Welcome to the personal section of
my website. Maybe this will give you a few "snapshots"
of who I am.
and Leonard Cat
The Unicorn © 1983.
my ancestors NEW!
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Euclid Avenue Rag ©
Forest Park Stroll ©
The Barwick Rag ©
The St. Louis Zoo Rag © 1998
Last update, March 4, 2000.
I wrote the paragraphs below in Fall, 1998, but I still believe
what I said. You all should read Ray
Kurzweil's book, the Age
of Spiritual Machines, for an eye opening scenario of the next 100
years of technology.
The hardest thing about teaching courses on using computer technology
in education is that there is so little time to have any FUN just playing
around! I got into computers in 1979 after being trained in philosophy
of education. It started as just fooling around and blossomed into a career
in instructional technology.
Who says that angels have to have feathered wings and blond hair, anyway?
What is an angel? An angel is a holy presence that does God's work. But
what is God's work? Well, the way I see it, the Earth is struggling to
survive and evolve. What with wars, weather, and unwise use of Earth's
resources, this survival and evolution is an "iffy" proposition. So maybe
the Internet is an evolution of the Earth's intelligent resources; a way
that we can quickly communicate and have greater vision than we did before.
Maybe the Internet is a holy presence that does God's work in the world.
Maybe that web server is in service to a higher presence. Maybe there IS
an angel in my computer.
Some of the fun things in my life:
- I hit 61 on December 3, 1999..
- I just traded pictures with my first cousin Marlene Sagert via ICQ.
My father, Fernand Andris, and her father, Alphonse Octave Andris were
brothers and had a store business together for many years. This line
of my ancestry is Belgian. Here is a picture of
Marlene (lower left), her two sisters (Sharon and Geri), and Marlene's
- Home. We moved into a 100 year old townhouse on Accomac in
- Music. I'm still a ragtime nut! I discovered the Ragtime
Rendezvous, which meets at Dressels Cafe in St. Louis on the first
Sunday of each month at 5:30. There are more ragtime artists per square
foot here than probably any other place on earth. Come and join us.
The Friends of Scott Joplin have a web page somewhere on the net, but
I can't find it just now. They're publishing my rags! I also have a
fan club called The Ragtime Rascals.
- Warren Trachtmann has a great
ragtime website. You can get to other ragtime sites from there.
- Listen to some great stride by James P. Johnson (not me) that I
am working on: Snowy Mornin' Blues or Carolina
- In November I played Robert Hampton's Cataract Rag, Artie
Matthews Pastime Rag #3, William Bolcom's Graceful Ghost
Rag, and Joseph Lamb's Ragtime Nightengale.
- In December I played Joseph Lamb's Cleopatra Rag, Artie
Matthews Pastime Rags #2 and 5, and two of my own rags: The
St. Louis Zoo Rag and The
Forest Park Stroll.
- Since December I have played lots of rags and am moving into stride
piano. Under my belt, James P. Johnson's Snowy Mornin' Blues, Carolina
Shout, Keep off the Grass. Working on other stride pieces.
- Sunday, March 5, 2000 I will play and sing Zes Confrey's Stumblin'
- Play Reading Group. I have joined a local play reading group.
Here are some recent titles:
- Noel Coward's Private Lives. (I was director, November,
E. Hotchner's The White House. (August, 1998)
- Yasmina Reza's Art, translated by Christopher Hampton. I
played the part of Serge and Stephen played the part of Ivan.
- Herb Gardner's, A Thousand Clowns (November, 1998) It was
the 25th Anniversary of the Second Sunday Play Reading Group. And
we hosted it.
- Tina Howe's, Painting Churches (December, 1998)
- Conor McPherson's The
Weir. I was Brendon, the bar keeper. (August, 1999)
- I was Wally in Garrison Keillor's The Prodigal Son. (September
- Richard Vetere's The Marriage Fool in October, 1999. Steve
and I hosted the group in our home.
- Literature. Some books I've recently read.
- Steven Watson, The Birth of the Beat Generation: visionaries,
rebels, and hipsters, 1944-1960, Pantheon, 1995.
- Michael Coffey, ed., Terry Golway, text, The Irish in America,
Simon and Schuster Audioworks, 1997.
- Tony Hillerman,
several books in the last couple of years.
- Melodie Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, Hazelden Books,
- James Redfield, The Celestine Vision (a great book!)
Whitman: A Gay Life. His master work, Leaves
of Grass, is still an inspiration.
- Art. Recently acquired:
- Pottery. Acquired 3 pieces of Roseville
Pottery last summer:
- A Ming Tree 8" vase. (1949)
- Apple Blossom candlesticks (1948)
- a Primrose jardinier (1931)
- and a White Rose urn (1940)
- Church Life. Still usher at Trinity
Episcopal Church. Now doing service on the altar as a thurifer,
torch or crucifer.
- Friendships. High school chums Will, Dee, Myra, Mariam and
I and respective spouses met for a a 60th
birthday reunion in San Diego for August 14-16, 1998. Lots of reminiscing
about the tricks we played on each other back in the '50s.
- My Spouse. Stephen is recovering nicely from a recent illness.
His daughter Stephanie and her partner, Dawn, came
to visit last Memorial Day Weekend.
- My Birth Family.
- October, 1998 mom came to visit and see our
new house with sister Vicki and her husband Jerry.
- Brother Tom and his wife, Dee's daughter Heidi gave birth to Anastasia
Elizabeth in July, 1999. Ariana Daniell was born in November, 1997.
This summer, mom will add two more great grandchildren, because Vicki's
two oldest sons are also becoming parents
- Sister Vicki's second son got married last June.Vicki and I have
started a family circle at www.ecircles.com.
- My former life as a gay activist. I settled down in 1985 and
got out of the political sphere. But I did a lot for the St. Louis gay
community in the years from 1975-1985. Here are some pictures of the
St. Louis Pride Celebration in 1980.