Friday, December 31, 2010

Thus Begins a New Decade!

     I do concede that it has been many days, at least a good week, since my last post.  For my avid and loyal readers (few and far between), I do apologize for the great delay.  I have decided, with today being the last day of the year 2010 AND last day of the decade, that I would reflect on memorable events from both the year AND the decade.  Wish me luck!!! (I always use three exclamation marks)

     I think how I will do this might seem confusing to some, but it won't be for all the fans of LOST...they'll know what I am talking about.  I will start in 2010, but as I go along, I will jump to different parts of the decade whilst returning to 2010.  Enjoy!!!

     June of 2010 was my 1 year wedding anniversary with the best helper God could provide me with, Miss Wisabus.  To celebrate, she and I took a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  We stayed at a really cool and relaxing place, the Grand Treehouse Resort.

     2007 was quite a wonderful year.  I was back in school getting my teaching certification and was doing quite well academically.  Also, this was the year that Liz and I began dating seriously.  Our 3rd date was to the Civic Center to see the stage production of On Golden Pond, starring the late Tom Bosley.  I met her parents.  She met my parents.  I told her I loved her.  She said she loved me back.  Great stuff!!!

     May of 2010 was the last month of my first year of teaching.  I taught 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra (7th and 8th).  Due to the budget woes across the state, as well as in the district I teach, I was not sure if I would have a job in August.  At the end of June, I got the phone call from my school principal offering me the 6th grade Social Studies position that was open.  I gladly accepted.

     2004 was a tough AND surreal year at the same time.  I graduated from college (first time) that May and begun my search for the answer to the question, "What am I supposed to do with my life?"  My search began with playing a lot of Halo and working at a local preschool.

     September/November of 2010.  AMAZING!!!  So my blogging/tweeting wife received an email inviting her (and me) to the Pioneer Woman's lodge for a secret event.  Liz tells the rest of the story here.  It was absolutely incredible knowing that we were on Throwdown With Bobby Flay.

     2001.  This was the year that I finished up my sophomore year of college.  My parents moved to Pennsylvania.  I spent my first summer working at Glorieta as a summer staffer.  January was the month when my brother and I traveled to Miami to watch Oklahoma win its 7th national championship against the Florida State Seminoles.  This event bears little weight to what would come later.  I woke up that morning and turned on the television.  I don't remember what channel it was that the television was on, but the news was showing.  One of the twin towers had smoke coming out of the top and the person talking had said that an airplane had flown into the tower.  With the camera rolling, I witnessed with my eyes, in real time, the second airplane flying into the other tower.  It felt like time had stood still and I could not believe what my eyes had just witnessed.  I went from disbelief to even more disbelief when the towers fell.  To coin the words said by FDR, September 11, 2001 is a day that "will live in infamy."

     November 2010 was the month that my mentor teacher from last year finally managed to get hired on as an assistant principal.  I am so happy for her and I hear she is doing quite well in her new position.

     2005 witnessed several events.  Project Impact in Chicago that summer was a terrific time for growing spiritually and setting the stage for what would become 4 wonderful years living in the Random House.  Also, another traumatic event in U.S. history took place with Hurricane Katrina.  New Orleans is STILL recovering.  It's hard to say if they will ever stop recovering.

     June of 2010 was the time that my wife and I learned that we were going to be Uncle Kevin and Aunt Elizabeth.  Please pray for my sister-in-law and Baby Josiah.  Things are a little rough right now coming up on delivery in the coming weeks this month and next.

     2003.  I didn't know it, but I met the woman that would later become Mrs. Crumpler.  I finished my first senior year and started my second and last senior year.  She graduated high school and started her freshman year at OU.

     February of 2010, I turned what would be the last year in the second decade of my life.  May of 2010 saw the end of a television phenomenon that was and is...LOST (see second paragraph).

     2000 was a mixed year.  I did the worst I ever did in college that second semester of my freshman year.  Summer was spent working for a real estate title agency.  First semester of my sophomore year I managed to get off of academic probation...and there are four words...Oklahoma football...and...Josh Heupel. 'Nuff said.

     During this month of December 2010, I had the privilege of spending the last days of the year and decade with three of my favorite people...my wife and my mom and dad.

     The beginning of 2002 was a really rough time.  I was involved in a roommate situation that turned out to be one of those times when you learn who you just cannot live with.  Fortunately I didn't fall into that situation again.

