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Hopin’ you have a Hopping Good Easter

GREETINGS from the home office in Dublin Ohio, before I head back to The East Coast, this week I will playing at The Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City (Maybe I will get to see the NEXT President of The United States!?!?!). What is with this weather…I leave, Ohio, gets amazing weather…I come back and it SUCKS!

 

This has been a rough week, battling a KILLER Migraine due to the weather, and stress. Also I have been operating on SLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWW computer units, as mine is still at Sony.

 

In honor of Easter Weekend, and Earth Day…I WILL NOT call Sony and tell them what I really think about them, nor will I throw this unit I am on right now out the window and harm Mother Nature!

 

The weather started to hit me last Saturday Night as I was at an event waiting on the promoter to arrive and guide us in set up. I had just flown out of Columbus before last Saturday’s storms blew in and was not feeling great as it was. Then I flew into Philly, and I HAD to get a Geno’s (World Famous) Cheese Steak-with cheese wiz of course!

 

The line was LONG and I braved the cold, and wind, AND RAIN to get my Cheese Steak (IT WAS WORTH IT BY THE WAY!) then I was off to Atlantic City for the gig.

 

I was cold and tired as it was, then I waited IN THE RAIN for this guy (to never show up.)

 

To say I was a lil “cranky” MAY be an understatement. There were multiple texts and phone calls to the person and the rain came down harder and harder. There was not only agitation in sitting in the rain, but also negative anticipation if the event was going to take place (since contact no showed, we were in a Monsoon, and there was NO ONE ELSE THERE). But as always it was a learning experience, and with this week being Easter and Good Friday…my crap was not that bad!

 

I sat in the rental car and scanned through the Sirius Satellite channels (Sirius in rental cars is one of the greatest things about being on the road. I get Hair Nation {80’s Rock & Roll}, and Radio Margaritaville {Jimmy Buffett Station}). I was sitting in the car and listening to RM relaxing to some Buffett, when the light show came via the heavens. The Lightening storm WAS INTENSE! The rain was blowing hard, the wind was whipping (as I imagine a hurricane to be) …all while my car became it’s own island in a make shift lake of a parking lot. and I was sitting in the car listening to the “island” sounds of Bubba Himself.

 

This kinda made me forget how cold and pi**ed off I was. It got even better. Radio Margaritaville broadcasts Jimmy’s concerts live, and he was kicking off his US Summer Tour that night out of Tampa. It was great to hear the show played by one of my idols, and made me remember, that every cloud (no matter how much rain it produces), has a silver lining!

 

Two of my favorite Bubba Songs came on…One a reminder that even when bad, even when good, life is short, “Call Now”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g4xdiphcDk

 

 

And yes I was still sitting there not happy waiting for a few hours, but was reminded…it could always be worse. This song is a great reminder about how to live life:

 

It’s a strange situation, a wild occupation,
Living my life like a song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL9wwqlYexQ&feature=related

 

 

 The weather however did affect me. The event did go on the following day and was a HUGE success, under sunny but cool and windy skies. The following day was NASTY again for my travels back to O-H-I-O.

 

This is wear the Migraine started. It did not help with being delayed 4 hours in The Philly Airport, with the LOUD Cast of Mary Poppins (in route to play The Columbus Shows!).

 

So there I am in Philly (which the ONLY good thing about Philly is Rocky Balboa, Cheese Steaks, and leaving the area!), stuck with this Broadway play cast (you can fill in the blanks there…I will just say there were a lot of lisps, and skipping!), with a headache pounding.

 

But again I chose to tune it all out and watch a movie on the I-Touch (Secretariat is an AWESOME MOVIE!). I was able to do so until some woman asked me if I was in the cast of Mary Poppins. WHAT!?!??!

 

I am sitting there, quiet, not dancing in the isles, and this broad asks if I am a cast member?!?!?!?

 

SO my manhood was hurt, but it could have been worse, I made it home, got the World Famous Pepper Dog, and even made it to the gym that night. But since then, and even today, MY HEAD and body is ACHEING! Through all the stress from projects and the weather…I feel like I am wearing my own crown of thorns. BUT this is just a minor set back that I will work through. And I mean come on…struggle teaches us a lot, and perseverance even more. AND IT IS ALL A LOT LESS THAN ONE WENT THROUGH FOR ALL OF US!!!

 

Yes the perseverance and not willing to let my own discomfort get in the way of what is needed done (compounded by TWO computers that are no longer working) have taught me some things. But the biggest lesson learned?

 

While yes, turning off the lights will help control a migraine, it would be best to make sure there are no objects, or dogs, on the floor while walking around in the dark. Failure to do so can cause a headache to be worse FROM FALLING OVER SAID DOG! I am sure Pepper wishes I would have learned this another way!

 

Happy Easter, and may all your baskets of life be filled with all the toys, sweets, and anything else needed/wanted to stuff yer days!

 

 

FINALLY…I want to send some thoughts and prayers to friends this week all dealing with their own issues/struggles/cross roads. To my buddies B+J-K thoughts and prayers to a successful operation and speedy recovery to yer ole man-He is good people, and we all need him around some more! To VJA-while you are ending one chapter, I am sure you will be beginning a whole new chapter not only of happiness but finding new ways to find your calling. My boy JG, you have hit the pause button on the soundtrack to your dream, this does not mean you can’t hit play at a later time. But it will be good to have you back up here in O-H-I-O, even if it means I lose a couch to crash on in Nashville!

 

 

THOUGHT(s) FOR THE WEEK:

Easter is a sign of Spring, and “New Life,” this is very fitting;

 

Dear Lord. Please give everyone that reads this a brand new start & restore their happiness.. Let their best days be ahead of them

 

 

SONG(s) FOR THE WEEK:

 It’s EASTER WEEKEND! Do Do Do DO Dewt Dewt Do!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie9sY_zp9xg

 

 

…and remembering what this weekend is all about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-Ys0mksl_k&feature=related

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Whatever it is you want or desire in your life, if you do not have it or have a plan to get it, what are you waiting for? You do not get another lifetime!

 

 

EASTER:

This week Passover, and Easter fell on the same week…

 

In the BIG PICTURE, we are not all that different

 

Christian pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

 Hundreds of Christians from around the world marched from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem to mark Palm Sunday, retracing the steps of Jesus 2,000 years ago.

 

 

 

The pilgrims waved national and church flags and followed a white donkey, which according to Christian tradition was the way Jesus entered the holy city.

