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Happy New Year Three-and-a-half Months Later

Hey there.

I know you are probably thinking “Why has it been so long since your Happpy New Year Post?” and yes I could come up with excuses but, suffice it to say, I’ve been very busy and now I’m back! Wow, what a difference it is since January 19, 2020! On that day, the United States of America–the place where I wrote about in my New Year’s Day post, “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, on that third Sunday of the new year–was COVID-19-free.

The next day the first Coronavirus case was detected in Washington State, and on February 1 there were 8 cases reported, with no deaths. On March 3, our great nation found 122 cases with 7 deaths, and by mid-March we were staring at 2,726 cases with 54 deaths. By the end of March, we were just under 150,000 cases and over 2000 deaths. Today, April 11, 2020, the total of cases at the beginning of today was 459,165 with 16,570 total deaths. Think of all the loss and heartache the above scenario has caused.

Additionally, our citizens are doing things we would never have thought possible in a million dreams: Quarantining our families in our homes; unable to go to work; our kids can’t go to school; limited recreation; we can’t visit our sick family and friends in hospital; we can’t even go into a Walmart through a door of our choice; and I could go on and on. Happy New Year indeed!

So what, FD? Well, my ‘so what?’ is the Seven Vital Lessons we must take away from the Coronavirus experience.

1. Respect your situation! Don’t think for a second that humans are off the hook for dealing with the situations life hands us, just because they may be hard or out of the ordinary. A corollary to that is ‘Take care of your business! Like Aretha Franklin sang in her song titled RESPECT, “Take care, TCB!” right before her backup singers cranked up ‘sock-it-to-me’ over and over. (TCB=Take Care of Business) Business is a metaphor for life. Never take life for granted , since yours just may be the one you’re giving up.

2. Hold the people around you close. Though the humans closest to you may bug you the most, your first order of taking care of business is within yourself, and it’s hard but crucial for your family. A typical personal dynamic is to get away from the house, ie., the kids, the spouse, the pets, or whatever. That is why not getting to go to work because of the pandemic is so tough. The pandemic doesn’t allow for ‘getting away’, since the whole concept revolves around the adults in the house stepping up and being the adults! Duh! That means embracing and interacting with a family in need because it is family–now the hard part–and loving it!

3. Promote the concept, ‘we will survive individually and together.’ There are no fail-safe positions. We win or not, and the risk of losing is hardly palatable. So we turn to a positive attitude, one that says ‘regardless of the situation, we will make it.’ It’s like the M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs. Mel Gibson’s character was the opposite of a positive role model, but his kids changed that dim picture he had of himself to one of hope: A hope that they used to overcome an extraterrestrial foe, which they did.

4. Show deference to a higher power than yourself. In other words, let faith in something, or someONE bigger than you help you to cope with what is happening. I hope you have a faith in something or someone that is bigger than you are. I was raised to believe in God and his Son, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I can’t imagine my life, especially when being tested with trials beyond imagination, without my Lord. You may have a totally different concept of someone bigger than you, but whatever it is, stop and think about how necessary a higher power is for all of us.

5. Have courage to step out and do the out-of-the-ordinary. When I was in the United States Navy Band, I toured with a big band that regularly played for Sparky Anderson at Cincinnati Reds Riverfront Stadium. I had to go out with a huge lollipop singing The Candy Man, a feat not suitable for any human, but I did it. Every time the Reds won, but what a price to me. It didn’t matter. The Reds won and the band got to sit up in the press box with the big Whigs. When you do your job, regardless of its personal cost, that is what is important. Just do it!

6. Show up, rain or shine. We all have to do our part in this pandemic. I look at the jobs of first responders, doctors and nurses and, of course, our leaders in the federal and state governments, and I am awed at how stressed they must be, but yet they keep doing it. They get little time away from the front lines of this pandemic and yet they keep doing it. Why? Money? Power or prestige? No. It’s their jobs. Not the job they get paid to do, but the job they feel the need to do. What a marvelous example of showing up, rain or shine.

7. Give thanks!

Bye for now.

FD

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This Is It!

Hey there!

Yes, this is it. This next week I will release my new book, A Door To Old Worlds.

