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I am woefully behind in email; please forgive me if I've been lax in answering your messages. Had a good practice with Allison and Jodi last night. They learned my new friendship song (or what I've written of it, anyway, I'm nearly done), which was a relief since this is probably the most complicated song I've written, at least in terms of scoring out each vocal part. We'll be debuting it at Confusion. We're also working on doing a cover of "Prince Of Darkness" (Indigo Girls), which is a lot of fun. Finished off a container of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey icecream (thank you, Rand!). My favourite B&J's flavour is still Chubby Hubby, though. I mourn the fact that there is no Ben & Jerry's in Toronto. :-( I still haven't gotten confirmation from Bigfoot about my email This morning, Jeff and I went to Sara's first Christmas pageant at her nursery school. Woke up at 7 a.m. and drove in rush hour so we could get seats for an event in which our niece would probably be onstage for, oh, maybe two minutes in total. But it was well worth it. :-) Sara's class did a very simple play in which one little boy was the "snowman" and the others took turns decorating him in pairs. Each pair danced or marched to a different musical theme (Sara was a toy soldier). Most of the children (2- and 3-year-olds), however, wandered out onto the stage only to be struck by stagefright/awe as they gazed out upon the sea of faces/camcorders/cameras, then had to be nudged gently off the stage again by their teacher. It was hilarious and utterly delightful. And WOW, were there a lot of cameras (yes, of COURSE I had mine, as well as a tape recorder). Paul Kwinn is sick. :-( Please send him get well email. Eli Goldberg's new URL is

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