Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A God-Given Talent

Our grandson Jacob has always loved and appreciated music. Mrs. Jarrett, his piano teacher, helped him develop a special love of classical music.

2009 recital at Mrs. Jarrett's home

 In 2010 Jacob won his district's 
Bland Competition

2010 Bland Competition at VMI

Jacob practicing at home

Jacob Joseph's Junior Recital
Liberty University School of Music, April 23, 2016

The five pieces he played--all by memory--were:

     * Fugue in B-flat Major, BWV 955 by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
     * Nocturne in B Major, Op. 33, no. 2 by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
     * Etude in C Minor, Op. 25, no. 12 by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
     * Allegro moderato ma energico by Jan Ladislov Dussek (1760-1812)
     * Un poco allegro, Op. 20 by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

I am so proud of him I could just about pop. God gave him this talent. Jacob's passion for and love of music kept him interested. Thank you, Jacob. And thank you, God.

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