     This year, in 2010, saw the anniversaries of some great films.  The Goonies (25th), Back to the Future (25th), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (20th), Home Alone (20th), The Hunt For Red October (20th), The Empire Strikes Back (30th), and The Patriot (10th).

     The year of 2006 was the year that I continued to struggle to find something stable as far as a career is concerned, but also the year that I started back at school to work towards my teaching certification.  Also, this is the year that I asked out Miss Wisabus.

     The culmination of the first two years of P.O.'s first term saw a huge shift in the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives and many state legislatures across the country.

     2008 had a high and a low.  The high was in June when I asked Liz to marry me.  The low was on January 8th when my paternal grandfather passed away.

     For the sake of time, I am going to forgo further 2010 references and discuss the final year in my reflections on the year and decade.  2009 was probably one of the best years in my life.  This was the year that I got married and began my career as a professional educator of young minds.  Getting a wife and a job in the same year...double the awesomeness!

Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 12

     With today being Christmas Eve, it would also be the last day of this series.  For those of you that do not know, I grew up in the Episcopal Church.  Christmas was one of my most favorite church holidays because of the music that we would sing and play with the handbells.  When I think of Christmas music from church, I think of one composer.  John Rutter.  His music is so beautiful to listen to and, if you know the words, sing along with.  I do love the more modern music sung in church, but part of me will always love the traditional hymns of my upbringing.  John Rutter, this post is dedicated to you.

CANDLELIGHT CAROL by John Rutter

Verse 1: How do you capture the wind on the water? How do you count all the stars in the sky? How can you measure the love of a mother, or how can you write down a baby's first cry?

REFRAIN: Candlelight, angel light, firelight and starglow shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn. Gloria, Gloria in excelsis deo! Angels are singing; the Christ Child is born.

Verse 2. Shepherds and wisemen will kneel and adore him, Seraphim round him their vigil will keep; Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Savior, but Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep.

(REFRAIN)

Verse 3. Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger: Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay. Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation: A child with his mother that first Christmas Day.

(REFRAIN)

To hear it sung by the Cambridge Singers, click here.

Source of lyrics: http://www1.assumption.edu/chapelchoir/audio/rejoice/candlelight_carol.html

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Army)


Highlights
-681 yards of total offense

     190 rushing yards

     491 passing yards

-13 sacks (11 by my DE)

-8 interceptions (6 returned for touchdowns)

     Since this was the last game of the regular season, it is time to announce the award winners and some bowl matchups...

Awards
Maxwell - Kevin Crumpler (Navy)...236 carries, 2913 yards, 60 touchdowns
Best QB - Earnest Ford (USC)...56% completions, 3469 yards, 36 touchdowns
Best RB - Kevin Crumpler (Navy)...236 carries, 2913 yards, 60 touchdowns
Best WR - Kevin Crumpler (Navy)...33 receptions, 1666 yards, 30 tds
Best OL - Adam Sweeney (Kansas St)...55 pancakes, 2 sacks allowed
Bednarik - Johnny McFadden (Navy)...200 tkls, 140 sacks, 2 ints, 8 FF, TD
Best DL - Paul Holmes (Ark St)...57 tackles, 12 sacks, 1 interception
Best LB - Johnny McFadden (Navy)...200 tkls, 140 sacks, 2 ints, 8 FF, TD
Thorpe - Abraham Clarke (Louisville)...60 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 interceptions
Groza - Devin Smith (Kansas)...24-27 FG, Long of 55, 100% extra points
Best Coach - Georgia's coach
Heisman - Johnny McFadden (Navy)

Bowls
Rose Bowl - #4 Miami (11-1) vs. #3 Ohio State (11-1)
Fiesta Bowl - #7 Oklahoma (12-2) vs. #6 Colorado (10-2)
Sugar Bowl - #9 Maryland (10-2) vs. Mississippi State (8-5)
*Orange Bowl - #2 USC (12-0) vs. #1 Navy (12-0)

* - National Championship

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Virginia)


Highlights
-585 yards of total offense

     271 rushing yards

     314 passing yards

-13 sacks (10 by my DE)

-8 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns)

After Week 15...who will be ranked #1?

