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Quote of the Day

Posted by thesinger on March 22, 2008

Jewel after a really intense game of Dutch Blitz: Oh, I’M SO EXCITED! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!!!


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Quotations by Marian Anderson

Posted by thesinger on February 27, 2008

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

I suppose I might insist on making issues of things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.

None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath.

When I sing, I don’t want them to see that my face is black. I don’t want them to see that my face is white. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless.

There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move, and he, in turn, waits for you.
– All from Marian Anderson, 1897 – 1993

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Quote of the day.

Posted by thesinger on January 16, 2008

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
Robert Orben

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Quotes of the day on “Light”

Posted by thesinger on December 21, 2007

I thought these were just great!! Enjoy. . .

You are … the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does.
– Dag Hammarskjöld, 1905 – 1961

When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
– Edward Teller, 1908 – 2003

Begin today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may. The world may need just that quality of light which you have.
– Henry C. Blinn

Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
– Karl Kraus, 1874 – 1936

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
– Ben Sweetland

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Thought for the day.

Posted by thesinger on November 30, 2007

John 6:35-40 says, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

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Quotations by Hans Guido Freiherr von Bülow

Posted by thesinger on November 25, 2007

Hans Guido Freiherr von Bülow (January 8, 1830 – February 12, 1894) was a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era. He was one of the most famous conductors of the 19th century. Here are some quotes of his for you to enjoy.

* “A tenor is not a man but a disease”.
* To a trombonist: “Your tone sounds like roast-beef gravy running through a sewer”.
* Upon being awarded a laurel wreath: “I am not a vegetarian”.
* “Always conduct with the score in your head, not your head in the score”.
* “Bach is the Old Testament and Beethoven the New Testament of music”.
* “In the beginning was rhythm”.

There you have it! Now, wasn’t that random?

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Hanging out at Ra’s house.

Posted by thesinger on September 21, 2007

Yeah, I’m like so feeling kindof weird. Perhaps it has to do with the surrounding individuals. I don’t know.

At this party are Loyal, Kevin, Sheri, Rachel, Anja and myself. Joe just came in from eating out with a bunch of random kids. Floyd was here for the large majority of the evening. With this information in mind, I will give you some wonderful quotes from the evening.

Kevin said, “Loyal’s a great guy, but you must learn to avoid the brown spots in his colorful personality.”

“To love, is ____________.” The ending of this quote is only available from me by email. Ra’s response to this quote is also only available by email. You know my address. . .

Joe asked, “Ra, where did you hang on when you had a motorcycle ride with Craig?” He was looking at pictures of her trip to Thailand and thinking bad thoughts. . .

More random things we did: We ate some Mocha Java Chiller, drank some Vault, Code Red, etc., and sat around, playing Steal. This made for some GOOD TIMES!!!

I must now sign off. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of your enemies.


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Posted by thesinger on July 28, 2007

Instinct is the nose of the mind.
– Delphine de Girardin

Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.
– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844 – 1900

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
– Max L. Forman

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.
– Sam Ewing

It takes little talent to see what lies under one’s nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
– Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907 – 1973

So, I thought those were sortof clever. What do you think?

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The Church Bulletin Hall of Fame

Posted by thesinger on May 28, 2007

— Barbara Chisholm remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.

— The Ladies’ Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10:00. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

— Would the congregation please note that that bowl in the back of the church labeled “For the Sick” is for monetary donations only.

— Missionary Bertha Belch will be speaking at Calvary Memorial Church. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

— A bean supper will be held Saturday evening in the church basement. Music will follow.

Taken from “The Revenge of Anguished English” by Richard Lederer.


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Life as Love, Love as Music

Posted by thesinger on May 12, 2007

Recently I was reading in the book “Three Philosophies of Life” by Peter Kreeft. He says there are three ways of looking at life. We can either look at life as the writer of Ecclesiastes: Life is vanity; like Job: Life as Suffering; or we can look at life as the Song of Songs: Life as Love. I am going to talk to you about Life as Love this morning.

Kreeft says that love is twenty-nine things. I won’t bother listing them all, but would like to spend time with the first idea and also quote freely from his book.

Idea #1 says that “Love is a Song”. I quote, “God is love, and music is the language of love; therefore, music is the language of God. Music is a language more profound than words. How often have you heard a great piece of music and felt that? Great music does not just make you feel good; great music suggests some profound truth of mysterious meaning that is objectively true but not translatable into words. Attempts to translate music’s meaning into words always fail. It is like trying to allegorize a symbol, trying to reduce to one literal, verbal meaning something that has many nonliteral, nonverbal meanings. Love fits this pattern: (1) it is not only subjective feeling but objective truth, (2) it is both mysterious and meaningful, and (3) its meaning is never reducible to to words. The wooden trap of words can never capture the lobster of love, any more than a wooden “interpretation” of the meaning of a piece of music can capture the music itself.”

“I think music was the language in which God created the world. Both C. S. Lewis (in The Magician’s Nephew) and J. R. R. Tolkien (in The Silmarillion) tell this story, and it goes back to a very old tradition, probably older than Pythagoras and his “music of the spheres”. We moderns usually think of music as a later ornament added on to speech, but I suspect it is the opposite: speech is a later development from music. Song is not fancified poetry and poetry fancified prose; prose is ossified poetry and poetry ossified song. The reason I think this is because (1) “In the beginning, God”, (2) “God is love”, and (3) love is not a speech. We do not ever speak of “love speeches”, only of “love songs”.

“Therefore, in the beginning was the Song of Songs. This book [Song of Solomon] goes even farther back than Genesis, into the eternal heart of the Trinity.

So, there you have it, a long discourse on Love as Music. I am inspired by how he so tastefully explained how that music can never be reduced into “wooden” words. Whenever I try to explain how music has power to move people, etc., etc., I can’t seem to express myself well at all. That is just the way God made music to work; whenever you try to explain music away, your tongue gets all tied in knots, you lose your breath, and nothing comes out right. Trying to explain the power of music is virtually impossible.


Drop a comment on whether or not you agree or disagree with Kreeft in this particular excerpt.

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