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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear coffee...



My dearest Java,

How do I love thee?  Thou art black and beautiful, so I love thee with Biblical words.  Thou are good with half-and-half, cream, milk, sugar, honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, agave nectar, or coconut cream, so thou art good mixed.  More than all of these, I love thee straight, as long as the barista is good, the roaster is good, and the beans are good.  If not, thou needest a little decking out with the aforementioned accessories.

However, my dearest one, here is where I must introduce a strain into our relationship.  This past week, as we gained more and more exclusivity, I realized that I need to introduce a third person into our relationship.  Now, I love monogamy; I think you know this.  But, in the interest of not crashing or dying, I think our relationship has to be polygamous.  I need to spend more time with my old flame.  She's also dark and luxurious; her name is Sleep.  When I fold into her arms, nothing else matters.  She's fantastic in her time, as you are fantastic in yours.

I have found that on occasion I can substitute you for her.  This often comes at a price that I am willing to pay.  However, it is not often the case that I can substitute her for you.  This means that I do value you as an individual, and that I am not giving you up.  Your soda cousins aren't quite as effective as you are, so you will always be my first love.  Your energy-drink cousins are just crazy; I prefer to spend my time with you rather than them; there's no telling what they will ask me to do.  I will also admit to spending time with your far-distant cousins which promise zen and harmony, but they did nothing for me.  I also love your sister, tea, but she requires a much more tender preparation, so we don't hang out much.

Anyway, I just thought that I needed to define how we stand after this past week of frequent use.

Love always,
Anthony

Inspiring Quote for August 30th, 2014: Tact

   Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

― Winston Churchill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 22nd, 2014

   Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.

― St. Francis of Assisi 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 20th, 2014: Future

   Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.

― Jim Rohn 

Inspiring Quote for July 19th, 2014: Happiness

   Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

― Joel Osteen 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 12th, 2014: Tears

   There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

― Washington Irving

Friday, July 11, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 11th, 2014: Willpower

   Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.

― Dan Millman

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 9th, 2014: Greatness

   Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

― Mark Twain

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Inspiring Quote for July 3rd, 2014: Family

  The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.

― Pope John Paul II 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First recording posted

I sang this for the first Mass of Fr. Daniel Heenan on Sunday, June 25.  I enjoyed it immensely, especially because it is so simple, so I recorded all three parts in Audacity, and posted it on Soundcloud.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
   

Comments and critiques are certainly welcome.  I am always looking for ways to improve.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for June 20th, 2014: Adversity

   All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

― Walt Disney

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Inspiring Quote for June 15th, 2014: Fathers

   Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

― Charles F. Kettering

Monday, May 12, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 12th, 2014: Attitude

   Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

― Khalil Gibran

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 11th, 2014

   If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.

― Robert Brault

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Inspiring Quote for May 8th, 2014: Humility

 It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

― Saint Augustine

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 27th, 2014: Fatherhood

   Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one's children.

― William Bennett

Friday, April 25, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 25th, 2014

Leave No Man Behind...
   Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.

― Heraclitus

Monday, April 21, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 21st, 2014

   I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.

― Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Inspiring Quote for April 20th, 2014

   Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

― Epicurus

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