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Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday Opens More Than Lines
Our Publisher has decided after checking out Larry Jensen's CaringBridge site, that Allen Hanson was right about a couple things. First, that Larry is sure in need of Prayer, which we hope our Readers will help out with. And he was also right that CaringBridge is an OK outfit. It provides a very good service. Let's hope we do Larry some good!
Trekker Beams up
Jeff Beatty, known to our Publisher as "Trekker" was ran over by an automobile accidentally as he was walking close to his home in Seymour, Iowa. That happened on April 1. It was not until last Thursday that our Publisher found out that he died on April 20, and was buried on April 23. He was 41. He had been one of our Publishers many pen pals, sharing interests in politics, corn based fuel, Star Trek, as well as serving Jesus on Earth.
All of us here at the Holabird Advocate wish to send our belated condolences to his family.
In the News
A Symphony in the Subway
Joshua Bell, 39, is a world-renowned classical violinist who has won the highest honors in his field and normally plays to standing room only crowds who pay upwards of $100 per ticket to hear him play. He plays a Stradivarius violin that was handmade in 1713 and is valued at $3.5 million. Despite his reputation and musical genius, however, Bell couldn't draw a crowd who could hear him for free in a Washington, D.C. Metro subway station.
The Washington Post had invited Bell to participate in an experiment in "context, perception, and priorities." The question the Post wanted to explore was, "In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?" Dressed like an average street performer, Bell stood near a trash can in the L'Enfant Plaza station during a Friday morning rush hour in January 2007 and played several classical pieces on his Stradivarius, including Bach's Chaconne (one of the most difficult violin pieces to master), as busy commuters came up the escalators on their way to work.
The results were telling. In the 45 minutes that Bell played, 1,097 people went by. Only seven people stopped to listen for at least a minute. Twenty-seven people dropped money in Bell's violin case, most without stopping or looking at him, for a total of $32.17. Said the Post: "If we can't take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that -- then what else are we missing?"

You would be amazed at the number of children whose loved ones have put a site on CaringBridge. I started one with Hunter but I will admit I couldn't continue. At the time I was hurting too bad and couldn't get through one paragraph without crying hard enough I couldn't see the screen anymore. So I give huge credit to those who have the ability to do it for their loved one. I wish I would have had to look bad on very badly.
About the Joshua Bell experiment - I read about that experiment about a month ago in a blog of a NYC subway musician I follow. I thought her point of view (very different from the WP) is interesting. If you wish, check it out: www.SawLady.com/blog

Ordinarily, We don't publish anonymous comments, but Michelle did sign her name to it, so we'll let this one slide.
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