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Month: July 2006

Relaxation and Music

Sometimes the stress of our everyday lives can be a little overwhelming. At times all one can do is to try to control our reactions to the little pins and pricks that happen upon our daily lives.

I love to fill our home with perks that invoke a sense of inner peace, making our surroundings a refuge from the rest of the world. It’s good to consider what is appealing to every member of the family, from sense of taste (my husbands department), smell, sight, touch, and sound.

I am a more visual person; highly influenced by sounds around me, especially music. While painting, reading, writing or just sitting back and clearing the mind, it is wonderful to be able to listen to beautiful music.

A while back, my friend Christopher Schlegel mentioned that he will be releasing a new Solo Classical Guitar Sonatas CD. My husband and I were enthusiastic to hear it! As with other music, Christopher has demonstrated an amazing talent as a musician and composer, and are we ever pleased!

My husband listens to Christopher’s Classical Guitar Sonatas everyday on his long journey home from work. I love to listen while I am reading and painting as well! We highly recommend giving a listen to everyone we know!

Christopher’s music is completely original. His Guitar Sonatas ring ofÂtranquility and elegant simplicity and while not completely Spanish in style, I would compare the lovely memorable sounds to Isaac Albeniz on guitar.

My husband still can’t pick a favorite tune on this CD as he enjoys them all, but I still have to say that my favorite is #5, “Novice” Guitar Sonata in C Major – Allegro. BRAVO!!! I like to sing along in harmony making up a lullaby sort of story.

For more information about Christopher Schlegel and the release of his latest CD’s click here.
Also seeÂChristopher perform his own Guitar Sonata in A major “Opus Primo” Movement 1 “Allegro” or the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

updated – in addition see Zigory’s post on “Music:ÂSchlegel, and Genesis Reintepreted”.

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Another MUST Read

I was able to catch a bit of a very interestingÂsession on C-Span’s BookTV this morning with Andrei Piontkovsky, author of Another Look into Putin’s Soul.

Unfortunately at this time I am unable to locate a link to view this discussion online. Hopefully C-Span will air it again soon.

Another Look into Putin’s Soul is a book that is going to the top of my “Must Read” list. Some subjects that were touched on during the Q&A session were Russian oil exports,Âthe Caspian Sea and how this relates to Iran. I did not catch theÂentire comments about land or water rights in regard to this subject. It is also very interesting that Russia views the success of Ukraine as aÂthreat. What caught my attention in this regard is not just that the Russian leaders are threatened; it is the degree in which they are threatened and why. I would like to learn more about relations between Russia and Iran, as wellÂas their generalÂForeign Policy.

To view articles by Andrei Piontkovsky visit The JamesTown Foundation andÂthe Hudson Institute

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Good day to take off?

Update 3:01pm ET: What a greatÂlaunch for the 4th of July! HOORAY! :) This is a view from our front yard.

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What a day for Space Shuttle Discovery to take off! The last 2 scheduled departure dates were no-go due to weather. I woke up this morning thinking it justÂmay happen today! However, it’s partly cloudly and there is currently some light rain at my location.

So now I’m looking at radar and NASA TV. The clouds are rather spotty and the sky is blue at the Cape, so keeping fingers crossed that all goes well!
If the clouds move out quickly, we should have a clear view of take-off in less than 1 hour.

*NASA Launch and weather radar
*NASA TV for a live stream

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