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Lest the Rocks Cry Out …

(This is one of those STATE OF THE WRITER-type posts. Some people call in Navel Gazing, though with a salute to G.K. Chesterton and his Orthodoxy I will take a Western slant to it and gaze outwards quite a bit as I do so …)

In a response to one of my recent blogs, particularly my revision to the weekly blog schedule, someone questioned whether with the responsibilities I currently have in my life, whether I should be spending so much time writing, i.e. the blog, and instead should concentrate more on employment, career, and earning a livelihood.

I had a very severe internal response to that comment. I will elucidate.

It made me think of the above video clip from Babylon 5 and its scriptural reference. Actually two different types of references: In one, most closely related to the song, the wicked flee to the rocks and the rocks do not hide them.; In the other rock reference, scripture says if the gospel is not spoken by children the rocks themselves will cry forth.

I feel myself somewhere caught between the two on this one. For if I do not write, that is when I am in trouble, or a sign I am in trouble, a sign I am dying, bit by bit, from within. And thus this past year was a sign that all was not well with me, that the writing, that the fount was gone, drying up. so the suggestion to stop up the well to attend to more important matters have a very backwards and perverse feeling to it, had to justify in the numbers, but life doesn’t go by the numbers alone.

I am finding myself writing again, and so many things conspiring to shut the font off, many of them well-intentioned. But writing is Jonathan’s Well, and like Jacob’s well, it is a source of life from within, for me at least. And I do not want to stifle my own life. There are too many others already able and willing to do that.

That was my intent. And yet I have had a long spell of life interruptus, and not getting any writing done. There is a sense of losing myself, of being broken, of always trying to find myself.

And yet, I am reconstructing myself. There is a new job, in a new field, promotion offered two weeks into the job. And somewhere in here I intend to get back to writing. So please be patient, and check up on what I post when I check in with something to write.

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Approximately specific

Betsy inadvertently provided me with a good blog topic when she noted that “Okay Google” doesn’t have a very good understanding of the word approximate.

During the lead-up to the series of winter storms we have had this winter, we have taken advantage of our Google Home system to check on the weather. Which has often led to the question”Okay Google, how much will it snow today.”

The Google answer is invariably “Approximately 2.7 inches” or “Approximately 0.01 inches, or some other decimalized amount. But those numbers are aproximate. Those numbers are exact, or precise, at least.

Which leads to the fact that decimals and metric numbers are almost invariably precision items, while imperial measurements and whole units are flexible enough to be estimates and approximates.

But are fractions approximate or exact. After some discussion I came up with the decision that fractions are approximates with smaller denominators, and more precise with larger ones.

So what do you think? how inherent is approximation and precision to various numerical measuring units, or fractions?

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A Look Ahead


STARRING: RICHARD KARN FROM THE SMASH HIT HOME IMPROVEMENT

To February 17 — Shear Madness at New Theatre Restaurant

SHEAR MADNESS is America’s most popular and longest running comedy (now in its 31st year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the hilarious whodunit and there is no end in sight; its success just keeps going and going.

In this hilarious whodunit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the SHEAR MADNESS beauty salon and you, the audience, along with Inspector Nick O’Brien, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. The wacky, spontaneous comedy never has the same ending twice, so you can see it again and again.

Insert personal review: Betsy and I enjoyed this show. The jokes are always fresh to the year and locale of the show — which meant I didn’t catch half of them due to the attempt and “Liberal” reparte. It also meant much greater use of**!=@#* than as necessary to get adequate Standup Comedian Cred. Nick O’Brien’s pictures in the promos are from his Home Improvement days. He looks much better than them, and also much more mature. His acting as very good, and not impeded by the same need for modern Comedy as the other actors.

The dinner menu was as good as always, but we had a maitre ‘d encourage 10 people to cut ahead of us in line “because no one saw that line”. They have four buffet lines but only three obvious lanes to them on each side of the theatre, so the middle lane usually serves as feeder for 2 and splits as it comes up. They need to mark clear lanes on the floor if they want four lanes to speed up traffic.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

February  20-April 2019– Biloxi Blues at New Theatre Restaurant

The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, March 5 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, March 12 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, March 19 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, March 26 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, April 2 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday, April 9 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

Tuesday April 23 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

April 25-July 7 — The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant

It’s Back! One of our most popular productions of all time! BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVEON and many more. This show Rocks!

Tuesday, April 30 — Songflower Chorale Rehearsal 7-9:30 p.m., choral room of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11311 Johnson Dr, Shawnee Mission, KS 66203.

This is a closed rehearsal in preparation for the May 12 concert Madrigals Meet Jazz but interested musicians are encouraged to contact director Geoff Wilcken.

May 12 at 3 p.m. in Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church — Madrigals Meet Jazz concert by the Songflower Chorale (Yes, this mother’s day — bring mom.)

The flowering of music we know as Renaissance Madrigals is notable for several new features. They were the first major musical genre not to be connected by any strings to the Church. Indeed, these compact songs of love, nature, worldly adventures, social commentary, and play were the first important body of music that could be called “popular”— the ancestors of Romantic Lieder, modern commercial music, and the widely-known songs which became the grist for the music we know as jazz. In this program, well-loved English madrigals are brought into contact with some of their counterparts from the world of jazz, from the swinging ballroom tunes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the brilliance of Charlie Parker and the trenchant commentary of Charles Mingus. We will hear vocal and choral jazz as well as instrumental, backed by some of Kansas City’s most outstanding musicians.

July -Sept. 15 — Joseph and the Amazing TechniColor Dreamcoat at New Theatre Restaurant

Based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from The Bible’s Book of Genesis, this upbeat musical is filled with a cornucopia of musical styles. From country-western to calypso to bubblegum pop & rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. With its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical theatre event not to be missed. From the composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, CATS AND SCHOOL OF ROCK.@

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#323: More Love to Thee

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1
More love to Thee, O Christ, More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make On Bended knee;
This is my earnest plea: More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
2
Once earthly joy I craved, Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek -- Give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be: More love O Christ to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
3
Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, Sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me, More love O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.
4
Then shall my latest breath Whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry My heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be: More love, O Christ to Thee,
More love to Thee, More love to Thee.

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The Swift Précis

The Swift Précis Is a Tuesday feature where I choose what I found the most interesting reading during the past week and piece it together for your browsing pleasure. Most of it will be from blogs and other internet offerings — with appropriate links. But when I choose something in print, I will reference that as best I can too, for you to look up and follow if you so choose.

This link here is a blog by Cedar Sanderson on her struggle with helping her kids, and how it can strangle their independence. With two kids of my own I see the same thing. Perhaps it is just my memory, but I think I had more independence in my growing up, and my kids generation has less, more protection, less risk, less independence.

For Humor, try this link of short vignettes.

Over at According to Hoyt an article on one of our cultures current insanities.

Considering being a writer? Cedar Sanderson suggests there are benefits in the part-time trajectory and longevity is one of the big ones.

For those of you that get more out of video, here are some good advice videos, all rounded up in one blog.

Hey, what is an unrealized life skill? Standing still. See this excellent blog on how to achieve this with ease.

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The start of the new job

(This is the weekly focus on Health: The Whole Person. I take whatever part or parts of the whole person that I choose to focus on, including fitness, diet, social relations, the medical professions, etc.)

Today is the start of my new job. My permament schedule is going to be 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. with Thursdays and Fridays off, but the two weeks of training takes place on first shift. So I will experience the exhaustion of learning new tasks on day shift, and then have to shift my sleep schedule to working the night shift — another exhaustion transition.

Not sure whether it is better to separate the two or to get them over at the same time. Might have an update on that thought next week.