Category Archives: Family

4 June 2021

Walking. Rehoboth Beach.
Forget about the Boy – Thoroughly Modern Millie
Do-Re-Mi – The Sound of Music
Ease on Down the Road – The Wiz
How Are Things in Glocca Mora – Finian’s Rainbow
Another Hundred People – Company
A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Butcher of Fleet Street
Ya God Trouble – The Music Man
As We Stumble Along – The Drowsy Chaperone
As Long as He Needs Me – Oliver!
Proud of Your Boy – Aladdin
A Weekend in the Country – A Little Night Music
Our Time – 1994
Luck Be a Lady – Guys and Dolls
Simple Joys – Pippin
Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid
One Hand, One Heart – West Side Story
I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean – Brigadoon
Momma Look Sharp – 1776

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15 months

You could never have imagined these past fifteen months.
You could not have planned for them.
But you faced them.
You adapted,
you improvised,
you learned,
you wept,
you laughed,
you cursed,
you resisted,
you persisted.
You found strength and love
and grace and hope undreamed of.
You made it this far
and you, awesome you,
will keep on going.

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8 May 2021

Walking. Germantown. Big Four Bridge. With Tricia and So Jung.
Expectations/Overture – Hayley Kiyoko
1, 2 – mxmtoon
IN PLACE 그자리 그대로 – WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던
Quiet Motions – mxmtoon
LOVE POTION – Shawn Wasabi (feat. Raychel Jay)
1000 Times – Jennifer Chung
Lightning & Thunder – Jhené Aiko (feat. John Legend)
Intro III – Awkwafina Yellow Ranger Hip-Hop/Rap 0
Mystic Sea Cat- Lucia Hwong
Save Me – ZHU
Take Me Home Country Roads – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
So Far Gone – Magdalen Hsu-Li
Celestial Beauty – Lucia Hwong
radio silence – Mel Hsu

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01 May 2021

Walking. Cherokee Park. With Tricia and So Jung Kim. For Essie’s Aunt Wanda.
Walking. Germantown.
Joe Hill – Paul Robeson
The Migrant Worker – Jim Croce
Working Man – Imagine Dragons
Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
Joe Hill – Joan Baez
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
Day O – Harry Belafonte
The Hands That Built America – U2
Bracero – Phil Ochs
Three Miles Down – Gil Scott-Heron
Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger
Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) – Randy Newman
She Works Hard For the Money – Donna Summer
Woman’s Work – Tracy Chapman
Work For Your Money – Howlin’ Wolf
Worker’s Song – Dropkick Murphys
There is Power in a Union – Entertainment Workers IU 630, Utah Phillips
The Internationale – Billy Bragg
Work to Do – The Isley Brothers
Working Class Hero – Green Day
Working On The Highway – Bruce Springsteen
Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
More Than a Paycheck – Sweet Honey In the Rock

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Look what I made

This is a post I never anticipated making. But I got adventurous today and made Keto bagels. They turned out well.

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A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

Tricia and I served as co-pastors of Noble Road Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio from September 1985 through September 2000. There Eric was baptized, Sean and Eric joined the church, Sean and Eric were ordained as elders, and Eric was ordained as a minister of the word and sacrament.

After a prayerful process of discernment, the congregation made the faithful, courageous, and probably a bit painful, decision to sell the building. This week the sale of the building was approved by the Presbytery of the Western Reserve and the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees (the purchaser). The church is located next to the Noble Neighborhood branch of Heights Libraries. The purchase will allow Heights Libraries to expand the Noble branch building to broaden the services it offers to the surrounding community. It will allow the church building to continue to be used as a place where the community is served.

Because the church is not a building, the congregation will continue in ministry. The congregation is in the process of discerning what that ministry will look like. No doubt it will be faithful, creative, welcoming and including, and committed to justice.

A prayer for Noble Road Presbyterian Church

God of all places,
we thank you for your gift of the place
known as Noble Road Presbyterian Church.
We remember with gratitude
all who worshipped in the sanctuary,
all who provided music in any form,
all who affirmed faith at the font,
all who proclaimed the gospel in the pulpit,
all who received assurance at the table,
all who studied in the classrooms,
and all who went out with the support of the community
to witness and work for justice
in Cleveland Heights, Greater Cleveland, Ohio, the United States, and around your world.
For all whose lives were touched, blessed, enriched, challenged
by the people of Noble Road Presbyterian Church,
we give you thanks and praise.
Guide the congregation members as they
discern new ways to be a community, to worship, and to serve.
Lead the Heights Libraries as they repurpose the building
to continue to serve the Noble community and the world.
With thanks for what was,
some tears for what is,
and profound excitement for what will be,
we offer all praise to you, O God,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

this prayer draws on some images from a prayer in the Book of Common Worship

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Sloth Running Team

Eric and I did the Sloth Run 5K back on February 23. Eric ran on a treadmill in North East, Maryland. I walked (slowly) in Louisville, Kentucky. We get there when we get there. Our publicity team tells the story when they tell the story.

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3 February 2021, part deux

Walking. Germantown. Annual Chocolate 5K run/walk event to raise funds for the student emergency fund at Delaware Tech.
Changes – Adina Nyree
A Change Is Gonna Come – The Neville Brothers
Change – Christina Aguilera
We Can Change The World – Graham Nash
Change – Black 47
See The Changes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Changes – David Bowie
A Change In The Weather – Eric Bogle
Changes In Lattitudes – Jimmy Buffett
Change – Melissa Etheridge
Cold Cold Change – Midnight Oil
A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow
Change Of The Guard – Steely Dan
Change It – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Change – Tracy Chapman
Changes – 2Pac & Talent

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28 January 2021

Most playlists are created to reflect some level of diversity. Others focus on a specific day, event, person, or theme. Most days no introduction to the playlist is provided. Today, as does every January 28, marks an exception.

About today’s playlist.
Forty-seven years ago today, my father, William H. Koenig, died in a plane crash. A private pilot, he was flying with a colleague to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to advocate for funds for the school district where they were working. The plane went down. Both men died. My father served as the assistant superintendent.

Prior to becoming a school administrator he had been a high school band director. He kept his hands in music as he career moved in a different direction. He played string bass in the pit orchestra for high school musicals and he was the first director of the hand bell choir at our church.

He also directed a community band for several years. For two years, I played baritone horn in that band.

One or another of the bands my father directed, played almost all of the songs on this playlist at some point. Many of them I played under my father’s direction.

Dad – since it fell unto your lot
That you should rise and I should not
I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call
Good night and joy be with you

Walking. Apartment. Germantown.
Unless otherwise noted, the artist performing the songs is the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.
Semper Fidelis
The Thunderer
Washington Post
Hands Across the Sea
Radetsky March, Op. 228
Scotland the Brave – The Pipes & Drums of the Royal Tank Regiment
Under the Double Eagle
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Stars and Stripes Forever
The British Grenadiers
The National Emblem
Rakoczy March/Hungarian March
Light Calvary Overture – London Festival Orchestra
March of the Toreadors from Carmen, Suite No. 1
Coronation March from Le Prophete
Grand March from Aida
Pomp and Circumstance

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You made it

Since March, I have been sending messages to a number of my friends who are working from home and whose children are home. Here is what I wrote today. I offer it for anyone else who might find it helpful.

You made it.
2021 has begun.
The past year had more than its share of challenges.
You probably experienced
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You made it.
Of course, with whatever else 2021 brings,
there will be challenges,
frustration and anxieties and disappointments
beyond counting.
But you are strong.
You are beloved by God.
You will make it. 

Germantown, Kentucky
2 January 2021

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