Archive for December, 2008



December 24, 2008

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, ESV)

A sample: colliding Antennae Galaxies (NGC 4038/NGC 4039)

Check out the 2008 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar; a new HST image will be posted each day through tomorrow.


NaNi and Nichelle in The Nutcracker

December 21, 2008

Naomi in her angel costume and makeup from Gate City Ballet's Nutcracker.

Both NaNi and Nichelle were in a production of “The Nutcracker,” put on yesterday by Gate City Ballet. NaNi got the part of an angel, and Nichelle was one of the dancers at the party in the beginning.


The performance was originally scheduled for last Friday and Saturday, but had to be postponed because of the ice storm. Another snowstorm arrived on Friday, so two performances were set up on Saturday.

Nichelle, onstage, during the party scene.

I’d actually never seen “The Nutcracker,” although, like most, I was familiar with the music. I was very impressed with both the overall quality of the production for a relatively small ballet company, and the skills of the dancers, especially the children. Later I learned that GCB is quite well known in this area for doing such excellent productions.

Nichelle at the end of her scene.