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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do You Need a Job to Get a Job?

I’ve read recently that some hiring agencies and human resource representatives are starting to require that applicants have a job before they even consider hiring them for a position. This seems cruel to me – what do you think?

On Craigslist, an ad for a purchasing manager warns, "Do not apply UNLESS you are currently employed."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On the Nature of Daylight and This Bitter Earth

The movie Shutter Island snuck up on me, made me a little anxious, and then I just enjoyed the ride. When I realized that the main character was just delusional, I wasn't so disturbed.

But the haunting song from the end credits got me as soon as I heard the first cello notes, and when Dinah Washington started singing her masterpiece, "This Bitter Earth," -- well, I was just mesmerized. The person who mixed these two songs, Robbie Robertson, has quite an ear and an exquisite taste in music.

Listen to this luscious blending of Dinah's juicy voice and the rich music of Max Richter, a classical composer:

Here's a very insightful blog post on Shine a Light that explores this pairing of the songs, "On the Nature of Daylight" and "This Bitter Earth."

This Bitter Earth
lyrics by: Clyde Otis

This bitter Earth
What fruit it bears
What good is love
That no one shares
And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I
Heaven only knows

This bitter Earth
Can it be so cold
Today you're young
Too soon you're old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I'm sure someone
May answer my call
And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Reminding Myself: More Things I Do Well

-- Find great artwork

-- Braid my daughter’s hair

-- Comfort my daughter

-- Juggle several tasks at once

-- Encourage other people

-- Thrift store shopping

-- Teach

-- Perform

-- Direct

-- Write

-- Create

-- Smile

-- Laugh

-- Seek advice and counsel