Singing In The Bane

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Yet Another Overreaction Brewing Over The Written Word

Every morning I spend about a half hour perusing the news just to make sure I'm current. I couldn't believe that, of all things, a children's book about penguins is topping the ALA list of offensive books. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson (Simon & Schuster, 2005) is about... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

#1 Rank Blog

I wonder sometimes if people around this site really are reading the works of others or if they're just playing a clicking game. There's one writer that consistently makes it to the top of his category. I can't figure out why he's holding that position, because from what I've read both in his posts... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Politics and Religion Part 2

More of the Obama speech of June 28, 2006:...the discomfort of some progressives with any hint of religion has often prevented us from effectively addressing issues in moral terms. Some of the problem here is rhetorical - if we scrub language of all religious content, we forfeit the imagery and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Politics and Religion

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. --The First Amendment to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I've noticed that quite a few bloggers enjoy incoroprating creative formatting into their posts--using colors, fonts and photos to enhance the experience for their readers. Some are very effective, particularly the poetry highlighted with a photo or a work of art. Some are not very effective, mostly... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Just In Case You May Care Who The Fine Young Singer Is Reading Right Now...

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan. One of America's best contemporary story tellers, Amy Tan explores WWII China through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. Like all her books, Tan uses the tension between the clashing of contemporary American life with Chinese sensibility to examine relationships... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 21, 2008


I just found out that there was an earthquake Friday? 5.2 isn't much of an earthquake, though. I remember when I was a freshman in High School, home with the flu, a barely 5.0 quake rattled the dishes in the cupboards for about 4 | 1/2 seconds. They made a big deal about it at the High School--it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Because of the FLAG!

"I'm not voting for that Obama---he can forget it. I don't appreciate his attitude toward the flag." Yes, this was the insightful statement made by my waitress today at lunch regarding Obama's choosing to not wear a lapel pin. Call me a radical, but I think it's far more important what you do as... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This is why the war must come to an end.

The following is an excerpt from Walking Toward the Dead by Mudhafer Al-Husaini. I urge you to read the entire post. War, no matter what the cause, diminishes us. Black smoke can be seen from a distance as traffic jams increase, which scares me a lot because you don’t know which of these cars around... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Forget All About That Macho S#!t And Learn How To Play Guitar

Strat, your post today inspired me! Teaching is one of those joys that you can't understand until you have a student get what you're laying down. Like Strat, I am a teacher of guitar to beginners. I've had one or two kids over the years, but mostly I get adults. Here's how it usually unfolds: They... Sign in to see full entry.

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