Wreckers.”

Okay, that’s all I have to say about Michelle Branch, and it was a good excuse for me to learn how to embed YouTube video on my new WP blog.  How’d I do?