Musical Notes

I’ve always been “musical”. I started taking piano lessons at five years old. I played the violin for eight years and I was in the Waco Girl’s Choir for two. But about two years ago, I started learning how to play the guitar.

I’ve tried to learn before. I’ve had a guitar sitting around the house for just about as long as I can remember. My dad often played for me when I was little and I remember working the play and stop buttons on our cassette player as Dad played chords along with Gary Allen’s “Smoke Rings in the Dark” until he figured it out. He is more talented than I will ever be.

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Top 5 Recommitments for 2017

The year is now 2017. 2016 brought more conflict about important matters, bickering about much less important matters, and general weirdness than any of us expected. But hey, we made it out alive (which was really a touch-and-go situation for a while when those creepy clowns popped up out of nowhere).

At the beginning of the new year, it is customary to declare several goals as your “resolutions” for the year. Resolutions, though, seem to be all about drastic change and radical solutions to everyday problems. I am not a fan. Continue reading

Label me. 

Recently, Tomi Lahren appeared for an interview on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. At one point, Trevor referred to Tomi as a “conservative”, to which she replied,”Well, I’m a Millennial, so I don’t like labels.”

I’ve heard this more than once. Textbooks say it. My generation says it.

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Humanity Moving Forward

At the time that I am writing this, Donald Trump has an estimated 290 electoral college votes and Hillary Clinton has an estimated 218. President Elect Donald Trump is addressing his watch party, and the nation. I understand that there is a large public that chose Trump to lead our country, but I am also deeply, deeply saddened.

I acknowledge that there are issues in our country. I understand that letting refugees into the country scares you. I understand that jobs are leaving the country which leaves many of you (us) out of a job without a place to turn to. I understand that you feel unheard. You feel disenfranchised. You were looking for a candidate that does not fit into the political mold that has ignored you for so long.

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Choose Humanity, 2016

Despite your party affiliation, every American can agree that this election has been nothing short of ugly.

I won’t say it’s the ugliest our government has ever been. After all, Preston Brooks once beat Charles Sumner within an inch of his life with a cane after a  Senate meeting back in 1856, all because Sumner insulted a cousin of Brooks’. That actually happened. These people took family very seriously.

This election has, however, been the ugliest in recent memory, and I find it absolutely heartbreaking.

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Owning Wild

Wild.

That’s probably how Mom would describe me, though I’m not sure that I would agree.

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word as “living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated.” The first part I understand, but the second part I find a bit unsavory.

I read “domesticated” and I think of two things. I see a wolf in a forest: powerful, strong, and courageous. But then, I see a dog as a pet, curled up at his master’s feet. They say a dog is man’s best friend, but at what cost? How sad it is to think that this loyal animal is only a shadow of its potential self.

Suddenly, domestication doesn’t seem so appealing.

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