 

 

 

A few dozen Israeli police stood by, a small fraction of the forces on duty in recent weeks because of Palestinian unrest. There were no incidents in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

 

 

 

“I see the problems here as a part of the trip, just showing the extremes of this God-drenched city,” said Jane Voigts, a pastor from San Luis Obispo, California. “I’ve really seen more grace and hope amidst the suffering here.”

 

 

 

In past weeks, Palestinian demonstrations followed disclosure of Israeli plans to build apartments in east Jerusalem, as well as rededication of an ancient synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

 

 

Most West Bank Palestinians were banned from Jerusalem Sunday in keeping with standing Israeli regulations. Palestinians and backers demanding free access to the holy city briefly broke through a crossing between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Police drove them back and arrested 12. Palestinians said one of those arrested was local Fatah activist Abbas Zaki.

 

 

 

Others celebrated at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and in the Gaza Strip, home to a small Christian population.

 

 

 

“This day is not so much for celebration as a more somber remembrance,” said 25-year-old Julia Fitzpatrick from Detroit, Michigan, who lives in east Jerusalem and volunteers for a humanitarian nonprofit organization.

 

 

 

“What a lot of visitors who may have more distance may not see, is that this is an important witness for the Palestinian Christian population and their traditions,” she said.

 

 

 

The Christian population in the West Bank and Gaza has been dwindling for decades. Many have left for economic reasons and Muslim pressure. About 50,000 Christians live in the Palestinian areas, a tiny minority among about 4 million Muslims. Another 123,000 Christian Arabs live in Israel, about 8 percent of Israel’s minority Arab population.

 

 

 

According to the Bible, Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds. It marks the start of Holy Week, which concludes with Easter the following Sunday.

 

 

 

This year the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Churches mark Holy Week on the same dates. The Orthodox Church uses a different calendar from the others, but they coincide every few years.

 

 

 

HOLY WEEK

 

Holy Week is the week which precedes the great festival of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, and which consequently is used to commemorate the Passion of Christ, and the event which immediately led up to it. In Latin is it called hebdomada major, or, less commonly, hebdomada sancta, styling it he hagia kai megale ebdomas. Similarly, in most modern languages (except for the German word Charwoche, which seems to mean “the week of lamentation”) the interval between Palm Sunday and Easter Day is known par excellence as Holy Week.

 

 

 

Antiquity of the celebration of Holy Week

 

From an attentive study of the Gospels, and particularly that of St. John, it might easily be inferred that already in Apostolic times a certain emphasis was laid upon the memory of the last week of Jesus Christ’s mortal life. The supper at Bethania must have taken place on the Saturday, “six days before the pasch” (John 12:1-2), and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem was made from there next morning. Of Christ’s words and deeds between this and His Crucifixion we have a relatively full record. But whether this feeling of the sanctity belonging to these days was primitive or not, it in any case existed in Jerusalem at the close of the fourth century, for the Pilgrimage of Ætheria contains a detailed account of the whole week, beginning with the service in the “Lazarium” at Bethania on the Saturday, in the course of which was read the narrative of the anointing of Christ’s feet. Moreover, on the next day, which, as Ætheria says, “began the week of the Pasch, which they call here the “Great Week”, a special reminder was addressed to the people by the archdeacon in these terms: “Throughout the whole week, beginning from to-morrow, let us all assemble in the Martyrium, that is the great church, at the ninth hour.” The commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into the city took place the same afternoon. Great crowds, including even children too young to walk, assembled on the Mount of Olives and after suitable hymns, and antiphons, and readings, they returned in procession to Jerusalem, escorting the bishop, and bearing palms and branches of olives before him. Special services in addition to the usual daily Office are also mentioned on each of the following days. On the Thursday the Liturgy was celebrated in the late afternoon, and all Communicated, after which the people went to the Mount of Olives to commemorate with appropriate readings and hymns the agony of Christ in the garden and His arrest, only returning to the city as day began to dawn on the Friday. On the Friday again there were many services, and in particular before midday there took place the veneration of the great relic of the True Cross, as also of the title which had been fastened to it; while for three hours after midday another crowded service was held in commemoration of the Passion of Christ, at which, Ætheria tells us, the sobs and lamentations of the people exceeded all description. Exhausted as they must have been, a vigil was again maintained by the younger and stronger of the clergy and by some of the laity. On the Saturday, besides the usual offices during the day, there took place the great paschal vigil in the evening, with the baptism of children and catechumens. But this, as Ætheria implies, was already familiar to her in the West. The account just summarized belongs probably to the year 388, and it is of the highest value as coming from a pilgrim and an eyewitness who had evidently followed the services with close attention. Still the observance of Holy Week as a specially sacred commemoration must be considerably older. In the first of his festal letters, written in 329, St. Athanasius of Alexandria speaks of the severe fast maintained during “those six holy and great days [preceding Easter Sunday] which are the symbol of the creation of the world”. He refers, seemingly, to some ancient symbolism which strangely reappears in the Anglo-Saxon martyrologium of King Alfred’s time. Further he writes, in 331: “We begin the holy week of the great pasch on the tenth of Pharmuthi in which we should observe more prolonged prayers and fastings and watchings, that we may be enabled to anoint our lintels with the precious blood and so escape the destroyer.” From these and other references, e.g., in St. Chrysostom, the Apostolic Constitutions, and other sources, including a somewhat doubtfully authentic edict of Constantine proclaiming that the public business should be suspended in Holy Week, it seems probable that throughout the Christian world some sort of observance of these six days by fasting and prayer had been adopted almost everywhere by Christians before the end of the fourth century. Indeed it is quite possible that the fast of special severity is considerably older, for Dionysius of Alexandria (c. A.D. 260) speaks of some who went without food for the whole six days (see further under LENT). The week was also known as the week of the dry fast (xerophagia), while some of its observances were very possibly influenced by an erroneous etymology of the word Pasch, which was current among the Greeks. Pasch really comes from a Hebrew meaning “passage” (of the destroying angel), but the Greeks took it to be identical with paschein, to suffer.

