“BACK TO WORK”
by Sharon Rondeau
On Friday afternoon, cable service was interrupted as a result of another “bomb cyclone,” a “Nor’easter,” which came from the Midwest with high winds and pelting rain. That night, the lights went out, then came back on after a few seconds, repeating that pattern a few seconds later. But fortunately, the power remained on, which meant we didn’t have to hear the noisy drone of the generator as we did last time.
Unlike other places, we did not see any snow, but everything was blown around the yard with loud clattering and the whistling and whooshing of the wind.
During the outage, I read “My Sergei: A Love Story,” the story of Olympic champion pair skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, which concludes with Grinkov’s tragic and untimely death at the age of 28 during a practice sessions at Lake Placid, NY on November 20, 1995. Of course I was in tears as I read how Ms. Gordeeva picked up the pieces of what had been her life fort he last 14 years and was forced to explain to her three-year-old daughter that her father would not be returning, at least not in this life.
It was a fascinating glimpse into the intense world of premier athletes, born and raised in the communist Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) who were later allowed great freedom because of their outstanding talent. I highly recommend this simply-written and heartrending story. I am not a fast reader, but at just under 300 pages, I was able to finish the book easily on Sunday evening after beginning to read it on Friday night.
I also read parts of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” but I didn’t read the entire thing.
I heard just minutes ago that at least nine people have died as a result of the storm. Boston, MA was extremely hard-hit.
After online access was restored, along with hundreds of unread emails to peruse, I learned that another of my harp arrangements sold. That was some nice news!
I also finished two more Rodgers & Hammerstein arrangements which will be uploaded on Monday with sample recordings.
Now it’s back to work.