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It’s such a luxury to me to have family around. People to talk to whom I not only care deeply about but also have a lot in common with. So this blog will probably not be very long since I am sitting in the living room with Elizabeth, Jeremy and Alex (Eileen is asleep). I have to be in Muskegon around 9:20 to accompany the high school violinist I have been practicing with. In the meantime I am making coffee for the three of us.

From Word to Silence, by Raoul Mortley | Bond University Research | ePublications

I am constantly amazed at what’s available online. The book linked above was footnoted in Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Silence: A Christian History. Motley is an Australian scholar and this work is about the relationship of Hellenistic concepts to evolving Western notions (Jewish and Christian). It’s two volumes and very erudite. I love it that I could read the preface and look at the table of contents instantly after seeing the book in MacCulloch

Joe Biden: A Plan for Central America –

The Vice President wrote an article in yesterday’s NYT. I bookmarked it to read later.

Rod McKuen, Poet and Lyricist With Vast Following, Dies at 81 –

I remember this guy well.

Government Allies Are Said to Have Slaughtered Dozens of Sunnis in Iraq – NYT

This article came up in a conversation with Jeremy (Daum, my son in law) this morning about historical genocides. This happened this week.

French Police Question Boy, 8, After Remarks on Paris Attacks –

France goes nuts.

U.S. Textbook Skews History, Prime Minister of Japan Says –

Japans asks for a rewrite of history. Ahem.


a little late blogging today

It’s after noon in Holland Michigan. This is very late for me to be blogging, but this is not unusual when I have visiting fam. Elizabeth, Alex and I spent time in the kitchen being quiet so Jeremy could rest.

After a while, I went and purchased bagels, cream cheese and lox. Eileen skipped the lox but Elizabeth Jeremy and I feasted on them. Very good.

I just got back from listening to Rhonda play portions of an upcoming recital. She is a good player and it is flattering to be asked. I know that the way I look at music is pretty unique (eccentric?). So much so that it won’t necessarily be that helpful to Rhonda. But I did give her my feedback for what it’s worth. And I do enjoy thinking about music and interpretation.

Strobe Tuners by Sonic Research – Turbo Tuner Home Page

An academic organ dude on Facebook reported that he was surprised to see the famous early music person, Jordi Savall, use an electric tuner in a concert.

I eavesdropped on the ensuing comments and found this link to a tuner that will do different temperaments. If I ever get my harpsichord back in shape I will be interested in this.

Follow your convictions – this could be the end of the politics of fear | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

Daughter Sarah put this interesting article up on Facebooger. A lot of idealism in this. Would that it would happen.

Rev. Richard McBrien, 78, Dies; Theologian Challenged Catholic Orthodoxy – NYT

This dude was chair of the theology department when I was in grad school at ND. I don’t think he approved of my interdisciplinary degree. He felt that musicians should get a bachelors in theology before studying liturgy. I’m glad he didn’t win that one.

First of 3,000 Child Soldiers Are Released in South Sudan –

I have been following child soldiers longer than I have been reading the NYT online. Very disturbing practice: training the very young as killers. Glad to see these people released.

World Renowned Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

I clicked on this out of idle curiosity. The url is This makes me not take it too seriously, but it’s kind of interesting.

Attack on Israeli Soldiers ‘Most Serious Flare-Up in Years’–if Arab Deaths Aren’t Taken Seriously

Time and time again I have watched reporting that doesn’t take the deaths of the other seriously. Oops.