Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Symphony of Words

It all started with "Flight For Control" a novel which, like a great piece of music or art, captivated its audience from day one.  It brought so many great characters to life which carried both a message and a mission through an immaculate symphony of words.  The message: we have an industry in turmoil and we need it to change.  "Flight Control" is the first movement of this vast symphony of words and ideas.

The second movement of this symphony of words, "Flight For Safety" explained one of the foundations of the challenges we face in the aviation industry: safety and training, or lack thereof.  The passages give accounts of stories which are fiction, in essence, however, if you have looked at the unfortunate headlines in real life for the past two decades and beyond, you will see that, as the author Karlene Petitt states it, "fiction mirrors truth."

One of my favorite parts of the second movement, "Flight For Safety", is the analogy that Kathryn "Kat" Jacobs used to knock her boss at the FAA, Tom Santos, into a reality check into how much of a problem we have with automation.  It fits very well with the music analogy of this post:

"Imagine you were taught how to play a piano.  You learned your notes well enough to get through a song, but ninety percent of your training was learning how to program a player piano.  Then you went on tour and all you had to do for years was know how to program that piano.  Then one day your player piano broke, but you still had to play the concert.  Could you do it?"

She pulled the door open, hesitated, and then looked back.  "I forgot to mention, if you don't play that concert to perfection, you and the 300 people in the audience will die."

And now, the third and final movement to this great symphony of literature, "Flight For Survival" has arrived on my doorstep, along with many other people, ready to attend the performance.  This movement is not only a performance, it is a flight - for survival, where its composer, Karlene Petitt, leaves the characters and audience, on a quest to make it out and make it out alive.

Like every great final movement of every great symphony, the last movement is where the climax and finale of the piece hits.  The characters are truly instrumental in spreading the message of the series.  I rest assure you, like many who have read "Flight For Control" and "Flight For Safety", this will be a book you will not want to leave out of your sight.

Stay "tuned" for reviews on Amazon and my official review on this blogsite.

Have a pleasant and successful rest of the week!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Children's Museum of Central Oregon


The Fountain of Youth

Image Credit: Kayla Wopschall, Children's Museum of Central Oregon

I'm a big believer of, not only the arts and sciences, but also helping to build a community with a cause - especially when it looks to our future, our young ones.

Kayla Wopschall, Ph.D, the daughter of my good friend, Karlene Petitt, is planting the seeds as she has set the foundation for the Children's Museum of Central Oregon in Bend.

As stated on Twitter:
"We are so excited to work with the Central Oregon community to open a Children's Museum. A place for our youngest citizens to imagine, explore and create."

And with this, to educate and to create a sense of self, identity, and to explore options of what interests them.  To imagine the unimaginable.   For this, they will come to explore different areas of interests, which will create a guiding path to career choices.

The CMCO is also to be there:

"as a resource for families of all types to grow and learn together."

With every adventure - comes a goal.  This goal will help open the package to plant those seeds.  It us up to us to help make this happen, because our future depends on it.  Visit CMCO's Kickstarter Page  to find out how you can help open the package to plant these seeds for this summer's camps and classes.  Investing in our youth will be an investment of not only our future, but an investment of a lifetime.

Another mention, is to Karlene's new children's book, which can now be ordered off of her blogsite:

The artwork of this book was designed by Kayla and all the proceeds from the purchase of this book will go to benefit the Children's Museum of Central Oregon.  This book is an "ABC Book" that promotes self-identity and career choices for children. 

Please visit and follow the following social media sites for more information for the 
Children's Museum of Central Oregon:

Thank you so much and have an awesome Monday!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Jane Little

This week, the world of classical music and community of orchestra bassists, myself included, pay tribute to not only a very special lady with a very special birthday, but also a milestone that is hitting a very high note with the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest professional tenure with a single ensemble.

This ensemble, one of my very favorites, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, spread the news all over social media that the Assistant Principal Bassist Emeritus, and Atlanta, Georgia native, Jane Little, is celebrating the completion of her 71st year/season with the ASO as she celebrates her 87th birthday this week.  She will be the first person to have held a position with an orchestra for such a time.  She was under the direction of many special and talented directors such as Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Sir John Barbirolli, and Yoel Levi.

When you have a passion, you show commitment, and she is a prime example of this.  She truly is an inspiration to us as she is quite fluent in the universal language: music.

Thank you for sharing your dedication and your talent with the world.  
                  Here's to you, Jane..:

(Courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
February 5th, 2016

1945 Portrait - Altanta Youth Symphony

Announcement on social media from the ASO.

 "She's All About That Bass"

Portrait - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  Her bass is a rare Carlo Giuseppi Testore from around 1705.

Happy Birthday, Miss Jane, and many years of great health, success and spreading your joy of life!

Have a great weekend, everyone!