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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Local Talents

Okay, this is a real departure from my usual content about security, law enforcement, counteintelligence and intelligence.


Please look at Mister Standman's website. If you appreciate masterful artistry in woodworking, Mike Norris's wooden music stands are beyond unique. The neatest thing is that this craftsman lives and creates his music stands right here in Kootenai County on French Gulch Road.

As you read his webpages, understand that Mister Standman's wife, Leslie Stratton Norris, edits his website in her limited spare time. Leslie is the Principal Harpist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Dayton, Ohio. When she's at home and not correcting Mike's website, she's tutoring student harpists from Coeur d'Alene and its surroundings. We attended a concert performance by some of Leslie's students at the Lake City Senior Citizens Center on Sunday, December 18, 2005. If they keep it up, these young and gifted artists-in-training will put Coeur d'Alene on the map for its musical artistry.

Want to hear some harp music for Christmas? Leslie is playing for:
  • Northwest Sacred Chorale Concerts, Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 521 Lakeside, Coeur d'Alene. There is a ticket charge for the choral concert.
  • St. John's Cathedral, Christmas eve, 3:30 p.m. prelude to the 4 p.m. mass, Grand Avenue on Spokane's South Hill.
  • Millwood Presbyterian Church, Christmas eve, 11 p.m. service, Argonne Road exit in Spokane.
  • First Baptist Church, Christmas Day church service, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. meditation, 10:45 a.m. service, 5th and Wallace in Coeur d'Alene.


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