…I worked for a church as a wedding coordinator. I worked with people who wanted to get married in the church to arrange the details of their big day. I also attended and sometimes ran their wedding rehearsals. We had one couple who were making their arrangements from overseas and who were, apparently, HUGE Star Wars fans.
Yesterday there was another tragedy in our fair city. A fire broke out in the Back Bay, one of the more tightly packed areas of the city, both architecturally and in terms of traffic. It quickly went to 9 alarms, sent 18 people to the hospital, destroyed the 4 story building where it started, and killed 2 firefighters.
9 city blocks were closed through this morning as 40+ mph winds whipped the fire into a frenzy. Backdraft type conditions made the fire merciless and the brave men and women kept fighting even when they knew that one of their comrades lay dead at the bottom of the building. Even when the fire leapt through the roof and reached for the sky, when floors collapsed and sprayed the surrounding houses with showers of embers, and when the smoke was so thick we could see it from Cambridge, they fought on for hours.
I have concert listings. Lots of concert listings. These are upcoming concerts that I’m not performing in but will try to attend. You should try to go as well. Music is good for the soul. Also, Bach rocks. And, there may be cake.
A little while back I had commented about how we were experiencing winter’s “last hurrah”.
Oh, man was I wrong.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Central Sq, Cambridge is in need of a Baritone or Bass sub for Sunday services on 3/30 and 4/6. No weekday rehearsals are required, call is 9:00am and the service is over by 12:00pm. Pay is $50 per appearance. Preference is for one person to perform on both dates. Strong sight-reading and leadership skills are necessary, familiarity with Episcopal liturgy is desirable. St. Peter’s is accessible by the Red line, the 1 bus, and street and lot parking are available.
Please forward this announcement to interested parties. Responses can be directed to the Music Director, Josh Lawton.
Sometimes we find things on the Intertubes that we just have to share with everyone. And these three are related. They are all different versions of people dancing to the song “Happy” by Pharrel Williams. The first is set in Tunisia, where the old Star Wars sets have become a tourist attraction. The second is set in Poland. The third is a school choir from Detroit, Michigan.
I just received this today. Please crosspost or forward to interested parties. Contact info is below.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Southborough, MA is in immediate need of an interim Organist. This person will be responsible for playing in the 10:45am Sunday service and for working with the choir. This is an interim position that will serve until a new permanent Organist & Choirmaster is appointed.
For more information on St. Mark’s and this position please contact Rev. Phil LaBelle.
We got a slight covering of snow today, maybe an inch or a little more. And the temperatures plummeted a good bit from the mid-50s we had the other day. Right now it is about 18 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperature tonight will probably drop down to around 9 or 10 degrees.
So while I was doing laundry and crafting cover letters, I popped in a movie that is just about as far away from winter, cold, and reality* as I could get…
Well, after taking some time to process it, I guess I can go ahead and say (officially) that I am not going to the police academy this year. I just wasn’t high enough on the list, I guess. But the people involved in the process have been highly encouraging and supportive towards me, and so I will make another effort whenever they put together another class, either later this year or early next year.
In the meantime, it has been a humbling experience to get back into the job hunt full-time. And to be honest, a little depressing. But since I am Mr. Silver Lining, I am trying to find the bright side of the experience and move on.
So there’s a few things I am doing to keep myself entertained while I continue the (seemingly eternal) job hunt.
And as long as there are people willing to believe that we should just be thankful for work of any kind, this will continue. As long as there are people in positions of power who fight to keep the disenfranchised that way, this will continue. As long as those who claim the power, the money, and the moral high ground continue to do this, this will continue. I can refuse to apply for all the high skill/low wage jobs I want, but it doesn’t get my family any farther away from the edge when I stand on principle, it just means that somebody else more desperate is going to end up taking that job.
Wake up, America.
In a society that lacks solidarity, misfortune, except that of the most random kind, is viewed as the fault of those who suffer from it. If we believe that poorly compensated workers somehow deserve lousy wages, then we absolve ourselves of the impoverishment we have inflicted upon them. Edward McClelland notes (boldface mine):
If you try hard enough, you can usually come up with a reason a low-wage worker doesn’t deserve to earn a living. If Kim Brown had been willing to move to Cleveland, she would still have her Web support job; if she had chosen a more marketable major than creative writing, she might have found full-time work in Chicago. But no matter Brown’s life choices, her $8.50 an hour job would still exist, not providing a living for someone else.
This is why the belief that education is the primary way to reduce…
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