Monthly Archives: January 2019

Forthcoming Talk

I’m participating in a weekend conference at Syracuse University at the end of March. I will be giving a paper on the life of Calvin Hampton. Here is a link to the event.  If you are interested, I hope you … Continue reading

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I’m snowed in today–more precisely, iced in. Church is canceled and freezing rain expected. I hope for a break in the clouds late tonight for the lunar eclipse. While the skies are expected to clear before totality, the temperature will … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Article

The upcoming issue of The Organ, a quarterly from “across the pond,” will feature a substantial article by me on the topic of Carson Cooman, the gifted organist and composer in residence at Harvard.  It’s been a pleasure delving into … Continue reading

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The Stalker Returns

I had trouble focusing last evening.  Work that I’d hoped to do before bed became impossible. What happened is that a stalker re-emerged from the swamp known as the internet. I was terrified, afraid for my career, afraid for my … Continue reading

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Cibells and Cebells

. A strange title appears in some English keyboard scores of the latter 17th century.  A number of pieces are titled “Cibell” or “Cebell,” or allude to that name in their title (as in Purcell’s “Trumpet tune, called the Cibell”). … Continue reading

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Choir and Handbell Party

The choir and handbell choir met last evening at a delightful house in this county last evening for a post-holiday get-together.  It was a quiet evening, given to good conversation and good food, but nothing to excess. I particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Protected: Bonkers Balls

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Reiki Presbyterianism

This howler just crossed my digital transom.  I’ll post the juiciest paragraph in its entirety, then go back through it point by pointless point. This is a Presbyterian-endorsed Reiki workshop, on Presbyterian property.  The presenter is an ordained ruling elder … Continue reading

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Social Media Metaphor

. If the internet is the “information superhighway,” then Facebook, Twitter, et al. are the “information Superfund site.” .

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Plough Monday, Distaff Day

Today, January 7, is both Plough Monday and Distaff Day.  The two don’t always coincide. Plough Monday, as the name indicates, is a Monday:  specifically, the first Monday after Epiphany, January 6.  Distaff Day is the very day after January … Continue reading

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