high school http://soundzine.net/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 04:34:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://soundzine.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/cropped-icon-32x32.png high school http://soundzine.net/ 32 32 A few strange, but possibly interesting words | News, Sports, Jobs https://soundzine.net/a-few-strange-but-possibly-interesting-words-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 06:25:28 +0000 https://soundzine.net/a-few-strange-but-possibly-interesting-words-news-sports-jobs/ On the front page of the Variety section of the Star Tribune on February 22, there was a collection of about 40 words submitted by readers as being fun words to say. The words were meant to be real words, but it also included proper nouns that don’t fit into ordinary conversation. A […]]]>

On the front page of the Variety section of the Star Tribune on February 22, there was a collection of about 40 words submitted by readers as being fun words to say. The words were meant to be real words, but it also included proper nouns that don’t fit into ordinary conversation.

A local food writer, James Norton, had submitted one of the words I’ve always found amusing to say: Oconomowoc. They gave a clue on how to say this five-syllable word: “oh-CON-oh-mo-wok.” Once a person utters this name, they are likely to repeat it as it comes out of the tongue in a kind of soft rambling.

I don’t know how long ago I first knew the name, but it must be around 50 years ago when I took one of my road trips from Minnesota to Illinois and/or in Ohio. I had turned east in Madison, Wisconsin and was heading towards Milwaukee when I encountered the signs for the city, but there is also both a city of Oconomowok and Lake Oconomowok in the same area. The name is derived from the Potawatomi reference to a waterfall, coo-no-mo-wauk.

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Of course, it didn’t take long for my mind to conjure up many other words or “thing” that I could have submitted to the column. None of the following actually appear in the log.

The first word that comes to mind is melodious which means a sweet, mellow sound that is pleasant to listen to. Some people have melodious voices.

A sort of opposite of a melodious phrase might be the tongue twister of childhood: How much wood could a wooden chuck chuck, if a wooden chuck could chuck wood? The answer to that was: it would throw away all the wood a wood chuck could throw if the wood chuck could chuck wood.

Some of you readers will remember it: Chickory chick, cha-la, cha-la. Check-a-la romey in a bananika, bollika, wollika, can’t you see Chickory chick it’s me?

Also, from the Disney movie of Mary Poppins in 1964 came the, “Supercallifragilisticexpealidocious.” The song of the same name was written by brothers Richard and Robert Sherman. A song written in 1949 used a word close to Sherman’s version. Needless to say there was a trial, but the Shermans were able to show that there were many similar versions going back even further, so they were able to retain their authorship.

There was even a variant published in a column in 1931 with a description, “all words in the category of something wonderful” and “although quite long and tiring before you get to its conclusion, … once you get to the end you’ve said in a nutshell what it would normally take four paragraphs to explain.”

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My high school alma mater is Stivers (Tigers). The original building in Dayton, Ohio is still part of the school and was built in 1908-1909, so the school is now over 100 years old and still in operation.

My dad attended (but didn’t graduate) Stivers when he was a freshman. He dropped out of school the following year to help support the family. He became employed by the National Cash Register Company (NCR) and worked there for 50 years. My sister and my brother graduated from Stivers before me.

Stivers was a little unusual in that when I attended they allowed boys and girls clubs which were very much like fraternities and sororities. There were approximately five clubs for each gender, and pledges were announced late in the first year.

Each club had a school counselor, and clubs of about 10 upperclassmen met at members’ homes with the school counselor present. There were initiation fees, but none reached the levels of harassment that eventually led to the demise of these clubs a few years later.

So in due course I was invited to join the Royal Bengals. Every morning before classes started, when we had to be in our assigned rooms, we had to circulate pledges and get signatures from regular members in a little notebook. This was not always an easy task as the building had four floors with over 1000 students in total. Freshmen had classrooms on the fourth level with sophomores and juniors on the third level and seniors on the second level. The lowest level was mostly business level and store rooms with no assigned living room.

As a pledge, when each of us addressed a regular member, we had a greeting that we had to recite. I don’t remember the entire greeting, but it started by saying the name of the regular and continued with, “Even though I’m a sweet candy in bookworm clothes and a member of Madame Slavanka’s Slovak society, I…” This was followed by a long list of names assigned to each of us. I can’t remember all the names, but I remember one was Obediah and another was Balthizer.

Sometimes the regulars would offer us a candy or something to eat and our response would have to be, “I am sufficiently suffocated at the eloquence of my taste.” Of course neither “suffocated” or “eloquence” can be found in any dictionary.

The worst ritual was that on our last night of pledging, we each had to suck a raw egg out of an egg whose ends had been pricked with pins. The requirement allowed us to spit it out, not swallow it!

Until next time: Oh, Fiddlesticks!



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You take the words out of my mouth https://soundzine.net/you-take-the-words-out-of-my-mouth/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 23:45:58 +0000 https://soundzine.net/you-take-the-words-out-of-my-mouth/ The Rock ‘n’ Roll world mourns Marvin Lee Aday, “Meat Loaf,” today. He passed away last night, surrounded by his family and friends, at the age of 74. Here is the official statement from the family: “Our hearts are broken to report that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, […]]]>

The Rock ‘n’ Roll world mourns Marvin Lee Aday, “Meat Loaf,” today.