 

 

 

Special observances of Holy Week

 

We may now touch upon some of the liturgical features which are distinctive of Holy Week at the present time. Palm Sunday comes first in order, and although no memory now remains in our Roman Missal of the supper at Bethany and the visit to the “Lazarium”, we find from certain early Gallican books that the preceding day was once known as “Lazarus Saturday”, while Palm Sunday itself is still sometimes called by the Greeks kyriake tou Lazarou (the Sunday of Lazarus). The central feature of the service proper to this day, as it was in the time of Ætheria, is the procession of palms. Perhaps the earliest clear evidence of this procession in the West is to be found in the Spanish “Liber Ordinum” (see Férotin, “Monumenta Liturgica”, V, 179), but traces of such a celebration are to be met with in Aldhelm and Bede as well as in the Bobbio Missal and the Gregorian Sacramentary. All the older rituals seem to suppose that the palms are blessed in a place apart (e.g. some eminence or some other church of the town) and are then borne in procession to the principal church, where an entry is made with a certain amount of ceremony, after which a solemn Mass is celebrated. It seems highly probable, as Canon Callewaert has pointed out (Collationes Brugenses, 1907, 200-212), that this ceremonial embodies a still living memory of the practice described by Ætheria at Jerusalem. By degrees, however, in the Middle Ages a custom came in of making a station, not at any great distance, but at the churchyard cross, which was often decorated with box or evergreens (crux buxata), and from here the procession advanced to the church. Many details varying with the locality marked the ceremonial of this procession. An almost constant feature was, however, the singing of the “Gloria laus”, a hymn probably composed for some such occasion by Theodulphus of Orléans (c. A.D. 810). Less uniformly prevalent was the practice of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a portable shrine. The earliest mention of this usage seems to be in the customs compiled by Archbishop Lanfranc for the monks of Christ Church, Canterbury. In Germany, and elsewhere on the Continent, the manner of the entry of Christ was sometimes depicted by dragging along a wooden figure of an ass on wheels (the Palmesel), and in other places the celebrant himself rode upon an ass. In England and in many parts of France the veneration paid to the churchyard cross or to the rood cross in the sanctuary by genuflections and prostrations became almost a central feature in the service. Another custom, that of scattering flowers or sprays of willow and yew before the procession, as it advanced through the churchyard, seems to have been misinterpreted in course of time as a simple act of respect to the dead. Under the impression the practice of “flowering the graves” on Palm Sunday is maintained even to this day in many country districts of England and Wales. With regard to the form of the blessing of the palms, we have in the modern Roman Missal, as well as in most of the older books, what looks like the complete Proper of a Mass — Introit, Collects, Gradual, Preface, and other prayers. It is perhaps not unnatural to conjecture that this may represent the skeleton of a consecration Mass formerly said at the station from which the procession started. This view, however, has not much positive evidence to support it and has been contested (see Callewaert, loc. cit.). It is probable that originally the palms were only blessed with a view to the procession, but the later form of benediction seems distinctly to suppose that the palms will be preserved as sacramentals and carried about. The only other noteworthy feature of the present Palm Sunday service is the reading of the Gospel of the Passion. As on Good Friday, and on the Tuesday and the Wednesday of Holy Week, the Passion, when solemn Mass is offered, is sung by three deacons who impersonate respectively the Evangelist (Chronista), Jesus Christ, and the other speakers (Synagoga). This division of the Passion among three characters is very ancient, and it is often indicated by rubrical letters in early manuscripts of the Gospel. One such manuscript at Durham, which supposes only two readers, can hardly be of later date than the eighth century. In earlier times Palm Sunday was also marked by other observances, notably by one of the most important of the scrutinies for catechumens (see CATECHUMEN, III, 431) and by a certain relaxation of penance, on which ground it was sometimes called Dominica Indulgentiae.

 

Tenebrae

 

The proper Offices and Masses celebrated during Holy Week do not notably differ from the Office and Mass at other penitential seasons and during Passion Week. But it has long been customary in all churches to sing Matins and Lauds at an hour of the afternoon or evening of the previous day at which it was possible for all the faithful to be present. The Office in itself presents a very primitive type in which hymns and certain supplementary formulae are not included, but the most conspicuous external feature of the service, apart from the distinctive and very beautiful chant to which the Lamentations of Jeremias are sung as lessons, is the gradual extinction of the fifteen candles in the “Tenebrae hearse”, or triangular candlestick, as the service proceeds. At the end of the Benedictus at Lauds only the topmost candle, considered to be typical of Jesus Christ, remains alight, and this is then taken down and hidden behind the altar while the final Miserere and collect are said. At the conclusion, after a loud noise emblematical of the convulsion of nature at the death of Christ, the candle is restored to its place, and the congregation disperse. On account of the gradual darkening, the service, since the ninth century or earlier, has been known as “Tenebrae” (darkness). Tenebræ is sung on the evening of the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the antiphons and proper lessons varying each day.

 

Maundy Thursday, which derives its English name from Mandatum, the first word of the Office of the washing of the feet, is known in the Western liturgies by the heading “In Coena Domini” (upon the Lord’s supper). This marks the central rite of the day and the oldest of which we have explicit record. St. Augustine informs us that on that day Mass and Communion followed the evening meal or super, and that on this occasion Communion was not received fasting. The primitive conception of the festival survives to the present time in this respect at least, that the clergy do not offer Mass privately but are directed to Communicate together at the public Mass, like guests at one table. The Liturgy, as commemorating the institution of the Blessed Sacrament, is celebrated in white vestments with some measure of joyous solemnity. The “Gloria in excelsis” is sung, and during it there is a general ringing of bells, after which the bells are silent until the Gloria is heard upon Easter Eve (Holy Saturday). It is probable that both the silence of the bells and the withdrawing of lights, which we remark in the Tenebræ service, are to be referred to the same source — a desire of expressing outwardly the sense of the Church’s bereavement during the time of Christ’s Passion and Burial. The observance of silence during these three days dates at least from the eighth century, and in Anglo-Saxon times they were known as “the still days”; but the connection between the beginning of this silence and the ringing of the bells at the Gloria only meets us in the later Middle Ages. In the modern celebration of Maundy Thursday attention centres upon the reservation of a second Host, which is consecrated at the Mass, to be consumed in the service of the Presanctified next day. This is borne in solemn procession to an “altar of repose” adorned with flowers and lighted with a profusion of candles, the hymn “Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium” being sung upon the way. So far as regards the fact of the consecration of an additional Host to be reserved for the Mass of the Presanctified, this practice is very ancient, but the elaborate observances which now surround the altar of repose are of comparatively recent date. Something of the same honour used, in the later Middle Ages, to be shown to the “Easter Sepulchre”; but here the Blessed Sacrament was kept, most commonly, from the Friday to the Sunday, or at least to the Saturday evening, in imitation of the repose of Christ’s sacred Body in the Tomb. For this purpose a third Host was usually consecrated on the Thursday. In the so-called “Gelasian Sacramentary”, probably representing seventh-century usage, three separate Masses are provided for Maundy Thursday. One of these was associated with the Order of the reconciliation of penitents (see the article ASH WEDNESDAY), which for long ages remained a conspicuous feature of the day’s ritual and is still retained in the Pontificale Romanum. The second Mass was that of the blessing of the Holy Oils, an important function still attached to this day in every cathedral church. Finally, Maundy Thursday has from an early period been distinguished by the service of the Maundy, or Washing of the Feet, in memory of the reparation of Christ for the Last Supper, as also by the stripping and washing of the altars (see MAUNDY THURSDAY).

