Saturday, May 14, 2016


Ascending Voice IV was recently held on the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu, at it is a symposium dedicated to sacred a capella music.  For three days, there are a series of workshops, symposia, all-sings and performances.  The Pepperdine Chamber Choir sang Elijah Rock by Moses Hogan - both the song and the composer were new to me, and I felt like sharing my 'discovery' with you all!  You can read about Moses here and here, and listen to the song below.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I have known this song since the Stones came out with it in 1965.  You can see a video of the Stones version here - but below is an interesting cover version by Son Little at eTown accompanied by eTown host Nick Forster. 

Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your father'd be there with her
If he only could
But don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Your old man took her diamond's and tiaras by the score
Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, cause you're playing with fire

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


A lot has been written lately about the duplicity, silliness and downright stupidity of the regressive left-wingers [we all know that all right-wingers are regressive :-]  Ha!  Anyway, this is a great example of some left-wing lunacy:


Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Yes, I am entering my eighth decade today, an octodecade man as one of my cousins put it.   And to tell the truth, I do not feel a day over 69!!  So being a classical Taurus, I have to consider what my horoscope says about me and the coming year.  I am so glad that all of this is written in the stars!!!!

What is your No. 1 aim? What is your deepest desire? What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Go all out to realize your dreams over the next 12 months. Jupiter, planet of good fortune, could even make them all come true.

Great news! You are now heading into one of the most powerful years of your life — a time of accumulation. This is a good year to buy and sell. Whatever you have done in the past will now ripen because it’s your time of fruition. At last!

This year you often find yourself on centre stage. You will meet a lot of people, especially when you are in the mood to network and socialize. Other times, you are highly introspective and love your quiet, solitary time.

As a Taurus born on May 3rd, you are well known for your charming and practical nature. Although you prefer to keep a small group of friends, many people have always found you pleasant and witty. This quality may be a result of your ability to understand others and always say the "right" thing. While those closest to you are fully aware of your charms, they may be less likely to notice your practical nature. You are hardly frivolous with your efforts or resources, as you are always striving for comfort and security.

The Taurus is under the planetary rulership of Venus, but as you were born in the second Decan, or part, of the sign, you receive a generous helping of Mercury's mysterious power as well. While the power of Venus can be credited with your warm, social and art-loving qualities, it is the influence of Mercury that powers your gifts for communication and mental agility. Your unique combination of planetary powers makes you the most socially thoughtful and charismatic of all the Taurus Decans. While others are quick to speak their mind, you prefer to think things through and address all sides of a situation. In love, you are honest and faithful, which are qualities that you value greatly.

This one is good because my favorite color is green!

Green is the color that is considered lucky for those Taurus natives with May 3. This hue denotes growth and healing and represents one of the soothing colors. This zodiac color is advised to be used in accessories and items of clothing. People with green as sign color need to feel accepted and respected in their community. They are loyal and trustworthy companions. They have a deep need to love and be loved and consider that belonging to the right person and creating a family with him or her is the greatest thing someone can achieve.

Monday, May 02, 2016


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Sadly, another member of our New Paris High School Class of 1964 has passed away.  Fred Schrock was a multi-talented, highly-respected and well-liked person with wide-ranging skills from the classroom to the basketball court.  I am hopeful that classmates and friends will add their memories in the comments section.  Here is Fred's obituary from the Goshen News:

Fredric's Story

Fredric "Fred" Lamar Schrock, 70, of Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, died at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Bryce and Jane Schrock, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 10, 1945 in Goshen to LaMar and Lucille (Weaver) Schrock. On Aug., 1, 1969, he married the late, Ann Smoker at First Brethren Church in New Paris.

Fred was a 1964 graduate of New Paris High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. He also received a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1973
Fred worked for Uniroyal in Mishawaka from 1969-1997, and retired in 2014 as senior research scientist for Royal Adhesives in South Bend, Indiana.

Fred enjoyed photography, gardening, and traveling, especially to the Southwest and Florida with family and friends. He was an active member of the New Paris Missionary Church, where he taught adult Sunday school classes for many years and was a faithful student of God's word.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents, a sister Patrice (Schrock) Hurd of Milford, and a brother Steve (Carol) Schrock of Kingston, Tennessee.

Survivors include a brother, Bryce (Jane) Schrock of Goshen, sister-in-law Nancy (Donn) Huber of New Paris, brother-in-law Douglas (Sara) Smoker of Goshen, brother-in-law Gary (Sandy) Hurd of Warsaw and 10 nieces and nephews. 

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Rieth Rohrer-Ehret funeral home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at the New Paris Missionary Church, 67621 Ind. 15 New Paris, friends may call one hour before. Officiating will be Pastor Dave Hackney, assisted by Pastor Matt Schoettle. Burial will be immediately following the service at New Paris Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the New Paris Missionary Church.
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