by Chuck Stanley
Mr. Dawson Tamatea
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Dawson Tamatea was a PE and mathematics teacher at Palmerston North Boys’ High School in New Zealand. One of the most beloved teachers at the PNBHS, Mr. Tamatea died unexpectedly at age 55, passing away while sleeping. Mr. Tamatea had been teaching at physical education and mathematics at the school for for almost 30 years.
In his honor, the entire student body of 1,700 turned out to perform a traditional Haka at his funeral.
The Haka is a traditional Maori ritual. Originally a war dance to intimidate an enemy, it has become popular before sporting events. When a Haka is done at a funeral for the deceased, it is a sign of the highest respect.
Headlines on the Web read something along the lines of “Boy Scouts of America End Ban on Homosexual Leaders”. While technically a true statement, reading the story tells a slightly different tale. Not of an organization embracing equal rights but rather a tale of an organization abdicating centralized control. What really happened was a blanket prohibition put into effect in 1978 was lifted. Instead of a blanket policy preventing discrimination to replace it, something else entirely was done.
It is interesting what simply changing the tempo of a piece can do to affect the mood of a composition. The effect can be more striking than is readily apparent. This can be seen in only slight changes that can vary from conductor to conductor in a symphony setting. For example, take Prokofiev’s “Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64. Compare and contrast the following two versions of the same piece. The first is Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
by Gene Howington
There are many Clinton supporters who tout her as a bonafide progressive bent on reform that will/should benefit all citizens and not just the usual host of monied interests. Despite this, she has been fighting off both scandals from her past and an emergent challenger in Senator Bernie Sanders whose bonafides are beyond reproach as he draws ever growing numbers to his rally events and in many cases dwarfing Clinton’s own events in the same area.
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By Nona Blyth Cloud
The word “Poetry” covers a lot of ground, everything from the brief illumination of a Japanese Haiku to a great Norse Saga passed down through the generations by repetition of the words in chant or song.
Back when I was still working for a living, if the day had gone reasonably well, and I left the office more or less on time, I’d be about halfway home when Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac would begin on NPR. Stuck in traffic, with the booming rap from a neighboring car making me turn up my radio and strain my ears to hear, Keillor’s clear deliberate voice could still cocoon me in the words. His readings were my introduction to some wonderful poems, and a rediscovery of many old favorites.