Sunday, January 27, 2013

Email Test

It turns out that yesterday, I didn't include the code that actually puts the blog post into the email! This is my second try. I am hoping I have it set up correctly now and that it will come through correctly tomorrow.

Thanks to those that have subscribed! And I appreciate your patience while I get this figured out.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Subscribe by email or RSS

You can now subscribe to receive an email when a new post is added. The emails will go out around 10:00 AM. You can also choose to add the RSS feed to a reader. Both options are on the top right of the site.

Please post a comment if you notice any issues with either the emails or RSS. Issues can also be reported by replying to the email.

This post is my first test. It's about 3:00 in the afternoon, so I think the email will not go out until 10:00 AM tomorrow.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Singing all the verses

My maternal grandma passed away recently. At her funeral, we learned that she liked to sing all the verses of a hymn. The reverend, who knew grandma for many years, explained that grandma felt that hymns tell a story and she didn't want to miss any part of it!

Grandma documented this desire when planning her funeral. Just before singing "In the Garden", the keyboardist announced that we would sing all the verses as Grandma requested. Near the end of the service a soloist sang every verse of "How Great Thou Art". 

Do you like to sing all the verses of hymn? Do you feel like you are missing out when some verses are skipped? As I continue to learn how to play more hymns on the organ, I will be reading the words of every verse to learn the complete story of the hymn as inspired by Grandma.


Monday, January 7, 2013

What if I set a schedule

A new year is upon us. What will your goals be? Will you write them down and commit to them? I set several goals in a few areas including the typical to eat healthier and exercise more. I wrote them down which increases the likelihood that I will be successful. Now let's get to my organ related goals.

Back in March 2012 I announced my goal to practice 10 hours a week. I have not yet come close to 10 hours in a week. Since mid October 2012 I have been recording a few notes, the date, day of week, and amount of time spent practicing in Evernote. Upon review, I have only been practicing 3 or 4 days a week. I had intended to practice at my church on the way to work but discovered that I am afraid to go there in the dark. 

I learned from Jon Acuff that we will accomplish more if we schedule time to work on our goals. Writing out a schedule feels scary. Then I will be committed and can be held accountable. I am afraid of not sticking to the schedule. Should I let fear stand in my way? Should I let fear convince me that I should not try it because I am going to fail? What if I did it? What if each Sunday I wrote on a calendar practice times for the week? Even if some weeks I could not stick to it I'm sure my overall practice time would increase which is the ultimate goal.

Scheduling practice times could change my life!