2017 in Review in Music


gamelan-yir-webThat’s me on the right with some of my museum colleagues playing the gamelan, which was installed in an exhibition. This was my first time playing the gamelan since I was a member of the nascent Pitt Gamelan Ensemble in the fall of 1996, when I was a grad student at the University of Pittsburgh and the Ensemble was a class taught by a grad student and before it became what it is today. I tried looking for any record of that class or the performance we did in December of 1996 at Heinz Chapel, but it seems to have been erased from history. Continue reading “2017 in Review in Music”


2017 Year in Review in Photos



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2016 Year in Review with Photos

Wall of Masks hanging at a store called Nim Po't in Antingua, Guatemala
Masks at Nim Po’t, Antigua, Guatemala
Fuego Volcano erupts near Antigua, Guatemala, with clouds turning black with ash and red with fire
Fuego Volcano erupting, Antigua, Guatemala
Deborah Zlotsky and Crit Streed at La Tortilla Cooking School in Antigua, Guatemala
Learning to cook, Antigua, Guatemala
Michael and Deborah in front of Robert Indiana's "Love" sculpture at Sixth Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan
Valentine’s Day, New York City
Signs on a hike for Snow and Wolf Jaws trails, and Deer Brook Trail, and the High Water Route
Hike near Lake Placid
Michael and Deborah in Lake Placid
Lake Placid
Deborah and Max swap their faces in an image using the Snapchat app
Deb and Max play with Snapchat
In a subway car in Seoul, nearly everyone is one a mobile device, except for one man who is reading a Bible
Subway, Seoul, South Korea
Deborah Zlotsky speaks to a group of Samsung Art and Design Institute students in the shade of a tree, Seonyudo Park, Seoul, South Korea
Samsung Art and Design Institute students, Seonyudo Park, Seoul, South Korea
A tour guide in traditional clothes and straw hat leads visitors toward the Main gate of Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea
Lily pads in a pond amid traditional buildings in the Secret Garden, Seoul, South Korea, of the Changdeokgung Palace
Secret Garden, Seoul, South Korea
A wall of screens at the Samsung D-light Store, Seoul, South Korea, shows names and faces of visitors, including Deborah and Michael
Samsung d’Light, Seoul, South Korea
Two young women in traditional costume visit the traditional Hanok Village in Jeonju, South Korea, and take selfies with a selfie stick
Young visitors to the traditional Hanok Village in Jeonju, South Korea
Vesta, Deb and Michael on the rocky coast of Maine
Deborah Zlotsky wears white coveralls before picking poison ivy
Poison Ivy eradication prep
Low water and worn rock at Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, New York
Buttermilk Falls hike, Ithaca, NY
Max Seiler, Michael Janairo, Deborah Zlotsky post outside voting site in Delmar, New York
Election Day 2016
Glasses raised in a toast with Janairo family at Mitchell's Fish Market at the Galleria in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Thanksgiving Dinner

2016 Year in Review

Fifty-six blog posts published so far this year

Number one, most-read blog post: Review of Justin Cronin’s “City of Mirrors”

Number one, most-watched videos: Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s “Can’t Help Myself” from the Guggenheim Museum

Two poems published: “That Day in Assisi” and “For Your Own Safety”

One short story published: “Auntie Lovely Says Goodbye”

Two countries visited: Guatemala, South Korea

Twenty-four books read



Twenty-one seconds: Best completion time of the NYTimes mini puzzle


Patronus: Fox



Participation Award: La Tortilla Cooking School, Antigua, Guatemala



2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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