 

Good Friday is now primarily celebrated by a service combining a number of separate features. We have first the reading of three sets of lessons followed by “bidding prayers”. This probably represents a type of aliturgical service of great antiquity of which more extensive survivals remain in the Gallican and Ambrosian liturgies. The fact that the reading from the Gospel is represented by the whole Passion according to St. John is merely the accident of the day. Secondly there is the “Adoration” of the Cross, equally a service of great antiquity, the earliest traces of which have already been noticed in connection with Ætheria’s account of Holy Week at Jerusalem. With this veneration of the Cross are now associated the Improperia (reproaches) and the hymn “Pange lingua gloriosi lauream certaminis”. The Improperia, despite their curious mixture of Latin and Greek — agios o theos; sanctus Deus, etc. — are probably not so extremely ancient as has been suggested by Probst and others. Although the earliest suggestion of them may be found in the Bobbio Misal, it is only in the Pontificale of Prudentius, who was Bishop of Troyes from 846 to 861, that they are clearly attested (see Edm. Bishop in “Downside Review”, Dec., 1899). In the Middle Ages the “creeping to the cross” on Good Friday was a practice which inspired special devotion, and saintly monarchs like St. Louis of France set a conspicuous example of humility in their performance of it. Finally, the Good Friday service ends with the so-called “Mass of the Presanctified”, which is of course no real sacrifice, but, strictly speaking, only a Communion service. The sacred ministers, wearing their black vestments, go to fetch the consecrated Host preserved at the altar of repose, and as they return to the high altar the choir chant the beautiful hymn “Vexilla regis prodeunt”, composed by Venantius Fortunatus. Then wine is poured into the chalice, and a sort of skeleton of the Mass is proceeded with, including an elevation of the Host after the Pater Noster. But the great consecratory prayer of the Canon, with the words of Institution, are entirely omitted. In the early Middle Ages Good Friday was quite commonly a day of general Communion, but now only those in danger of death may receive on that day. The Office of Tenebræ, being the Matins and Lauds of Holy Saturday, is sung on Good Friday evening, but the church otherwise remains bare and desolate, only the crucifix being unveiled. Such devotions as the “Three Hours” at midday, or the “Maria Desolata” late in the evening, have of course no liturgical character. (See also GOOD FRIDAY.)

 

The service of Holy Saturday has lost much of the significance and importance which it enjoyed in the early Christian centuries owing to the irresistible tendency manifested throughout the ages to advance the hour of its celebration. Originally it was the great Easter vigil, or watch-service, held only in the late hours of the Saturday and barely terminating before midnight. To this day the brevity of both the Easter Mass and the Easter Matins preserves a memorial of the fatigue of that night watch which terminated the austerities of Lent. Again the consecration of the new fire with a view to the lighting of the lamps, the benediction of the paschal candle, with its suggestions of night turned into day and its reminder of the glories of that vigil which we know to have been already celebrated in the time of Constantine, not to dwell upon the explicit references to “this most holy night” contained in the prayers and the Preface of the Mass, all bring home  the incongruity of carrying out the service in the morning, twelve hours before the Easter “vigil” can strictly speaking be said to have begun. The obtaining and blessing of the new fire is probably a rite of Celtic or even pagan origin, incorporated in the Gallican Church service of the eighth century. The magnificent “Praeconium Paschale”, known from its first word as the “Exsultet”, was originally, no doubt, an improvisation of the deacon which can be traced back to the time of St. Jerome or earlier. The Prophecies, the Blessing of the Font, and the Litanies of the Saints are all to be referred to what was originaly a very essential feature of the Easter vigil, viz., the baptism of the catechumens, whose preparation had been carried on during Lent, emphasized at frequent intervals by the formal “scrutinies”, of which not a few traces are still preserved in our Lenten liturgy. Finally, the Mass, with its joyous Gloria, at which the bells are again rung, the uncovering of the veiled statues and pictures, the triumphant Alleluias, which mark nearly every step of the liturgy, proclaim the Resurrection as an accomplished fact, while the Vesper Office, incorporated in the very fabric of the Mass, reminds us once more that the evening was formerly so filled that no separate hour was available to complete on that day the usual tribute of psalmody. Strictly speaking, Holy Saturday, like Good Friday, is “aliturgical”, as belonging to the days when the Bridegroom was taken from us. Of this a memorial still remains in the fact that, apart from the one much anticipated Mass, the clergy on that day are not free either to celebrate or to receive Holy Communion.

 

 

HELP:

“every person who is drawn to ease the pain and suffering of another is an instrument of genuine healing”-Florence Nightingale

 

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~Zig Ziglar

 

Don’t keep your gratitude to yourself! When you feel thankful for certain people in your life, be bold enough to say it our loud or put it in a letter.

 

One of the great tragedies in life is that too often people just don’t know what they mean to each other. You can take one small step toward changing this by sharing your gratitude today with someone who has touched your life. 

 

Who knows this may be just the “help” they need to get through the day…MAYBE, it is the help YOU need?

 

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TRAINING: 

Had a rough week of workout, and batteling Migraines. BUT I WILL GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS, as I WILL MEET MY GOALS. Sometimes inner strength is just as important as physical. Let me help you find both!

 

Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com.

 

OR MAYBE you are already training, maybe for the Capital City Half Marathon, Half of a Half, or the Commit to be Fit 5k? Or you want to? Join me and some of Columbus Hottest Entertainers as we make this years Capital City Half Marathon one big party…celebrating YOU on May 7th. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHg-9CFFONA

 

 

 

POLITICS:

Once again Mike DeWine, feels he needs to be the savior of all and tell folks how to run their lives, and dictate how products are marketed. Behind all the smoke and mirrors all he really is doing is fighting “easy, family friendly battles” to assure re-election from his base. HEY MIKE YOU ARE A COWARD, TRY FIGHTING SOME REAL FIGHTS THAT WILL HELP YOUR CONSISTUENTS?!?!? If you don’t want to drink Kool Aid that is POTENT, then don’t go down the “evil isle” of the grocery store!!!

