Happy 4th!

The holiday tempo in our house begins today, so before things get too busy I want to wish you all a happy 4th of July, 2008. I’ll be celebrating with family, with some of my oldest friends and some of my newest. We will have a fine day tomorrow, followed by a day of tubing down the Guadalupe River.

And, see – even an automaton can enjoy the company of others! From the Offenbach opera “The Tales of Hoffman” here is (you guessed it!) Natalie Dessay, performing as a wind-up doll to some of the most hauntingly happy music to be had anywhere.

The Doll Song (Les oiseaux dans la charmille)

Thank you, France! Happy Birthday, America!