He passed away last night, surrounded by his family and friends, at the age of 74.

Here is the official statement from the family:

Our hearts are broken to report that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.

His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including ‘Fight Club’, ‘Focus’, ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Wayne’s World”.

“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all time.

We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grieving losing such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man.

We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.

From her heart to your souls… never stop swinging!”

RIP meatloaf.

Thanks for the music, sir.

Meat Loaf, from the back of his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Meat Loaf, from the back of his 1981 album “Dead Ringer”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

“On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?

A bit overkill, no?

But that’s still the case with Meat Loaf and songwriter Jim Steinman.

Help yourself to the meatloaf…on New Jersey 101.5! (Photo by Craig Allen).

Help yourself to meatloaf…in New Jersey 101.5. (Photo by Craig Allen)

“You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” was the lead single from “Bat Out Of Hell”.

“Bat” was Meat Loaf’s third album…the first two didn’t…wings. Nobody noticed.

“The Bread” and his friends! (Photo by Craig Allen).

Meet “The Loaf” and his friends. (Photo by Craig Allen)

What’s funny is that…while listening and purchase of music the public clung to the album…at first it sounded like “You took the words out of my mouth” fiasco.

The single hit the airwaves and store shelves in January 1978…and…crickets. Nothing.

It took the next two bachelors to… save the first one.

“Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” would hit #11 on the pop charts in mid-1978.

“Paradise By The Dashboard Light” – with New Jersey’s Phil Rizzuto as the baseball announcer – rose to #39 in late fall 1978.

THEN…”You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth” has been re-released…this time moving up the Hot 100 chart…just cracking the “Top-40”, landing at #39 in January 1979…15 month after the album hit record store shelves.

While the charts at the time weren’t too kind…the song is a radio staple…one of New Jersey’s “Greatest Hits” ever since.

Like “Paradise,” our featured song is the story of…young lust…with a more satisfying ending for our “storyteller.”

Set “on a hot summer night” on the beach, the singer finds himself so… fascinated… that he can’t even say “I love you” because he is overwhelmed with desire.

As mentioned earlier, the album version of this Favorite jersey is 5:04… the “radio edit” is 3:48.

The spoken intro is NOT Meat Loaf.

It’s the voice of the songwriter: Jim Steinman.

The wife is Marcia McClain. She is the actress who played Dee Stewart in the soap opera “As The World Turns”.

Steinman wrote the dialogue for his show “Neverland”, which was performed 5 months before the release of the album “Bat Out Of Hell”.

This isn’t the only album/show crossover:

Three Steinman songs written for the show were incorporated into the Meat Loaf album: “Bat Out Of Hell”, “Heaven Can Wait”, and “All Revved Up With No Place To Go”.

Some “Fun Facts” about the artists:

Meat Loaf is from Dallas… Marvin Lee Aday is the name on his birth certificate.

“The Loaf” often makes up stories about how he got his stage name…

My favorite is: A friend from school saw him do something…stupid…and said something like “You’re so stupid your head must be stuffed with meatloaf.”

Another source indicates that the nickname likely came from his high school football coach. To that, I say, “Good call.”

Meat Loaf comes from a rather “large” family. He would have weighed 200 pounds in 7th grade. His father weighed 350 pounds.

Would you believe it…Meat Loaf is now a vegetarian. He changed his diet in the 1980s for health reasons.

A first group was called Meatloaf soul. Sometimes they were called Popcorn blizzard. Whatever name they used, they opened for acts such as WHO and Ted Nugent.

Meat Loaf sings on Nugent’s 1976 album “Free For All”.

Bat Out Of Hell II, 1993. (Craig Allen photo).

Bat Out Of Hell II, 1993. (Craig Allen photo)

Meat Loaf met the man who would write and arrange the songs for “Bat Out Of Hell” and “Bat Out Of Hell II,” when he auditioned for Jim Steinman’s play “More Than You Deserve.”

By the way… Jim Steinman (from New York) would direct his own album and mark his own hit in 1981… when “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” reached number 32 on the pop charts.

(REMARK: Jim Steinman died last year, April 19, 2021)

Not to be outdone:

Radio-Only promotional copy of my collection! (Photo by Craig Allen).

“Maxi Single” from my collection! (Photo by Craig Allen).

As you can see above, Meat Loaf included his own version of “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” on Bat Out Of Hell II.

He climbed to 13th place in 1994.

Want more meatloaf? Let’s put ourselves at the service of another talent: that of acting.

He was in the original production of “Hair”. However, he skipped a scene… “You got an extra $12.50 for being in the nudity scene, and I didn’t need the extra $12.50.”

Meat Loaf starred as “Eddie” in the Los Angeles production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“It’s just a jump to the left!” (Photo by Craig Allen).

“It’s just a jump to the left.” (Photo by Craig Allen).

He played the same role in the movie! (I’m going to “toast” to that!).

He was in a few movies in the 1980s and 90s…keep your eyes on the late-night TV.

Some final “fun facts:”

A study conducted at the University of Sussex in England reveals that the music of Meat Loaf is… “an excellent stimulant for the growth of plants”. In other words, your plants (will) to like Meatloaf.

The artist says he has a sentimental side: “I cry in the blink of an eye” he admits.