 

DeWine, others assail Pabst’s new Blast drink

Attorneys general say 12 percent tipple is marketed to young adults

Attorney General Mike DeWine and his counterparts from 15 states are taking a shot at Blast, a new 12 percent alcoholic beverage from Pabst Brewing Co.

 

DeWine and other officials sent a letter today to Pabst asking the company to change the formulation and marketing for Blast. They said the advertising, which features iconic rapper Snoop Dogg, is aimed at young adults. The beverage is marketed under the company’s Colt 45 brand name.

 

In a statement, DeWine charged that it is “wrong, irresponsible, and dangerous” to market to an audience that may be underage. “Drinking a full can of it would be like consuming the alcohol in more than four regular, 12-ounce bottles of beer,” he said.

 

Blast comes in grape, raspberry watermelon, blueberry pomegranate and strawberry lemonade flavors in 23.5-ounce cans.

 

Also signing the letter were officials from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.

 

Pabst officials have said they are not targeting underage drinkers in their advertising and marketing of Blast. 

 

 

MILITARY:

Navy corpsmen key to Lima Company Marines’ safety

Forces fight, treat injuries but often receive little fanfare

 

When a thousand screaming friends and family members welcomed home the Marines of Lima Company from Afghanistan last month, the company was missing nine people.

 

Among them was Chris Palmer, 26, of Bucyrus. He and the company’s eight other Navy corpsmen had stayed behind to handle the paperwork of the medical care they’d given.

 

Marines don’t have medics of their own. When they deploy, they bring Navy corpsmen with them. Those corpsmen patrol and fight just like the Marines, carrying rifles and ammunition.

 

But when the Marines are injured, the corpsmen stop fighting and treat them with the medical packs they also carry.

 

“I have two sides,” Palmer said. “One is to be a Marine. One is to make sure that Marines come back safe.”

 

The Lima Company Marines came home March 31 after nearly a year away, and Palmer and the other corpsmen who stayed were still documenting the company’s injuries, in case the Marines needed treatment down the road.

 

“They’re awesome,” said Maj. William Brubaker, Lima Company’s commander. “They work harder than Marines.”

 

Palmer and some fellow corpsmen flew into Port Columbus one week ago today to very little fanfare. They’re used to that, Palmer said. The corpsmen are on leave now.

 

But Palmer and his family came to Dublin today with the Lima Company Marines for a party hosted by Dublin-based OCLC, the international library-information cooperative, at the company’s campus. About 200 people participated.

 

Palmer’s son Christopher, 5, had his face painted. His daughter, Lainey, 2, loved the inflatable slides.

 

And Palmer talked some about what he had been through.

 

There was the time, for example, when he and some Marines had been in a firefight with Afghan insurgents. One of the insurgents was shot in the chest. Palmer and another corpsman worked on him. The man lived.

 

Palmer participated in more than 200 patrols. He treated the Marines, but he also treated at least 70 Afghans. Most weren’t injured in battle. Medical care is so poor there that Afghans often need treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes, he said. They are happy to have the treatment from corpsmen.

 

Lima Company became nationally known in 2005 after losing 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman during a deployment to Iraq. There were no deaths during this most recent deployment, and just a handful of injuries in battle. So Palmer said he spent a lot of time after patrols taking care of bumps and bruises, and making sure the Marines drank enough water.

 

“He took great care of us,” said Sgt. Drew Van Fossan, 24.

 

Palmer came home without the same celebration that greeted the Marines, but he’s all right with that. Especially when, like yesterday, he can hang out at a party and have fun with his kids.

 

“After being gone so long, it’s amazing when you see this,” he said.

 

 

SPORTS:

Rough week for the Red’s first shoplifting…now lying? What are we? The BENGALS!?!?!?

Chapman’s 106-mph fastball was likely bogus

Let’s start with the facts, sparse as they may be. Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman(notes), the man who many believe hurls a baseball faster than anyone ever has, threw a pitch Monday night. This pitch was a fastball. This fastball zoomed high and inside and could well have decapitated the batter, Andrew McCutchen(notes). The facts end there.

Immediately after this pitch, three nuggets of information started to parade themselves as facts. The scoreboard at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati flashed the pitch’s speed at 106 mph. The box in the upper-right-hand corner of Fox Sports Ohio’s broadcast pegged the fastball at 105 mph. The PITCHf/x system, a scientific marvel in every major league stadium that uses three cameras to pinpoint a pitch’s velocity to the tenth of a mile per hour, said it left Chapman’s hand at 102.4 mph. At most, one is correct. None may be.

There’s no doubt Reds’ reliever Aroldis Chapman throws hard. Exactly how hard he throws is open to debate.

The hardest-throwing era of Major League Baseball’s existence is upon us, one in which teams have been caught jacking up their pitchers’ velocities and minimizing opponents’. Whereas 100 mph was once the threshold of legend, PITCHf/x last September clocked a Chapman pitch at 105.1 mph, and he commemorated it in the offseason with a tattoo of those four digits on his wrist.

Chapman may need some new ink, depending on what he believes. Unless one of Chapman’s fastballs voyaged through the Matrix, another in the Source Code and the third in reality, it leaves us with a question more appropriate for a philosophy class than a baseball discussion.

How can one pitch travel three different velocities?

Aroldis Chapman first unleashed his fastball for an American audience during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when he pitched for Cuba. He hit 100 mph, a staggering figure for anyone and ungodly for a left-hander, triggering the salivary gland of every scout at the stadium.

When Chapman defected in the Netherlands and made his way to the United States, the bidding war began. Cincinnati signed Chapman to a $30.25 million deal, let him start 13 games at Double-A, moved him to relief and watched his velocity spike even higher. During his delivery, Chapman twists his 6-foot-4, 200-pound body like a contortionist and unleashes himself in a fury of long-and-loose limbs. Chapman turns the fastball into an event: the pop it makes when it strikes the mitt, the virtual vapor trail it leaves in its wake and the sound that emanates from the crowd when the bulbs light up next to the MPH sign.

Chapman received a standing ovation during a 9-3 loss Monday because of the 106 on the stadium gun. He sat around 100 with his other pitches, a promising sign after sitting out four days to rest his arm following an outing in which his velocity plummeted, and then out of nowhere popped the 106.

A Stalker brand radar gun, down in the scouts’ section behind home plate, captured the reading and beamed it to the scoreboard. Among scouts, Stalker’s reputation is impermeable. Along with Jugs, it is considered the best radar detector available. It can capture moving objects up to 800 mph.

“It is a scientific instrument,” said Paul Hataway, Stalker’s sports sales representative. “It’s a Doppler radar. Our radars are accurate within a tenth of a mile per hour.”

