Being from Michigan, I am so glad I traded gray, gloomy, cold days for sunshine in paradise.  Working as a teacher and high school principal for 32 years was a great career, but the activities in SCC give me great joy.  I discovered the mandolin four years ago and love the way it plays and sounds.  In Biblical times, the mandolin was called a lute, and it has been important in Greek, Italian, Irish, South American and American bluegrass music ever since.  It is very rewarding to play the mandolin because of the variety of music that can be performed on it, and the lyrical sound it produces