Sometimes, when I'm feeling down, I "recharge" by turning off the TV, crawling onto the couch, and listening to the melancholy sound of a cello.
On in this case... 2 cellos.
It's an interesting story. It interested me so much I decided to link it to my blog. It's a tale of a boy who grew up thinking he was stupid and couldn't learn how to read. And throughout his life he found ways to escape his shortcoming - even to the point where he taught school for 17 years.
There are many lessons to be learned from the life of this man: things from believing we are what we believe ourselves to be, to trying to ignore the handicap we have to the point where we try and normalize life by devising ways to escape the ability to respond to the challenge our shortcoming places before us.
It was one of those musical gems that seemed to slip under the radar of pop culture except for those who actually watched the movie and enjoyed it's music and it's message.
Among The Greatest Showman's collection of toe-tapping songs is one that encourages the development of one's dreams regardless of how impossible they may seem. But here's a version of the song, created by Dixie State University and featuring Alex Boye' that puts a little different spin on the anthem. Enjoy!
I'm going to leave this here for those who want to think about this.
After testimony of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before Congress this past week, I began to wonder if maybe I could do without this program.
Granted it does supply a good deal of information, but after reading this guy's article about getting rid of Facebook, I admit I'm thinking about giving the program the heave-ho.
I particularly like his observations about how Facebook has made us lazy in our relationships.
A beautiful rendition of one of the prettiest songs every composed. The song is a message of hope and encouragement in the most difficult of times. Written by Richard Rogers for the musical "The Sound of Music", it was "...a song of acquiescence—to family, to love, to the small satisfactions of stability—and also of resistance. It was both a symbol and an instrument of the Von Trapps’ fleeing of the Nazis—an embodiment of their belief that the “homeland” was something that could, like a flower that blooms in winter, survive the harshness of fascist rule." (The Atlantic)
Here it is, performed by The Little Singers of Armenia (2013).
Fear is one of those emotions men never admit to having, yet they have it all the same from degrees of mild to total immobilization. I'm probably just a smidgen below the high side of total petrification.
What is? Changing jobs.
That's what is currently happening with me. After five months of working full time at home for a contractor, I decided it was time to find something else to do. A tip from a friend put me in touch with another contractor, and in a few days I'll be joining another group doing what I love to do - technical writing.
It's a condition that seems to be getting more common as the days go by.
But this time it was even more tense.
I lost my driver's license.
Yes. He is...
A beautiful musical meditation; questions and affirmations - the essence of meditation before our Savior. Now that Easter is over for another year, may the reminders of the reality of our faith move us forward in faith, deeper in trust, and higher in praise.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
When I think of Easter anthems and a musical expression of the drama and the outstanding joy that comes from knowing my Savior lives, this is the one song that seems to capture it all. And it can only be faithfully performed by Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris.
Yes, all eleven seasons.
It's one of the last great TV series (in my opinion) featuring a wonderful ensemble cast which I found consistently funny - and heartwarming.