Happy Birthday, Kelly!

Kelly is 26 years old! 26?!? Really? Let’s see, that means I must have been 13 when she was born. Hm. “Somehow the math isn’t working out,” he said, with a confused look on his face. (Kelly used to talk like that all the time when she was little, like she was writing a book.)

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.

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?