Meat Loaf adds that his most prized possession is his collection of rubber ducks…saying: “I have a hundred”…including one (Derek) “A Jeter, a Frank-N-Furter. They are placed on my suitcase at each concert.

It just… took the words out of my mouth.

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Hollywood Rewind | Disturbia: A thrilling film led by a Shia LaBeouf in great shape https://soundzine.net/hollywood-rewind-disturbia-a-thrilling-film-led-by-a-shia-labeouf-in-great-shape/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/hollywood-rewind-disturbia-a-thrilling-film-led-by-a-shia-labeouf-in-great-shape/ Shia LaBeouf has acted in many films, but my earliest memory of seeing him act is in DJ Caruso’s 2007 film Disturbia. I remember watching it on CD and feeling a rush of shivers mixed of fear. Since, LaBeouf has made a lot more headlines for his controversial antics than his job. Although he has […]]]>

Shia LaBeouf has acted in many films, but my earliest memory of seeing him act is in DJ Caruso’s 2007 film Disturbia. I remember watching it on CD and feeling a rush of shivers mixed of fear. Since, LaBeouf has made a lot more headlines for his controversial antics than his job. Although he has acted in better films than this (Fury, Nymphomaniac Vol I, American Honey, Honey Boy and The Peanut Butter Falcon), Disturbia has really shown his talent and potential.

The movie had a good cast, LaBeouf and David Morse who really suited their roles to the T. What also worked in the movie’s favor was the way it was shot. It works both as a 2007 film and as a current commentary on voyeurism, harassment, and recording every little thing one does out of boredom. The story revolves around a high school student Kale (Shia), who was punished with house arrest after assaulting his teacher. With nothing to do and plenty of time to kill, Kale begins to randomly spy on her neighbors, one of whom is a pretty girl and the other is an aging man with a mysterious aura around him. Now one fine day, once he’s befriended his crush and is sitting idly in his bedroom with his best friend, the trio decides to do more stalking. Later, Kale realizes that he may have seen something dangerous. So, should he follow his instincts? Or is his lonely self getting the better of him?

Executive producer and acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg apparently selected LaBeouf himself for the role. And in this case, the actor did the final editing. Morse, who played the mysterious neighbor, apparently didn’t speak to any of the actors while filming the film because he didn’t want to be swayed by his interactions with the younger actors. The IMDb trivia page quotes Shia saying, “When we finished filming, he was very friendly. But he’s a methodical actor, and as long as we were filming, he didn’t say a word to us. (SPOILER) The result: we get a deadly villain with a menacing and terrifying aura around him. Meanwhile, Carrie-Anne Moss, unlike her Matrix movies, didn’t have much to do here as she was painted as a young, slightly exhausted mother figure preoccupied with the character of Shia.

Hollywood comeback: Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse | Free Willy | Carrie | Crash | Persepolis | The Sorority of Travel Pants | Philadelphia | Mrs. Doubtfire | Easy A | Romeo + Juliet | Coraline | Missing Girl | Spaceship soldiers | Bridget Jones Diary | Almost famous | Inglourious Basterds | Beginners | Girl with a pearl | Juno | Devil | Little Miss Sun | Moana | The sound of music | Benny and Joon | Crimson Woodpecker | The Party | My Blueberry Nights | Help | mission impossible | Cook | Revolutionary Road | I’m not here | Donnie Brasco | sicario | Edge of Tomorrow | Spy children | 1998 Godzilla | The Others | Phone Booth | Wild | Scream | The Godfather Part II | One fine day | True Romance | Little women | Face-to-face | Pulp Fiction | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | The Age of Innocence | Mean Girls | die hard | Never Been Kissed | Citizen Kane | Kill Bill Volume I | Terminator 2 Judgment Day | Titanic | Heat | Alone at home | Jerry Maguire | Brief encounter | The Truman Show | The deer hunter | The Brilliant | Carefree | Ferris Bueller’s day off | Blue Velvet | Taxi driver | The Lord of the Rings I | Dark Zero Thirty | The Godfather | Say anything | Hot bodies | Shining star | Malcolm X | Stardust | Red eyes | Notting Hill | Fargo | The virgin suicides | The Breakfast Club | Enchanted | Follow the line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Madison County Bridges | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She must have it | Forever | The devil wears Prada | The Matrix | Credo | Mulana | ratatouille | Shutter Island | She | Society of Dead Poets | Insomnia in Seattle | Waitress | Pride and Prejudice | The Dark Knight | Before sunset | School of Rock | About a boy | A few good men | 50/50 | Start over | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolate | Batman Begins | 10 things I hate about you | The deceased | Freedom Writers | Pretty woman | Dan in real life | Jurassic Park | Tangled | Meet Joe Black | Ball of Monsters | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | You have mail | Half Nelson | Fight club | Doubt | American psycho | Julia and Julia | Forrest Gump | The silence of the lambs | In Search of Neverland | Roman holidays| American History X | Tropic Thunder | Before sunrise | woman’s perfume | Finding Forrester | sixteen candles

There’s a very Hitchcockian feel to the film too, with its use of the voyeur angle and a constant creepy underlying feeling that something evil lurks just behind the proverbial curtain. And it makes sense to have that Disturbia vibe since it’s apparently been modeled on the rear window. Upon its release, the film was praised for its leading performance and made a good profit at the box office.

You can rent Disturbia on Google Play.

