Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Pocohontas Middle School
Beginning Chorus and Band Concert

The beginning chorus in concert.

The woodwinds are introduced during the Beginning Band concert. 

Among the audience was Ferris Jarrar's aunt and cousin.

Ferris with his trumpet. I don't believe I've heard a beginning band that sounded as good as they did three months after first picking up their instruments. Kudos to the band and their teacher.

Children watch the as Advent candles are lit at Cambridge church.

Ron Wilson speaks about international efforts at Cambridge church.

Tobie looks out on the first snow of the season. It was an evening snow, just a light dusting but beautiful and exciting.

It lasted through the morning. Some remain in the deep shade.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Liam McClean is fast becoming one my favorite subjects. Here the toddler helps his father Price put tables away at Cambridge church. Later in the evening while I talked on a mobile phone, he wandered about imitating me, talking on a toy cell phone.

Sylvia Hobgood lights the first Advent candle of the Christmas season at Cambridge church as daughter Casey, left, and husband Bill, right, look on.

Dianne at the Village Inn in Manassas.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Thanksgiving with Jenine, Shawn, Dianne, Margaret, Alison, Sam and Ferris.

Clouds and shafts over Short Pump.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Brad Yoder, left, and Scott play the Daily Grind.

Trevor learns when you mess with the counter staff, you don't get a very large utensil to spoon your soup.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Grant visits the Daily Grind with his grandparents. He is named for an uncle who was killed in Afghanistan.

Master baker and owner Jozef Bindas in Jean Jaque Bakery and Cafe in Careytown. It's not only Richmond's best bakery but a wonderful place for a sandwich or homemade soup on a cold autumn day. Jozef is my neighbor on Copperas Creek in Short Pump.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Chad and Anna Stillwell enjoy a baby shower in their honor at Cambridge church. They have chosen not to know the sex of their child until birth.

Sophie Harver has "the look" down at an early age.

Allison Jarrar meets Dianne's mother, Margaret, in her home at Spring Arbor.

We still have moments of color scattered among the trees along Copperas Creek.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

One more from the debut concert

Proud parents Allison and Sam Jarrar during their son, Shawn's, debut performance on guitar during the Donald Cole concert.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Jon Ramsey plays on Carey Street about once a week for fun and a couple of extra dollars. Usually he plays in various clubs around town and enjoys open mike sessions.

Short Pump

Paul Steinberg surprised us with a painting of our older daughter.  His work is wonderful and we're delighted to now have an example his work in our house ... and because it's our daughter makes it even better! A detail of the painting is below.

The painting is from a photograph I took at Pope's Creek, George Washington was born place. I like the sense that Paul and I collaborated on this, Paul adding a nuance that I could never achieve with my photography.

Debut Concert, Daily Grind

Joyce Layton learns what happens when you mess with a photographer during a Donald Cole concert.

Shawn Jarrar takes in he artistry of Donald Cole as he waits for his debut as a performer.

Shawn Jarrar in his debut performance with Donald Cole and Paul Steinberg.

Shawn, Donald and Paul in concert. It was a night of debuts — Shawn's first and a passage of 25 years since Paul's last performed. Both were excellent.

Above and below, Donald and Paul jam together.

Above and below, Shawn and Tevor Dickerson work on cords and lyrics for future performances.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Edna Meadows, one of the mainstays at the Daily Grind. History teacher, raconteur, one with the long view and generally all around good soul. When she arrives, the party begins.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Accidental image at the Daily Grind. But I like it.

Dianne assures me Liam was fine before I showed up with my camera.

I haven't won him over yet, but tiny fingerprints on my lens my be a start.

One last vestige of fall color.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Youth Sunday, Cambridge Church

Youth of the church formed a praise team to lead the church in worship. Left to right: Elliott Richardson, Landon Sheriff, Erica West, Shawn Jarrar and Bryce Hardin.

Youth pastor Win Davis, right, interviews with Bryce Hardin,asking him about his plans for a new ministry — touring with a musical group nationally and internationally.

Faith Harvey is a soloist for the service.

Bryce Hardin's parents and friends pledge support for his new ministry during a time of commitment.

Kathryn Wesson closes the commitment time with a solo.

Church members congratulate Erin Anderson, center, for the sermon she delivered during the service.

Mom Bryan's 90th Birthday

Sunday, November 9, was Margaret's 90th birthday. It was a small celebration with her two daughters — Dianne at left — one great granddaughter, a few friends from Spring Arbor and one of her son-in-laws. Others visited earlier in the week.

Margaret at 90.

The party begins to arrive.

Margaret visited by one of her caregivers, who she calls, "Shug."

Daughter, Sherry, and great granddaughter, Angel, during the party.

Friday, November 07, 2008

This may be the last of the fall color. Trees cast their shadows across the bottoms at Roslyn Retreat Center. Beyond the trees is the Kanawa Canal, which George Washington was a partner in, and beyond it the James River.

Most of the fall color has been blown to the ground during rain and wind this past week.

The center is situated on a beautiful bluff above the river. It is a wonderful place spend time, pull away from routines and schedules, and enjoy a time of reflection.

Susan Hayes of the Hayes-Brown Project performs before the photo wall of other artists who have played at the Daily Grind. The center photo is one Wahokia took outside Budapest during a celebration of the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Hungary.

Paul Layton, left, with his granddaughter Shannon, Jenine Jarrar and her father Sam during the Hayes-Brown concert at the Daily Grind.

David Brown of the Hayes-Brown Project often performs in his bare feet.

Allison Jarrar, left, with her daughter Jenine during the Friday evening concert.