15 June 2014

TX: Ain't She Pretty

"Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state."

Snapped this as I was leaving church today. Our chapel, out in the boonies, is adjacent to these fields and I'm constantly amazed at their rapid growth. One day spring green sprouts through the dirt and, seemingly, the next golden stalks gently sway and clatter in the warm summer wind.

As it's Father's Day there are a few things I've been mulling of late. With the rising statistics of society's fatherless children some are unwisely and illogically concluding that men/fathers are the root of life's ills and, in large part, unnecessary to the familial structure. Rather than assigning unintelligent singular blame I opt for the camp of personal responsibility. Call me crazy.

Compare fatherlessness to being born without use of the entire left side of the body for example. Only one arm, one leg, half the senses, half the organs, half the vital systems. I'm not a doctor (but I play one on TV) but I hardly think that a successful recipe for a viable human being. Naturally the body is miraculous as it learns to compensate for some shortcomings by employing other less conventional skills. Habits soon form and, before you know it, you're limping along doing the best with the hand you've been dealt, and pressing forward.

Life around you proves you are different. Not like everyone else. So many whole-looking people out there running so much faster and further than you could ever imagine. Still you limp one foot in front of the other with steady and sure determination. When questioned how you feel about your obvious disabilities you assert with candor that it's all you've ever known. Thankfully it's difficult to mourn a ghost.

08 February 2014

Iranian Threat: EMP

In light of today's highly troubling headlines everyone, especially Americans, must watch this vital webcast about imminent threats to the homeland presented by Concerned Veterans of America CEO and Real News host, Pete Hegseth, Frank Gaffney from the Center for Security Policy, and discussion with Senator Ted Cruz and Ambassador R. James Woolsey, Chairman for the Defense of Democracies.

"Make no mistake, Iran is at war with the United States. On the day after the (nuclear) agreement was signed their Parliament chanted 'Death to America!'," said Henry Schwartz, founder of EMPact America.

These emboldened acts are a direct result of a feckless technocratic commander in chief and his Administration's dangerously failed foreign policy. America is less secure than we were five years ago at the expense of liberty. As the adage warned, we have gained nothing and lost both.

10 January 2014

Falderal

With the barrage of excrement swirling around our national political sphere my mind is continually brought back to Kipling.

Can't wait to be reinvigorated and centered tomorrow at the Freedom Rally featuring Texas Senator Ted Cruz and PJ Media host Bill Whittle.

On a happier note, received exciting news of MCO's upcoming plans for "To Be American". Stay tuned.

05 January 2014

Like a Glove


Just so happened to have the perfect historical embellishments on hand (no pun intended) for my new extra warm gloves. A few quick stitches later and... Voila!

Today was the beginning of a new crop of CTR 5s in Primary--two girls and twin boys. Thankfully they're all very sweet and well behaved which makes my job a whole lot easier. I can tell we're going to have great fun together this year.

01 January 2014

2014: Happy New Year

Whoah, Nellie.

So I blinked and 2013 took off leaving me in the proverbial dust. Mostly good things for a change. For starters, I ended up making the Dallas Millennial Choir and Orchestra for their inaugural year which was an extraordinary experience. We performed our Christmas concert to a sold out house, thankfully. Not only was it broadcast on The Blaze network, but 1820 Productions made a documentary, The Performance, of the making of DMCO which was also aired on The Blaze. An incredible opportunity to push myself talent-wise with other like-minded people.

The family said farewell to one cousin and welcomed another home from Chile. The work goes on.

And in the meantime I also bade a hearty farewell to thirty dreadfully unwelcome pounds. Buh-bye. I do have several New Year's resolutions goals for myself this year and, hopefully, as I continue to blog they will steadily reveal themselves.

Much love, happiness, and peace to all for 2014. Now, let's get this party started.

31 August 2013

Audition Update

So I find out Thursday if I made it. Five days. To wait. Rather impatiently.

In other musical news, my current obsessions are Johnnyswim and Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" album.

That is all.

27 August 2013

Game Face On

Got a big audition tomorrow. Wish I'd had longer to prepare, alas, such is life. Regardless of the outcome, it's an incredible opportunity to be heard and exposed to such a high caliber of talent. I find I'm a mixture of anxiety-producing nerves and gleeful choir-nerd anticipatory excitement.

Twitching eyelid. Sweaty palms. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Blasted allergies and sinus headache have rather inopportune timing.

So in a rapid five minutes I shall...

  • Range scales
  • Parts, non melody - hymn
  • Acapella, melody - hymn
  • Q&A

Wish me luck. And if you're the praying sort, please remember me tomorrow.

23 June 2013

Open Letter to Harry Reid

Decided to ditto the dear Father Pavone's open letter to Nancy Pelosi for myself:



23 June 2013

Dear Brother Reid,

You make a mockery of the Mormon faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves practicing and respectful Latter-Day Saints.

You speak here of Mormon faith as if it is supposed to hide us from reality instead of lead us to face reality, as if it is supposed to confuse basic moral truths instead of clarify them, and as if it is supposed to help us escape the hard moral questions of life rather than help us confront them.

Whatever Mormon faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches. And I speak for countless Latter-Day Saints when I say that it's time for you to stop speaking as if it were.

Brother Reid, for decades you have gotten away with betraying and misrepresenting the Mormon faith as well as the responsibilities of public office. We have had enough of it. Either exercise your duties as a public servant and a Mormon, or have the honesty to formally renounce them.

Sincerely,

the Duchess

10 June 2013

From the DHS Insider

Glenn read parts of this piece today on his radio show. It is positively chilling. Remember the countless times he used to say, "This time next year you will say to yourself, 'I do not recognize my country.'"

Yep. We're here.

"These are the times that try men's souls." -Thomas Paine