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My Worlds Escape
So things in my relationship are finally starting to settle into place... families are calm, friends no longer an impediment, and the G/F got a job... everything looks like its moving forward.. or is it? My biggest impediment in my moving forward with my relationship has always been some thing, always some deliverable, and I've come to realize that there is no milestone. I have legitimate fears about progressing to the next level in my relationship. She finally has a job. Now she has to keep it, but lets say she does all of that... why do I still have reservations about having a future with her? Perhaps it has to do with her telling her friend that once she has the job, we can finally get married. That type of response makes me uneasy because it seems her motivation is not in being responsible,but in me proposing (her initial physical reaction to hide the evidence of such a conversation doesn't help either). Then she tells my roommate, with me on the phone, that now that... (more)

be patient
Read James 5:10-11. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the Name of the Lord. James 5:10 It was always about this point in December when I just knew I was going to crack under all the pressure. Christmas is still a whole week away. Seven more days I have to be kind and courteous. Seven more days of not hitting my brothers even though they are really annoying me. And, of course, seven more days of trying to concentrate enough to finish school while remembering every line from the Christmas program! And if I crack and do something bad there's a good chance I'll find a lump of coal in my stocking and no presents under the tree. It's a terrible strain to be a kid seven days before Christmas! Growing up doesn't remove the impatience from life, especially when we are suffering. And many people find the Christmas season actually seems to increase their suffering. These issues include sickness, depression, grief, and being... (more)

Orchestral Music
Designing the Sound Holes

The sound holes of stringed instruments such as fine cellos, violas and violins, also known as F-holes, are openings in the top plate. The holes allow the plate to resonate more freely and let internal air resonance to travel outside the instruments, enhancing their lower pitches. In box resonating musical instruments, sound holes come in other shapes, like the O-opening in the guitar. After the thickness and contours of the top plate are finished, the violinmaker is ready to carve sound holes into the plate. A template is made of thin plywood in the shape of a desired design, wide enough to push a sound post through. It is placed on the plate accurately keeping in mind the length of strings. The end of the F-holes should also lead to where the bridge should be placed. Then, the template is traced with a pencil. Different sized instruments require their own template. Cellos require a larger template than violas do, and violas require a larger template than... (more)

The Common Ills
Iraq snapshot
Iraq snapshot Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, the targeting of religious minorities continues, look which senator refused to call it out, a lot of spin on Iraq insists things are improving, reality argues otherwise, and much more. We'll start with a letter senators have sent to Secretary of State John Kerry. From Senator Roger Wicker's office: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, today led a bipartisan effort calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to assist religious minorities facing persecution in Syria and Iraq, such as Christians and Yazidis, to find refuge in the United States. The Senators also urged the State Department to provide these minorities with better access to U.S. humanitarian aid. “The oppression of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq has led to an unspeakable humanitarian crisis,” Wicker said. “Tens of thousands... (more)

Truth in Love
"Nor the Smell of Fire"
Link: "Nor...the Smell of Fire..." Author/Pastor: T. Austin Sparks Source: Sermon Index Reading: Daniel 3:16-27 and I Peter 1:6-8 (ASV) "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, "0 Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and He will deliver us out of thine hand, 0 king. But if not, be it known unto thee, 0 king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded certain mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning... (more)

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