Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book or No Book?

I've been taking my netbook computer to church on Sunday mornings.  People look at me kind of strange when I open it up and start clicking away through the pastor's message. 

You see, my netbook has a digital Bible that allows me to view four different translation, side by side.  It also includes notes from Strong's Concordance, and the ability to insert those notes and/or any Bible verse into my study notes with a single mouse click.  In addition, It can zoom-in and zoom-out (a very handy feature for someone with bad eyesight like me).  Plus my kids think it's cool.

So, I will continue to carry my netbook with me into the holy place and click away as the pastor speaks. Let them stare.

... Later!
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I give up!

I'm about to give up on an important idea (well, it's important to me, anyway).  Giving up won't be easy, but after so many attempts and failures I've come to the conclusion that it won't come to fruition, ever.  So why should I go on torturing myself?In the grand scheme of things it will be for the best, even though I will always long for a different result.  I'll be (hopefully) stronger for having been wise enough to realize that I was chasing the wind.  I pray that I have the strength to walk away.

 ... Later!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Desert Island CD

A few months ago, my college friend mentioned his favorite recording. He seemed more than enamored with the music; he said it was his “desert island” CD, and that if he could only have one recording to listen to for the rest of his life, that would be the one.

I became fascinated with the idea and began a quest for my own “desert island” CD. No problem, right? Wrong.

As a person who has been exposed to such a wide variety of music (in-depth exposure), I found it tremendously overwhelming to think about all the music I’ve experienced with the purpose of narrowing the list to a single album or CD. It seemed impossible, and frankly, still is a daunting task.

I have narrowed the list to a few, but I still am unable to come up with a single recording that, if necessary, would be satisfy my ear artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, while also feeding my wild side, as I live out my remaining days on a desert island.

So, without further ado, here is my list thus far …

· The Stranger (Billy Joel)
· Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (Sir Neville Mariner – St Martin in the Field)
· Pure Schuur (Diane Schuur)
· Various songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

If I could combine these recordings into one, it would represent my “desert island” music. I’m sure there will be other songs that will sneak into my mind’s ear, and I will have to reconcile them to this list. As of this moment, however, these are they.

... Later!

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