In the meantime, here are a few random thoughts.
- There are some things I don't really pay much attention to. Sometime last month, Duke University had Oprah Winfrey as their Commencement speaker whilst UNC-Chapel Hill had Archbishop Desmond Tutu as their Commencement speaker. At his homily, Fr. Steve from Immaculate Conception Church pointed out that those two universities invited black people to speak at their respective Commencements. I thought, oh yeah, he's right. But to be honest, I never thought of them as black or white or anything else for that matter. (Actually, I didn't even know that Oprah Winfrey spoke at Duke. Blue Devils fans, please don't throw rotten tomatoes at me, okay?) I was just aware of Archbishop Tutu's visit, and that he (and the Rev. Dr. Pfaff) attended the 5:15 pm service at Chapel of the Cross the afternoon of UNC's commencement. It's too bad that the idea of an Evensong with the Archbishop fell through. I'm sure the Compline Choir would have loved to have sung at that service!
- I've been doing a bit of writing lately. It's been really lovely flexing my creative writing muscles, and thanks to some wonderful encouragement from friends, I've been writing a pair of multi-chaptered stories, plus have an outline for o-fic that I hope to start writing soon. I'm still keeping in touch with my scientific roots. I'm working on a review paper with a friend of mine in the Cannabinoid field that we hope to submit before he leaves for the ICRS conference early next month. I've been away from the science field for at least the past couple of years, and I can honestly say I miss it. It's been nice living the life of the church musician in the meantime. But I do miss science, and hope to get back into the field at some point in time in the future.
- It's nice to know that others appreciate you. I'll admit that I haven't frequented the RPInet Forum Boards for at least the past year or more. There's been a lot of contentious bickering there, and I didn't really want to be a part of that. Much to my surprise, I received notifications of replies to what I assume have been long-buried threads. One of the respondents mentioned me by name, and said that my contributions had been appreciated, and was wondering where I might have disappeared to. I do keep up this blog (I try to, anyway) with my thoughts as well as my music lists (and have a journal on Live Journal for anything else related to creative writing exploits and Harry Potter-related things), so one could keep up with me if one so desires. If there is one thing I miss about the RPInet boards, it is the people I've met there. I had the wonderful fortune of meeting three of them in person (Charles, Nick and Tyler; it is with the latter that I share this blog) plus established wonderful friendships with others (Randy, Michael, Ryan, Joe Sco, Brian, Ron A., etc.). I may not be interacting with you on a daily basis via the boards, but that doesn't mean I don't think of you from time to time. Most of us are Facebook friends... and I'm also on Twitter as well. I hope all is well with all of you, and that your Music Ministry work continues to be rewarding as we do our part to glorify God in Music.
Enough of my sentimental blathering. My music lists are forthcoming.