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Mon, Apr 16 2007

Songs that take us through tragic days

The news today has been difficult to take in, with the killings of so many at Virginia Tech. It seems as though days like today make us all think about other tragedies and how events make their way through the timelines of our own individual lives. Remember the song that Billy Joel wrote in answer to the child who thought there had been no important history for "old" people like Billy Joel? Children have a hard time relating to things that went on before their existence. but as we grow older each of us could probably insert a few of our own events into "We Didn't Start the Fire".

I was thinking of another song today, very different from Billy Joel's, but one that says even more to many of us who have seen too many tragedies. Horatio Spaford wrote the words in the midst of grief and loneliness, and Philip Bliss set them to music. It's easy for us to look up and be hopeful in the good times, but when we find words to still praise God at the darkest moments of our lives, faith takes on a whole new meaning. This link is one of many arrangements of It Is Well With My Soul.

posted at: 14:34 | category: /Religious and Spiritual | link to this entry



More colorful shopping experience on the way

Are there colored bar codes in our future? Microsoft Corporation and the International Standard Audiovisual Number International Agency say there are. ColorZip is already using colors to allow people to buy things with their camera phones. All this color is probably also going to jazz up the RFID industry quite a bit and produce some brand new businesses and services.

posted at: 09:22 | category: /Science | link to this entry



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