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Anne Rice, queen of New Orleans gothic literature and champion of the city’s mystique, has died | News https://soundzine.net/anne-rice-queen-of-new-orleans-gothic-literature-and-champion-of-the-citys-mystique-has-died-news/ Sun, 12 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/anne-rice-queen-of-new-orleans-gothic-literature-and-champion-of-the-citys-mystique-has-died-news/ Anne Rice, the novelist whose 1976 blockbuster “Interview with the Vampire” conjured up a singular vision of a gothic, mysterious New Orleans in the minds of legions of readers, died Saturday night. She was 80 years old. A vocal champion of city aesthetics, New Orleans-born Rice has published more than 40 books in her 45-year […]]]>

Anne Rice, the novelist whose 1976 blockbuster “Interview with the Vampire” conjured up a singular vision of a gothic, mysterious New Orleans in the minds of legions of readers, died Saturday night. She was 80 years old.

A vocal champion of city aesthetics, New Orleans-born Rice has published more than 40 books in her 45-year career. She is said to have sold over 150 million copies worldwide, not only writing in the gothic horror genre, but also covering historical and religious subjects.

She died of a stroke, according to a social media post from her son Christopher.

During the 1980s, Rice became the global queen of gothic literature, gaining an army of devoted followers. “Interview with the Vampire” and the subsequent film adaptation starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise forever changed the popular image of vampires from unknowable monsters to self-aware, psychologically complex characters. Rice eventually wrote 13 vampire novels.

As a child, Rice attended mass daily and attended parochial schools, including Holy Name of Jesus, Redemptorist and St. Joseph High School. In part, Rice has cited her Catholic upbringing in New Orleans as the source of the spirituality and afterlife that underlie her works.

In an interview with The Times-Picayune in 1988, she described the city as “a strange, timeless place that seems disconnected from progress.”

“Part of what makes New Orleans such a great resource is the fact that it has this absolutely haunted Southern Gothic vibe,” she said. “I mean, it’s fantastic. People outside can see it more clearly. The place is really scary…in every way.”

The appearance of Rice’s vampire sons added a new layer to the supernatural appeal of New Orleans, attracting tourists who sought to walk the same streets as her eternally stylish antiheroes and fostering a cottage industry of vampire worship that persists to this day. Rice’s fashionable brand of contemporary vampire fiction has become a cultural phenomenon. The blood-borne contagion at the center of his vampire sagas resonated particularly strongly during the rise of the AIDS epidemic.






Anne Rice, 73, visited St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans on October 30, 2014. The famous novelist grew up in the surrounding Irish Channel neighborhood. During her childhood, the 19th century church was the center of her family’s spiritual and communal life.




Despite Cruise’s undeniable box office draw, Rice felt the actor was unsuited to the film’s role as the mischievous and androgynous vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. And she did not hesitate to share her opinion.

In 1993, she announced that, in her opinion, Cruise was too “mommy and apple pie” for the sinister character, and that he should “do himself and everyone a favor and step down.” Speaking of Cruise and Pitt in the lead roles, she reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that “it’s like having Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in the movie.”

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In 1993, Rice bought the unoccupied St. Elizabeth Orphanage on Napoleon Avenue and invested millions in renovating the 1857 building that took up much of the block. Among other things, the author used the neo-classical structure to house his vast, melancholic collection of handmade dolls. It has become a go-to place for Rice fans. In 2003, Rice sold the property.

Rice was protecting the legacy of her vampire characters. In 1997, she fought in the press with Popeyes fried chicken mogul Al Copeland over a restaurant he opened on St. Charles Avenue. In one of his novels, Lestat had gazed at his image in a window at that address, and Rice felt that the restaurant’s glitzy decor was therefore inappropriate for the location.

In a full-page ad Rice ran in The Times-Picayune, she said “the lowliest flophouse in this St. Charles Avenue strip has more dignity.” Copeland sued for defamation, but the court ruled that Rice was free to express her opinion.

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Born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien in 1941, Rice grew up in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans, where many of her novels were set. Her father, whom she is named after, worked for the postal service but made sculptures and wrote fiction on the side. His older sister, Alice Borchardt, also wrote fantasy and horror novels. Rice’s mother died when Rice was 15.

Anne Rice (then O’Brien) married poet Stan Rice in 1961. They had two children, Christopher and the late Michele Rice. Rice is said to have written “Interview with the Vampire” in the period of grief and crisis of faith following the death of 5-year-old Michele in 1972. “I don’t know where it came from, but once it’s over, I realized why I wrote it,” she told a Times-Picayune reporter in 1990.

The character of a child vampire in “Interview with the Vampire” may have been unwittingly based on Michelle, Rice said in 1988. Anne Rice also said her husband was, in part, the role model for her beloved Lestat. Stan Rice died in 2002.

On Saturday, Christopher Rice, who is also an author, wrote: “Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne now experiences firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the pursuit of which has defined her life and his career. ”

Rice is expected to be buried in a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, the statement said. A public celebration of life is to be held next year, he said.

Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” is being adapted again into an upcoming television series on AMC and AMC+ slated to premiere next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Symbolism of the Advent wreath an invitation to celebrate – Timesherald https://soundzine.net/symbolism-of-the-advent-wreath-an-invitation-to-celebrate-timesherald/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/symbolism-of-the-advent-wreath-an-invitation-to-celebrate-timesherald/ The Advent wreath is a long-standing Christian tradition that marks the four weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas. However, the origins of the Advent wreath are mysterious. Pre-Christian German peoples lit candles on wreaths during the coldest and darkest days of December as a sign of hope to pray for future warmth and […]]]>

The Advent wreath is a long-standing Christian tradition that marks the four weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas. However, the origins of the Advent wreath are mysterious. Pre-Christian German peoples lit candles on wreaths during the coldest and darkest days of December as a sign of hope to pray for future warmth and the prolonged sunny days of spring. In Scandinavia, lighted candles were placed on a wheel and prayers were recited to the “god of light” to bring “the wheel” back to the sun to lengthen the days and restore warmth. In the Middle Ages, the Church had adapted this tradition and used Advent wreaths as a spiritual preparation for Christmas since Christ is “the light that came into the world” (John 3:19) to dispel the darkness of sin. . In the 16th century, the use of the crown was adopted by the Catholic and Lutheran churches.

Reverend Gus Puleo, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Norristown. (File photo)

Since Advent is closely linked to the birth of Christ, it should be recognized as an important joyous holiday different from Christmas. The word “advent” comes from the Latin “adventus” which means “to come”. During this season, we look forward to the coming of Jesus at Christmas, but also to his second coming. In our modern world, Advent is a forgotten season since Christmas is celebrated so early in our consumerist world starting as early as “Christmas in July” and also Christmas bargains as early as before Thanksgiving. However, Advent is a very powerful and important season to celebrate joyfully with the wonderful and meaningful Advent wreath.

There is great symbolism found in the Advent wreath. The circular shape of the crown which has no beginning or end and the conifers that make up the crown signify the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul and eternal life in Jesus Christ. The laurel on conifers signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine and holly represent immortality and cedar points to strength and healing. The spiky leaves recall the crown of thorns and an English legend tells how the cross was made of holly. The pine cones that decorate the crown symbolize life and resurrection. In summary, the crown signifies the immortality of our soul, the resurrection and new eternal life with God in heaven.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. A tradition has it that each candle represents a thousand years, to sum up the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the birth of Jesus Christ. Three candles are purple and one is pink. Purple candles symbolize prayer, penance and the sacrifices and good works done during this time. The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest wears pink vestments to mass. It is a Sunday of joy and happiness as we are halfway through the season, closer and closer to the birth of Our Saviour. The Latin word “Gaudete” translates into English as “to rejoice”. The gradual lighting of the candles symbolizes the hope surrounding the birth of our Lord and the anticipation of his second coming to judge us all. Some modern adaptations include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and pink candles with four white candles at Christmas, and they will all be lit throughout the Christmas season, representing Christ as the Light of the world.

The next time we look at the lighted candles on the Advent wreath, we should remember the invitation to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas and for his second coming for we should be filled with joy and hope since “Jesus, the true light, which enlightens everyone, is coming into the world” (John 1:9).

Rev. Gus Puleo is pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Norristown and is director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He graduated from Norristown High School and attended Georgetown University, where he earned a BA and BS in Spanish and Linguistics. He holds master’s degrees in Spanish, linguistics, and theology from Middlebury College, Georgetown University, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He holds a doctorate. in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania.

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In Defense of Literature – The Yorker https://soundzine.net/in-defense-of-literature-the-yorker/ Sun, 07 Nov 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/in-defense-of-literature-the-yorker/ Written by Ruo Wei Lim ‘What do you plan to do with your English degree? Some version of this interrogative is the first and often the only answer I get from people asking what I’m studying in college, whether it’s friends, family, or strangers. . She is posed not with disgust or even disapproval but […]]]>

Written by Ruo Wei Lim

What do you plan to do with your English degree?

Some version of this interrogative is the first and often the only answer I get from people asking what I’m studying in college, whether it’s friends, family, or strangers. . She is posed not with disgust or even disapproval but with an awkward mix of curiosity and concern. There is an edge to polite inquiry, a skepticism masked by the performance of courtesy. I can feel it in the slight pause that always comes after I reply “I’m studying English Literature”, I can see it in the way their faces turn into a cautious blankness, unsure of what to do do with the information, even if they had dared to ask. All of a sudden, the onus of leading the conversation falls squarely on me. There is an expectation that I must fulfill, an expectation that I have already failed to fulfill, hidden in the subtext of this request. What are you planning to do?

Certainly, coming from a Chinese home and background, choosing to major in English Literature at a UK university is a privilege in more ways than one. Right now, my family – my father being the sole breadwinner – is financially stable enough to afford an education abroad and not just any education, but an arts education. Economic privilege allows me to choose my specialty out of passion and not out of necessity, without having to worry about survival imperatives. This is greatly facilitated by the fact that I am fortunate to have parents who are liberal in their beliefs about higher education and career paths and who have no ideological objections to me pursuing a degree in English (at least none that was voiced). In Singapore, where I come from, it is still somewhat taboo to pursue studies in English Literature, the “sweetest” and least promising of all arts.