Fifth BCS Standings Top 5
5.  Georgia                  15.91
4.  Miami                    10.26
3.  Ohio State               7.87
2.  USC                        7.22
1.  Navy                       1.58

Up next...Army (3-8).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 11

     The second to last Christmas hymn in the 12 Days of Christmas Hymns series...a little number called, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring...."and I got more sheep."



Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

Source of lyrics: http://www.hymnlyrics.org/lyricsj/jesu_joy_of_man%27s_desiring.html
Source of picture: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8603547212690715483# (screen capture)

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Hawaii)

     The Most Points Scored in a game, once held by Kansas State (142) is now held by Navy.  If you are wondering why I score a lot of points sometimes but not a lot other times, its mainly due to defensive touchdowns, which depends on how many turnovers I can create.  This game...lots of turnovers, fumbles and interceptions.



Highlights
-853 yards of total offense

     461 rushing yards (7 touchdowns)

     392 passing yards (7 touchdowns)

-21 sacks (20 by my DE)

-5 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns)
 
-3 fumble recoveries (3 returned for touchdowns)

-3 safeties

After Week 14...who will be ranked #1?

Fifth BCS Standings Top 5
5.  Tennessee              15.07
4.  Miami                    10.29
3.  Ohio State               8.02
2.  USC                        7.68
1.  Navy                       1.66

Up next...#9 Virginia (8-3).

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 10

     So I didn't post my next hymn in time for it to be done on Dec. 22nd, so I will be posting 2 hymns today on the 23rd.  The first song (which of course was meant for yesterday) is one that I vividly remember playing handbells to in church...Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
German Carol, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, ca. 1500
Translated by Theodore Baker, 1894 (Stanzas 1–2),
Harriet R. Spaeth, 1875 (Stanzas 3–4), and John C. Mattes, 1914 (Stanza 5)


Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung,
of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a flow’ret bright, amid the cold of winter,
when half-spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
when half-spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story, proclaimed by angels bright,
how Christ, the Lord of glory, was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found him,
as angel heralds said.

This flow’r, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
dispels with glorious splendor the darkness ev’rywhere.
True man, yet very God; from sin and death he saves us
and lightens ev’ry load.

O Savior, child of Mary, who felt our human woe;
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know,
bring us at length, we pray, to the bright courts of heaven
and to the endless day.

Source of lyrics: http://www.hymnscript.com/g-lha01.html

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Utah)

     Okay, I know, I didn't make my quota.


Highlights
-850 yards of total offense

     452 rushing yards

     398 passing yards

-13 sacks (10 by my DE)

-2 interception

After Week 12...who will be ranked #1?

Fifth BCS Standings Top 5
5.  Miami                    13.53
4.  Ohio State               9.42
3.  USC                        8.98
2.  Southern Miss         7.50
1.  Navy                       1.80

Up next...Hawaii (5-6).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. San Diego State)


Highlights
-910 yards of total offense

     502 rushing yards

     408 passing yards

-14 sacks (11 by my DE)

-5 interceptions (1 by my DE)

After Week 11...who will be ranked #1?

Fourth BCS Standings Top 5
5.  Miami                    13.27
4.  USC                       10.56
3.  Southern Miss         8.47
2.  Ohio State               7.66
1.  Navy                       1.56

Up next...Utah (3-6).

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Connecticut)

     This one is dedicated to my Sooners.  I would love it if you could reproduce this score on January 1st in Glendale, Arizona, but I am thinking it probably won't happen.


Highlights
-782 yards of total offense

     386 rushing yards

     396 passing yards

-17 sacks (14 by my DE)

-2 interceptions (1 for touchdown)

I have now reached the point in my season where the first BCS standings are released after Week 8.  Who will be ranked #1?

First BCS Standings Top 5
5.  USC                    14.68
4.  Southern Miss     14.00
3.  Virginia                 9.00
2.  Ohio State             7.69
1.  Navy                     2.10

After a 3-week bye, up next...#25 San Diego State (7-1).

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 9

     Today's Christmas hymn is...The First Noel.

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay tending their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Refrain

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They look├Ęd up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

Refrain

And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

Refrain

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
Over Bethlehem it took its rest;
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Refrain

Then did they know assuredly
Within that house the King did lie;
One entered it them for to see,
And found the Babe in poverty.

