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I want to post this video on Facebook on September 11.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dzzBPLOPT0

I think this must be the most beautiful music I have ever heard. I am poleaxed by it, thunderstruck. It just pulls at my heart. Cantus

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Personent hodie
Voces puerulae
Laudates jucunde
Qui nobis est natus

Personent hodie
Voces puerulae
Laudates jucunde
Qui nobis est natus
Summo Deo datus

Ideo, ideo, ideo gloria in excelsis Deo
His the doom, ours the mirth
When he came down to earth
Flower of Jesse's tree
Born on earth to save us
Him the Father gave us

Ideo, ideo, ideo gloria in excelsis Deo

Is airiu agus a leanbh cad a dhéanfaidh mé
Tá tú ar shiúl uaim agus airiú

Jesukin
Lives my quiet cell within
Thou in me dwelling
All is lie but Jesukin
Jesu of the skies
My little one, Thou my delight
I with Thee, Thou with me
Next my heart through every night

'S airiú Who hangs from yonder passion tree?
Your son, dear Mother
Do you not know me?

Judas, James and John
Have you seen my only son?
Ochon! My eyes are blind
Ochon! My heart is wrung
Stella Maris, Semper Clara
Rosa Munde, Res Miranda
Misterium Mirabile

'S airiú agus ochon!
Sad I am till you return
To have you at the break of dawn!
Ochon airiú
Without you!

I don't actually care if the claims made in this video are true; the video itself is hilarious!

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This is the most beautiful horse I have ever seen.



This horse will appear in one of my stories, somewhere. It's meant to belong to either Aerden or Paul. Or maybe Tarran or Myradin.

Chia Seeds


Diet Soda

Healthy Fast-Food

Peanut Butter

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Yesterday I came across an exercise that is supposed to be an indicator of your life expectancy. I'm not sure if the exercise has any validity at all, but I couldn't do it unaided. I have noticed for a while that my balance and leg strength are not what they used to be, so I've decided to do something about that. I'm going to start an exercise regimen that I can do at home to strengthen my legs and back.

Strength Training Exercises for Older Adulst

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Life-Expectancy Test I'm thinking I won't be able to do this at all.

Peanut Butter Sniff Test to detect early stage of Alzhimer's disease.

Graphology article - Surprisingly thorough for this type of article. I was impressed. All the major bases were covered.

Soul Cake Recipe

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Choral Music Workshop

I auditioned for the Lighthouse of Houston Choral Workshop today and was accepted. I'm not quite sure what section I will be singing in. The choral director said that, since I am able to sing harmony, he might put me among the altos to do that. That will be weird, as I've never sung alto. He is okay with me needing to miss the occasional Thursday practice for Eastern Star.

This choral music workshop is being done in partnership with American Festival for the Arts in Schools, and the choral director is a university music professor.

The first piece we will learn is "Dona Nobis Pacem." In some ways it is snoozeville; in other ways fun, as it is a 3-part harmony sung as a round. It's quite lovely, and I look forward to singing it. Just because something has a simple melody doesn't mean it is necessarily easy to sing or doesn't have subtleties to it that can make or break it. The way I see it, since I already know it like the back of my hand, I might be able to simply take a group of people who will sing the same part as I, and teach it to them if they don't already know it. I can play the piano enough for that.

I also think this choral director is smart to start us out with something that is simple but has its own kind of complexity, just to see how well we all work together.

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This is exactly what I've been looking for--a Bajoran earring that looks as if someone who survived the Cardassian Occupation and is used to dressing like a slave or a Resistance fighter would have worn it.

Bajoran earring

A lot of the ones I see are pretty but too beautiful for an Occupation survivor.

Eight Things... By Benjamin Hardy

1. Get a healthy 7+ hours of sleep.
2. Prayer and meditation to facilitate clarity and abundance.
3. Hard physical activity.
4. Consume 30 grams of protein.
5. Take a cold shower.
6. Listen to or read uplifting content.
7. Review your life vision.
8. Do at least one thing towards long-term goals.

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I'm going to eat at Ziziki's Greek Restaurant tonight in Dallas. Looking forward to it, as I've never been there before, and I love Greek food. I hope they serve pastichio.

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St. Vitreous' School for Boys on Storium.

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From Tripod. Text posted here because I could not link to the actual page, but I needed to be able to retrieve the information; the URL address stopped at www.tripod.com.

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The ideas on this site are brilliant!

Life Hacks

There are many useful ideas here.

Current Mood: in awe

(I shamelessly stole this off of Facebook.)

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps - Be sure to click on the word Share to save this to your wall.

1 lb. zucchini or squash (about 2 medium-sized)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan (heaping)
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (heaping)
... 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable spray.

Slice zucchini or squash into 1/4 inch-thick rounds. Toss rounds with oil, coating well.

In a wide bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper.

Place rounds in parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides of each round, pressing to adhere. The mixture will not completely cover each round, but provides a light coating on each side.

Place rounds in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the rounds.

Bake for about 22 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. (There is no need to flip them during baking -- they crisp up on both sides as is.)

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I posted the following paragraph on Facebook in response to a graphic with the caption, "Water is a human right." I disagreed with that statement.

Mm...No, it isn't. None of us have any rights, really, except the ones we are willing to fight for, for ourselves and others. To me, the idea of 'rights' is an illusion created by law. What we call 'rights' are simply the way we would ideally like the world to be. I don't believe they are inherent, no matter what pretty things we might quote as a matter of politics. If we don't earn it ourselves, or if someone didn't earn it on our behalf, then we don't possess it, and we don't have a 'right' to it.


We have no rights to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness except insofar as we are willing and prepared to defend them every moment of every day. Any so-called right that we vote for ourselves we can also vote to deprive ourselves of.

So I'm thinking, this commercial will proceed as follows:

Grumpy Cat: "I tried Little Friskies once....It was awful!"

Because, seriously, will we believe it's Grumpy Cat if the commercial doesn't go that way?

But on the other hand, a good commercial ought to surprise and delight us. So I still think Grumpy Cat should never ever admit to liking Friskies cat food, but we should somehow get the idea that she does, grudgingly, enjoy it, thought she will never let on to it.

I hope, since the people who secured the contract presumably 'get' what Grumpy Cat is all about, that they'll know how the humor should go. I'm looking forward to seeing this.

My Eye-Stroll Donation Page

On November 10, 2012, I will participate in a 5K walk at the Houston Zoo to benefit the Prevent Blindness Foundation. I would like to ask for your help in raising money to fund research that helps find treatments or cures for various diseases of the eyes.

I figure, since I did the 'Run for the Rose' 5K walk to raise money for brain cancer research last spring, I could certainly do another such event when the weather is likely to be cooler. I'm in a team with other co-workers from my office.

Many, many thanks to any of you who would care to donate and work with me for this.

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