BRIO: with vigor, high energy

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A conductor of an orchestra must be somewhat of an athlete.   The energy expended during a performance is incredible.  Even the most peaceful, restrained score requires the conductor to demonstrate the muscle and skill to hold back the volume and control the instument.  The conductor is the key to such a performance. But when an […]

WELL, HERE IT IS, POSTING NUMBER 1,000. Remember that if you comment on this posting, your name will be put into a hat and one name will be selected to win a Starbucks gift card!

______________________________________________________________________   Clearing the Air   In reading over the past 999 posts it occurs to me that I have skirted the issue on some posts, trying not to upset people I know would disagree with me.   It’s been convenient to use euphemisms from time to time to avoid outright disagreement with people.   Reading over […]

ELEGIAC [el-i-JAHY-uhk] : pertaining to an elegy; expressing sorrow or lament

Who escaped high school English classes without having to study, memorize, or recite such elegies as “O Captain, my Captain” by Walt Whitman or Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray? At the time the themes seemed morbid and funereal to a teenager, but it was an important piece of literary inquiry which […]

SILO: thinking that focuses on one issue at a time

A wise mentor and I were driving through farm country at one time several years ago on our way to an important meeting. “See that farm over there?” he said, pointing to a farm with five silos next to the cattle barn.  “That’s a prosperous farm.  You can always tell what farmers are doing well […]

BUYER’S REMORSE: a feeling of dissatisfaction with a product after purchasing it

A number of commentators have expressed the idea that the American public has buyer’s remorse after electing Barack Obama to the Presidency.   Their point is that he promised great things and has not delivered on them.  They remember his campaign as being one filled with hope, promise, and vision, but that since becoming President he […]