Refrain

Then entered in those Wise Men three,
Full reverently upon the knee,
And offered there, in His presence,
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

Refrain

Between an ox stall and an ass,
This Child truly there He was;
For want of clothing they did Him lay
All in a manger, among the hay.

Refrain

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.

Refrain

If we in our time shall do well,
We shall be free from death and hell;
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting place in general.

Refrain

Source of lyrics: http://www.hymnlyrics.org/lyricsf/the_first_noel.html

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Oklahoma State)


Highlights
-646 yards of total offense

     342 rushing yards

     304 passing yards

-13 sacks (11 by my DE)

-3 interceptions (2 for touchdowns, 1 of them by my DE)

Up next...Connecticut (3-2).

Monday, December 20, 2010

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Marshall)


Highlights
-990 yards of total offense

     423 rushing yards

     567 passing yards

-18 sacks (14 by my DE)

-1 interception

Up next...#9 Oklahoma State (4-0).

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Fresno State)


Highlights
-520 yards of total offense

     216 rushing yards

     304 passing yards

-3 sacks (all by my DE)

-2 interceptions (1 returned for touchdown)

Up next...Marshall (0-3).

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 8

     Today's Christmas hymn is one of those songs that may be sung at the end of a Christmas gathering.  It is also one whereby candles may be used during the song and they are lit during the song.  Also, I really like the version that Boyz II Men did on their Christmas Interpretations album...Silent Night.

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Source of lyrics: http://www.hymnlyrics.org/lyricss/silent_night.html

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Miami)


Highlights
-661 yards of total offense

     228 rushing yards

     433 passing yards

-15 sacks (13 by my DE)

-5 interceptions (3 returned for touchdowns, all by the same guy)

Up next...#5 Fresno State (2-0).

I must also comment at the fact that this game will occasionally have oddities as far as teams ranked in the top 10, or in this case, top 5.  My next opponent, Fresno State, is ranked #5.  Currently Colorado is ranked #4 followed by Maryland being ranked #3.  North Texas...let me say that again...North Texas is ranked #2 behind me.  Seeing that UNT probably doesn't have a hard game for the rest of the season, I could very well end up playing the Mean Green in the National Championship.  Crazy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. Texas A&M)


Highlights
-872 yards of total offense

     381 rushing yards

     491 passing yards

-11 sacks (7 by my DE)

-6 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns)

Up next...#2 Miami (1-0).

NCAA 2004 Navy Midshipmen (vs. NC State)

     Thus begins a new series on my blog concerning the video game that I am playing, NCAA Football 2004.  2004? Yes, 2004.  The deal with me and this game is a kink in its armor, twofold.  On offense, there is one play from Kansas State's playbook that I like to use whereby I get a lot of passing yards.  On defense, I shuffle my defensive end over as soon as he touches the ground and it forces him to pop up.  This means that my defensive end is standing up ready to rush the quarterback and get the sack.  The combination of the two results in the picture below.  This series will simply feature a picture of the final score and the game stats.


I think it would be a good time to explain why I picked Navy.  Navy is an independent, meaning that they do not belong to any conference in football.  This means that I am allowed to schedule 11 non-conference games...I choose whomever I want to play.  The only team that Navy is forced to play against is Army.  What I decided to do for this current season was to schedule 11 teams that had the highest number of passing yards in the prior season.  More passing yards means more opportunities for sacks and interceptions.

Highlights
-836 yards of total offense

     448 rushing yards

     388 passing yards

-17 sacks (16 by my DE)

-6 interceptions (4 returned for touchdowns)

Up next...Texas A&M (0-1).

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 7

     Today's Christmas hymn is another one of my favorites that is done by the Christian band Jars of Clay...God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Source of lyrics: http://www.carols.org.uk/god_rest_ye_merry_gentlemen.htm

Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 6

     One of the Christmas hymns that I remember from the days of my youth singing in the church choir is Angels We Have Heard on High.  When a choir director teaches kids how to sing songs, especially those that have the occasional Latin in them, the director has be creative.  Phonetics is a wonderful thing when it comes to pronouncing words in songs.  The words "in excelsis deo" became "een egg shell seas day-oh."  I still have fun with this hymn.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing over the plains
And the mountains in reply,
Echoing their joyous strains.
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Shepherds, why this Jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord,
The newborn King
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

See Him in a manger laid
Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior's birth.
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o
Glo-ori-a
In excelsis de-o

Source of lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/angels_we_have_heard_on_high_lyrics_christmas_songs.html

Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 5

     Today's Christmas hymn is another one of my favorites...for two reasons.  The first is that it is one of the few songs that I can play on my recorder...yes, the same instrument that Dwight Schrute has been known to play on The Office.  The second reason is because of my days growing up in church participating in the Christmas pageant.  Three of the high school guys would play the three kings and they would sing the song as they entered walking toward the stable.  Without further ado, I give you We Three Kings...

