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Correli's Christmas Carol

Below is the Christmas Concerto (Opus 6, number 8) by Arcangelo Corelli - about three and a half minutes - performed by "Voices of Music" from San Francisco. 
Arcangelo Corelli: Christmas Concerto, Adagio Op. 6 No. 8 Voices of Music - YouTube
This group performs baroque music in the most original way they can with authentic instrumentation and stylistic detail as best that they can render from the era when the music was performed, but with their own style showing as well.  
The composer, Arcangelo Corelli, was born in 1653 in Italy. 
The work was composed in the late 17th Century but the exact date is unknown. The score wasn't published until 1714, a year after Corelli's death. It was intended as an overture to a Christmas Mass (yes, I know that is redundant).
Arcangelo Corelli was prominent enough in his day that his remains are interred in a wall in the Roman Pantheon. He's a pretty interesting guy. His name would be great for a movie villain. 
Arcangelo Corell…

Boys and Girls Are Different

Boys and Girls Are Different - or - Scientists have discovered about 100 gender differences in the brain -  8 generalized sections are detailed below
(This is summarized from many, many sources, with none cited –  with apologies to our English teachers)
As we do more and more work on differentiation and meeting the needs of high-ability students we also look at the obvious - boys and girls actually have different brains, learning styles and emotional needs which impact how they learn.
We also need to consider that many of our male students are being raised only by mothers (or other women relatives) and do not have consistent and good male role models in their lives - and raising boysis not always the same as raising men.  That makes it even more important that we understand genuine biological sex differences as well as we can. Below are differences in the brain. 
The content that follows has been abbreviated and generalized. 
1. Being Female Begins at Birth, Being Male Begins at About 8 Wee…

Human-Centered Design, Discoverability, and Change

Human-CenteredDesign, Discoverability, and Change

A couple of weeks ago I saw one of these cars - a McLaren 570S, even the same color - on 116th Street in Fishers, driving in heavy traffic.  It's a $185,000 car, with over 500 horsepower, and can go over 200 miles per hour.  
I tried to hurry up and change lanes and squeeze up closer to get a better look but some of the other drivers used various and inventive non-verbal means of communication to make it pretty clear that I was not going to be able to do this. 
You know that to get someone to spend that kind of money every detail has to be perfect, the design must be flawless. It has to consider the size and placement of the engine, the aerodynamics, the weight, the safety features and every other detail to come to a whole. A whole that is in proportion, balanced, all pulled together. It is not just 3,000 lbs of metal and rubber and glass, it is a wonderfully designed and very sophisticated thing, a stylish thing, a very fast thing…

The Enigma of Henry David Thoreau

The Enigma of Henry David Thoreau July 12, 1817, May 6, 1862, aged 44

Henry David Thoreau was an American writer who is regarded as an advocate for simple living. His most notable work is Walden; or, Life in the Woods, published in 1854. He lived in Concord, Massachusetts.
Walden genuinely is a great book, often on required reading lists in both high schools and universities. I’ve read and re-read the book, and have found it interesting to separate the writer from what was written. I’ve also traveled to historic Concord, and have visited Walden Pond deliberately because I enjoy the book and his writing very much. And - my goodness the man is quotable!
His nobility is in his words rather than of his personal path through the world. His own words, which follow in this work, are always italicized and bold as in the text below. They can, and do, inspire:
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he …

Veterans Day

It's the 11th day of the 11th month, Veterans Day in the US and Armistice Day in many other countries. 
In (what seems like) another lifetime I ran combatant and logistic operations in Afghanistan.  On March 26th of 2005 four soldiers in my section were killed when their vehicle struck a buried mine and exploded. 
The soldiers killed in action included the youngest of our section, Kyle Snyder, who was barely 21 - in fact, he turned 21 in Kabul. The other young soldier, Brett Hershey was also 21. 
The two senior soldiers were Master Sergeant Mike Hiester who was 33, and Major Todd Fiscus who was 36. Both of them were fathers. 
It broke my heart, and I still mourn all of them, deeply. 
There is a cost to live in a dangerous world which isn't always obvious to us in our daily routines, and now, 11 years later, I reflect that I used to think about my friends all of the time. I don't remember them now but occasionally.  
There is a touching memorial on Kyle Snyder's page on the F…