This Land is Mine

Wonderful blog post by Nina Paley, “America’s best-loved (un)-known cartoonist.”
This Land Is Mine

Tennessee Ernie Ford

I was reminded of Tennessee Ernie Ford when my Facebook friend, Barbie R, posted a YouTube of him. Sit back and take a trip down memory lane – and if you are too young for that, then be amazed and develop a new favorite! Enjoy!!

16 Tons

Tennessee Ernie Ford and His Sons Singing

Peace In The Valley By Tennessee Ernie Ford

One Day at a Time Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tennessee Ernie Ford – Wayfaring Stranger

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Good post about one of the many poster session abstracts from the 2013 American College of Rheumatology Scientific Sessions in San Diego in October.  Post is by Anet, who is another PRD (Person with Rheumatoid Disease).

Thanks, Anet!

Today was Hobbit Day!

Frivolity: Today is Hobbit Day! It is Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday!

Post at Biblioklept 9/18/13

Lovely post. I love the title. Might say the same thing about music. Have to think about it a while.

As entries in the “beauty” category:


DaVinci LastSupper high res 2 nowatmrk

The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci


Up and Down by M.C. Escher

Trinity tikhon filatiev

Hospitality of Abraham by Tikhon Filatiev


Medieval Music


Antifona Terra Tremuit mIV – Gregorian Chant

Renaissance Music


Ypocrite / Velut stelle / Et gaudebit – XIV century, Italy

Baroque Music


J.S. Bach, Art of the Fugue, Part 1 of 2 – approx 39 min.

Classical Music


W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Flute and Harp, Allegro

Romantic Music


Claude Debussy, Maid with the Flaxen Hair – approx 2 min


Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1, 3rd movement in F-sharp minor, composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff – approx 13 min

Interestingly, I could not find any Creative Commons music for composers since 1975 that fulfilled my definition of beautiful music! A fluke, or a commentary on contemporary music??

BUT, here is a gorgeous piece of music of Pascha from Serbia:


Christ God is Risen! Let us Rejoice!

Air Force cracking down on Christians

Circuit Court Judge Bars Jewish Man from His Own Trial then Finds Him Guilty in Dispute Over Right to Wear Head Covering in Courtroom

So, how should Christians react to these kinds of things? Do you think these are examples of religious persecution?

Should Christians have to go “into the closet” or into catacombs? Should Jewish men have to hide their observance by not wearing tallit (with or without tzitzit [fringes]), not wearing a kippah or yarmulke? Should Jewish women have to avoid wearing sheitel or Tichel?

What do you think?

I am referring people to || this location || for a discussion of transgenderism and school children. “Being Schooled About Transgenders” discusses the cases of Coy Mathis and “Kathryn” – two children who from toddlerhood identified themselves as members of the opposite sex. Now, they want to use the bathroom of the opposite gender (they haven’t undergone sex-change surgery, of course – too young!)

The author, Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. She points out that toddlers and pre-schoolers right on through high school will “test the limits.” Giving in to these testing the limits behaviors will make the child insecure. Enforcing the appropriate limits will make the child more secure.

She goes on to say: “Brain research shows that during adolescence there is tremendous growth in the brain. As I noted in my book Children at Risk, Dr. Jay Giedd, chief of brain imaging in the child psychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health said, “It’s sort of unfair to expect [teens] to have adult levels of organizational skills or decision-making before their brains are finished being built.” Indeed. Yet psychologists and psychiatrists are encouraging not just teens, but children as young as four and five years of age, to deny their gender and, perhaps, start taking life-altering hormones before puberty.”

Her final conclusion? “There are so many questions and areas that present pitfalls regarding this issue that it seems schools should stay out of transgendering altogether. Perhaps if schools focused on teaching the necessary basics and avoided eagerly following the latest pseudo-scientific fads, children would be better prepared for life by the time they graduate. But then, those pushing their warped progressive ideology wouldn’t be able to experiment on them.”

Sounds like a winner to me!


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