davidbrucehaiku: beanable moments

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BEANABLE MOMENTS

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Pocket fifteen beans

Experience something good?

Move one of the beans

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NOTE: Put 15 dry beans in your right pocket. Every time you experience something good — a good deed, a beautiful sight, a nice song, etc. — move one bean to your left pocket. At the end of the day, take out the beans from your left pocket and remember the good experiences.

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Music Recommendation: Jake Haws — “Gritty Blues Rock: True Grit (instrumental)”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Song: “Gritty Blues Rock: True Grit (instrumental)” from the album MUSIC LIBRARY (FOR FILM, TV & ADVERTISING)

Artist: Jake Haws

Artist Location: Provo, Utah

Info: “These songs are available for use in film, tv & advertising. Please contact me for a licensing agreement BEFORE downloading any of these songs. I can make edits or re-recordings to any of these tracks to fit your specifications.”

Bruce writes, “I’m not in TV, etc. I got this instrumental simply because I enjoy listening to it.”

Price: $1 for instrumental-track; Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 65-track album.

Genre: Instrumentals in Various Genres

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Jake Haws on Bandcamp

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MUSIC LIBRARY

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David Bruce: Resist Psychic Death — Good Deeds

Good Deeds

• In December of 2010 in Dayton, Ohio, police officer Jonathan Seiter stopped a man for a routine traffic violation, and the man started to attack him. Officer Seiter was unable to draw his gun, and the situation was dangerous. Angela Pierce, an African-American, was in a car with an elderly aunt, and she jumped out of the car and started punching the attacker with her fists. She later told CNN, “I didn’t even think about what [the suspect] could have had. I didn’t think about what he could have done to me. I just went and tried to help.” With her help, and with the help of police backup in the form of Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Colbert, who arrived after Ms. Pierce, Officer Seiter was able to subdue the attacker. Usually, ordinary citizens should not get involved in altercations between police officers and other people, but in this case Ms. Pierce did the right thing. Sgt. Larry Tolpin of the Dayton Police Department said, “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not endorsing that citizens participate in this manner. But under this particular circumstance, it was very commendable of her.”

• In January 2011, Eva Orchard of Clearfield, Utah, experienced car trouble while driving on a cold mountain road. Because she knew little about cars and had no cell phone with her, she simply waited in her car and hoped that someone would stop and help her. Fortunately, after 20 minutes, a kind man named Bill stopped. Investigating the source of the car trouble, he thought that she had a faulty fuel pump. He had a cell phone, so he called AAA to come and tow the car, and he called Ms. Orchard’s daughter. After the AAA tow truck arrived, Bill drove Ms. Orchard to where her car was being towed. He also declined payment for having helped her. In a letter to the editor of the Standard-Examiner, Ms. Orchard wrote, “I want everyone to know there are some really good Samaritans out there. I thank Bill for stopping and for all he did to see that I was well taken care of on such a cold morning.”

• In September of 2010, a taxi driver in Thailand found US$6,500 and Bt26,000 that a passenger had left behind. Duan Sosarn, age 34, whose right hand had been amputated, is an honest taxi driver. He took the money to Police Radio FM 91, which then located the passenger who had lost the money: Myo Htut, from Burma. Mr. Sosarn said that he wanted to be a good example to his son and that keeping the money would have been wrong. The police gave Mr. Sosarn a shield of honor on October 13, which is National Police Day in Thailand.

• Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach celebrated Purim in 1963 in grand style. Flush with money from a standing-room-only concert the previous night, he hired a small truck and a driver, and then went to three stores — a wine shop, a pastry shop, and a grocery shop — where he bought out the entire inventory of each of the three stores. After the truck was fully loaded, he started to make deliveries of shalach monos(gift baskets for the needy) to families throughout Jerusalem.

