Hospital Window

Narration was published in YouTube on the 23rd of February 2018

Hospital Window (Narration by JellSoL) 

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Here is the text of the story (by an unknown writer) that I narrated:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for these one-hour adventures where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all these in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the delightful and beautiful scenes.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for the men only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

The World’s Youngest Boxer

A WBO Champ Candidate

Published in our YouTube Channel on 8th of February 2018

Boxing must have grown to be the number one sports in the Philippines since the Filipinos’ national punch Manny Pacquiao held most of the world’s boxing titles for quite a long time.  His success has motivated not only beginning boxers, but also inspired parents to train their children to become like him in the near future.

Children always benefit more when they get trained really young.  Different brain research output have expounded on the significance of meaningfully scheduled repetition or reiteration of skills and concepts to build children’s memory and proficiency in applying them for practical or aesthetic reasons.  When their common sense gets shaped, they are already provided with a strong foundation and could easily achieve mastery even at a young age.  This is the rationale behind this short clip we are sharing here in ThruPages: http://goo.gl/mYfaVJ.

Part of this three-month old baby’s morning exercise is to throw punches and even some well-aimed kicks!  Is she not adorable in this presentation?!  For entertainment reasons, we provided the warning in the introduction.  We hope that you pardon us for any misinterpretation and/or inconvenience we might have caused you.  Our main intention is to make you smile and find more reasons to say that this life is still beautiful no matter how challenging some days can become.  We hope to have achieved this aim.

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P.S. Need relaxing music to lull your little one to sleep, please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKD3D….

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

A Lyric Video by JellSoL Published in YouTube on 16th of February 2018

 

ThruPages hopes that you will find this video useful as a piano cover. Please feel free to use this as your accompaniment when you wish to sing this song or use the melody of this hopeful narrative verse by Ed Sheeran as background to your presentations. Playing Perfect on a Casio Privia and applying some editing techniques, have made producing this video possible. The audio mimics live performance and should be clear and crisp enough for general playback.

For more piano covers by JellSoL, please visit her playlist in her YouTube Channel – ThruPages.

Here is the lyrics (a short story) of the song:

I found a love for me. / Darling, just dive right in and follow my lead. / Well, I found a girl; beautiful and sweet. / Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me.

‘Cause we were just kids when we fell in love; / not knowing what it was. / I will not give you up this time. / Darling, just kiss me slow. / Your heart is all I own / and in your eyes you’re holding mine.

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark / with you between my arms, / barefoot on the grass, / listening to our favourite song. / When you said you looked a mess, / I whispered underneath my breath, / but you heard it, / “Darling, you look perfect tonight.”

Well, I found a woman stronger than anyone I know. / She shares my dreams; I hope that someday, I’ll share her home. / I found a love to carry more than just my secrets, / to carry love, to carry children of our own.

We are still kids but we’re so in love, / fighting against all odds. / I know we’ll be alright this time. / Darling, just hold my hand. / Be my girl; I’ll be your man. / I see my future in your eyes.

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark / with you between my arms, / barefoot on the grass, / listening to our favourite song. / When I saw you in that dress / looking so beautiful, / I don’t deserve this. / Darling, you look perfect tonight.

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark / with you between my arms, / barefoot on the grass, / listening to our favourite song. / I have faith in what I see. / Now, I know I have met an angel in person / and she looks perfect. / I don’t deserve this. / You look perfect tonight.

Origin

by Dan Brown (Doubleday, 2017)

Here are very interesting lines from this gripping novel:

* … had been an insatiable bibliophile—reading everything in sight.

* Well, science and religion are not competitors, they’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There’s room in this world for both.

Everyone respects those who live by a code.

* No decisions. No culpability. Just action. After a career of giving commands, it was a relief to relinquish the helm and let others steer this ship.

* Righteousness exists in many forms.

* … museum air was the same worldwide—filtered meticulously of all particulates and oxidants and then moistened with ionized water to 45 percent humidity.

* I hope Ludwig van Beethoven gets his cut… fairly certain that the original inventor of bone conduction technology was the eighteenth-century composer who, upon going deaf, discovered he could affix a metal rod to his piano and bite down on it while he played, enabling him to hear perfectly through vibrations in his jawbone.

* … a reminder from God that humankind was not meant to understand all things.

* Nostradamus wrote nearly a thousand loosely worded quatrains that, over four centuries, have benefited from the creative readings of superstitious people looking to extract meaning where there is none.

* Where do we come from? Where are we going? Human creation and human destiny They are the universal mysteries.

* Scientists and spiritualists often use different vocabularies to describe the exact same mysteries of the universe. The conflicts are frequently over semantics, not substance.

* You do know that sometimes honesty is not the best policy?

