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From Ewe to You
Quiet for so long
Whilst my plans for the past year or so were to post every day or two, life got in the way. I broke my back after a bad fall, and was left recovering for almost a year. The insurance company wouldn't pay for surgery, so I had to wait for my back to heal by itself. A total recovery never happened, and I am left with a back that doesn't allow me to stand for long although I can sit for a few hours at a time. The sitting is an improvement. Still, mostly I must be in a recliner that has me tipped at a slight degree and the pain isn't as bad.This will remain for life and I have been getting used to it physically and working on getting used to it emotionally. Very difficult for a type A personality and someone who is used to being physically active albeit in a wheelchair whilst away from home. The docs have "taken away" my canes and I must use a walker in the house. Very slow and I look longingly for my canes. The break in my back diagnosed me with osteoporosis so anything is... (more)

Daily Devotion
One Nation,
One King

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014 Today's Chapters: Isaiah 1-4 Message Title: One Nation, One King The Book of Isaiah is the twenty-third book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains sixty-six chapters. The author of the book is Isaiah and it was written to Judah and all believers. The timeline of these events took place approximately 766 BC to 679 BC. The purpose of the book was to teach correction and reproof to all believers. What we are to learn from the book is that rebellion leads to destruction, but repentance leads to restoration. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” - Isaiah 1:18. The Book of Isaiah is actually a mirror of the entire Bible. The Bible has 66 books, Isaiah has 66 chapters. The Old Testament has 39 books covering the history and sin of Israel, the first 39 chapters of Isiah cover the same. The New Testament has 27 books... (more)

The Common Ills
Will Iraq name a president today?
Will Iraq name a president today? A day that starts with a headline proclaiming "Gunmen control Nineveh Pharmaceutical plant, head to Nineveh Dam," is not a good day for thug and prime minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki. Nouri has spent how many weeks and months now trying to hold onto parts of Iraq that were not 'break aways' in 2013? It's July -- near the end of July -- so there's your answer: Seven months. Seven months and he still can't get it together because he refuses to initiate a political system that values and includes people not part of his State of Law political coalition. National Iraqi News Agency reports the Iraqi military says they killed 15 suspects in Jurf al-Sakar (all burned alive in air strikes), they also brag about burning to death 23 other suspects in an aerial bombing of Rawa, and 3 Peshmerga were kidnapped north of Mosul. The Iraqi military claim they killed a commander here and another there. These are suspects,... (more)

Contra a Ilusão
Não, eu não vou encerrar o blog. Poucas coisas me deixam mais triste do que assistir comentaristas de futebol numa mesa redonda, na televisão. Cada um querendo cortar os outros, ninguém tem paciência com ninguém. Brasileiros sendo brasileiros me deprimem. Estou para mandar um e-mail para o Dennis, mas estou sem tempo. E acho que ele também está. Nos últimos tempos, a minha maior diversão era entrar no twitter para conversar com o Dennis. Bom... Problemas no computador e na impressora. Tudo porque encaixei errado a merda de um cartucho de tinta. Se ao menos fosse uma questão de dinheiro. Eu pagava e pronto. Mas parece que não é...

Orchestral Music
Inlaying the Purflings

Purflings are the decorative inlays highlighting the edges on the faces and backs of most stringed instruments. Since the first violins were made in the 16th Century, purflings have been consistently a key component of the aesthetic of violins, violas and cellos. A tiny sandwiching of three woods of contrasting colors is set in a carved channel that travels along the edge of the entire front and backside of the instrument. Aside from adorning the instrument, purflings may add flexibility to the top plate while reinforcing the plate's edge against cracks running with the wood grain. First, materials must be selected to create the purflings. These vary widely among violinmakers. The two outer strips tend to be made darker, while the inner strip is of lighter color. Some use ebony for the dark strips, though it is a hard and unbending wood. Others may use maple for all three, while coloring the outer strips in a dying process using Lockwood and ferrous... (more)

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