almost there


Only two full days of ballet classes left: next Monday and Wednesday. I think it is the church work that primarily has burned me out, but I will take any relief I can get at this point.

I was pondering this morning how working with a church choir involves many psychological challenges. My goal these days is to be the person in the room who is in the best mood, keeping my sense of humor. I don’t get too much help with this.

It was discouraging to me last night that the strategic planning committee had scheduled its meeting at exactly the same time as choir rehearsal removing three of my singers. Of the remaining twelve singers three more were missing for one reason or another. This left us with nine singers.

Still I worked hard at preparing for this first post Triduum rehearsal. I spent my afternoon cleaning out choir folders and stuffing the new anthems. I have scheduled a couple anthems that will require singers to sing more in a high range.

Before rehearsal last night I consulted my reference books and came up with some exercises to help voice sing in their high range with more ease. These worked very well last night and I will continue to use them.

I told Eileen you know you’re burned out when you have a few days off and it feels like you are facing more work not time off.

This is my problem, but I’m working on it.


Blackwater’s Legacy Goes Beyond Public View –

I have been in restaurants with people from the rich West Michigan family whose money funded Blackwater. Living in Western Michigan is a constant reminder to me of Hannah Arendent’s ideas about the banality of evil. I don’t think that people are evil. But I do think that we all are in danger of doing evil things, that those who do things that seem so atrocious are not that different from me.

Recently I have seen some odd comments on Facebooger that I felt were probably racist or classist. One person was complaining about the people who come to judicial court in their pajama bottoms. Another chimed in about the lack of respect of the defendants in the lower courts, preferring the protocol of Federal courts.

Both complainers were rich white people , the people they were complaining about were mostly likely majority black and poor.

Then there’s this unfolding story:

Atlanta School Workers Sentenced in Test Score Cheating Case –

Although the prosecution team was black, the judge (who is described reports as angry) was white. I think it’s odd how the  judge punished the convicted teachers with heavier sentences when they would not submit to public shaming of apologizing to the victims of their crime.

And about that crime. It has seemed to me all along to be a more complex story than is generally being reported. I have bookmarked the following article suggested by one of the commenters on the NYT article to read:

A Middle-School Cheating Scandal – The New Yorker

What Drives the Bile Against Obama? –

I put up this link because of the following comment by a letter writer:

For 34 years, and counting, our G.O.P. has steadily impoverished much of its own base with tax cuts for the wealthy, uncontrolled military spending and an erosion of help for low- and middle-income Americans while feeding that base a steady narrative of welfare slackers, unrestrained criminality, affirmative action beneficiaries and illegal-alien predators. Attacks on the president fit seamlessly into this process, generating fear that translates into political support

This seems obvious to me. But I know many people who allow their ire to be stoked and at the same time are suffering at the very hands of the people they admire and get their news from: rich politicians and tv and radio announcers.

The Servile Individualist – Rants and Things

This is a new blog by a friend of my daughter. It looks like fun.

Chimps That Hunt Offer a New View on Evolution –

For some reason I find stories about how chimps behave socially interesting.

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