At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
Music to our ears . . .
For his 15th birthday Tom finally received the guitar he'd been asking for for quite a while. On the left, here he is on that very day, sharing the feeling with Alex. This first guitar came from Costco, because we wanted to make sure that his urgent desire was not just some adolescent foible.
Tom was inseparable from that guitar, and in 2007 remained inseparable from this and his other guitars.
The photo below shows him in 2007, working on it or with it, perhaps restringing it.
He was taught for years by a local mother named Lisa, who taught many, many would-be violinists from Happy Valley School, both as part of the school's extracurricular arts program and privately. She has since moved on to other things, which those lucky children's parents of course understand. What she did for our children lasts.
On the left she is leading her young charges at a concert in June 2007. Alex is looking straight at her. She taught the Suzuki method, giving her pupils at even the earliest levels something to play coherently.
On the right, Tom playing in a bar in Paris in 2008. He started performing regularly there, in bars and jazz clubs, sometimes even getting paid. Wish we could see one of those gigs!
Listing of Pages in the Site
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