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Archive for November, 2010

Glad Christmas Bells

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Last night we had our first rehearsal with the strings for the concert coming up on Sunday. We’ll have our first rehearsal with the brass and percussion on Sunday and just hope it goes well. It went pretty well with the strings. Choral singers at the first instrumental rehearsal spend a lot of time standing […]

John the Baptist

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Back to work after a long weekend, I want to offer you a sprightly song: “Prepare Ye” by Marc Robinson. You can hear it at that link. We sang it in the second service yesterday with an excellent soloist. In the first service, we heard a sermon about John the Baptist, which you often do […]

Not Quite Through with the Holiday

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Today’s song is “Wake, Awake.” If you click on the title, you’ll get a karaoke version with organ and lyrics. This may seem like an odd way to approach a hymn, but it makes some frail sense, because this wonderful Advent hymn is unlikely to be one you burst into while stringing popcorn and cranberries […]


Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Tomorrow is the first day of Advent, and I’ll be singing two anthems (at two different churches), so I’m giving you one of them today: “Comfort, Comfort Ye, My People.” We sing this with a sprightly, lilting rhythm, and I have steel drums playing along in the back of my mind. I have sung this […]

We’ll Dress the House

Friday, November 26th, 2010

We had all the kids for Thanksgiving, and my parents. They’re moving into town today, and have refused our help. They probably don’t feel that they’ve reached the point where they need help, but I’m glad they’ll be closer to us. We were playing with our new video camera, and completely overlooked the taking of […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 25th, 2010


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

My dentist appointment was put off till today, which meant I was able to get several interviews done for the article I’m writing. I have more today – but also the dental appointment. And choir rehearsal. Mostly, though, I’m spending the day writing. This is a fun way to spend the day. Pretty much all […]

The Wii Personality

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

I woke up early this morning with a sense of dread. I have to teach a class and then go to the dentist, and I have two phone interviews scheduled today, plus I have 5,000 words on Outstanding Men due on the 24th and don’t yet have all the phone interviews for them scheduled. In […]

Making Things

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Yesterday didn’t turn out as I had planned. I had envisionedĀ  a day spent cleaning house and making things, with a nice long tramp in the lovely fall weather as a break in the day. Nope. However, I did make this pretty piece of jewelry. I’ve been in a jewelry-making mood lately, and am using […]


Friday, November 19th, 2010

I’m writing the annual Outstanding Men article for a men’s magazine I write for. I write a lot of articles about successful men for this publication, and I enjoy the opportunity to talk with so many interesting people. They all have much the same things to say about success: do what you’re passionate about, give […]

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