This is a moment
Each moment is of value
This is a moment
Here is a good friend
Each good friend is of value
Here is a good friend
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding utter her voice?
2 She standeth in the top of the high places by the way in the place of the paths.
3 She crieth besides the gates before the city at the entry of the doors,
4 O men, I call unto you, and utter my voice to the children of men.
5 O ye foolish men, understand wisdom, and ye, O fools, be wise in heart.
6 Give ear, for I will speak of excellent things, and the opening of my lips, shall teach things that be right.
7 For my mouth shall speak the truth, and my lips abhor wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous: there is no lewdness, nor frowardness in them.
9 They are all plain to him that will understand, and straight to them that would find knowledge.
10 Receive mine instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than fine gold.
11 For wisdom is better than precious stones: and all pleasures are not to be compared unto her.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and I find forth knowledge and counsels.
13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil as pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way: and a mouth that speaketh lewd things, I do hate.
14 I have counsel and wisdom: I am understanding, and I have strength.
15 By me, Kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule and the nobles, and all the judges of the earth.
17 I love them that love me: and they that seek me early, shall find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me: even durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even than fine gold, and my revenues better than fine silver.
20 I cause to walk in the way of righteousness, and in the midst of the paths of judgment,
21 That I may cause them that love me, to inherit substance, and I will fill their treasures.
22 The Lord hath possessed me in the beginning of his way: I was before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning and before the earth.
24 When there were no depths, was I begotten, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled: and before the hills, was I begotten.
26 He had not yet made the earth, nor the open places, nor the height of the dust in the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there, when he set the compass upon the deep.
28 When he established the clouds above, when he confirmed the fountains of the deep,
29 When he gave his decree to the Sea, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth,
30 Then was I with him as a nourisher, and I was daily his delight rejoicing alway before him,
31 And took my solace in the compass of his earth: and my delight is with the children of men.
32 Therefore now hearken, O children, unto me: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be ye wise, and refuse it not: blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, and giving attendance at the posts of my doors.
34 For he that findeth me, findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord.
35 But he that sinneth against me, hurteth his own soul: and all that hate me, love death.
• Soprano Lily Pons once was supposed to sing several performances in Mexico City, but she became ill due to the high altitude. Nevertheless, she completed the first performance. The people who had hired her knew that she was ill, and they were afraid that she would leave without performing again, and so they locked her trunks and possessions in the opera house! Ms. Pons’ manager took action to get her property back so she could leave. Ms. Pons said, “My manager hid backstage until five o’clock in the morning. When the night watchman was in another part of the house, the manager packed up my things and carried two big trunks down a creaking staircase. He loaded them on a flower cart drawn by a donkey, and hid them in the cellar of a friend’s house.” As it turned out, her manager did not need to do this. Ms. Pons adjusted to the high altitude and felt much better and so was to complete the other performances. During World War II, she gave performances to Allied troops. In Italy, she performed very close to the front lines, and some soldiers in the audience had just returned from the fighting — she could hear sounds of combat during her performance. She noticed one soldier sleeping during her concert and worried about her performance, telling herself, “You must be slipping. You can’t hold your audience anymore.” But then she realized that the soldiers needed their rest. She said, “If music is able to rest these tired men so that they can relax and fall asleep easily, I’m doing what I came across the ocean to do!” After realizing that, she no longer worried if an exhausted soldier fell asleep during her performance.
• Some music promoters would not pay the musicians who did gigs for them. Ragtime Billy Tucker was one of them; he owed money to many, many musicians in Los Angeles—maybe all of them. Two musicians he owed money to were Joe Darensbourg and Gus DeLuce, who played a gig for him from which Mr. Tucker disappeared without paying them. About six months later, the two musicians found out that Mr. Tucker was playing a wild man at the Circus Museum. He wore a wig, chains, and a leopard skin, he had a long beard, and he was in a locked cage that had straw on the floor. Mr. Darensbourg and Mr. DeLuce asked him for their money, but Mr. Tucker pretended not to know them, so Mr. DeLuce said, “Billy, you won’t talk to us, so we’re gonna fix you.” He lit a match and prepared to set the dry straw on fire. Mr. Tucker said, “You dirty bastards, you gonna set a man on fire for 25 dollars apiece?” Mr. DeLuce said, “Yes.” Mr. Tucker then yelled for help. The promoter ran to the cage, and Mr. Tucker said, “You give these people their money before they set fire to this damn hay. I owe them 25 dollars each.” Mr. Darensbourg and Mr. DeLuce were among the few musicians who got the money that Mr. Tucker owed them.
• Ken Chenault is the Chair and CEO of American Express, and his father is a problem-solver. His father, Dr. Hortenius Chenault, is also a dentist, and in 1939 he made the highest score ever recorded when he passed the New York State dental licensing exam. He wanted to join the United States Army Dental Corps to help during World War II, but he was black, the U.S. Army was segregated, and he was not allowed to join the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Dr. Hortenius told his children much later, “No one was going to tell me what I could do.” As a problem-solver, he did some research and he did some thinking and he learned French. He then joined the Allied Forces Dental Society, which was based in Europe and was not segregated. Ken says that he learned much from his father, lessons that he passes on to others: “As my father taught me, work hard, don’t ever let anyone stop you or keep you down, focus on what you can control, and you can accomplish an extraordinary amount.”
• Philippe Rameau helped create the opera Hippolyte et Aricie, which was first performed in Paris in 1733. Audiences loved it; critics did not. Sarah Caldwell wanted to produce the opera in 1966, and she wanted to find the orchestra parts, which she was sure existed, in the Paris Opera, a large part of whose music was not catalogued. She and opera company business manager John Cunningham went to the Paris Opera Library, where they were assured that the music they wanted did not exist. Because Ms. Caldwell was sure that the music existed and was there, Mr. Cunningham romanced with wine and flowers a single lady who worked at the library while Ms. Caldwell looked jealous. Mr. Cunningham got access to the stacks in the library (which were normally closed to members of the general public), and soon he found the music that he and Ms. Caldwell wanted.
• Ralph Bellamy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1937’s The Awful Truth, acted for 62 years. On an episode of Man Against Crimeon live TV, a mishap occurred when an actor playing the bad guy left for home early, thinking that he was through for the night. Mr. Bellamy, alone on the TV stage, solved the problem by opening a window and shouting, “I know you’re out there, and I know that you know that I know. You’re surrounded now, and you’re under arrest. And let me tell you how I know you did it.”
• How can an artist survive financially? One way is by trading art for other things. British artist Frank Bowling remembers about his friend the late American pop artist Larry Rivers, “Larry was one of the first artists who was able to trade his art for a Cadillac. He paid his doctors, his psychiatrist, everybody, by giving them art.” This, Mr. Bowling says, is something to be emulated. He calls this form of commerce “marvelous. I ate in a restaurant for years without having to pay—the [owner] got three of my paintings.”
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