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Interests: Mandolins. Reading. Sailing. Writing.
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I went to the Tuesday Vestry meeting because the Bishop was coming to talk about the rector situation – an interim rector, a replacement rector, what we want in a new rector. The Vestry was there, four members of the parish visiting the meeting, plus both deacons. Bishop Morales had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
The Bishop is coming to the Trinity vestry meeting at 7 tonight (Dec. 14) to talk about what we want in a new rector. According to Charles Ridley, Ph.D., University of Indiana, successful church-planters typically have these essential characteristics: Visionary capacity; motivation; they create ownership of ministry; they relate to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
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I wasn't going to post anything today but instead devote an hour or so to Googling resources on the web. There is a ton out there on "church revitalization" and "church planting." I encourage you to look around. It'll give you ideas about things we could, and probably ought, to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
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If you go to the bottom of each post, you will see a "comments" link. Click it. You'll see any comments and, below them, a place to type in your comments. (See screen capture immediately below.) Holler if it doesn't work for you. : ) - Mike Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
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In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:30 The opening sentence to morning prayer for Advent contains an imperative. We are told to prepare, to make straight the highway in the wilderness for Christ. We are each,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
I've had coffee with a couple of of my fellow former senior wardens from Trinity in the past week, not to gossip but to discuss the future. Let's face it, we have some significant challenges. To name a few: We are without a rector. We are without an organist/choir director.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Trinity: A Fresh Start
Mr. Mike Plays A Venus Solo Demo verison Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Michael Romkey: Music
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From the ACC weekly update. What would Jesus do? Probably not sue a local parish, confiscate the property then sell it to Muslims. There must be a special place in Hell awaiting these folks. New York: TEC sells church to Islamic Center Source: Front Page Magazine March 30, 2010 By... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Prairie Anglican
It seems to me that, in the below, the Bard is contrasting the Christian worldview with a more worldly way of dealing with problems. Yet does being a Christian mean it is better to suffer in silence than take action? To be, or not to be: that is the question:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at Prairie Anglican
Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Go your way; eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God now accepteth your works; let your garments be always white, and let your head lack no ointment. Revd. Dr. John Henry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at Prairie Anglican
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Dana writes: Mike: What do you think of this collect? (We should be having this discussion on the Prairie Anglican.) Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Prairie Anglican
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Posted Jan 6, 2010 at Michael Romkey: Music
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And so we approach the end of this long banquet of classic literature, where we are served dessert, Moliere’s “Tartuffe.” The previous stories -- “Gilgamesh,” “The Odyssey,” “The Inferno,” “Utopia,” “The Tempest” -- dealt epic themes and heroic struggles. Mortality. Man vs. god. Man vs. man with the gods complicating things. The soul’s trials to find salvation or be condemned to damnation. The composition and governance of ideal society. The choice between revenge and forgiveness. The conflict in “Tartuffe” takes place on a far smaller battleground. Not for Moliere the plains of Troy or darkness visible of Hell. His story... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Reading
“The Tempest” is one of those works where the reader -- or viewer -- is tempted to jump to conclusions. Do we doubt Prospero will engineer things to his advantage by the end of Act V? Do we doubt Miranda and Ferdinand will fall in love and be joined at the end? Are we disappointed on either front? No, no and no. It is impossible to put ourselves into an Elizabethan mindset and know whether the various outcomes of “The Tempest” would have been any more in doubt had we come to the play 500 years ago. Today we are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Reading
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George Schaefer’s abridged, bowdlerized version of “The Tempest” might serve as a “lite” introduction to the play for popular audiences, but I found it unsatisfying. Produced for television’s long-running “Hallmark Hall of Fame,” the Schaefer video is abridged and cleaned up for TV. Apparently comic lines about smelling like horse piss weren’t judged up to the mark for a Hallmark production. The sets and costumes might have been au courant in 1960 but have not aged well. Poor William Basset is compelled to wear a preposterous outfit apparently inspired by Speedo swimming trunks and leather straps. He would have been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Reading
Were Ariel in my service, she would have spent the day raking leaves -- or directing the zephyrs to drive them across the street into the parkway. Between that and the spaghetti simmering on the stove, a few thoughts about “The Tempest.” I will watch the movie tonight and post some further reflection upon the morrow. I completely misremembered “The Tempest.” I recollected it as Shakespeare’s horror story: A wizard and his daughter are marooned on an island with a monster for a slave and supernatural spirits to serve; Prospero conjures a hurricane to shipwreck his mortal enemies; he uses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2009 at Reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Michael Romkey: Music
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The island in “The Tempest” is a microcosm of society, the world writ small. Yet on Prospero’s island, the passions of mankind -- love, hunger for justice, lust for power, and just plain lust -- are writ large. In the storm and shipwreck, we see how disaster can cause society to unravel and social status to disintegrate. Society is stable only as long as there is order. Take away balance and process and everything falls apart. On the island, we perhaps see what the people of Shakespeare’s time thought about European culture civilizing the new worlds to which it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Reading
Raw demo takes... A Song That We Wrote Ambition Sin-Free Machines Skipping Stone Smoking Words Taking Obviously Violent Toad Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at Michael Romkey: Music
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at Michael Romkey: Music
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It has been a long time since I read “The Tempest,” but I remember it combining the charms and magic of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the more consequential themes found in Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories. “The Tempest” is, if I remember, Shakespeare’s last play. (I’ll have to read the introduction in my Pelican collection and see.) I remember in college thinking Shakespeare was talking about not only himself and his play in Prospero’s epilogue, but his life: “Now my charms are all o’erthrown, and what strength I have’s mine own, which is most faint. ... But release me from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2009 at Reading