Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Had this beautiful juvenile Red Tailed Hawk hang out on my deck for a half an hour. He seemed he was drying his feathers. I say "he," but after some investigation, there doesn't seem to be a way to distinguish male from female when flying solo. He could very well be a she. Either way, our hawk seemed to enjoy being watched and did a little strutting for our benefit. As soon as we walked away from the window he flew away. Continue reading

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Stephen Clark & Pirates on the Straits Lakes

Typically a homebody, lately my calendar has been chock full of social events! Saturday night I interviewed Stephen Clark of WXYZ Action News for an upcoming post on CyberCletch.com and he and his wife, Larenne, were kind enough to invite me to a party on one of the Straits Lakes. The water provides a completely different view of a neighborhood and its residents. One of the "pirates" told me there was "nothing like lake living," I'd have to agree. Stephen Clark wrote & performed "Pink Pirate Continue reading

New Math

I love teachers who integrate alternate methods of teaching - and styles of learning - into the regular classroom work. My son's math teacher gave Cayce and two of his friends a video assignment for her class. My son worked on this every day last week and we all had a great time watching him create the scenes and observe how he weaved them together. This kid has a vision before it gets filmed. Perhaps this will be part of his future? Can't see the video? Click here. I'm a little Continue reading

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

What Band Kids Do With Their Spare Time

I've covered a lot of Walled Lake Schools music on my blog over the past few years because my children were so heavily involved in band. This will be the last year I cover school concerts since my eldest is in college and my youngest has chosen bypass orchestra next year in order to pursue other courses that will help with his career of choice. He would have participated in the Walled Lake Marching Band but he's not able to because it's mandatory that he also be taking a music course (in most Continue reading

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

Dog-gone Spell Reversal

During the divorce negotiations, the dog went to my ex. He's since reconsidered and I was notified today I'll be keeping the dog from now on. I had chosen to shut out how much I missed having Caesar in my life on a daily basis. I'm beyond excited to have him home full-time; he's putting up with the hugs and the costume because that's the kind of dog he is. Woman's best friend. Continue reading

Walled Lake Northern Marching Knights

Walled Lake Northern Marching Knights

Can't see the video? Click here. I meant to get this online a couple of weeks ago, but life got busy. This is the WLN Marching Band's 2011 pre-show and show. The video was taken October 6th during the visit by Clifford Smart, Sarah Banks and James Geisler Middle School Bands. The football game was against Lakeland High School. The pre-game music includes the Northern FanFare, the Northern Fight Song, the Cupid Shuffle, the Northern Alma Mater and the National Anthem. The show theme Continue reading

Visiting in the Rain

Visiting in the Rain

This was today's visitor, they often hang out at the end of my lawn where there is some flooding or fish in the shallow water beside the dock. This is the first one I've seen actually ON the dock. Wish I had a lens that let me get closer. This was taken through my rain soaked family room window because if I had opened the sliding door the Great Blue Heron would be gone. It is a Great Blue, isn't it? Continue reading

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

1st Peek at the WLN Marching Band 2011 Show

This video was taken during the performance after Band Camp on August 13, 2011. The rain held off and the band did an excellent job. I'm looking forward to seeing the show on the field in the next few weeks. They are playing movie scores which includes Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Spiderman. According to Band Director Mary Hulliberger the show will NOT be called a "Knight at the Movies." Video not visible? Watch here. Continue reading

A Most Unusual Playmate

A Most Unusual Playmate

My favorite time to get out in the kayak is on a still early evening while the sun is 3/4 finished it's daily journey across the sky. Tonight, I decided to explore the small waterways branching off the main lake for the first time this season. As I pointed the front of my kayak into a calm canal, I was startled by a turtle splashing the surface to escape my impending paddle. Three ducks were swimming along ahead of me. As I caught up to them, two quickly disappeared. The third, obviously Continue reading

The Shivers

The Shivers

There are two things giving me the shivers lately. All this cold damp rain... and snakes. Finally got out on the deck for a minute to soak up the sun and found this guy doing the same thing.... My deck is on the second story... that is one BIG SNAKE. The other sunny day this month? I saw this one outside my basement door. I'll leave him be but have to admit, I'm a little nervous about working in the yard this year. The positive? Snakes eat mosquitoes right? Continue reading

Winter Swans

Winter Swans

I found this image taken by my father during his visit at Christmas. I generally find the grey winter skies depressing, but the beauty of the winter wonderland swans swimming, guarantees my spirits a generous lift. I took a video last week too... Continue reading

Cold Patterns

Cold Patterns

My father took this picture while visiting. Taken before the warm spell he saw these pattern out the window, picked up my camera and shot it. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 5

These are the final videos from the Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert. I wish I had been able to record the entire show but I didn't. My Flip video camera only records an hour and ran out of space right before the Halleljah Chorus finale. The following video is Symphony Strings performing Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. A show of this magnitude has many people to thank, (1200 students from three high schools, performed over two days for three shows). The video below is the speech Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 4

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Departments of Northern, Western and Central High Schools come together for the Holiday Collage Concert on December 11th. Here the Women's Vocal Ensemble sing S'Vivon and Silver Bells and the Wind Ensemble plays Sleigh Ride and Secret Agent Santa. Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 3

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this third video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long" with the audience. Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Video Part 2

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert with Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western. In this video Symphony Band and Choirs lead "A Holiday Sing-A-Long." Video: Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert on Videos Part 1

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Holiday Collage Concert at Walled Lake Northern last Saturday night. We were lucky to get tickets for one of the three - not to be missed - sold out shows. While watching 1200 students perform, I sat in amazement of the organization and production skills that went into a show of that magnitude. Below are videos 1 and 2 from Interval 1 of the evenings performances... Performances by the Women's Chorus and Continue reading

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert

Walled Lake Holiday Collage Concert, originally uploaded by cletch. Final song of the outstanding performance. 1200 students from Walled Lake Northern, Central and Western High School Orchestra, Band and Choirs sang and played 3 sold out shows over two days at WLN. Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

Stephen Clark Got Me Watching the News Again

In Canada, I watched the news daily. If I wanted to know what was going on in the world, I'd turn on CBC and watch. It never occurred to me that news could be one-sided, or sensationalized, it always seemed to be told from a position of neutrality. I moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1999 and turned on the news to become familiarized with the area. I was surprised; the local news reminded me more of watching soap operas. Announcers kept viewers hanging on as long as possible with breadcrumb Continue reading

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake

Cold November Day on Wolverine Lake, originally uploaded by cletch. Water looks a little chilly but the lake view is still beautiful Pat Williams 248-842-5527 CyberCletch LLC Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Continue reading