This is a tribute to my daughter-in-law, Miranda. The Shalin Liu in Rockport rocked last night with the awesome music of Miranda Russell and her band. We joined a capacity crowd to hear the eclectic selection of songs for this year’s concert. Her choices were of a mix of old standards and more recent pieces. Cole Porter’s love song So In Love, a rocking Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Paul Simon’s Graceland, were just a few of the pieces showcasing her exceptional range and talent. As in previous concerts she ended with her haunting rendition of La Vie En Rose.
These accolades are justly deserved but the thing that brings me to write this morning is the fact that Miranda is also married to our son Doug; that she combines her amazing talent for music with the equally amazing ability to oversee the of running Russell Orchards, and be an outstanding wife, mom, and daughter.
I’m happy to be one of her biggest fans.

I read the New York Times Opinion pages regularly. From time to time one of the columnists is on “book leave”. I’ve sort of been on book leave. I mentioned early in April that I’ve been working on a book project. It has consumed much of my time, it is nearing completion and I hope to report soon that it has gone to the printer. In the meantime, I may not be too visible in this space.