Handel’s Messiah “Hallelujah”

Listening to the Messiah is like being in church. It is, as it should be, a celebration of a religious faith, but also it is a celebration of life, the beauty of life, and the power of the human spirit.

The Independence Messiah Choir has performed for nearly 100 years. Recently it became associated with the Kansas City Symphony. This year they move to Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. The combination of the music and the beauty of Kauffman are near perfection.

Messiah is important to our family. Dad emceed the 50th performance, my brother, Bob and his wife became engaged during the Hallelujah Chorus, and Meg sang with the Choir for 4 years before moving to California. This year dad and I watched and listened to the music of the Messiah and were awed, one more time, by the performance and the brilliance of Handel.

Ode To Niecie’s

Terry and I have a breakfast date every weekend. We have a few places we go regularly but are always looking for new and interesting destinations. Not long ago he met a friend for lunch at Niecie’s. I’d heard about it but had never been there. But as they say, the rest is history. Terry suggested the next weekend that we have breakfast there. We went there once and now we include it as a favorite.

Why? When we walk in the restaurant we are greeted warmly as though they are excited to see us. The servers are friendly and the food is fast. When we leave the restaurant someone inevitably says something like “have a blessed day”. We almost always run into someone we know. It doesn’t matter though, because we have also found ourselves talking with strangers. When we leave we feel good about breakfast, good about Niecie’s and good about ourselves.

This is not a sales pitch for a restaurant. There are probably lots of restaurants like Niecie’s. This is a sales pitch for a life style. It is great to be with people who are nice to each other. It is great to chat about the K.C. Chiefs, even when they are having a bad season, just because the Chiefs are the hometown team. It is just part of being neighborly and being nice.

I’m not saying that being nice would solve the problems of the world. But I’m also not saying that it wouldn’t. If people are nicer to each other then maybe politicians can be nicer. If politicians can be nicer to each other then maybe nations can be nicer to each other. Maybe we could have world peace. Being nice has to start somewhere.