A few rambles


College Bowls:  I am presently at 5/3, five won.  So is my friend here.  Today/night we have a split, so tomorrow one of us is going to be 7/3 and the other 6/4.  I chose Purdue, he chose W. Mich.

Christmas was a very slow day for me.  That is because I never got out of bed.  I have no local family, very few friends (that does not count my FB friends, who seem to be the best sorts of friends), I had not decorated, I bought only a few gifts, and got none, and so rather than be up and depressed, I just stayed in bed all day.  It was gloomy and wet outside, and I thoroughly enjoyed my day.

I hope my niece Sarah gets her CD demo out soon.  I’d love to hear her sing.

Thank you to all for your best wishes, for the cards, snail mail and computer mail.  And I thank God each and every day for every one of you from FB and who read my blogs and who are friends in other chat rooms.  If it sounds like a lonely existence, I assure you it is not.  I bless my acquaintances who turned me on to Facebook.  If that sounds like I’m needy, I’m really not.  I am a social, gregarious soul, but everytime I changed my status in my life, I burned bridges behind me.  I am grateful for every friend I have ever had in my life; I just have lost contact with many of them.  And that’s another reason to love FB – I have found family I had not been in contact with in years, school mates ditto, and met so many other wonderful folks.

I watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Friday night, followed by the massed choirs of St. Olaf’s.  Some people find it surprising that although I don’t follow any of the massed religions, I do like some of their traditions.  It is called music.  I love liturgy, choirs, even so-called religious music (though I draw the line with some things).  I sang Handel’s Messiah several times with a group back in the late 70s-early 80s, and loved every bit of it.  As for the Mormons, I do have one nit with them, although it does appear that it is changing, slowly, but changing.  And that is that they would not allow people of the dark persuasion to enter their fellowship.  That started changing back in 1977, and I am glad to say that although it still seems a “token” choice, the Tabernacle Choir seems to have at least two people of colour in their group every year, and this year I saw three.  As for St. Olaf’s, that is a very old school, mostly funded and attended by people of the Scandinavian persuasion, but they even had a couple of women of colour in their choir this year.  So progress is still being made, however slowly.

And I simply adore the Benedictines, and their instruction.  I have one of their booklets, and even if it does apply to the monks, the advice in them is good for everyone to follow.  Much the same as my being able to follow the Beatitudes, even if I am not a Christian.

I am reading in between the Clive Cussler books (sort of stuck with them right now) a book titled Jesus and the Lost Goddess.  One day I will write a blog about it.

Hope your holidays were merry and bright, and I give you a toast for the New Year.  And I will probably be back here at least once more – this is my 59th blog, and while I don’t know exactly what might be said, I am being pushed toward getting number 60 out.  Probably just a metaphorical gold star.

Ta for now!!!

Carol Stepp, Austin, TX

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About carolstepp

Music is about the most important thing in my life, and I follow a large number of musicians, particularly Irish, Scots, Classical, Crossovers of any of these. I was writing a blog about Celtic Thunder regularly on MySpace, and now I have left them after a year, and will start writing my blogs here. I am 70, retired, living on Social Security, and have a lot of social network fans.
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2 Responses to A few rambles

  1. Bill says:

    Hey enjoyed your words. I am glad the holidays are over. Its ends up being very stressful. I watched a program on TV reminded me of you. I think I’ll call you Sofia.

  2. carolstepp says:

    Hi, Bill. I was sort of surprised that I hadn’t had a few more comments on some of my past writings, though the holidays are stressful, and full enough. But if you have followed my words in other places, you know by now that my being a socialist liberal has some anomalies in it. We had talked before about how I feel about the military and vets, though I really don’t think something like the vets should ever be judged by whether one is liberal or conservative.
    I’m curious what you saw. Sofia is fine. From your point of view you might not know that Sofia is the figurative name of the Goddess, the other half of the God. Also, in the Greek, the name Sofia means wisdom. I’m not sure I can consider myself good enough to be this goddess, but it really was a compliment, whether you knew it or not.
    I’m looking forward to another active year, learning and doing, and waiting to see if there is anything at all to the idea of the Mayan Calendar predicting the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT (caps are for emphasis). Talk to you later. And thank you. Carol/Sofia

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