For what is “English literature”? What does it mean to study literature and more specifically, why would you study it? People usually have a good grasp of the visual arts, even performance art, but invoke the realm of English literature and Pandora’s box of assumptions and preconceptions opens up, crowding the space between you and the person to whom you must explain yourself. Anyone can read a book. I read books all the time! My high school English teacher was so boring that I barely paid attention in his class. What is the use of it? How are you going to find a job? We no longer live in the 19th century. I don’t see the relevance, so there is none. These feelings haunt every English student, subconsciously trying to justify studying books and poetry in the age of Twitter and TikTok.

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As late capitalism settles into its obstinate rhythms and cycles, cultural indifference and even contempt for the study of art and literature becomes increasingly insidious. Advocating for literature and the arts in general, at a time when its value seems exhausted, seems like a fool’s race, but now more than ever it is the mental habits, social awareness and emotional sensitivity that literature cultivates must be reaffirmed. For such is the true value of literature in any society, in any era: to develop in people a penchant for critical thinking, critical feeling. Live as Socrates advised an examined life. Far from being an abstract ideal, it has practical implications for how we engage with culture and politics on a daily basis, how we engage with ourselves and with others.

It’s a cliché to claim that reading and literature promote empathy, but it should be clarified that it means empathy in a politicized sense – the ability not just to see from different angles, but to see through false equivalences, to understand that not all perspectives are created equal. and prioritize accordingly. What other discipline is shaped so deeply by the intersection between history, culture, politics and personal life?

Literary texts – both oral and written – are a reflection of aesthetic tastes, a vessel through which the psychology and intellectual pursuits of a particular person or culture are channeled. If art imitates life, then it is a doorway into the lives and minds of people we will never meet, past and present, commemorated in a novel, a painting or a song. Literature is historiography, anthropology, psychoanalysis.

“Poetry” – and by extension literature – “is not a luxury”, wrote Audre Lorde, “it forms the quality of light in which we attribute our hopes and dreams to survival and change, to first transformed into language, then into an idea, then into a more tangible action.

“Reading habits are not limited to the classroom; they are public practices in the broadest sense,” write Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker in Reading, society and politics in early modern England. “The health of democracy depends as much on forms of literacy and reading styles as on institutions and constitutions.” This is as true today as it was in early modern England, perhaps even more so, with the rise of meme culture and the specter of misinformation.

Perhaps renewed attention to the importance, indeed the necessity, of literature in a society increasingly oriented towards the spectacle and capitalist motivations would provide the key to a more fulfilling collective way of life. Reading, after all, shapes individuals, and individuals participate in and constitute a society in which we are all involved. In this regard, literature is undoubtedly an essential pillar of life, the most fundamental because it touches everyone’s life in one way or another. , whether fleeting or profound.

We would do well to remember the words of Albert Camus: “Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen carefully, we shall hear, amidst the tumult of empires and nations, a faint flapping of wings, the gentle quivering of life and hope.

Written by Ruo Wei Lim

  • Fruzsina Vida is arts and culture editor at The Yorker. If you have any questions or queries, please contact her at arts@theyorker.co.uk.

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College kids design sugar skulls with a focus on symbolism https://soundzine.net/college-kids-design-sugar-skulls-with-a-focus-on-symbolism/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/college-kids-design-sugar-skulls-with-a-focus-on-symbolism/ Students in Angela Spreter’s seventh-grade art class at Henry H. Wells High School bent over their art tables, carefully coloring in brightly ornate sugar skull designs. While the students all started with plain white paper and a black background, they used Sharpies, colored pencils and oil pastels to create very personal designs. “We discussed the […]]]>

Students in Angela Spreter’s seventh-grade art class at Henry H. Wells High School bent over their art tables, carefully coloring in brightly ornate sugar skull designs. While the students all started with plain white paper and a black background, they used Sharpies, colored pencils and oil pastels to create very personal designs.

“We discussed the meaning and symbolism behind Día de Los Muertos and looked at images of altars and real sugar skulls,” Spreter said. “Some students even shared their experiences celebrating this holiday with their families.”

Before beginning, the class discussed the symbolism of sugar skulls, which are often used to decorate altars during the holidays. To complete the project, each artist had to use at least two different symbols in their work, whether traditional sugar skull symbols or something more personalized.

The designs created were as colorful as they were unique.

“I went with a freedom theme,” said Samantha Sanchez, whose design featured large blue wings, mountains, and intricate cracks. “The wings symbolize flight, the mountains show how far you can go when you are free, and the cracks on the skull represent the release of your spirit.”

Alexandra Berger’s design had a garden theme and featured different flowers. She explained that hers was dedicated to her dog. “He loved playing in the garden,” she said.

Andrea Cobos also had a design depicting flowers, but she described her theme as a “transition” noting that she used marigolds as they are often used on ofrendas, or altars, the Día de Los Muertos.

The difference in meaning in the girls’ seemingly similar design choices showed just how personal sugar skull designs are. The students enjoyed finding meaning in symbols that were almost like a secret code in their lives.

“I really liked how we were able to express our creativity with this project,” Alexandra said.

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Google’s advertising ban puts payday lenders on the defensive https://soundzine.net/googles-advertising-ban-puts-payday-lenders-on-the-defensive/ https://soundzine.net/googles-advertising-ban-puts-payday-lenders-on-the-defensive/#respond Tue, 09 Mar 2021 11:34:57 +0000 https://soundzine.net/googles-advertising-ban-puts-payday-lenders-on-the-defensive/ Google made headlines announcing a payday loan ban announcements from July 13. Quick fix loans charging triple-digit rates seem to be viewed by Google and others with the same social stigma as other dangerous products banned from advertising, such as cigarettes. So, can the payday loan see any kind of redemption? Not likely anytime soon. […]]]>


Google made headlines announcing a payday loan ban announcements from July 13.