Three tracking cameras are set up in each major league ballpark using the PITCHf/x system. The cameras track the ball during its entire trajectory. Radar guns record the speed only once during the pitch.

The science of measuring speed is better than it’s ever been. Hall of Famer Bob Feller used military equipment to gauge his fastball. Steve Dalkowski, the legendary left-hander who never made it to the major leagues but may have held the hardest-throwing title before Chapman, went to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds to get his clocked. Today, all it takes is a grand to hold history in your hands.

“I would have to tend to believe if it’s our gun it’s correct,” Hataway said. “They’re very seldom incorrect.”

Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the team often uses the Stalker’s verification tuning fork, which sends out a frequency tone to check if the gun is calibrated properly. How one device measured more than 3 mph faster than another, then, is the ultimate question.

Conspiracy theorists wouldn’t necessarily be wrong to assume something nefarious. Every season, MLB sends a bulletin to teams regarding radar guns. Clubs are allowed to post the speeds of pitches, the memo says, but teams under no circumstances should manipulate the readings.

“It’s been an issue before,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.

Television broadcasts are often the great unknown of radar readings. Some use their own guns. Others use the team’s gun. A few use PITCHf/x.

“We utilize the ballpark’s radar gun,” said Kate Buddenhagen, the communications manager for Fox Sports Ohio. “The Reds own it, and that goes into their scoreboard room. We tie it in to our truck.”

Why, then, did the scoreboard say 106 mph and the TV say 105 mph? Buddenhagen wasn’t sure. She went and asked the broadcast’s executive producer.

Turns out she had assumed wrong.

“It is our understanding that PITCHf/x feeds everything,” Buddenhagen said.

OK. So if it’s PITCHf/x after all, where did those extra 2.6 mph come from to take the reading from 102.4 to 105 mph?

“We utilize PITCHf/x to get the information, but we can’t explain how it works,” Buddenhagen said. “It’s through the ballpark. So unfortunately, if the Reds aren’t saying much, I don’t think we can help any further.”

Hmmmmm.

There had to be a better explanation, from the person who sets up the Reds’ Stalker, or the person in charge of Great American Ball Park’s PITCHf/x system – someone, somewhere who understood how one pitch set off three divergent threads.

“Under the circumstances, our folks here aren’t talking about our radar guns,” said Butcher, the Reds’ spokesman. “Already too many conspiracy theories about the guns operated by each team.”

Including one inside the Reds’ brain trust. Chapman broke Joel Zumaya’s(notes) record of 104.8 mph in San Diego on Sept. 24, 2010. Last Wednesday he again pitched at Petco Park, but the radar gun showed no readings above 93 mph, let alone triple digits.
Aroldis Chapman broke Joel Zumaya’s record of 104.8 mph last September.

“I’ve seen teams play with that radar gun,” Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters. “They pump up theirs and turn down ours. And guys don’t like looking up there and seeing they are throwing under their norm. Then they try to do more and it ends up being less.”

Apparently, Baker didn’t bother checking PITCHf/x. Chapman faced two batters. He threw 10 pitches. None came in higher than 93.7 mph. The algorithm that calculates which pitch was thrown said Chapman had tossed 10 changeups. All were actually fastballs.

If there’s a reason to not believe in the 105- and 106-mph readings, it’s PITCHf/x. Unveiled in 2007, the system uses three cameras to follow the path of a ball to the plate and takes an extreme amount of measurements, everything from velocity at release to velocity immediately before it hits the catcher’s mitt to the number of times the ball rotates. Ryan Zander, who runs the baseball products division for Sportvision, the company that developed PITCHf/x (and is perfecting HITf/x and FIELDf/x as well), said the system calculates each pitch’s speed more than 50 times.

“What’s more,” Zander said, “the PITCHf/x system is calibrated the same way in every park, which provides consistent speed measurement from venue to venue, whereas radar-gun calibrations tend to vary, resulting in inconsistent calculations.”

All of that is true. Courtney, the MLB spokesman, said of PITCHf/x: “We’d like clubs to utilize it (on their scoreboards). But it’s not something we think is mandatory.”

Also true is the fact that PITCHf/x isn’t immune to calibration errors, either. One camera could be off a fraction of an inch because the noise of a stadium shakes it out of place. Surely the systems in San Diego and Cincinnati aren’t exactly alike. Maybe it was 102.3. Or 102.5. Or 103.5 or 104.5 or 105.5. And if there’s even a smidgen of doubt, maybe the Stalker is a better measure, or perhaps Fox Sports Ohio was right on with its compromise number, even if it’s not sure, exactly, where it came from.

Whatever the reality, the public is sort of embracing the 106-mph number. Chapman was asked about it. Stories were written. Watercoolers chatter buzzed about it. Somebody changed Chapman’s Wikipedia page to include it, end everybody knows if it’s on Wikipedia it’s true.

When Aroldis Chapman steps in and throws a fastball, we want to believe it’s 106 mph because if there’s one thing we love something as much as speed, it’s bearing witness to the unbelievable. And it is inconceivable, after decades of worshipping 100, to think that a 23-year-old, unknown to everyone but baseball junkies a year ago, is outdoing Feller and Dalkowski and Nolan Ryan and every other hard thrower the game has seen.

A day spent trying to figure out whether Chapman did, in fact, outdo the legends revealed no new facts. Andrew McCutchen is still with head after seeing – or maybe not seeing – a fastball hurled by someone who may or may not be the fastest ever. The fastball might’ve gone 106 mph or 105 mph or 102.4 mph or none of the above.

More important is that Chapman gets baseball buzzing like nobody since Stephen Strasburg(notes), another 100-mph-chucking phenom. The monster home run is such a seldom treat and the grace of a triple such an underappreciated one and the athleticism of a stolen base so fleeting that the prospect of somebody entering a game and pushing his arm to the human limit provides baseball’s ultimate fascination. We love fast cars and fast Internet and fast food and fast delivery and fast athletes.

And Lord do we love fastballs 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

The Voice Premiers on Tuesday, and I am really excited about this show, and from the buzz I am getting it will be better than that Idol crap!

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/video/coaches-go-crazy/1321664

 

 

MUSIC:

Hoping to be part of an event with Dierks Bentley on May 22nd. Here is a cool article.

Dierks Bentley Offers Songwriting Tips for Guys
Dierks Bentley has written a long list of romantic tunes, including ‘Draw Me a Map,’ ‘Come a Little Closer’ and ‘I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.’ So it’s no surprise that Esquire magazine asked the happily married country star to write a guest column for their latest issue, appropriately titled, ‘How to Write a Song (for a Woman).’

