HeartSong #2: Fountain of Song

The singers step onto the stage Lips poised in readiness to sing The notes that bubble deep within Now gushing fresh like mountain spring ~o~ Melodies that mist the air Harmonies hang on the breeze Rhythm as we breathe as one Strike the chord, heads bob, notes cease. Inspired by my experience singing outdoors with …

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NewSong MtM: Rachael Piscatello

Hello Rachael! I'm glad you were willing to join me on this series. Rachael is one of the sweetest and yet most focused individuals I have had the pleasure to meet. Her duet of "Safe and Sound" with her sister Lois, during a choir fundraiser concert, was one of the best covers of that song …

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R&R: A Simple Defense of “Ladies First”

I am a man. Well, almost a man. I’ve long considered twenty-one years of age to be the age of adulthood, the age of maturity, of full responsibility for one’s actions. There have been many aspects of manhood I’ve had to learn painfully and gradually, and many aspects that I wish I had been taught …

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R&R: A Broken Valentine

Valentine’s Day; yet another holiday for the commercial consumer-driven capitalist industries to go into marketing overdrive. Pink hearts, roses, and chocolates adorn advertisements. The idealized image of the star-crossed lovers springs into public consciousness, front and center. Is that really what love is about? And I stand today on Valentine’s Day as a single man, …

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R&R: The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Death. An inevitable full stop, punctuating the end of material human existence. It cannot be denied; it can only be delayed. And delay it we’ve tried. Medicine. Exercise. Life support machines. Yet, the best mankind can do is temporarily hold off death. We can’t prevent it. And more often than not, we can’t explain it. Why do …

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