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  • 2014 October 26: The Uses of Adversity

    October 26, 2014 10:30

    Who has trouble coping with happiness? The challenge is what to do with adversity — when difficulty or calamity befalls, or we see an injustice we are called to address. (more )

  • 2014 October 19: Happy Universe's Birthday!

    October 19, 2014 10:30

    This coming Wednesday is the Universe's 6018th birthday — at least according to the famous calculations made by Bishop James Ussher (1581-1656) who determined the first day of creation to be 22 October 4004 BCE. Ussher calculated this date by working backward from the Roman Emperors named in the New Testament, using the genealogies, ages of the patriarchs, and historical events described in the Old Testament. (more )

  • 2014 September 7: Jesus Loves the Little Children

    September 07, 2014 10:30

    George Frederick Root (1820-1895) was born at Sheffield, Massachusetts, and named after the better known George Frederick Handel. Root had real talent for music, and by age 13 he could play 13 different instruments (one a year?). Root left his farming community for Boston at 18, flute in hand, intending to join an orchestra. He worked for a while in Boston as a church organist, and from 1845 taught music at the New York Institute for the Blind, where he met Fanny Crosby, with whom he would compose some sixty popular songs. In 1850 he made a study tour of Europe, staying in Vienna, Paris, and London. He returned to teach music in Boston, Massachusetts, and later Bangor, Maine, where he was director of the Penobscot Musical Association and presided over their convention at Norumbega Hall in 1856. Root would spend most of his career (when not writing, or helping to manage his publishing company) traveling and teaching at Musical Institutes that moved from town to town. (more )

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