Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Marc Martel - Somebody to Love

Queen's Roger Taylor launched a North American talent search that offers vocalists and musicians the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza, which is a live touring show celebrating and paying tribute to the songs, style and vision of the band Queen.  Many auditions came in, but this video below stands out.

Marc Martel states that he has had no formal training and a knack for mimicry.  Martel stated, “I’ve been in a band full-time over the past ten years (called Downhere) and it’s been a pretty great time with my best friends. But as far as 2012, our touring schedule is looking kind of sparse. A friend of mine emailed me the link to the Queen Extravaganza and I thought ‘I don’t know if I have the strength to not do this.’ As it stands right now, my schedule is pretty open – I don’t know if there’s money or not but my wife said ‘This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.’”

With no expectations, Martel decided to sing the song simply and without theatrics.  Martel’s band, by the way, is a Christian rock band.  I'm rooting for him to make it big some day.

The story of an atheist

An atheist was walking through the woods.
"What majestic trees!  What powerful rivers!  What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could up the path.
He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him….He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer.  He tripped and fell on the ground.  He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.  At that instant, the atheist cried out:

"Oh my God!"
Time stopped.  The bear froze.  The forest was silent.  As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky: "You deny My existence for all these years, teach others I don’t exist, and even credit creation to cosmic accident.  Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian?"  "Very well," said the voice.  The light went out.  The sounds of the forest resumed.  And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke:

"Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen."

Magic Trick Gone Wrong

I remember when I once put on a magic show for my brother's birthday party when I was a little kid.  None of my tricks were working and everything was going horribly wrong.  At least the end result was not as bad as these two kids.......

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fulton Sheen on Atheism

If you are familiar with my previous posts, you probably know already that I have a great admiration for G.K. Chesterton.  In my opinion, he was the best writer of the 20th century.  But who was the greatest speaker of the 20th century?  I think it would be hard to argue against Fulton Sheen.  Above is an audio clip of Fulton Sheen dealing with atheism.

Sheen was born in El Paso, Illinois in 1895. After his family moved to Peoria, Illinois, Sheen's first role in the Church was as an altar boy at St. Mary's Cathedral. While proving to be a popular professor, Sheen's interests were primarily off-campus. After writing two scholarly books, he began publishing a lengthy list of more or less popular books and articles that would earn him honors and praise throughout the country. In 1928, he went on the “Catholic Hour,” a nationally broadcast radio program. He quickly became the program's most popular preacher and for more than two decades was asked to preach during Lent and at Holy Days. Vast quantities of letters and financial donations poured in on “Catholic Hour” officials whenever Sheen spoke.

Sheen was soon in demand throughout the country and Western Europe as a preacher, retreat leader, and teacher. He preached annually at St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he packed the huge church and received much attention in the press. When, in 1951, the Archdiocese of New York decided to enter the world of television, Sheen was a natural choice to appear on screen. The initial half-hour lectures were broadcast on the tiny Dumont Network, opposite big budget programs by comedian Milton Berle, "Mr. Television," and singer-actor Frank Sinatra. No one gave Sheen a chance to compete effectively. In its second year, Sheen's program "Life Is Worth Living" moved to the ABC Network and had a sponsor, the Admiral Corporation.

Airing opposite NBC's highly popular Milton Berle show on Tuesday nights, Sheen was the only person ever to give "Mr. Television", also known as "Uncle Miltie", a run for his money. Sheen drew as many as 10 million viewers each week.  Sheen and Berle enjoyed a friendly rivalry. Berle is reported to have joked, "We both work for the same boss, 'Sky Chief Supreme'", making reference to a grade of gasoline produced by Texaco, his sponsor. Later, when Sheen won an Emmy, Berle quipped, "He's got better writers - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!" As a take-off on Berle's popular nickname with the public, Sheen once opened his program by saying "Good evening, this is Uncle Fultie." The charismatic Sheen became one of television's earliest and most unlikely superstars, winning an Emmy Award for "Most Outstanding Television Personality" in 1952, appearing on the cover of Time magazine, and entering the "most admired" list of Americans. During his Emmy Award acceptance speech he happily borrowed Berle's line, crediting his four writers - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - for his success.

Sheen often made bold statements against communism and socialism. In 1953, an episode of Life Is Worth Living consisted of a reading of the burial scene from Julius Caesar, with Sheen substituting the names of Stalin, Beria, Malenkov and Vishinsky for Caesar, Cassius, Marc Antony and Brutus. Sheen dramatically stated "Stalin must one day meet his judgment." One week later, Russian dictator Joseph Stalin was dead from a stroke.

Sheen's talks, delivered in the full regalia of a bishop, were masterful. He worked on each presentation for 35 hours, delivering it in Italian and French to clarify his thoughts before going on television. He at no time used notes or cue cards, and always ended on time. The set was a study with a desk, a few chairs, and some books; the only prop was a blackboard. A four-foot statue of Madonna and Child on a pedestal was clearly visible. Sheen's humor, charm, intelligence, and considerable acting skill radiated throughout the "Life Is Worth Living" series, captivating millions eager to hear Christian answers to life's common problems.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen died in 1979 at the age of 84. Now, decades later, the Catholic world is beginning to look at him again, not just because he was a great orator and communicator, but because his public evangelising helps us understand how to face the serious situation in which the Church finds herself today, in an increasingly secularised society.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Soaking in a fudge tub

How to Make a Chocolate Bubble Bath - wikiHow

This is a great idea!! Although it probably would not be a good idea in our bath tub since it might clog up the jets.....