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21st Century Re-imagining

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. A group of people formed a workshop to explore sounds in Massachusetts. Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group’s artistic director and conductor, Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to exploring the expressive potential of the human voice through the study of singing traditions from around the world. Its eight classically trained vocalists are equally adept at Tuvan throat-singing, yodeling, Inuit throat-singing and new vocal techniques from Sardinia and Korea. They’re playing in Ann Arbor, Mi. March 15 – 16, 2019. Let’s go!

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Love Is A Force Multiplier

I love Marianne Williamson! Her voice is loud and clear and speaking Truth. I discovered her book, Return to Love, in 2014 when my mom was ill and since then have cherished and listened to her words. They resonate where I feel like we are similar. I’m underneath it all now bubbly because she began a exploratory to examine running for president and two weeks ago announced “Now is our time.”

This video I listened to today on Valentines Day 2019 from a TED Talk in Traverse City, Mi. in 2013. I was like ok I’ll listen in real quick b/c I love Traverse and live in Mi. She ‘s a maverick and been talking and giving speeches and lectures like this for 30 years professionally. So she’s not new to speaking and creating dynamism.

In her own words, “May it manifest in a way that is light and a blessing and a gift to us all. I’m going to lay it down as best I can. About the story of America. About our democracy. About our economy and our economic system. About our children. About race. About waging peace. And every other topic that has been gathering steam in my heart just waiting for the day when I could sing it out loud and shout it out as best I can. I’m going to do my best to do my best. With your help, and with God’s, something incredible can happen here. Many thanks to all of you. God Bless the world.” – Marianne Williamson

The Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

In Dr. King’s immortal words, “Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only Love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Ephphatha — that is, Be opened!

When we consider Jesus’ healings in the light of God’s coming kingdom we might be surprised not by the power of God’s plan, but by the gentleness of his love. God’s rule is made manifest not in a display of power, subjugating all of humanity to himself by force, but in the renewed humanity of a once-mute man.

God’s kingship is not imposed on the world from outside, as though he would oppress us with his power. Rather, God’s rule takes root in the renovation of human hearts. – Fr. Daniel O’Mullane

Beautifully written Homily (or perfect words) for today’s reading, Father Dan. Thank You! Wanted to share your thoughts with others who are out there wondering what Jesus is up to. Read complete post on Father Dan’s Blog

for Homily for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sept 5, 2018.

 

“A Beautiful Red Flower” For My Father

To welcome the new year, we’re bringing you an amazing performance from two American banjo player legends, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck. They perform Hao Huo Hong literally meaning Good Flower Red.

The lyrics speak about the small red flowers that make up the blossoms of the pears trees on the mountains above the Yan River. Abigail Washburn relates the song’s history and the significance of the red flower in China:

“Hao Hua Hong is an age-old folk song from the native Buyi people who live in the high mountain forests of Guizhou. I learned the song from a record of the artist Gong Linna called Traditional Chinese Folk Songs. Every time this song would go by as I listened to her record I was moved by the quality of her voice and the idea of one small red leaf making a mountain to look of fire.”

On the Octave Day of Christmas: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


When you know your mission, be astonished by what God has done, and never stop treasuring it.

This week I was asked twice what Buco means in the dish, Osso Buco. Buco is the bone marrow that offers the flavor to the meal, the richness.

On this feast of Mary the mother of God, I would like to emphasize specially the word today’s Gospel associates with her: treasured. “Mary treasured these things and reflected on them in her heart.” She pondered them, turned them over, sought out their causes, saw their implications, allowed them to work their way into the marrow of her bones.

May the Mother Mary, God’s finest human creation, guard and keep this year, and bring the peace of her Son Jesus to our hearts and to our world.