“Learn three chords: G, C, and D. If they’re good enough for Bret Michaels and ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn,’ they’re good enough for you,” he writes. “And a really slow ballad is best. Hum out a little melody, get to the chorus quickly, and keep it simple. Whatever you’re playing is merely supporting your clever, sincere, heartfelt and occasionally funny lyrics that she never in a million years expected you to sing. The right words are 90 percent of what you’re going for.”

The multi-platinum selling singer says the lyrics are the most important part of the song, unless you’re a reigning teen singing sensation. “Avoid the generic,” Dierks insists. “The only reason Justin Bieber can get away with a whole chorus that uses only the words ‘baby’ and ‘ooh’ is because he’s Justin Bieber. Specificity and originality beats cliché every time. So maybe instead of ‘I love you, I need you the rest of my life,’ go with ‘I could live without your love — I’d just have to get used to feeling numb the rest of my life.'”

However, Dierks is confident anyone can write a good song. “Greatness in this context is easy,” he maintains. “You don’t have to be Kris Kristofferson. (Or Mumford & Sons. I really dig their simple but gigantic lyrics.)”

Although, writing the perfect songs is meaningless unless the writer can deliver it. “Look at her,” he notes. “And if you screw up, it’s no big deal. When I forget the words during a show, I rewrite them on the spot. No one ever seems to mind. She won’t either. (Some emergency rhymes: Crazy/baby, girl/world, apart/heart, desire/fire.) The key to screwing up a song is to laugh it off and press on. No matter what happens, good things are waiting for you after that last note.”

Dierks is currently working on a follow up to his award-winning bluegrass album, ‘Up on the Ridge.’ He is in the middle of his two-month Jagermeister tour, with Josh Thompson and duo Miss Willie Brown serving as opening acts.

 

 
MORE MUSIC:

This is why I ove this town

Nashville Has the Country’s ‘Best Music Scene’ According to Rolling Stone

From The Department of National Publications Crushing on Nashville — a department in which Nylon Magazine previously filed an entry — comes some noteworthy news for us locals: In its April 28 issue (on newsstands now), Rolling Stone bestows Nashville with the honor of “Best Music Scene.” You have to pay to read the content online, but Cream reader Larry Mell Morgan was kind enough to scan Nashville’s entry in RS’s dead-tree edition for us. Have a look by clicking that image over there on the left, or download the PDF.

With a subhed reading, “Jack White, Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Ke$ha and Taylor Swift have all moved here — this is why” — wonder where they heard that — the feature profiles Nashville in five parts: venues, bars, restaurants, clothes and record stores. Stone gathered quotes from locals and semi-locals including Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, my boy Patrick Carney, Nathan Followill, Cage the Elephant’s Lincoln Parish and ambassadress — by transitive property — Karen Elson regarding the hottest spots in town. The Ryman, Exit/In, 12th & Porter, The 5 Spot and Station Inn all landed mentions in the venues department, while Springwater, Mas Tacos, Arnold’s, Losers and Patterson House were mentioned in the restaurants and bars categories. What local music retailer was unanimously agreed upon as “the spot for indie and vintage nuggets”? Where else? Only one of Rolling Stone’s “Best Record Stores in the USA,” Grimey’s. Well, Elson obviously prefers a different joint.

Also, in case you didn’t know, “daytime booze is a time-honored tradition in Nashville.” When I wondered aloud, “Where isn’t it?”, fellow Creamer Adam Gold responded astutely: “I mean … Salt Lake City?”

 

 

BOOKS:

‘Why do you do what you do?’- Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and moer profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way — and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit– those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?

Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And the people who follow them don’t do so because they have to; they follow because they want to.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them. 

 

 
BUISNESS/PRODUCT/IDEER OF THE WEEK: 

Big Lots to try alcohol to stimulate food sales
Closeout retailer seeks liquor licenses for 6 stores in region
Big Lots is hoping to boost its sales of groceries by adding alcohol to the mix.

While the Columbus-based closeout retailer has long offered beer and wine at some stores, in particular its California outlets, the company recently applied for liquor licenses on behalf of six of its 20 Big Lots stores in central Ohio.

The stores are at 5419 Roberts Rd., 1245 Polaris Parkway and 2855 Olentangy River Rd. in Columbus; 6569 Sawmill Rd. in Dublin; 3961 Hoover Rd. in Grove City; and 1900 Brice Rd. in Reynoldsburg.

The move would help Big Lots address one of the few areas in which sales have lagged recently: the grocery aisle.

During the company’s fourth-quarter report to investors in early March, CEO Steve Fishman told analysts that the company was looking for ways to improve sales in its grocery business, known in the industry as consumables.

“On our last call, I indicated to you that I believe we were not executing up to our full potential and that we were working quickly to get this business back on track,” Fishman told analysts.

“There’s probably seven or eight initiatives that we’re working really aggressively on in consumables to get that business going,” Fishman said.

Big Lots officials would not comment about the alcohol sales beyond confirming that “select stores” will offer beer and wine.

The chain also hopes to add alcoholic products elsewhere in the state, having also applied for liquor licenses in stores in the Cleveland and Cincinnati areas, among others.

In expanding to offer liquor at more stores, Big Lots joins such discount outlets in Ohio as Walmart, Target, Kmart and Dollar General, which have also recently applied for state licenses to sell alcohol. 

 

YOU DA MAN…well you “Da Bride”

This is a GREAT story of overcoming adversity

“Don’t let the journey of this day pass us by, I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJ5CJ4pmbQ

I actually kinda got a lil misty eyed with this story, I would like to say it is due to my eyes “sweating”, but my condo is so cold that is not case.

I also wish some of the Bridezilla’s I have encountered would watch-they got NOTHING ON THIS BRIDE!!!

Here is the song, Jennifer Darmon, walked down the isle to. Looking for a Father Daughter Dance for your wedding? GREAT SONG!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LBUMnQgSTs

 

AND A GREAT STORY OF GIVING:

Millionaire janitor buys school new track
‘Ten years ago, I said if I win some money, I’m going to put a track here’

The lunch hour is over and Evergreen High School custodian Tyrone Curry gets out his broom for a quick sweep up.

“I try to make sure it’s spotless and it’s ready for the kids,” he said.

After cleaning, he’s off to his second passion: coaching the track and field team.

“I just like staying busy,” Curry said with a laugh.

But in reality, he doesn’t have to work. He’s a millionaire.

