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I’m doing it different this morning: blogging between cleaning the kitchen and doing Greek. I’m hoping that Eileen and I will drive off to Grand Rapids today to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit before it closes Saturday. I like his work and want to see some of it in person.  All the pics in today’s blog are from that exhibit.

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Yesterday I managed to choose anthems for November. I’m trying to chip away at preparing for the upcoming season a bit each time I go to the church. I have decided to prepare Calvin Hampton’s “The Primitives” from his “Five Dances.” I had an odd email from Craig Cramer which seem to indicate that only three people are playing at the organ dedication in October. if only three people are playing, I think I know the low man on that totem pole who has been eliminated. It’s probably a misunderstanding, but my boss is in Scotland and hasn’t answered emails about this (not that I blame her). If I’m able to, I will perform the Hampton piece at that recital and also a piece I am writing.

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Otherwise, I’ll just perform them some other time.

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Insecurity is a bitch. I had a nice chat with my bud Jordan VanHemert yesterday. His career is exploding as he is finishing up his doctorate. But I could still see this superb player struggling with occasional insecurity in our conversation.  (Hi Jordan!)

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Jordan and my friend Rhonda continue to reach out to me. I appreciate that two such fine players find time to check in with me even though they are both very busy. I like chatting with them and I like playing with them when we can.

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My brother, Mark, and his wife, Leigh, are visiting Ireland right now. I have enjoyed watching them make these trips.  Since I began some significant travels, I have always felt that Mark especially would enjoy seeing history and traveling. I like it that he’s doing that.

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I’m seriously thinking of reversing myself and begin using the gym at Evergreen. My treadmill is not reliable. I’m tired of buying cheap ones that break down so easily and are a pain to both move into and out of the house. But if I’m going to spend some money, I want to get my harpsichord fixed. The builder that I wanted to fix it is not returning emails but there is another one. As soon as I think I have the money, I will look into getting the harpsichord fixed.

Ai Weiwei - Natural State at Meijer Gardens,Porcleian Cube by Andy Terez

I just chatted with Eileen and she pointed out that if I only use the gym, it will be free to me under my Medicare. Seems like a no brainer.

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Are there white nationalists in the White House? | PolitiFact

Politifact doesn’t give this question a simple rating because it’s so complex. But the short answer is that the charge is too extreme.

More history in the news.

George Saunders: what writers really do when they write | Books | The Guardian

I like Saunders.

The Books We Don’t Understand | by Tim Parks | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Bookmarked to read.

internet goes away, but my copy of Carl Rogers still works.


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Our internet service went down yesterday afternoon and was gone for the whole evening. It was discouraging how dependent I am on it these days. I was reduced to pulling out my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) to look up Carl Roger’s usage of the word, “molar,” in the sentence: “… enunciating the laws which appear to govern alteration in human behavior, whether in the situations we classify as perceptions, those we classify as learning, or the more global or molar changes which occur in therapy, involving both perception and learning.”

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The Websters had no definition that helped. However, my good old American Heritage Dictionary did.

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Molar: “Physics, of or pertaining to a body of matter as a whole, perceived apart from molecular or atomic properties.”

So sort of “global” but in a more scientific, physical way.

This made good sense since in this chapter, Rogers was attempting to reconcile his client based therapy with good science.

I am finding Rogers very helpful. I like his strong belief in the basic goodness of humans. I like that he manages to condone a redemptive understanding of life without descending into religion.

In Chapter 9 in the book he attempts to describe a functioning person in terms of the “good life.” pdf of chapter online

I understand myself as living the “good life” but not in terms of high functioning necessarily, just being lucky as I have said in this space many times.

Roger calls on some of my favorite religious thinkers: Kierkegaard and Martin Buber. Reading this book confirms my own point of view in many ways. I hope I can learn from it as well.

Carl Rogers | Simply Psychology

This is a good link for some explicating of Rogers.

‘We Completely Misunderstand the Most Important Thing That Ever Happened in the Country’ | FAIR

This is an interview with James Loewen, author of Lies my Teacher Told Me, from back in November. It’s a good read right now with all the misconceptions floating around about the Confederacy and why we fought the Civil War (slavery).

Charlottesville And The Rise Of White Identity Politics | FiveThirtyEight

I rely on FiveThirtyEight for sane responses.

Amateur Sleuths Aim to Identify Charlottesville Marchers, but Sometimes Misfire – The New York Times

When Facebookers began passing around pictures of the Nazis, I had misgivings of this latest manifestation of what they are calling “doxxing.”

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Sure enough they fucked up and some guy and his family are in hiding from crazies.

The word, “doxxing,” seems to come from “docs,” or “documenting,” as in “documenting people whom you feel need to be exposed.

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We used to call it outing.

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It reminds me of the anti-abortion people publishing information about doctors (one at least of whom ended up dead by the hands of sniper).

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