… as to my choices of music for the show.
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First, I want to establish an atmosphere conducive to folks’ listening to and learning from each other. As I remark at the conclusion of Free Speech Handbook, “Awe in the face of the unknown may be the healthiest of all human postures.”
Second, I want to make available to my listeners music and concepts that are under-represented in the market-driven playlists of commercial music stations.
I can’t apologize too much for leaving out music that I just don’t like. In many styles of blues, for example, performers impersonate someone who is drunk or high. I don’t want to be around such people, see or hear them. So much for those styles of blues. Now, on the other hand, I like practically everything the Rolling Stones have done, and most of that is, in fact, blues.
But just because I like a song won’t get it on the show.
Continue reading Yes, I do have a hidden agenda …
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I just learned that folks have been making donations via GoFundMe that, for some reason, GoFundMe never told me about.
GoFundMe no longer supports the browser I normally use, so I’ll have to go to a different browser to ask them.
In the meantime, if you’re one of those people, please contact me so I can thank you properly. Some folks have my e-mail; others know me on FaceBook; if you’re not one of those, please use the Contact form on My Resume.
Saint Benedict ran a monastery. He ran into the problem that many monks wanted to spend all their time praying and studying, and not do any of the dirty manual labor — housekeeping, tending livestock, working in the fields — needed to keep the place going. So he adopted and enforced the motto, Laborare est orare — “Work is prayer.”
In excess, religious study can become a drain on society’s resources. Many Haredi, or “ultra-orthodox,” men in Israel want to spend all their time in religious study instead of earning any money. (Article.) Meanwhile, a majority of them live on welfare, with eight to fifteen children. This places a burden on the remainder of society that that economy can no longer bear.
What about me?
Continue reading Prayer is work, too.
From diary for Thursday, March 20, 2017:
Throughout suppertime, contemplated possible FB post about racial prejudice, and wound up completely emotionally drained. Maybe I really do need to learn presence, for the sake of my own functioning. I have my own learning curve.
Related: Learning curve
Miscellaneous notes about accepting bad feelings.
[First in a series.]
Vladimir Putin purportedly has a video of Donald Trump directing two whores to pee on a bed that Barack Obama slept in.
Some people think it’s scandalous.
I think it’s hilarious.
Some days ago, I had a mind to post on Facebook that Trump himself is the bed wetter.
Continue reading Accepting revulsion 1: Wetting the bed
As of 2017-02-27, this is a placeholder for notes for a discussion of these things, that may be worked into an actual post either before it’s published or at some later date.
– Fear of the unknown, uncertainty, risk, disappointment
– Self-love facilitates desire
Continue reading Notes: Perceptions of order, courage, and fear of the unknown
Since I have reason to believe a few completely new people may be visiting today,let me recommend in particular a really good, old post I happened across yesterday:
(Originally posted 04/14/12 at Trojan Horse Productions. Republished here 11/20/13.)
I mean to include in my audition audio files, a telling of the story of the Trojan horse — or Trojan War. I’ve wanted to conclude that telling, with the story of how the man who discovered the modern location of the actual ancient Troy, supposedly did so based on information he saw in a dream. To verify my information, yesterday I read portions of the book Finding the Walls of Troy, by Susan Hueck Allen. I did not find exactly what I was looking for.
Continue reading Unexpected research results