* It’s called Head On… Ninety-nine wolves racing blindly into a wall to symbolize a herd mentality, a lack of courage in diverging from the norm.

* Five hundred dollars at an electronics store… being one of several Harvard professors who now used portable cell-jamming technology to render their lecture halls “dead zones” and keep students off their devices during class.

* Spiritual beliefs are etched deeply on our psyches at a young age by those we love and trust most—our parents, our teachers, our religious leaders. Therefore, any religious shifts occur over generations, and not without great angst, and often bloodshed.

* If we could look into the human mind and read its operating system, we would find something like this: DESPISE CHAOS. CREATE ORDER.

* And because not every religion offers the same answers, entire cultures end up warring over whose answers are correct, and which version of God’s story is the One True Story.

* But faith… by its very definition, requires placing your trust in something that is unseeable and indefinable, accepting as fact something for which there exists no empirical evidence. 

* … faith always survives, even in the face of great hardship.

* Fake news now carries as much weight as real news.

* Infinite Hallway… imagine yourself walking down a long hallway—a corridor so long that it’s impossible to see where you came from or where you’re going. Then, behind you in the distance… you hear the sound of a bouncing ball. Sure enough, when you turn, you see a ball bouncing toward you. It is bouncing closer and closer, until it finally bounces past you, and just keeps going, bouncing into the distance and out of sight… The question is: Why is it bouncing? How did it start bouncing? Did someone kick it? Is it a special ball that simply enjoys bouncing? Are the laws of physics in this hallway such that the ball has no choice but to bounce forever? … Just like in evolution. we cannot see far enough into the past to know how the process began… All we can do is observe that it is happening.

* … humans, despite being God’s most sublime creation, were still just animals at the core, their behavior driven to a great extent by a quest for creature comforts. We comfort our physical bodies in hopes our souls will follow.

* [I] had always believed in the importance of responsible journalism as a cornerstone of freedom and democracy… disappointed by journalists who incited controversy by broadcasting ideas that were patently absurd—all the while avoiding legal repercussions by simply turning every ludicrous statement into a leading question.

* Men plan, and God laughs.

* Churchill: You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something!

* Antoni Gaudi: Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first. Originality consists of returning to the origin.

* Newton’s Third Law of Child Rearing: For every lunacy, there is an equal and opposite lunacy.

* Nietzche: Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.

* … that in some cases forgiveness can be dangerous When we forgive evil in the world, we are giving evil permission to grow and spread. When we respond to an act of war with an act of mercy, we are encouraging our enemies to commit further acts of violence. There comes a time when we must do as Jesus did and forcefully throw over the money tables, shouting: ‘This will not stand!’

* All I am saying is that if there is a divine force behind the universe…

* The most self-righteous in life become the most fearful in death.

* Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully… Your conscience will be your guide. When life is dark, let your heart show you the way.

* There has never been an intellectual advancement that has not included God.

* Darwin: If we admit a First Cause, the mind still craves to know whence it came and how it arose.

* Churchill: Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

* We are the sum of the interactions taking place within the mechanism.

* This is entropy at work. Waves never crash onto beaches and deposit sand in the shape of a sand castle. Entropy dissolves structures.

* We know the universe promotes entropy and disorder… so we may be surprised to see so many examples of molecules organizing themselves… All of these are examples of ‘dissipative structures’—collections of molecules that have arranged themselves in structures that help a system disperse its energy more efficiently.

* To efficiently create chaos requires some order.

* life is an exceptionally effective tool for dissipating energy.

* Where do we come from? — we come from nowhere … and from everywhere.

* … tweening… It’s a computer animation shortcut in which an artist asks a computer to generate the intermediate frames between two key images, morphing the first image smoothly into the second image, essentially filling in the gaps. Rather than having to draw every single frame by hand, artists nowadays can draw a few of the key frames… and then ask the computer to take its best guess at the intermediary steps and fill in the rest…

* New species of technology are being born daily, evolving at a blinding rate, and each new technology becomes a tool to create other new technologies. The invention of the computer has helped us build astonishing new tools, from smartphones to spaceships to robotic surgeons. We are witnessing a burst of innovation that is happening faster than our minds can comprehend. And we are the creators of this new kingdom—the Technium.

* Human beings are evolving into something different… We are becoming a hybrid species—a fusion of biology and technology.  The same tools that today live outside our bodies—in fifty years will be incorporated into our bodies…

* We are now perched on a strange cusp of history… a time when the world feels like it’s been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always a precursor to sweeping change; transformation is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness.

* As we move into an undefined tomorrow… we will transform ourselves into something greater than we can yet imagine, with powers beyond our wildest dreams. And as we do, may we never forget the wisdom of Churchill, who warned us: ‘The price of greatness … is responsibility.’

