This is really about Pierre and his band MISSISSIPPI HEAT.
Because I represent the band as their manager and I do all the writing on Jango, I will say a few things about me. I sign as Michel (my first name) or as Mississippi Heat. JANGO.COM/MUSIC/MISSISSIPPI+HEAT has everything about Pierre and about the band and mississippiheat.net is our site address.
I am happily married to Jeannie, my wife of 28 years (there is a photo of the two of us taken in Chur, Switzerland four years ago). I have three grown children, two from a previous marriage and one together with Jeannie... and we have 4 grandchildren who are our joy. We three siblings live in Chicago so we share with our spouses the responsibility for our aging parents. All good but hard at times. My mother passed away on May 30th, 2011, bless her soul. We were together and we miss her. My father composed this message on her stone, "Purity, like love, is contagious". Her love was infectious and it made all around her better!
We are originally from Belgium and we emigrated to Chicago in 1969; parents, brother and sister came when my father accepted a chair at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he taught Old Testament (what he calls Prime Testament) for thirty years or so.
I have managed my brother's band since we created it in 1991; these days it means mostly PR, secretarial and consulting.
I am a middle school counselor with a special interest in clinical work. I have been at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for 21 years and I have a private practice. I love my work and I enjoy people; I work hard to find and affirm the potential in all children, indeed in all people.
A favorite quote from an Unknown source: "Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse."
Music, reading and studying. Poetry, literature and literary criticism, Israel, ancient Greece, psychoanalytic literature, Bible, wisdom literature (Christian mysticism and Jewish mostly, but all the wisdom I can find be it in ants or in plants or in mankind). I love languages and I love cultures.
But mostly, I love and value my family.
Often as an opportunity to sit close together. My wife and I like Frazier because she recognizes me in him and I try to have enough humor to accept it (full of himself, much too serious, even vain at times but caring and noble, also at times). Planet Earth and all nature documentaries; Jeannie and I love wilderness and we often camp for long periods in the Northwoods of Wisconsin or in Northern Minnesota.
American Idol in small installments.
Documentaries, biographies, often I seem particularly interested in foreign films, I love to watch movies in their original language. I like understated, evocative, poetic rather than crude and rough though I have times when I like those recent choreographed Chinese fairy tale/historical fiction movies. Even James Bond or the Bourne Identity series for the boy in me that stubbornly holds back and grows up reluctantly.
Seamus Heaney, Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Rainer Maria Rilke, Shakespeare... biographies of great men and women. I read reviews on new books and keep up with studies on creativity, poetry, and re-discover the wonders and beauty of humankind that I too often take for granted, forget or question.