Some Military History

🇺🇸Finally – finished a coherent and relatively succinct overview of our immediate family’s military service.

The essay is titled, “399th” and tells the story about our life together over those two decades.

We have it posted on our portfolio website. Click HERE.

We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures.

And, we especially hope our children and grandchildren enjoy learning about some of our earlier adventures.

Advice for the Ages

💕There’s no manual for life that guarantees ultimate outcomes because people have the will to choose.

As parents, you just live each day with the intent of creating positive experiences and environments where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Our late mother, Vi Burnett used to say:

“You never know what type of person you are ultimately raising – you simply do your best by your children and the decisions they ultimately make will determine who they become as autonomous adults.”

Advice for the ages. 

Work hard and be nice to other people 💡

Family Flashback 💕

FEATURE PHOTO:
Our three eldest grandchildren.

In 2013 we drove to the Missouri Ozarks to get these three after they visited with their other grandparents. We got to hang with them for a while before their mom (our daughter) came to take them home. Fun summer adventures.

It was also cool to go back to the area we left as brand new empty nesters. We literally started our life together over again when we left there 17 years ago – coming back home to live in the Kansas City metro.

It seems to have proven true again that such things in life happen as they are supposed to.

Closure.

Our late mother Vi Burnett had many words of motivation and wisdom to share – most encouragement to overcome whatever adversities a person is going to inherently encounter in life.

She used to encourage me to use my talents to create the life I want to live. I saw her overcome. I saw her grow as an adult. I saw her become the best version of herself.

Here’s one of the phrases I constantly heard growing up: “Work hard and be nice (to other people).

I have learned this phrase in practice keeps you focused on what really matters.

#life #love #family
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Paola Roots Festival

Christopher Burnett QUINTET performed at the 2017 Roots Festival in my hometown of Paola, Kansas.

This was the 28th anniversary of the annual festival. The last time I had the honor of performing there was in 2002.

We invited a special guest to perform with us. My long time friend and jazz mentor from Army band days, Marcus Hampton.

THE QUINTET

I played alto saxophone and performed with:

Roger Wilder on piano
Charles Gatschet on guitar
Dominique Sanders on bass
Clarence Smith on drums

Our playlist covered some traditional jazz works by noted composers and a couple of my compositions as well during the 50-minute set at Roots Festival.

Here is the set list …

THE MUSIC

Take Five by Paul Desmond (Dave Brubeck Quartet)
Dolphin Dance by Herbie Hancock
Invitation by Bronislau Kaper
Sugar by Stanley Turrentine
Yesterdays by Jerome Kern
Triste by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Perspectives by Christopher Burnett
Bagnoli Blues by Christopher Burnett

GALLERY

Our program was well received. More information about CbQ.


Photographs by Gene Morris, Sports Editor, Miami County Newspapers //