* I ask your indulgence in allowing me to read you a prayer… Prayer for the future… May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change… And dare I say… Godspeed.

* There is nothing more damaging for children than the loss of hope.

* My faith will never die… It dwells beyond your realm of science.

* If the prophecy about technology’s takeover were true, humanity was about to enter a period of almost unimaginable ethical ambiguity. We will need faith and moral guidance now more than ever.

* … a benevolent Creator designed the universe specifically to support life.

* Religious communities cooperate better than nonreligious communities and therefore flourish more readily.  This is a scientific fact!

* Anthropological data clearly showed that cultures practicing religions historically had outlived non-religious cultures.  Fear of being judged by a omniscient deity always helps inspire benevolent behavior.

* History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.

* Love is from another realm.  We cannot manufacture it on demand.  Nor can we subdue it when it appears.  Love is not our choice to make.

* Jorge Santayana: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

* … that tyranny and oppression are no match for compassion… that the fanatical shouts of the bullies of the world are invariably silenced by the unified voices of decency that rise up to meet them.

* Ever since I was a child, I’ve had the gut sense that there’s a consciousness behind the universe.  When I witness the precision of mathematics, the reliability of physics, and the symmetries of the cosmos, I don’t feel like I’m observing cold science; I feel as if I’m seeing a living footprint … the shadow of some greater force that is just beyond our grasp.

* True or False? I + XI = X.  View the equation from the other end of the screen.  Sometimes, all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.

* Love is not a finite emotion.  We don’t have only so much to share.  Our hearts create love as we need it… It can be generated spontaneously out of nothing at all.

* Dialogue is always more important than consensus.

* … nothing blurred ethical lines faster than human greed.

Tongue Twisters for Singing

Tongue twisters are a fantastic tool that you can use to establish good articulation (so the audience can clearly hear your lyrics) and to help warm up your tongue, lips and mouth before you sing.  They also assist with the development of tongue muscle memory for particular vowel sounds.  For example, if you speak English as a second language and some English consonants are left out of your native vocabulary then tongue twisters can help you.  Here are five super effective tongue twisters that you can add to your singing practice:

(1) To assist with R and L sounds: Red letter, yellow letter, red letter, yellow letter, red letter, yellow letter

(2) To assist the tongue moving from the front of the lips to the soft palate and back again: A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot

(3) To move your lips from an “O” shape to a flatter “A” shape: Wayde went to Wales to watch wrens riot.

(4) To assist with forward tongue placement: I am not a pheasant plucker. I’m a pheasant plucker’s son, but I’ll be plucking pheasants when the pheasant plucker’s gone.

(5) To exercise the soft palate and back of the mouth: Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks

Make sure you can pronounce each tongue twister properly first, then repeat it over and over and speed up as you improve.

Consider including tongue twisters into your vocal practice as frequently as possible to ensure that your articulation is super clear.

Thank you, for this resource: Milan, N. (2014). Five effective tongue twisters for singers. Singers’ Secret. Retrieved from http://singerssecret.com/tongue-twisters-for-singers/

The White Rose

The White Rose

by Amy Ewing (HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015)

  • We all have things we are ashamed of.
  • It’s not the outside of these circles that count.  They have hidden hearts, all of them.
  • If I can do anything to make a single life even a little better, isn’t that worth it?
  • Everything in this world has a life inside it.  Everything is connected.  Human beings, we think we’re so special because we can talk and think, as if having a mouth is the only way to speak, or having a brain is the only way to think.
  • … just a pack of idealistic morons, and we’ll live like cockroaches under a rock for the rest of our damned lives.
  • Nature is unselfish.  It only wishes to survive…  Nature is always searching for balance.
  • She wants someone to care about her, to like her best.  Her own mother refused to stay alive for her.  Those sorts of scars don’t heal easily.

The Jewel

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by Amy Ewing
HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

* I love sunrises, even more than sunsets.  There’s something so exciting about the world coming to life in a thousand colors.

* Once to see it as it is.  Twice to see it in your mind.  Thrice to bend it to your will.

* I am so glad I get this tiny sl​​ice of time…  I get this one last moment with my sister.

* There is so much love around this table that it is tangible – a real, pulsing, living thing.

* A good meal could ease a troubled heart.

* Getting old is a terrible thing.

* Title does not protect you from everything.

* Men cannot be trusted.  You are lucky you will never have to discover that for yourself.

* Hope is a precious thing…  And yet, we don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.

* I know the pain of obeying an order that every part of you screams to resist.

* Greatness is never achieved easily.

* It would be easier if I could hate you.  But the sad truth is, I will more likely love you for the rest of my life.

* The power to choose comes with a price.