Still Breathing

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Dear people of the blogosphere,

I just wanted to dash off a quick post to assure you that I am not dead.  I shall get back to this ol’ blog quite shortly, but the days have managed to be rather full of late, despite the fact that finals are over…  But, they have been full of fun and fellowship.

We’ve got two final concerts this weekend, but as soon as I get a chance, I shall regale you with tales of such fascinating things as:

  • a kitten
  • an award
  • the Window Philosopher Christmas Party
  • some music-related things
  • best wishes for the new year

So stay tuned, folks.  Until then, may God bless you, and stay warm.  And don’t forget to be awesome.

THE “W” IN CHRISTMAS

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Louis from VA:

Look out folks! I’m reblogging something. *dramatic music*
I came across this post today, and I love it. I just love it. It’s a wonderful story and a reminder of where our focus should be this time of year.
Enjoy. Peace.

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
December 16, 1994

Last December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations – extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal…

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That Was the Week that Was: A Haiku Revue

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Monday
In my expression
You discern so many words
That go unspoken

Tuesday
Wasted time now dead
Gather up the shattered glass
Holly and ivy

Wednesday
Gentle candlelight
Coffee, collecting my thoughts
I feel Your presence

Thursday
Try again, my boy
Headphones won’t protect you from
The wild windswept rain

Friday
A calm in the storm
Gazing at my friend the moon
I feel most awake

Saturday
Your bold nonchalance
Nonpluses me more than would
Dismayed stammering

Sunday
Wind down, up again
One moment of peace is found
With You in silence

That was the week that was, folks. A little haiku-a-day project I came up with, sort of like journaling. But more poetic and abstract. (My journals are for relaxed, non-fancy writing, you see.)

I quite enjoyed it, and I may have to do it again some time. Hope y’all like it!

P.S.  Title stolen from a BBC satirical news program that ran in the 60’s.  ;)

ANNOUNCING THE WINDOW PHILOSOPHER CHRISTMAS PARTY

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GUESS WHAT?  You’re invited!  Yes you.  All my dear readers, both the regulars and the ones who pop by every now and then, and anyone who might stumble upon this by crazy random happenstance, I hereby formally invite you to the first annual Window Philosopher Christmas Party.  *confetti*  It’s just an idea I had the other day that sprang from another idea.

See, I had been thinking of doing a summary of the best music, books, films, random stuff, etc. that I had encountered over the past year.  (I even have a cool name for it… which for now is top secret.)  I love doing these reviews and such, you see.  But then I thought… hey, maybe it would be even more fun if I got y’all involved.

So here’s how it’s going to work.  Over the next ten days, from today until midnight on Tuesday the 16th, you may nominate one item in each of the following categories with a brief synopsis (give or take, under 50 words) of why you love it and/or why it was meaningful to you this year.  You can do that by commenting on this post, or by using the contact button in the sidebar.

The categories are:

  • Music
  • Books
  • Films
  • Website
  • Video (as in: originally published online)
  • Miscellaneous (literally, whatever you want can go in this category.  If you discovered Chinese Crested Dogs this year and they’ve become meaningful to you, then you can nominate them.

The only other condition is that you have to have discovered it or it has to have become meaningful to you within the calendar year 2014.  And I’ll make an exception, if you want, you can nominate two items under music (say one contemporary and one classical, or a song and an album) and two under books (one fiction and one nonfiction).

When I’ve gotten all the replies, I’ll take them all, compile them into a series of short posts, and then post them.  I think it’ll be a fun project to see what has inspired one another in the year past.  Then, on the 23rd, I’ll post a Christmas-y finale post and we can all wish each other Merry Christmas in the comments.  ;)  And I’m calling it a Christmas party.

So there you have it.  Let loose the comments!  I can’t wait to see how this turns out.  Hope I get a good amount of replies.  (Mom, Dad, Sis, I’m looking at you all.)  :)

Peace!  DFTBA!

Let It Snow

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Let it snow!

No, sadly it is not snowing where I live today.  50’s and rainy.  And it may or may not be raining where you live.

BUT, I just discovered I can make it snow on my blog.  XD  XD  Yay!  So in the spirit of the season, I have done so.  Now you can stare at my blog and pretend it’s snowing at your house, if you’re weird like that.  Or you could just put this video on repeat.

If you wanna join in the fun, go to Dashboard >> Settings >> General and click the little box that says “Show falling snow on my blog until January 4th”.  :)  I’ve also changed the color scheme to an Advent purple just for fun.  It’s violaceous!  (Love that word.)

Thanks to Bill Hayes at matteringsofmind for the inspiration.

May your Christmas be a white one… if that happens to be within reason.  Don’t let the rest of December stress you out too much.  ;)