Friday, May 31, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday


The 2012 Tony Award-winning musical Once featured on last year's Tony Award broadcast.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Usually...

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
~John Lubbock

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

In life...

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~Attributed to various sources including Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quotes on blogs...

As a blogger that often shares quotes, I think it is important to remember that quotes are often paraphrases or improvements on what was originally said. Sometimes the wrong person is given credit and sometimes the person credited with the original quote was actually quoting something he/she had already heard from another source.

Author John Green sheds light on 50 familiar quotations that are often misattributed...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Unofficial opening of summer...

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Perspective on a Sunday...



This video is lengthy, but contains a powerful message. Zach Sobiech passed away last Monday from cancer.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Looking back, looking forward


Today I begin the last year of my 20's. 
It has been an interesting decade to say the least, but I am hoping that life will continue to improve in the years to come. I have spent the last decade wrestling with issues that I hope none of you ever have to face. This experience has nearly overwhelmed me in more ways than one, but thankfully the dust is beginning to settle and life is bearable again. I still long for fulfillment and happiness and to discover who I am and who I want to be. I pray that the next year and all the years ahead allow me to continue to help others reach their full potential. I look forward to finding answers and raising more questions. I hope to find new friendships and to strengthen old ties. I hope to grow older and wiser and to understand more fully God's purpose for my life. I plan to read more, to laugh more, and to not be quite as serious. I want to tell the people I love that I care about them often. I will not let the fact that life is not perfect take my joy or limit my satisfaction. I will continue to write and explore my creativity.
I hope to spend more time here with you on this blog.
Today is a new beginning. 
Seize the moment. 
Dare to live honestly. 
Make an impact.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday



The brilliant Lea Salonga along with Sean McDermott on The Tonight Show singing "Last Night of the World" from Miss Saigon. Miss Saigon is currently playing at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. The musical, based on the opera Madame Butterfly, tells the story of Kim, a Vietnamese bargirl, and Chris, an American GI, during the fall of Saigon at the close of the Vietnam war. Salonga (who has been featured here several times on Musical Theatre Fridays) originated the role of Kim in the West End and also on Broadway. This song occurs on the night before the city falls to the North Vietnamese.  Interestingly, this musical was a collaboration of the same creative team that produced Les Miserables.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

In life...

"To handle yourself, use your head -
to handle others, use your heart."
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Realization...

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
~Donald Miller

Monday, May 20, 2013

To start the week socially...

Dare to compliment a stranger today.
A waitress, a cashier, someone beside you in line, etc.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

True Christianity

“The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian."
~Brennan Manning

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday



Elaine Page sings "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What We Value

This morning my dad and I are headed out on a 24-hour road trip to St. Louis. We hope the rain will hold off long enough for us to see our beloved Cardinals take on the New York Mets. The Cardinals are in first place at the moment, but we planned this trip before the season even began. 
You see, we are fans. We keep up with the schedule and the statistics. We pay extra to get all the games on television. We have favorite players and we remember great moments from past games. We wear baseball caps with the team logo and we follow the team with apps on our phones. We enjoy talking about the team and are quick to boast about our World Series titles and our all-star players. When we see other people in Cardinal gear, we feel an instant bond. We are familiar with past Cardinal heroes and we are always looking for the next Gibson, Smith, or Pujols. We spend a lot of time, energy, and resources in following our team. We invest in each game, each player, and each season. We love the game and everyone that knows us well knows we love our team.
When we consider our lives, what do we value? What do we spend our time, our money, our energy on? Do we spend more time invested in things that are passing away or more time invested in things that are eternal? Just as I am recognized as a fan of one particular baseball team, I hope I am also recognized as someone who is living my life for Christ. Practically speaking, do I spend as much time studying God's Word as I do watching sports or pursuing my hobbies? Do people recognize me as a follower of Jesus Christ or would my faith come as a surprise to them? Do I feel a connection to others who claim to be under the influence of Jesus? Is it apparent to all who know me that I am trying to serve God with all that I have? Are my heroes men and women of faith? Do I look for opportunities to bring Christ into conversation and to tell the wonderful things that God has done for me?
It would be a terrible thing to come to the end of life and for people to remark, "I knew he loved baseball (or hunting or his kids or his work), but I never knew he was all that serious about Jesus Christ." We need to be more excited about our faith than we are about our teams, our families, our work, and our hobbies. We need to be committed to shining Christ's light and His love to everyone we meet. I want to be more than a casual fan of Jesus Christ; I want to be a follower that loves spending time with my Lord.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Remember...

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.”
~Mary Tyler Moore

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

True...

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
~Rita Mae Brown

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Choices and Their Impact


A couple of weeks ago, country music legend George Jones passed away.  Jones was known during his younger years for hard living and an addiction to alcohol.  He was also known for his marriage to Tammy Wynette and his golden voice.  Like all people, Jones had some great flaws as well as some great strengths.
Late in his career, Jones brought out a song called “Choices.”  The song describes the life of a man who went through the course of his life making some poor choices along the way.  The song tells of voices that influenced the young man to succumb to pressure to drink and voices of his family that encouraged him to stay sober.  The song speaks of regret over many of the choices the singer has made.  The chorus of the song concludes that if the singer had made different choices he would not be “living and dying with the choices I made.”
We all make choices on a daily basis that impact the future direction of our lives.  Some choices we realize are important at the time while the importance of other decisions only becomes visible later on down the road.  As Christians, every moral choice we make needs to be influenced by the presence of Christ in our lives.  When we look to Christ to help us make our choices we will live in such a way that we will not have to fear to live and die with the choices we have made.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Truly...

"Jealousy comes from counting others' blessings instead of your own."

Friday, May 10, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday


 The amazing Tony winner Sutton Foster in an open rehearsal performance of the title song from Anything Goes. The song is about how "anything goes" in the world of 1934. Imagine what the original company of the show would think of the world today! Starting at about the 3:20 mark is some very challenging choreography. How many of us could tap at that rate for five minutes and then be able to sing the final belt? Sound quality is not great, but the dancing steals the show.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Truly...

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
~Hugh Downs

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Always know...

“Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.”
~Nicholas Sparks

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Remember...

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
~Albert Einstein

Monday, May 6, 2013

To find happiness...

"If you can't have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have."

Sunday, May 5, 2013

This week...

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
~Proverbs 3:5-6

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Truly...

"If we cannot find rest in ourselves, we search in vain for it elsewhere."

Friday, May 3, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday



Idina Menzel performs "Tomorrow" from Annie. This clip is taken from the LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony concert.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Truly...

“I am a Christian, not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity, but because there were people willing to be nuts and bolts.”
~Rich Mullins

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Remember today...

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
~Jesus (Matthew 6:24)