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to rein

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Pray'r and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light


Source of lyrics: http://www.carols.org.uk/we_three_kings_of_orient_are.htm

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 4

     For today's Christmas hymn...the choice is Little Drummer Boy.  One of my favorite versions of this song is sung by the Christian group Jars of Clay.  Its a good one.

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum. 

Source of lyrics: http://www.carols.org.uk/little_drummer_boy.htm

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 3

     Day 3...buhn duhn duhn!!! Today's choice is another one of my favorites...the tune is that of Greensleeves and the words...What Child Is This?

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

[CHORUS]
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.


Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
[CHORUS]

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
[CHORUS]

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
[CHORUS]

Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Source of lyrics: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/midi/what_child_is_this.htm

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 2

     It's day number 2.  Sticking with the Latin influence, today's Christmas hymn is Adeste Fideles, or O Come All Ye Faithful to the lay person.


      English Version: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum

Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Dominum

Cantet nunc io
Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium
Gloria,
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Dominum

Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factus

Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Dominum

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
O sing all ye bright host of heaven above;
Glory to God,
All glory in the highest; .

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

Yea, Lord we greet thee,
Born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.

The lyrics of this hymn in its current setup is brought to you courtesy of http://www.fisheaters.com/hymns.html#adestefideles

Monday, December 13, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Hymns: Day 1

     I MUST start off by giving credit to my wife, Miss Wisabus, for this idea.  I thought it was a great idea and asked her if I could do it too...she said yes, as long as I give her credit.  So here goes.  Each day I will post the lyrics to twelve of my favorite Christmas hymns.  They won't necessarily go in order from least favorite to most favorite.  It just so happens that today's hymn IS my favorite.  On the left is the original Latin version and on the right is the English version.



English Version: O Come, Emmanuel
Veni, veni, Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, O Sapientia,
quae hic disponis omnia,
veni, viam prudentiae
ut doceas et gloriae.

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni, Adonai,
qui populo in Sinai
legem dedisti vertice
in maiestate gloriae.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, O Iesse virgula,
ex hostis tuos ungula,
de spectu tuos tartari
educ et antro barathri.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, Clavis Davidica,
regna reclude caelica,
fac iter tutum superum,
et claude vias inferum.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

Veni, veni O Oriens,
solare nos adveniens,
noctis depelle nebulas,
dirasque mortis tenebras.

Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

Veni, veni, Rex Gentium,
veni, Redemptor omnium,
ut salvas tuos famulos
peccati sibi conscios.


Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.
       Come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that morns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, o come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law,
in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
form ev'ry foe deliver them
that trust Thy mighty power to save,
and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heav'nly home,
make safe the way that leads on high,
that we no more have cause to sigh.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night
and death's dark shadow put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Desire of the nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid every strife and quarrel cease
and fill the world with heaven's peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

The lyrics of this hymn in its current setup is brought to you courtesy of http://www.fisheaters.com/hymns.html#veniveniemmanuel

Today, Historically Speaking...

     First of all, I want to apologize to all of my loyal readers (not very many of them) for not posting a single thing all last week.  I must say that it was one of those weeks at school where I would come home and want to just veg.  Today's post is dedicated to today and the events of history on this day.  I am just going to touch briefly on a few events that I find very interesting and to do this, I am going to go in chronological order.

     On this day in 1862, General Ambrose Burnside called for an attack of General Lee's troops at Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Burnside's men started off the day doing well, but poor logistics (a necessary pontoon bridge was not built for several days) gave Lee's men the opportunity to dig in behind a stonewall and have the higher ground.  Burnside decided to attack anyway and lost just over 12,000 men in doing so.  The following month, President Lincoln would replace Burnside with Joseph Hooker, who would eventually be replaced by George Meade later in 1863.