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David Bruce: Resist Psychic Death — Good Deeds

Good Deeds

• When the Germans defeated France (temporarily) in World War II, lots of Jews went to Bordeaux, where they hoped to find passage away from France before the Nazis arrived and took them to concentration camps. The ship Kilissiarrived in port with a cargo of bananas, and the captain was astonished to see 600 people, all of whom were begging to be taken away before the Germans arrived. The captain of the Kilissi spoke to his crew, asking them whether they were willing to risk their lives in trying to save the Jews on shore. Every member of the crew was willing. The crew then dumped most of the bananas overboard, since they had no time to unload them. The Jews crowded on board, and the Kilissistarted to sail them to freedom. Almost immediately, however, the ship’s engines stopped. Fortunately, the ship had stopped only to allow on board two men and one woman who were in a rowboat and screaming to get the ship’s attention. The ship took the Jews to Portugal, but authorities there would not allow the Jews to disembark. However, the Jews were allowed to get aboard a French warship that was going to Morocco. Terry Wolf was one of the 600 Jews saved by the captain and his crew. She calls him “a gallant man to whom the value of human life meant more than bananas, profit, comfort, and personal safety. Whenever his final voyage, I hope it is to Paradise.”

• On 25 April 1989, at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Carl Boney and Michael Etowski, who were both 14 years old, climbed aboard the school bus. Things happened as usual for a while, but the bus driver, Richard Perry, suffered a stroke and slumped over. With no one steering the school bus, it went off the road and toward a utility pole. Mike said later, “I saw blue sparks and heard all this popping sound. I was slammed around. Then I jumped on the seat so I wouldn’t get shocked. Everyone was freaking out. I looked up front. It didn’t look like anyone was sitting in the driver’s seat.” Once past the utility pole, the bus headed for some trees. Carl, an African-American, went to the front and stepped on the brake, but he needed help because Mr. Perry’s foot was still on the gas. Mike reached the front and helped Carl. Mike managed to turn off the ignition, and the bus came to a stop. Mike used his Boy Scout training to open Mr. Perry’s airway and keep it open until paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, Mr. Perry died later in a hospital. According to Mike, “We’re just ordinary boys.” Carl added, “What we did was natural.” Because of these two boys’ actions, no kids were hurt on the bus.

• Grammy nominee violinist Philippe Quint was seriously worried when he left a 285-year-old 1723 Kiesewetter Stradivarius violin — loaned to him by owners Clement and Karen Arrison — in the back seat of a New York taxicab on 21 April 2008. Fortunately, the driver of the taxi — Mohammed Khalil, a Muslim who was born in Egypt — contacted him and returned the violin. Mr. Quint said, “I cannot describe it in words, the feeling that I was going through at the time. I was frantically looking for the violin that whole morning.” Mr. Quint gave Mr. Khalil a $100 reward, performed a 30-minute concert for Mr. Khalil and other taxi drivers at Newark Liberty International Airport, which is only 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan, and gave Mr. Khalil and his family tickets to one of his concerts at Carnegie Hall. In addition, the city of Newark gave Mr. Khalil a medal. The Italian Antonio Stradivari made the violin, which has been owned by the 18th-century German composer and violinist Christophe Kiesewetter.Mr. Khalil says that he was simply doing the right thing in returning the violin.

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Music Recommendation: John Prine and Iris DeMent — “In Spite of Ourselves”

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Song: “In Spite of Ourselves” from the album IN SPITE OF OURSELVES

Artists: John Prine and Iris DeMent

Artist Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Info: “A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen & others. He is a 2019 Rock & Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award.”

Ken Jones (a fan) wrote,about “In Spite of Ourselves,” “The lyrics are playfully sexy and verbally cartoonish but [the singers] poke at each other’s quirks while letting their love for each shine through. This is a great love song and perfect duet pairing.”

Price: $1 (USD) for song; $10 (USD) for 16-track album.

Genre: Singer/Songwriter. Folk. Country. Really Good Music.

