Sunday Pipes #23

Going back to Chris Paraskevopoulos again.

2010 Rehearsal at St Francis of Assisi at Rhodes Catholic Cathedral.

The Cathedral is a huge church with an acoustic delay of 6 seconds!, and the marvelous Pinchi organ sounds very well, marvelous.

Adagio in G minor.  A nice, slow piece.

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Badass Cool

We have all heard about what happened on Southwest Airlines Flt 1380 earlier this week.    Unknown

There are several recordings of the radio transmissions between the plane and various  ATC (air traffic controllers) and CFR  (Crash Fire Rescue)    I have decided to share the condensed version

I have listened to aviation radio since I was a teenager and apologize for those who might not understand all the terms/lingo they use.

All involved,  especially the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor, stayed calm and mitigated the emergency. If you are impatient, start listening at 6:15 into the 7:27 audio.  Badass cool, but you can tell she understands the gravity of the situation.

Here is the audio:

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I was scrolling through some old pictures and came across this one that I took while on a two-week mission trip in 2007.

This Massai boy was responsible for a herd of about 30 cattle and he was trained to use that stick to ward off predators, (spelled LIONS).

We gave him the banana and the Rosary Beads and I caught this photo with my camera as he walked away to get back to his herd. (my Blackberry didn’t have a camera).

Tanzania was a beautiful country and I hope to get back someday.



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A House Divided

I have been pondering the current state of society as it pertains to politics, societal shifts, and public opinion.

Seems to me that one half the country is at odds with the other half and it is often an ugly encounter. That actually played out today in one of my social media feeds as a few people (all well known by me) duked it out and took turns insulting each other over a meme I shared.

How is it that the same situation can be viewed and interpreted so differently, even when the facts are clear and indisputable?

I am contemplating writing a series of observations of the current state of affairs, starting with gun control and why guns aren’t the problem.  I’m not sure if I will ever finish/publish it.  I just don’t have the time, nor the inclination to respond to the resultant attacks from the trolls and misinformed folks who sincerely believe that society will suddenly become one big happy family if we take guns out of the hands of legal gun owners. Unfortunately, I think they are sincerely wrong.

Ask the folks in Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore how that’s been working for them.

Decisions, Decisions.

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Tossing It Back

For “Throw Back Thursday”

They eventually grow up, but they will always be daddy’s little girls.

polka dots

. . . and 20 or so years later and in a different order. . . .


Time Flies

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

It’s like Winter is really mad and keeps storming out of the room and then comes back yelling, “And another thing!”


Author unknown, but shared by Elissa Creech

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Another Reminder

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he/she loves himself.”
Josh Billings

If you locked your dog and your spouse in the trunk of your car and came back 30 minutes later, which one would be happy to see you when you opened the trunk? Your honor, I rest my case.

Here is a photo of Martha engaging in some shopping therapy last week with our daughter, Megan.


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Sunday Pipes #22

As previously mentioned, one of my favorite composers is Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707).

This video is of Jens Korndoerfer playing The Prelude in D during the first round of the 2008 Canadian International Organ Competition.

The organ is a 1961 Rudolf von Beckerath Organ

I have listened to several performances of this piece and I doubt there is one that I like more than this version. Bravo, Jens.

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Decisions, Decisions

IMG_4099I currently have a few, “opinion posts” in progress and I am trying to get to a decision as to whether I will publish them.

I’ve tried to shy away from controversy lately, but sometimes I just need to tell the truth about myself.

Time will tell, I suppose.

This is a photo of new signs that seem to be popping up around town. This one happens to be on Laurens St, in front of Second Baptist Church/School.

New evidence that Aiken is a great place to live.


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A Comparison​


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