04 November 2012

QUOTE OF NOTE: John Wesley on voting


“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And, 
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.” 
John Wesley's journal, October 1774 via Lee Smedley

14 September 2012



Derek Webb
Derek Webb has been one of my favorite musical artists since 2005's, boundary pushing, Mockingbird. His songwriting excels at truth telling in a way that is often melodically catchy while likely to inspire goosebumps through a twist of phrase and the sweep of an arrangement. Think: a less jaded David Bazan (Pedro the Lion). For Ctrl, Webb gives us ten songs about our collective relationship with technology and reality based on some of his own experiences/struggles. It's stunningly disconcerting and compelling. Truly, Ctrl is a prophetic (read: time-telling) album for our present and modern age.

He's also written an eye-opening post on the present state of the music business from the perspective of an artist covering everything from direct-legal free music to Spotify/subscription services and the reality of continuing to make music.   
His new album: Ctrl 

Go ahead, give the album a try with a free-legal three song download from Noisetrade.And then you can get download it from iTunesAmazon, or from Derek.

While you're at it, iTunes has most of his other albums on sale for $4.99 each. Quite a deal.

If there's one thing Derek's work doesn't do, it's letting you continue to live blindly. So, don't bother listening or reading his stuff if that's  part of your plan.

Confession: Up until yesterday, I never bought an album digitally opting instead for the physical store-bought copy. Ctrl changed that. Seems appropriate doesn't it?

11 September 2012

BRIEF THOUGHTS: Or is it "We Will Never Forgive"?

"A soldier with a 9/ 11 tattoo stands with other soldiers with U.S. Army Able Company, 3-509 Infantry Battalion inside protective shelter during an afternoon rocket and mortar attack on Combat Outpost (COP) Zerak on Jan. 22, in Zerak, Afghanistan. Getty Images / Spencer Platt" http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/01/life-in-afghanistan.html

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2010/01/life-in-afghanistan.html#storylink=cpy
Eleven years after the US tragedies of September 11, 2001, on bumper stickers, on checks, on Facebook statuses, and from the mouthes of strangers and acquaintances I often still see and hear the words "We will never forget".

In the solemn hours and days following the event the words served as a memorial to those lost and a reminder to ourselves not to forget them. But in the years following I read and hear them differently. The understandable defiance implied that "We WILL never forget even though some people tried to erase you", in my opinion, has shifted. And, if I'm right, I'd say it shifted not long after the dust settled.

Today and in the years following that day, when those words are delivered in any of their mediums, I most often don't understand them as "We will never forget". Instead, I understand them as "We will never forgive".

It's not true for everyone who uses those words, maybe especially for those who lost a personal friend or family member that day. Then again, I'm not one of them and so I, hopefully, can never know. Nor do I judge them as I am not in their place. But, I just wonder if this is what this phrase means today.

If it is about forgiveness instead of forgetting it is high time for those of us to admit it, consider a rephrasing, deal with what we are coping to, and the condition of our hearts on the matter.

Here are my two cents culled from my own lyrics:

know there was smoke here
where fire raced 'cross the land
A sight to permeate fear.
It serves to forgive and not forget"

26 August 2012

QUOTE OF NOTE: The Old Testament summarized

"If you had to summarize the Old Testament, the summary would be: 
stop doing this to yourselves."

 - Marilynne Robinson via David Dark

09 June 2012

QUOTE OF NOTE: Wadsworth Longfellow on hostility

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, 
we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all 

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow via Daniel Fox

17 May 2012

Oiling The Superhero Hype Machine - The Lancast Podcast


Oiling The Superhero Hype Machine | The Lancast Podcast

Check out Lancaster-local and lovely The Lancast, if you haven't before. I wrote and performed (read: read) an essay* for this week's episode which, as you may have guessed, is superhero themed. Click the link above and follow through to enjoy.

Also, if you at all think you might like The Avengers movie, go see it. It's great. Seriously. Great.

*It's officially titled "The Blank-Faced Non-Descript Amazing Superhero or How Our Culture is Obsessed with Superheroes."

29 April 2012


Every place I've lived has had a burrito shop I frequented with its own unique style. As delicious as many of them are, Neato Burrito has steadfastly remained my favorite with their California mission-style burritos. Having spent many a lunch break there over the years or pre-outing meal, it is a food that makes me feel at home.  Now that they finally have a location in my current hometown, it's time to share my selections for, what I consider, the perfect burrito. And, of course, it's vegan but plenty hearty! Please feel free to invite me to eat one with you. 

Since this fax form is a little outdated.... You can visit them near me at 1917 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, call-in your order to (717) 569-0020, or fax to (717) 569-0021.

Don't skimp on the guacamole and hummus because of the extra cost. Seriously.

23 March 2012


River Horse: Double Wit = "Nectar of the gods"

Spring seasonal available now.

Compares favorably to Flying Fish: Winter Grand Cru Winter Reserve  and Atomium Grand Cur, other Belgian-style favorites. The "Double" in Double Wit means strong at 7% ABV.

15 March 2012


Beautiful new music from Stacy King (Eisley), Darren King (MuteMath), and Jeremy Larson. Thanks to Sara Kennel for the find.

23 February 2012

QUOTE OF NOTE: On "pro-abortion" and "anti-choice"

"Fair or not, my interest in your POV tends to plummet the moment I read the words 'pro-abortion' or 'anti-choice'."
- Mike Croghan
Virginia, USA

I was reminded of this quote, from an acquaintance in the Emerging community, this week after listening to an episode, "Employer's Morals, Your Insurance", of public radio's On Point. In amongst a great airing of some of the many sides of the issue there was use of the language above, needlessly mudding the waters and actually making the points of each user LESS clear. 

Certainly we could all be more generous, more honest, and less manipulative in our characterizations of the others around us. This is a prime and very timely example.

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