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Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 14th, 2014

   It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.

― Theodore Roosevelt

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

I found this list to be quite fascinating... http://healthybodynow.net/stop-hurting-yourself/

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Today's a very busy day. I get the privilege of chanting the Passion twice. I'm on route to the first one now. The first one is out in DC; the second one is in Charles Town, WV. Following the second chanting, I'll be attending the rest of Mass. Immediately after that, I go back out to DC for choir rehearsal. I will be home sometime between 6–8 p.m. today

Don't worry, I have my coffee with me. :-)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 12th, 2014

   To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 9th, 2014

   There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

― Epictetus

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A quick thought for Great Lent

Behold the bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching; and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless.

Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given over to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.

But rouse yourself, crying: "Holy! Holy! Holy! art Thou, O our God. Through the Theotokos have mercy on us!"

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 9th, 2014

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Monday, March 03, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 3rd, 2014

    Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

― Hannah More

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Inspiring Quote for March 1st, 2014

    Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

― Mother Teresa

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Follow up to Spem in Alium

There are a couple videos from the performances of Spem in Alium from yesterday.  One of them is posted on Fr. Z's blog:


This is a short video which includes snippets from all three performances.

Here is a video of the third and final performance of the day.

The choir who put this on is Chorus Sine Nomine (http://www.facebook.com/thechorussinenomine), but the people who showed up to sing this massive work represented groups such as Collegium Cantorum, the Suspicious Cheese Lords, Illuminare, Chantry, and others, and various parish choir and cathedral choir directors and members.

It was a phenomenal experience, and I hope to sing it again!  There are 7 more baritone lines to learn, as well as 8 bass lines, and 8 tenor lines.  I might have to learn them just for the heck of it.  :)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Life goal accomplished today

Today was a memorable day, and it will go down in history as one of my favorites.  I accomplished a life goal today.  Under the direction of David L. from St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, I and nearly 100 people sang the motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis.  The motet is a masterwork, which displays the genius of the man, and provides no small challenge to even professional musicians to pull off well.  It is written for 40 individual voices, divided into 8 choirs of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass.  My line was choir 5, baritone: out of 40 voices, I was voice 24.

All I can say is wow!  It was an absolute blast!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 18th, 2014

    Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

― Les Brown

Thursday, February 13, 2014

MP3 collection fail

I just made the worst discovery I had never hoped to make. I have lost my entire collection of King's Singers MP3's that I had ripped from my albums. Drat...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I have a lot of reading to do...

The top three books are for my next certification, and the bottom two are "just because" books.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 6th, 2014

    Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.

― John Wayne

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Inspiring Quote for February 4th, 2014

    Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.

― Ronald Reagan

Friday, January 31, 2014

Network+ certification acquired

Thank the Lord!  I passed!  Thank you for the prayers, everyone!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Network+ certification test

In less than 24 hours, I will either be CompTIA Network+ certified or I will not. I ask for your prayers, as tests always make me nervous.

I take the test tomorrow at 9am in Winchester.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Inspiring Quote for January 24th, 2014

    Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.

― Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Inspiring Quote for January 21st, 2014

    Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.

― Catherine M. Wallace

Friday, January 17, 2014

It's asthma season, I guess

Breathing is difficult today.  Not sure why, but I needed my inhaler (which I normally use once a month or so) this morning, and I feel like I may need it again.