Quick fix loans charging triple-digit rates seem to be viewed by Google and others with the same social stigma as other dangerous products banned from advertising, such as cigarettes.

So, can the payday loan see any kind of redemption? Not likely anytime soon.

In June, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to roll out new federal rules to tackle blatant practices involving short-term lending. After regulators hold a three-month comment period, the landscape may change. A few think that a new alternative loan could come up.

President Obama’s administration has targeted payday loans, among other questions, about its regulatory agenda.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will hold a field hearing on June 2 small dollar loans in Kansas City, Mo. Small dollar loans may have annualized interest rates in excess of 300%. The proposed rules for payday loans, auto title loans and certain installment loans are expected to be published in Kansas City.

Payday loans are one of those things that people know are not good for them, but they still turn to them in a traffic jam. Many consumers, including Millennials, need every paycheque to cover their bills in tough economic times. And then the boss makes matters worse by reducing their hours and the pay ends up even smaller.

CFPB: Online Payday Loans Hitting Consumers With Hidden Risk

Or maybe a car repair or vet bill throws a wrench in the budget. More than 19 million U.S. households use payday loans for short-term credit, according to the industry.

A payday loan is often used by someone who has run out of credit card or is at max and can’t borrow more money on plastic.

To get a payday loan, you often write a post-dated check for the amount you want to borrow, say $ 300 plus a $ 40 fee. The check is made payable to the lender. Or you can allow the lender to debit your account on a fixed date. The loan term can often be 14 days.

When this time is up, the lender must get all the money back – the amount you borrowed plus fees. Finance charges and fees will increase if you cannot repay the loan and fees in full.

Almost 50% of Millennials don’t think they could shell out $ 2,000 if an unforeseen need arises in the next month.

Millennials are heavy users of alternative financial services, such as payday loans and pawn shops, according to a study by the Global Financial Literacy Center at George Washington University with support from PwC.

In the past five years, 42% of Millennials have used an alternative financial product, according to the Millennials & Financial Literacy Report.

Payday lenders say the need is there and have criticized CFPB’s decision to regulate what some call “fringe financial services”.

Jamie Fulmer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Advance America, called the initial insight that CFPB rolled out in March 2015 a “draconian proposal that will lead to the elimination of the industry”.

Fulmer argues that no alternative to traditional payday loans exists and likely won’t exist because banks are pushing too much on overdraft fees to want to create another kind of product. (The CFPB is considering new rules for overdraft fees, as well as payday loans.)

Advance America maintains that many consumers have been burnt by hidden fees in banks and prefer non-bank lenders.

Tony Collins, 48, said he no longer had a credit card. So he took out a $ 200 payday loan in mid-May to cover a utility bill.

“I don’t do credit cards. They’re predators. They’re much worse than that,” said Collins, who lives in Oak Park, Michigan, and works for a steel company.

“After the way the banks made us seven years ago, I don’t trust them anymore,” he said.

Collins was scheduled to work 72 hours this week, so making money isn’t a problem at the moment. But his bills are higher – money was needed for a stepson’s high school graduation and prom, car repair, higher health insurance costs at work .

Collins paid $ 29 to borrow $ 200 and he paid it off within a week. It was his first time taking out a payday loan, he said. Many payday loan stores dot malls, he said, as many people with much lower incomes have a harder time paying their bills.

Consumers who use payday loans receive information and warnings about the costs and their fees in Michigan.

Is there a way to prevent consumers from falling into the debt trap if they can’t pay off the payday loan with the very next paycheck? Maybe a happy medium where some short term loan options charge a lot less than traditional payday lenders?

“Millions of people are looking for a small loan to pay their bills,” said Nick Bourke, director of the Small Loans Project for Pew Charitable Trusts.

He wants to see the federal consumer watchdog adopt a proposal that the payment on alternative loans cannot exceed 5% of a borrower’s gross monthly income. The loan would be repaid over a few months, not on the next paycheck.

Bourke said the typical payday loan borrower has a bank account and a paycheck, possibly from a factory or retail job. And the average consumer can earn $ 30,000, or about $ 15 an hour.

Some have problems because their income increases by 25% or more each month due to the working hours.

We’re hearing more rumors that the big regional banks might offer alternatives, according to reports in the American banker. Some say that a new lower cost installment loan could be charged up to six times cheaper than some payday loans.

Any new product would depend on the rules proposed by the CFPB.

Tom Feltner, Director of Financial Services at Federation of Consumers of America,wants the CFPB to require short-term lenders to assess a borrower’s income – and expenses – when taking out a payday loan.

Feltner said more stringent underwriting is needed because some consumers won’t be able to pay off a payday loan anyway, as regular bills already take a large chunk of their paycheck.

Any additional problem can derail a tight budget.

Many states have placed limits on fees. A payday loan showcase at Michigan can charge $ 65 for a two week loan of $ 500.

