Andrew Kern Dec 25, 2008
Does anything capture the true spirit of Christmas better than Mary's Magnifcat? Magnicat anima mea: My soul magnifies... Here is a marvelous rendition with all the joy Bach could infuse into it. You can reconstruct the sequence through Youtube, but if you can get this on DVD or CD you ought to.
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Andrew Kern Dec 24, 2008
I'm guessing I'll be seeing a few of you on boxing day.
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Andrew Kern Dec 24, 2008
Wachet Auf in German, usually translated Sleeper's Awake to make it more polite. Tomorrow is Advent, the day of His arrival. This song seems fitting on a Christmas morning for so many reasons, so I'll post it on Christmas Eve since you should not be visiting this blog on Christmas morning anyway. Here's a translation from the German. To listen, you should let the whole piece download, then give yourself a few minutes of silence to lose yourself into the music. It's more than a feeling.
Sleepers awake! for the night is flying.
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Andrew Kern Dec 24, 2008
Merry Christmas!
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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008
6. An education for freedom is ground in truth and acquiring the ability to discover it 7. The student who will be free learns to perceive the structure of reality and knowledge and he is able to "move around" within that structure 8. The student who will be free learns to study and honor things according to their natures 9. The student who will be free masters the arts of thinking, inquiry, and expression 10. The student who will be free learns to discipline his mind The Other Principles: 1-5 11-15
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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008

In 2006, The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center released a study called Influence: A Study of the Factors Shaping Education Policy. In it they identified Bill Gates as the most influential person in education policy over the past decade. George Bush, Edward Kennedy, and Bill Clinton ranked 2, 5, and 6. 

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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008
OK, the Carpenters definitely were sentimentalists, but what a voice! Here's some pleasantry from Karen:
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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008
11. An education for freedom enables the student to rule his own appetites through reason. This requires a spirited sense of one's human dignity and a profound fear of shame, so that the student learns to order his affections, appetites, loves, and goods. (Reason doesn't extinguis appetites and passions: it orders them into a harmony) 12. The student who will be free learns to distinguish reality from appearances 13. The student who will be free learns to love goodness more than any other good
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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008
I was just visiting my friend Gene Veith's blog and reading about the difference between tremelo and vibrato when someone mentioned Hayley Westenra as a singer with perfect pitch. I found this on Youtube and it seems like an even better Christmas present for my readers. Hook up your best home theatre system if you have one. This voice is quite pure - (maybe this is what angels sound like when they borrow bodies?):
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Andrew Kern Dec 23, 2008
My dear brother Nate sent me this link. Remember Who's on First? You'll forget all about it after this: Thanks Nate.
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