     On this day in 1937, an atrocious event occurred on mainland China at the hands of the militaristic regime of the Japanese.  Please note that this is 4 years before the Japanese would attack American naval forces at Pearl Harbor.  The capital of China at this time was Nanking and it was captured by the Japanese.  To break the spirit of the Chinese, Japanese General Matsui Iwane ordered the city to be destroyed.  This destruction would be known as the Rape of Nanking.  Japanese troops ultimately ignored the outcome of the third Geneva Convention.  General Iwane's troops killed 150,000 male "war prisoners" and 50,000 more civilians.  Also, at least 20,000 Chinese females of all ages were raped and many were either mutilated or killed.  The truth came to light, as it did at Nuremberg with the Nazis, and General Matsui Iwane was found guilty of war crimes and was eventually executed.

     On this day in 2000, two events would coincidentally take place.  One event involves George W. Bush, and the other event involves his home state of Texas.  Following the results of the 2000 presidential election, legal issues arose from the debate concerning the voting results from the state of Florida.  Ultimately, Al Gore would concede defeat to George W., and the son of the 41st President would become the 43rd President of the United States.  In "G Dub's" home state of Texas, seven convicted felons escaped from a maximum security prison.  The media named these men the "Texas Seven" and the manhunt took for six weeks.  What I find more interesting, than the fact that it happened the same day that Gore conceded defeat, is that it seems that it "could be" the inspiration for the television show Prison Break.

     The last event on this day happened in 2003.  This man had been on the run for nine months and on this fateful day, he was finally caught.  This man was Saddam Hussein.  He was found in a covered hole nine miles outside of his hometown of Tikrit, Iraq.  He was executed by hanging three years later.


Source of information: 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/texts/doc_geneva_con.html

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kevin From Norman 12.1.2010

Thursday Thirteen #6: Favorite Big 12 Memories

     This coming Saturday is the Big 12 Championship in Arlington, TX featuring Oklahoma and Nebraska.  In honor of this historical event between two historical teams, here are my favorite 13 memories of Oklahoma football in the Big 12 Conference.

1. January 3, 2001 - Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2

OU endzone, left of the uprights, four rows behind the Pride...my brother and I.
















2.  October 7, 2000 - Oklahoma 63, Texas 14

First OU/Texas game, cold, rainy...President Boren canceled class the following Monday.

"Like cattle that go down in the valley, the Spirit of the LORD gave them rest." - Isaiah 63:14

3.  October 28, 2000 - Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14

The picture speaks for itself.


















4.  September 1, 2001 - Oklahoma 44, Air Force 3

His name is Jeff Ferguson.  Start at 2 min 30 sec and watch until 3 min. You'll see what I'm talking about.



5.  October 6, 2001 - Oklahoma 14, Texas 3

Soon after, he was nicknamed Superman.


The picture is terrific, but it is so much better in motion...



6.  October 11, 2003 - Oklahoma 65, Texas 13

Jason White, Tommie Harris, Mark Clayton among others...oh yeah, Vince Young's Frosh year.



7.  November 8, 2003 - Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0

The epitome of "no mercy."



8.  September 4, 2004 - Oklahoma 40, Bowling Green 24

First game of the season, first game of his career, he can run All Day.



9.  August 3, 2006

In order to keep a tree healthy, the branches that do not bear fruit need to be cut off.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2537332

10.  September 1, 2007 - Oklahoma 79, North Texas 10

The Oklahoma debut of Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray...'nuff said.
















 11.  2008 Season

Sam Bradford wins the Heisman, OU scores 50+ points in 9 of 14 games with 5 consecutive 60+ points scored.

12.  November 27, 2010 - Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41

Oklahoma's 8th consecutive win against the Cowboys.

13.  December 4, 2010 - Oklahoma 23,  Nebraska 20

Oklahoma beats longtime rival Nebraska for 7th Big 12 championship, most all-time and very last one.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/photos?gameId=303380158&photoId=997955#photo_997955

BOOMER SOONER!!!

Source of pictures:
-http://www.rsok.com/~jrm/OU_2001/Orange_Bowl_Touchdown.jpg

-http://wildwoodmark.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/roy-williams-superman.jpg?w=299&h=400

-http://cdn.bleacherreport.com/images_root/image_pictures/0120/0549/56008091321_oklahoma_v_washingt_crop_340x234.jpg