My first book, A Door To New Worlds was released a little over two years ago. You can view and read it on Amazon Kindle. Just enter my name, F.D.Sutherland and it will come up. After this week, both books will come up. Here’s a preview of #2:

Ted, Terri and Diane are gifted students from Murray, a small college town in western Kentucky.  When the three are awarded a unique experience journey in a mid-19th century Austro-German world, their “best friends” relationships are strained since they at times struggle with each other and within themselves.  The world famous musicians they get to meet on their journey lead them through unknown worlds around them and within them, helping them secure an appropriate course for their gifted future lives.

Check both books out. I hope you will LIKE them in as many places as possible!

See you later.

FD Sutherland

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A Door To Old Worlds: F.D. Has Done It Again

Hi there.

Yes, F.D. Sutherland has a new book coming out in August 2019. However, you may not have read his first book A Door To New Worlds, published on Amazon Kindle in March 2017. Both books are historical fictions for middle age to adult readers about modern day school students meeting great musicians from the past.

Book 1, A Door To New Worlds is about students from 21st century Minnesota meeting the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak at an 1893 setting of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, and then traveling with him by train all the way to New York city, again based on the real facts, to experience one of the most important historical events in the world of music.

Book 2, A Door To Old Worlds, similarly explores mid-19th century Europe where modern day students from the United States meet one of the most significant composer of the Romantic Period of music history.

All the books in this series are and will be designed to teach real historical facts in a real life story with a bit of fantasy thrown in. F.D. Sutherland spends much time researching and getting his facts straight so that children and adults who read these books can know that they are reading real, historical musical life.

See below for a link to Book 1, and please don’t forget to let us know what you thought.

A Real Life Story with Real Historical Facts and a Bit of Fantasy Thrown In

Check back later.

Bye for now.

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Baseball? Strange Subject…

Hey there!

It’s a strange subject for an opera, don’t you think? Baseball? Really?

Well, it is and it isn’t. Operas are about every subject imaginable and some can be way out there.

I have always been a fan of baseball. I left a couple of shoe boxes full of baseball cards at home when I left for college like some of you did. For the life of me I could not find them anywhere when I remembered them after 25 years. That may have been a couple hundred thou down the drain but then who really knows.

Anyway, I remember the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson from growing up and being fascinated by the intrigue of it, intrigue renewed in 1989 by the movie Field of Dreams, and now again, 30 years later by The Minnesota Opera. This weekend we can go and have Shoeless Joe right on stage again, not in Chicago but in St Paul, just like in 1919 (the year my Mom was born and my Dad was 2-years-old).

If you take a look at our News Page you can get all the information you need about experiencing this newly commissioned opera on a unique subject for an opera to be about.

Hope to see you there.

Bye for now!

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Hey, We’re Back

Hey, there! Long time no see. That’s our fault not yours, but here we are again, just like we said we would.

What’s happened since the last blog? You first. …

OH, guess that’s putting you on the spot. We’ll go first.

The reason we’ve been gone so long is that we’ve been trying to get our second book out.

What? You didn’t know we had a first one? Well check it out on the link down below. It’s called A Door to New Worlds by our protege, F.D. Sutherland. He’s a bit weird, but he means well.

He wrote this book about some school kids–You did know he is a public school music teacher, right? Well, anyway, kids from Minnesota get to go on this fantastic journey to meet a great composer from the olden days

Which composer, you ask? He is one of the great European composers that also has a Midwest United States connection, Antonin Dvorak (pronounced Divor-zhahk). Dvorak spent the Summer of 1893 in Spillville, Iowa (read the book to find out why) and made a trip to Minnesota for one main reason–to visit Minnehaha Falls which he did on September 4, 1893. That’s where our Minnesota school children, Ellie and Chris Swensen, meet up with him. Again, read the book for the rest of the details. Just click the link below and it will come up.

What? You want to know about the second book? Stay tuned! It’s coming.

Anyway, welcome back and here’s looking to more and more good stuff to come!

Bye for now.

www.amazon.com/F.D.-Sutherland/e/B06XRS327N/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1497220859&sr=8-1