Music… I play Euphonium, Tuba, and (occasionally) Trombone with groups including Kovanda’s Czech Band, the Good Times Brass Band of Houston, Texas, and the Round Top Brass Band. I have also been heard singing bass in a church choir.
Music education builds teamwork, listening ability, concentration, and commitment. These skills prepare us to work in mathematics, engineering, computer science, and many other fields. Music education also educates our ear (so to speak). For the rest of our lives music will be a rich source of enjoyment.
Glass Jewelry… No, I don’t make Glass Jewelry myself, but my wife does. Since 1990, her business is Bowerbirds. You can visit her web site and her Etsy store to find out more. Bowerbirds jewelry is designed and handcrafted by Kathryn Jolly. She uses vintage and collectible glass beads, pearls, artglass and both art wire and precious metal wire. For years, Bowerbirds has brought you an increasing variety of supplies, including wire, glass beads, tools and glass bead mixes. These are the same items and methods that we use to inspire our customers at shows throughout Texas and beyond.
Spirituality… Read the story of how we unexpectedly became involved in the ministry of a small church. See the small collection of Western Rite texts that resulted from that life-transforming experience.
Visit us at Bellaire United Methodist Church where we are privileged to volunteer in the music worship program.
Amateur Radio… What did we do before the Internet? We talked with the world over “Ham” Radio. And we still do! Amateur Radio is both a hobby and a public service. Amateur Radio builds STEM skills, interpersonal communication skills, and teamwork. Hams save lives by providing communications during a weather or other disaster. You can experience science in action by hearing the effects of the Sun on the ionosphere. Students often talk with the International Space Station. Learn more at these web sites: American Radio Relay League, Ten-Ten International Net and Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club.