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Ready Aim Flowers at Ohio University’s Front Room (29 January 2020)

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Caleb Cole: Above

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Jeffrey Podolski: Above

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Steven Rekstad: Above

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Ready Aim Flowers is the first Adventure-Pop Band in the World — Seriously.

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RECOMMENDED READING:

Bre Offenberger: “Friendship and Flowers.”

Athens-based band Ready Aim Flowers envelops good vibes, raw emotion in its sound.

The Post (Athens, OH). 30 January 2020.

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Music Recommendation: Pop Punk High — “He’s Growing Up”

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Song: “He’s Growing Up” from POP PUNK HIGH (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

Artist: Pop Punk High

Artist Location: New York, New York

Info: “This is the Original Soundtrack for Pop Punk High — the World’s First Pop Punk Musical! Written by Anderson Cook and Ben Lapidus.”

Music and Lyrics by Ben Lapidus © 
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Lapidus Audio LLC © 
Instrumentation by Ben Lapidus 

Price: $1 (USD) for song; $7 (USD) for seven-track album (15 minutes total)

Genre: Pop Punk. Pop Music with Punk Lyrics. Often Satiric.

Links:

Pop Punk High School

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David Bruce: Resist Psychic Death — Good Deeds

Good Deeds

• In 1950, the grandparents of Matt L’Italien got married. They were DavidRosenthal, a psychologist, and Marcia Kensinger Rosenthal, a nurse. Mr. L’Italien said, “My grandfather was Jewish and she was not, so it made things pretty difficult for them to get together.” Mr. and Mrs. Rosenthal were in love, and theywrote two love songs together. They were married for 46 years before Mr. Rosenthal died of Alzheimer’s in 1996. Mrs. Rosenthal died of the same disease a few years later. Matt’s aunt, Amy Rosenthal, discovered an old love letter between the couple. She also discovered the piano sheet music and lyrics of the two love songs the two had written together: “In and Out of Love” and “I’ll Never Regret (Loving You).” Unfortunately, no one in the family had the musical skills needed to play the music, so Matt posted the sheet music and lyrics, as well as a plea for help, at the Reddit online community. Matt said, “Reddit really is a place of benevolence. They actively want to help their fellow man.”He wrote online,“My family recently found two songs on sheet music written by my late grandparents. Would anyone like to play them for us, so that we may hear them?” Quickly, he received several responses. Some people posted instrumental versions of the two songs, other people sang the two songs without accompaniment, and other people posted versions of the songs with both vocals and accompaniment.Matt, who never knew his grandfather, said about his grandmother,“I’m really happy that I can look back at this music she produced and really bring back that element of character and wit and brilliance that she had.”He added,“My aunt who had the sheet music, it’s her birthday, and she said it was the best birthday she could ever imagine.”

• Henry Rollins journeyed to Southern Sudan in late 2010. About visiting Africa, he writes, “Time spent there forces me to deal with myself on a level that is so in-your-face as it were, that I am always humbled. Anything I have ever strived for seems to be dwarfed by the efforts of people I encounter there in a seemingly endless succession.” One example occurred on a bad road when he saw a woman carrying a large, heavy bag of cotton on her back while pushing a bicycle that had a flat tire as a result of an accident. Henry and the people he was with stopped the truck they were in to try to help her. Two of her toes were injured — badly. Mr. Rollins writes, “One of them looked almost cut off behind the cuticle and downward in a very ugly wound. The other toe had lost a fair chunk of flesh at its tip.” They treated her with a first-aid kit and with Neosporin and gave her a pair of socks that she could wear over the bandages. Mr. Rollins also gave her the tube of Neosporin and told her to apply it to her wounds every day. They also took her and her bag of cotton and her bike to her destination, which was a long way away. They also learned that she would make that journey several times that day. Mr. Rollins says, “Just another day and another life in Africa. You see this kind of thing everywhere you look. When I am in Africa, I realize I don’t know much, have not seen much and there’s a lot to be done.”

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