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“You simply cannot sing unless you have something to say.”  ~Carol Webber, “From the Top” (Classical KUSC radio program)

Singing is an unparalleled channel for communication. The power and emotion of music coupled with a syntactical message — what could be better? (As a singer, I’m rather biased.)


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“All education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you an education.”  ~Louis L’Amour, The Lonesome Gods

My writing professor always echoed this idea from L’Amour’s book, and I’ll probably never forget the lesson: Students are responsible for taking hold of their own education.

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Rather a long quote, but this poem is definitely worth repeating in full.

The Collar

by George Herbert

I struck the board, and cried, “No more;
                         I will abroad!
What? shall I ever sigh and pine?
My lines and life are free, free as the road,
Loose as the wind, as large as store.
          Shall I be still in suit?
Have I no harvest but a thorn
To let me blood, and not restore
What I have lost with cordial fruit?
          Sure there was wine
Before my sighs did dry it; there was corn
    Before my tears did drown it.
      Is the year only lost to me?
          Have I no bays to crown it,
No flowers, no garlands gay? All blasted?
                  All wasted?
Not so, my heart; but there is fruit,
            And thou hast hands.
Recover all thy sigh-blown age
On double pleasures: leave thy cold dispute
Of what is fit and not. Forsake thy cage,
             Thy rope of sands,
Which petty thoughts have made, and made to thee
Good cable, to enforce and draw,
          And be thy law,
While thou didst wink and wouldst not see.
          Away! take heed;
          I will abroad.
Call in thy death’s-head there; tie up thy fears;
          He that forbears
         To suit and serve his need
          Deserves his load.”
But as I raved and grew more fierce and wild
          At every word,
Methought I heard one calling, Child!
          And I replied My Lord. 

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“The best of us sometimes get exasperated with the complexities of using English well. Believe me, it’s worth the effort. Life might be easier if we all spoke Latin. But the quirks, the surprises, the ever-changing nature of English — these are the differences between a living language and a dead one.”  ~Patricia T. O’Conner, Woe is I

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“The surface of a river is alive with lights and reflections, the breaking of foam over rocks, but underneath that dazzle it is going somewhere. We should expect as much from an essay: the shimmer and play of mind on the surface and in the depths a strong current.”  ~Scott Russell Sanders, “The Singular First Person”