“I know my wife says, ‘Oh, you don’t really have to work’ and I say, ‘Yeah. I do.”

Five years ago, Curry won nearly $3.4 million in the state lottery. Even before his numbers were drawn, the coach knew where he wanted to spend it.

“Ten years ago, I said if I win some money, I’m going to put a track here.”

In early April, coach Curry presented the district with $40,000 to go towards a brand new track.

“Tyrone goes above and beyond in the sports he coaches,” said senior Devante Botello. “It’s a deep feeling. All I can say is thanks.”

Curry said the gift he has given Evergreen pales in comparison to what the kids have given him.

“Kids do things for you. They keep you young,” Curry said.

In June, after 34 years, Curry will retire. But, he’ll be back to see that brand new track and cheer on the team.

“It’s gonna be hard when I retire, you know, but I’ll still be here.”

Curry plans to run for the school board after retirement.

His donation will be matched with a $75,000 youth sports grant.

 

 

IRONY:

More than 7 million candles recalled for fire risk

More than 7 million candles are being recalled because of concerns the cup holding the candle could melt or catch fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the tea lights were sold under the Chesapeake Bay Candle and Modern Light brand names.

They were sold at Home Goods, Target, Wegmans and other stores nationwide between July 2009 and February 2011.

The CPSC says the candles have a clear plastic cup that can melt or ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard.

The importer, Pacific Trade International Inc. of Rockville, Md., has received one report of the plastic cup melting while in use.

No injuries or property damage have been reported. 

 

 

RELIGION:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18 NIV

 

 

HIStory?:

Last Supper was a day earlier, scientist claims

Christians have long celebrated Jesus Christ’s Last Supper on Maundy Thursday but new research released Monday claims to show it took place on the Wednesday before the crucifixion.

Professor Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, believes it is all due to a calendar mix-up — and asserts his findings strengthen the case for finally introducing a fixed date for Easter.

Humphreys uses a combination of biblical, historical and astronomical research to try to pinpoint the precise nature and timing of Jesus’s final meal with his disciples before his death.

Researchers have long been puzzled by an apparent inconsistency in the Bible.

While Matthew, Mark and Luke all say the Last Supper coincided with the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, John claims it took place before Passover.

Humphreys has concluded in a new book, “The Mystery Of The Last Supper”, that Jesus — along with Matthew, Mark and Luke — may have been using a different calendar to John.

“Whatever you think about the Bible, the fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal, so for the Gospels to contradict themselves in this regard is really hard to understand,” Humphreys said.

“Many biblical scholars say that, for this reason, you can’t trust the Gospels at all. But if we use science and the Gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction.”

In Humphreys’ theory, Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar which was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today.

This would put the Passover meal — and the Last Supper — on the Wednesday, explaining how such a large number of events took place between the meal and the crucifixion.

It would follow that Jesus’ arrest, interrogation and separate trials did not all take place in the space of one night but in fact occurred over a longer period.

Humphreys believes a date could therefore be ascribed to Easter in our modern solar calendar, and working on the basis that the crucifixion took place on April 3, Easter Day would be on April 5.

 

 

BUCKEYES:

Ohio State marks Jesse Owens anniversary
Ohio State University is celebrating the 75th anniversary of track star Jesse Owens’ stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

In a stadium built by Adolf Hitler, Owens stole the show and made a mockery of Nazi claims of Aryan supremacy. He became the first American track athlete to win four gold medals at one Olympics.

At Ohio State, Owens was nicknamed “The Buckeye Bullet.” The university says he set three world records and tied a fourth all within 45 minutes at the 1935 Big Ten championships.

Members of the Owens family are expected to attend a statue unveiling Thursday afternoon at Ohio State’s track stadium named for Owens. In the evening, comedian Bill Cosby will host a dinner to benefit the Ruth and Jesse Owens scholarship program.

 

 

BUISNESS:

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SUCCESS:

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. – Mike Singletary

 

RevRunWisdom: Do what you LOVE,, happiness and money will follow..

 

 

INSPIRATION:

For the “Penguin Lovers” and for those who feel like they are swimming with sharp teeth out to get them. GREAT clip! Sometimes we just need some help with some friends (in a boat, or just in life?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwqbqZ3L60

 

 

This passage was in the movie “Secretariat” that I watched on the plane back from Philly this week. AWESOME MOVIE BTW!!!

 

Job: 21-25

He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength,

and charges into the fray.

22He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;

he does not shy away from the sword.

23The quiver rattles against his side,

along with the flashing spear and lance.

24In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground;

he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

25At the blast of the trumpet he snorts, ‘Aha!’

He catches the scent of battle from afar,

the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

 

 

 

QUOTES:

RevRunWisdom: You are naturally happy when your doing what God calls you to do..

 

Nothing is as precious as one’s freedom. Dreams, aspirations, and ideals mean nothing, if one does not have the courage to enjoy their life-Rev Run

 

 

 

CLOSING:

RevRunWisdom: Dear Lord. Pls connect me 2 the right ppl and help me discern & disconnect from idiots!!!

 

And that’s it…in The words of the BIG J.C. who died for all of us; “it is finished!” and bowing His head he gave up His Spirit.” -John 19:30…. Thinking about what the “Good” means in Good Friday today….

 

TO DO:

FRIDAY:
“The Joker,” Steve Miller, and The “Non-Angel,” Greg Allman play The LC, The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

FUNNIES:
ALL WEEKEND:

Tommy Davidson performs at The Funny Bone Comedy Club in Easton Town Center

MORE TO DO:
ALL WEEKEND:
I WAS STUCK IN PHILLY WITH THIS GROUP LAST MONDAY! Broadway Across America: Mary Poppins at The Ohio Theatre. If going…you WILL be able to hear them, I speak of experience, they are LOUD! Even a “spoon full of sugar” could not make their voices go away! Made me yell…”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” NOT in the way it was meant I am sure!

IN THEATERS:
See it on an Imax Screen, Disneynature’s ‘African Cats,’ narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (and he doesn’t even swear!)

The BEAUTIFUL Reese Witherspoon stars in ‘Water for Elephants,’ a chick flick, I even enjoyed, rated “PG-13.” 

 
DVD:
The Oscar Winning, ‘The King’s Speech’ rated “PG-13.”

 

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:

Licking County Special Needs Prom April 30th

Opening for Darius Rucker Midland Theater May 5th (Pending)

Capital City Half Marathon May 7th

Wedding Season starts May 14th

Ronald McDonald House Awards @Columbus Zoo May 21

Warrior Dash June 3-4-5 (CONFERMED)

 

 

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