Or a customer who borrows $ 100 from a Michigan storefront will be charged up to $ 15 for a two-week loan (the payday lender may provide a shorter or longer period – up to 31 days). The customer writes a check for $ 115 and immediately receives $ 100 in cash. But the annualized percentage rate would approach 390% for a two-week loan with a $ 15 fee. In Michigan, the payday lender may charge an additional database verification fee of 45 cents per transaction.

The costs add up, as many loans are not paid off in two weeks and more loans are taken out. The average borrower can be in debt for five months. Some consumers may pay $ 700 in fees over time on what starts out as a $ 500 payday loan.

As the discussion of payday loans continues, it is clear that no easy solutions will emerge for those with big bills, small paychecks, and no savings.

Contact Susan Tompor: stompor@freepress.com or 313-222-8876. Follow her on Twitter @Tompor.

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Trio, State of Sea, ‘Nordic sound’ cat, symbolism and more https://soundzine.net/trio-state-of-sea-nordic-sound-cat-symbolism-and-more/ Wed, 02 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://soundzine.net/trio-state-of-sea-nordic-sound-cat-symbolism-and-more/ The trio that makes up State of Sea, two girls and a guy, create music with a unique “Nordic sound”. The Danish-American trio recently released their debut EP, Illusions, on April 5. James Craft, Anna Roemer and Anna Scharling make up the trio, and each brings their own musicality to the group. Craft is a […]]]>

The trio that makes up State of Sea, two girls and a guy, create music with a unique “Nordic sound”. The Danish-American trio recently released their debut EP, Illusions, on April 5. James Craft, Anna Roemer and Anna Scharling make up the trio, and each brings their own musicality to the group. Craft is a composer, teacher and songwriter in Los Angeles, Anna Roemer is a guitarist, composer and producer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Anna Scharling is a Danish singer and songwriter.

We chatted with the trio about their signature sound, their band’s name, Edward Snowden, and more.

I love that you took the “Nordic sound” with traditional American songwriting to create the music for your debut EP Illusions… was it a collective decision or was there an inspiration behind it?

Sea state: Our sound has never been a conscious decision but rather a natural result of our respective musical roots. When James flew over Iceland and landed in Denmark to write with the band, he was thoroughly warmed by the Nordic sound – epitomized by Anna Roemer’s beautiful and mysterious guitar playing, and rich vocals and vocals. writing by Anna Scharling. James is of course closer to the American songwriting tradition, but the three of us have a soft spot for America’s great old singer-songwriters; we find inspiration in this authentic way of expressing music. Both Annas have a natural attachment to the Nordic sound, which manifests as a bittersweet, melancholic feeling perhaps due to the constantly changing weather in Scandinavia.

State of Wed is symbolic for the Wed, since it is referenced as the most secret place on earth; why do you all think it’s so secret?

Sea state: Ninety-five percent of the ocean is unexplored; we know more about the surface of the Moon or Mars than about the bottom of the ocean; and more than seventy percent of the earth is covered with water. We are inspired by this immensity and this unknown. The choice of the name of our group is also a symbol of our collaboration abroad. We met, put our hearts into this album and have deep respect for each other. The distance that separates us inspires us; the Illusions album itself has a mystery that taps into the space between us and the vastness of the earth.

It’s very interesting that you were all inspired by Edward Snowden’s experience in Russia for the new EP… can you all tell us more?

Jack and Anna: Snowden’s sudden journey, his longing, his letting go of everything he knew, and his love still living at home in the United States. The album is about letting go of your illusions and diving into the unknown. And that feeling took over when we wrote the music in Copenhagen. We could all relate to that. Anna R.’s expressive and powerful guitar playing was the bed for everything we wanted to do. On its own, it evoked songs and the deep feeling that we wanted to work with.

How did you meet and why did you all decide to collaborate with each other?

Sea state: Both Annas originally went to Los Angeles to write songs for their former band. They had an amazing time and met James through a mutual friend. For fun, we wrote a song together one day, and everyone liked the collaboration so much that we decided to start a project. For songwriters, it’s not always easy to find a creative collaboration that really works, especially with three people in the room. But it worked and we were thrilled! It was the perfect collaboration for three people who love to travel and love each other’s work.

How did each of you get into music originally?

Anne S: I grew up in a house full of music and I guess it was inevitable that I would be led down this path, even though it took me many years to realize there was no turning back. .

Anne R: Pretty much the same. I started playing the piano at the age of four for a few years. Then I took the guitar at the age of 9 and I never stopped. In high school, I thought I should go to college, have a full-time job, a house, and a dog—a normal life. But luckily life has changed and now I don’t want anything else!

James: I grew up playing the piano and hearing my father sing Mozart operas in the kitchen. Music was special to me young and I started writing in high school. It’s the best way to express myself since.

For you two, Anna, how do you feel about being the two girls in the trio? What are the pros and cons (if any, ha)?

Anna R and Anna S: Honestly, I didn’t think of that! I have worked with Anna for several years now and when we were introduced to James. It was the perfect match. We loved similar music and had a common love for sharing and learning from each other’s traditions.

James, have you ever felt like a strange man, or is the creative process a strong bond to connect you all and feel included?

James: We are all different, thankfully, and bring our own unique aesthetic and opinions to the table. We are all looking for the same thing: great music and meaningful collaboration. The process and the connection were solid.

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