Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 381

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Good news – After 12 acts and an encore, Pronouns: The Musical closed a very successful run. More good news – starting next weekend, Pronouns 2: The Musical kicks off. This musical will be shorter than the other, so my hopes are that we will complete it before 2018 closes. The first theme features songs with My in the title. Curtain time remains the same: Saturday at 1:00 am (Eastern US).

Only one more post remains for my western national parks tour. Sometime in the near future, I will start the Eastern Europe series.

Although the She/He Writing Challenge didn’t get much of a response, I think it was a good challenge and I enjoyed doing it.

The wildfires in California continue to bring havoc to many. I encourage anyone able to donate to a charity of your choice to help victims. I suggest the California Community Foundation: Wildfire Relief Fund.

Within four days last week, we had quite the string of musical events.

  • We attended (as ushers) the world premier of Cincinnati King – a play about King Records. What a fun show! Sure hope other theaters throughout the country pick this up in the future.
  • The next day we went to the movies for Bohemian Rhapsody. Thumbs up – and a must for Queen fans!
  • Two days later, our handbell played a surreal arrangement of Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery. Here’s a video of our choir doing this beautiful piece. (I’m on the near side popping in out of view.)
  • That night we attended a concert featuring a handbell soloist. Watching her made me nervous 🙂 … that’s quite the skill!

I have no doubt that voters who don’t know what they are doing have started watching Dancing With The Stars.

For many posts I set a publish time. For others who do that and if you just had a time adjustment with Daylight Savings Time – don’t forget to adjust your WordPress clock.

For whatever reason, the WP Gnomes turned off all my notification settings.

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Looking ahead to 2020, at this point I do not see Ohio as a battleground/swing state because it is unquestionably leaning red.

Dealing with President Trump’s string of lies, exaggerations, distortions, and finger-pointing is one thing, but the continual blind eye, acceptance, and enabling by Trumpians and the majority of Republicans is even worse.

On the same topic, Congressional Republicans have done a very poor job of oversight. That’s what the balance of powers is all about! Then again, a party using oversight to justify politically butchering a president isn’t the intent.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion shares an interesting picture they captured in a jungle.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)

Ecologists discover 400 species of Charles Darwin living in Galápagos Islands
Friends Excitedly Gather Around Man’s Phone To Watch Shaky Footage of concert
Conservative Floridian Enjoys Living Under Sharia Law More Than He Thought He Would
Couple Nervous To Admit They Met Online In Comments Section Of ‘How To Iron Shirt’ Video
Sunday School Teacher Can Already Tell Which Ones Going To Hell

Interesting Reads

100 years after the Armistice
Artificial Intelligence and wildlife research
Science and religion: not in unison, but in harmony
About the placebo effect
(Graphic) A collection of misconceptions
(Pictures) A collection of weather pictures

To send you into the weekend, a tip of the cap to my Canadian regulars with a song from a Canadian icon. Enjoy Leonard Cohen with Dance Me To The End of Love. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

40 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 381

  1. So cool to see your handbell choir (and you peeping in and out 😉 ).
    And, thanks for that oh-so-sexy tango video so I can unsee that fat belly and hairy chest (What up with that, Frank?)
    The wildfires are some scary stuff…
    Yay to the Pronouns Part 2 Musical!

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  2. I gave your handbells the first thumbs up. It’s a lovely piece, even with you popping in and out of view! That picture cannot be unseen – alas!! I’m suspecting those voting on ‘Dancing with’ are the same folk as voted for Trump? I think it might be time to give up watching. And finally, thank you for one of my favourite Cohen songs.

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    • Pauline,
      Thanks for the Thumbs Up for the handbells! The DWTS voters have been doing dumb votes all season, so I hypothesizing that the distortions are due to a new legion of watchers who happened to vote for the president. It just makes too much sense! … Glad you enjoy the Cohen selection. 🙂


  3. Your handbell choir song was beautiful, Frank. But I agree with Dale about those images and trying to unsee them!
    I love “Dance Me to End of Love,” though I do have a different feeling about the song now knowing that the idea of it came from Cohen thinking of string quartets playing as people were led to the crematoria in concentration camps.

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  4. Cincy,

    The wildfires are a humbling spectacle; knowing how many have lost everything they owned and how many people are still missing. There is a campaign, “Do One Thing” that was inspired by the efforts of a local radio talk show host in which people have been asked to do one thing to help those in need. If only we could come together like this in good times as well.

    I went back to ignoring most things politics. The ebb and flow has more ebb to it nowadays for yours truly.

    Peace and better days

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  5. A good musical week for you and the Mrs. Be assured that over my dead body will I miss seeing Cincinnati King.

    In the read ‘The Harmonious Counterpoint of Science and Biblical Faith’ by Deborah Haarsma, I liked that in her final paragraph she said: “Science and biblical faith are not in unison, but something better: a harmonious counterpoint. Each is an independent melody that can be heard on its own terms, yet also supports, echoes, and interweaves with the other.”

    The splat “Couple Nervous To Admit They Met Online In Comments Section Of ‘How To Iron Shirt’ Video” dates me.

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  6. Leonard Cohen’s song is haunting in its realization of an undying love. His poetic words always pull at the heartstrings. This version I’m adding goes best with the words. The images of couples forever in love “to the end of time” makes tears flow. https://youtu.be/NGorjBVag0I/
    AND … your video is what I love about tango. The sultry slow movements with the timing of every part that should be and is in the dance. Cheers to your selection 🍷🍷
    Isadora 😎


  7. We really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody, and I hope to see it one more time before it leaves the theaters. We also really enjoyed A Star is Born. I wasn’t sure if I’d be distracted, since I don’t always enjoy remakes. But I think Gaga and Cooper were wonderful! 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Cheers to another Thumbs Up for Bohemian Rhapsody. I didn’t see A Star is Born – but my wife did (with her friends), and they liked it. Hope to see you at the theater tomorrow for opening night – oh – which could be tonight for you!


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