From the Editor
April was certainly an eventful month
for me personally, some happy times, some sad. One of the misfortunes
was the death of my cat, Moochie, a true companion. Even though I had
to go into debt to try to save him, he was worth every penny. I miss
him. The marriage breakups of two of my siblings are also saddening,
as well as the separations of couple of good friends. Health problems
are afflicting one friend and some elderly family members. My prayer
list gets longer and longer.....
On the other side of the coin, I enjoyed
a short time in Washington, DC with my friend Mary, who works in the
West Wing of the White House.
It was my first visit, so it was a
whirlwind tour of one of the most fascinating cities in the country.
The weather was perfect. We must have walked 25 miles in three days!
The first evening, we roamed the streets
of Georgetown, visiting the hip shops and taking in all the sights.
Since it would take a month to see everything there, we could only pick
and choose a few sites for the next two days.
The more striking localities were of course
the Capitol, Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial
and the National Archives, where I viewed the actual Declaration of
Independence. The museums alone would take a week to see, so we chose
the museums of Natural History and American History. In the latter,
I strolled through the exhibit of all the first ladies in the respective
costumes of their eras.
Saturday evening, we attended the Easter
Vigil at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It was awesome.
The Archbishop Rev. Gabriel Montalvo said Mass with an entourage of
priests, deacons and lectors. Most inspiring was the 23-voice choir
backed by a 19-piece orchestra.
Most impressive though was my personal
tour on Easter Sunday of the West Wing where the general public is not
allowed. Mary showed me her office and we walked through various rooms
filled with paintings of past presidents, historical events and antiques.
I saw the Rose Garden and the press conference room, where each seat
is assigned to various media. Since no one was around, we stood behind
the podium and snapped photos of each other! I never made it out to
experience any of the nightlife since we were so exhausted by the end
of each day. Next time...
There's two benefits happening this month;
one at The Drum for Sandy Charmichael, Sunday May 20, starting at 2
pm; and the other at Cornelius Eagles for Tia Hampton, May 26, 8 pm.
It's a jam session, so musicians are welcome and should arrive early.
These are both worthy causes, so be sure to attend.
Be sure to check out the newest live music
venue, The Longhorn Grill & Saloon, SE 80th & Foster. The River
Ratz are performing there this month.
Don't forget Mom on the 13th!............Bonnie