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Live Happy in 2017!

Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Life is too short to let even one day be frenzied or frazzled or frittered away. Life is too short not to take time to do the things that will hold the most meaning for you. So let yourself float like a leaf on a stream, relax with your memories and let yourself dream. Throw out your list that's impossibly long, and dance a few steps to a favorite song. Turn off the news and go find someone real who'll listen and talk and affirm what you feel. Life is too short and flies by if you let it, so choose what you want every day-- and go and get it. LIVE HAPPY IN 2017!! TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGE

The Winter Of My Life

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or im

Why I Write Music

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Common Sense is Dead

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering. Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power


Abortion, thinking continuously! Before conception 0 The Moment of conception 0.1 Multi-cellular blastocyst 0.2 One month embryo 0.3 Two month fetus 0.4 And so on until birth, when the fetus becomes a 1.00 human. Since abortions are almost never performed after the second trimester, it is reasonable and rational to provisionally conclude that abortion is not the murder of a conscious sentient being after birth. Thus there is no scientific justification or rational argument to equate abortion with murder. Neither an egg n

Skeptics and Politics

Most skeptics don't do politics unless religion is involved. Some don't do religion unless politics is involved. Most skeptics, however, whether they do politics or religion, claim to be involved in some sort of consumer protection. They have no problem with criticizing and debunking various so-called alternative health practices. People are risking their lives and wasting their money on treatments that provide false hope at worst and some sort of placebo effect at best. Most skeptics have no problem with criticizing and debunking pseudoscientific ideas such as perpetual motion machines, free energy claims, and junk science programs that promise to unleash all that potential you have in your

Why I am a Liberal

I'm a liberal. Conservatives have been making a dirty word of "liberal" for a half century or so. They've tried to identify liberals with everything they think the American people hate, or ought to hate: wimpy foreign policy, reckless spendthrift domestic policies, softness on crime, shameless personal behavior, give-aways to the undeserving poor (conservatives are all in favor of incentives to the deserving rich), plus godlessness and an attitude of blame-America-first. Call something "liberal" and you don't have to explain why it's bad. End of argument. "Liberal." George H.W. Bush used to spit out the loathsome word. It's a favorite epithet of hordes of right-wing bloviators and Repub

Symphony No. 2 "Neshannock"

i The Symphony has four movements, each describes a scene in the Neshannock Valley of Western Pennsylvania, where the composer has fly-fished for many years. Neshannock Falls is an area on the stream that boasts a small cataract, flowing with great haste into several pools of attractive holds for brown trout. Volant is a small hamlet of various shops and inns, through which the Neshannock Creek flows. An attractive magnet for tourists, Volant sits astride Route 208 and is constructed on an uphill grade. The Old Covered Bridge is located downstream of Volant and makes up one of the boundaries of the fishing area on the stream. The Brown Trout is a musical homage to the elusive quarry that the

Heard Through the (Vintage) Grapevine About Our Retired Members

Vincent Sanzotti retired in 1997 after 32 years of teaching in the Butler School District. During his tenure at Butler High School, his duties included marching band, symphonic band, orchestra, jazz band and director of musicals, theory, and classroom music programs. In addition, Mr. Sanzotti founded and developed the Butler HS guitar and computer-assisted music production programs. Mr. Sanzotti hosted PWEA Western Region State Orchestra and PMEA Region I State Band festivals. The Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh recognized Mr. Sanzotti, his wife Claudette, and their family as "Musical Family of the Year", and he was honored as an Outstanding Educator by the PMEA in 1990.

I am Thankful that:

I have a strong awareness of having good things in my life that I haven’t worked for… or that I have worked for, but that are also largely the result of plain dumb luck. In fact, I’d argue that most of the good things in my life are, at least partly, the result of plain dumb luck. Sure, I have some good things because I’m smart — but I was lucky enough to be born into a family that valued intelligence and made education a priority. Sure, I have some good things because I work hard and have a certain amount of self-discipline — but I was lucky enough to be born into a relatively privileged race and economic class, in which I’ve had a good number of opportunities for my hard work and self-disc

A Short History of the Clarinet

The year was 1700; Nuremberg the town; The man was Johann Denner, a craftsman of renown. He took the ancient Chalumeau and gave it just two keys, and thus the clarinet's first sounds were wafted on the breeze. Throughout the 18th century its repertory grew, By Molter, Tausch and Stamitz, to mention but a few. As more composers wrote for it, its keys increased as well; First three then five and even some extending down the bell. And then in 1791, through Anton Stadler's fame, Came Mozart's great Concerto to immortalize his name. So into a new century, eleven years had passed, When Weber had a busy time, composing really fast His famous Concertino and both concertos too; Heinrich Baermann was

Subject: Melody Obituary

Today we mourn the passing of a harmonious friend, Melody, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old she was, since her birth records were long ago lost in euphonious red tape. She will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to leap and when to step;
- Why repetition should be indulged-in sparingly;
- The importance of shape;
- And just maybe it should be singable.

Melody lived by simple, sound tuneful policies (don't sing or play out of tune) and reliable strategies (emotion not loudness is in charge).

Her health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing performers became popular. TV stars like Christin

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