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In Choral Music and Life in America, Balance Is Absolutely Critical in Order to Achieve Beauty

In Choral Music and Life in America, Balance Is Absolutely Critical in Order to Achieve Beauty

A healthy life balance is something most people desire. And what’s more, most of us think we have already achieved it, whether we actually have or not. I may not be perfect, but my life’s balance is at least healthier than that of my friends, right? If it becomes obvious that we are out of […]

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The Beauty and Destruction of Our Words

The Beauty and Destruction of Our Words

THE BEAUTY AND DESTRUCTION OF OUR WORDS Writing this piece, I am set up with a cup of tea in my den with the television currently on low volume. It’s Inauguration Day 2021. The volume will move up and down as the morning’s events unfold. Currently, as I click the keyboard of my laptop, the […]

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Regardless of Your Politics, Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem Is an Inspiration for All

Regardless of Your Politics, Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem Is an Inspiration for All

AMANDA GORMAN’S INAUGURAL POEM IS AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL In 2017, Amanda Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate. She was eighteen at the time. When the now 22-year-old was chosen to recite her poem, entitled The Hill We Climb for the Presidential Inauguration, she had no idea of the impact her recitation […]

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Guiding lights transform difficult days into holy futures

Guiding lights transform difficult days into holy futures

Guiding lights transform difficult days into holy futures   In these early days of 2021, our national leaders in science, healthcare, and politics are saying essentially the same thing about the coming weeks: The darkest and most difficult days of the COVID-19 pandemic are still ahead of us. As much as all of us hate […]

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Making a Difference in Two Worlds

Making a Difference in Two Worlds

A few of still have vivid memories of what a horribly difficult year 1968 was. The Vietnam War was raging, the TET offensive killed thousands, and riots were happening on university campuses across the United States. In some cases, the spring semester of 1968 was stopped short due to the burning of buildings and the […]

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Fresh Air … Dan Jean

Fresh Air … Dan Jean

When we are thirsty, the first sip of cool water is magically good. And the first bite of food when we are really hungry? Oh yes! Is anything better? Surely our hunger and thirst tell us exactly what we need, and when we respond to that need, our whole being rejoices. There is another need […]

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Seasons change … from age to age, You are God

Seasons change … from age to age, You are God

  On a recent trip to Montana, I discovered new angles and expanded landscapes of what I have known for decades. God is God. Psalm 46 reminds us … God is our refuge and strength. God is a very present help in times of trouble. Though the mountains shake and slip into the heart of […]

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WORDS … Dan Jean

WORDS … Dan Jean

How many words are there on the Internet? Using a ratio of 300 words to each of the estimated 100 billion pages on the Internet will yield approximately 30 trillion words. That is 30 followed by 12 zeroes. The sheer volume of information and opinion “out there” is staggering. Overwhelming. We are drowning in an […]

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Some theories for why I didn’t see it …

Some theories for why I didn’t see it …

See this? As I recall, I first encountered a similar wood graphic in 1974 in Alvin, TX, sitting on the desk of my boss and mentor, Roy Savage, in his church study, three doors down from mine. For a full two years, during weekly staff meetings in his office, I would stare at the- desk […]

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Common Language … Dan Jean

Common Language … Dan Jean

Common Language   What connects Elvis with Eddie Van Halen? What do Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney have in common? Each of these famous musicians is musically illiterate. Not one of them could communicate in the language of a musical score. Not even one of the Beatles could look at a piece of sheet music […]

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