• I heard the Gainesville High School Marching Band practicing early this morning! We live about two miles from the High School, but the music was loud and clear!

    I was in the marching band in my teen years. That's right, I was a proud member of the Baldwin County High School Band of the Braves. I loved it. I played the trumpet. (Notice word choice of "played" vs. "play.") We played at every football game, home and away. W e played for parades. W e played for pep rallies at school. In fact, it was exactly 50 years ago, September 1969, that I played in my first high school marching band performance. We played an away game at Washington County and the song set included, "Hair," "Aquarius," "Let the Sunshine In." Those were hit songs at the time!

    The marching band dynamics are different than ensembles, stage concerts and solos. There is one simple and absolute necessity required for marching bands:

    BE BOLD!

  • I tend to be forgetful at times. That’s why I write things on sticky notes or enter items on the Notes app in my phone. These things are useful tools in the never-ending battle against forgetfulness. Even with these tools, however, I find that I can still be forgetful. What’s really bad is when I write things down and still forget them! Sadly, it is human nature to forget things at times—even important things. 


    “Never Forget” is a popular slogan from the attacks of September 11, 2001. That day remains one of the worst ones that our nation has endured. Eighteen years later, I can remember that day very vividly. I can remember where I was, what I was doing, and the awful scenes of 9/11. I’ll never forget the images of firefighters and police officers running into the towers instead of away from them.

  • Today is the birthday of the founding of Google, September 4, 1998. Yep, if you’re reading this, more than likely you have “googled” something on your computer or smart phone many times. Today, google.com is the world’s most visited website.


    What you may not know about Google is that, for most of their existence, their unofficial motto was “Don’t be evil.”