Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Farewell Toast

This seemed like an appropriate time to bid 2007 a fond farewell and wish all of you a very, very happy new year.

You know, when I was young I always thought that family was defined solely as blood relatives; however the more I live the more I realize that 'family' extends far beyond this small sphere. Family is the close friends God has brought into our lives, those who share that special bond in our in the hearts. Family enriches life, and I am so grateful to all of these individuals for their support, encouragement, and friendship. I offer a toast of appreciation to my family and friends...Happy 2008!!

Sabrina Fair


Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph
that liv'st unseenWithin thy airy shell
By slow Meander's margent green,
And in the violet-imbroider'd vale
Where the love-lorn nightingale
Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well:
Canst thou not tell me of a gentle pair
That likest thy Narcissus are?
O if thou have
Hid them in some flow'ry cave,
Tell me but whereSweet Queen of Parley,
Daughter of the Sphere,
So mayst thou be translated to the skies,
And give resounding grace to all heav'ns harmonies.

Sabrina fair
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair;
Listen for dear honour's sake,
Goddess of the silver lake,
Listen and save.

Listen and appear to us
In name of great Oceanus,
By the earth-shaking Neptune's mace,
And Tethys' grave majestic pace;
By hoary Nereus' wrinkled look,
And the Carpathian wizard's hook;
By scaly Triton's winding shell,
And old soothsaying Glaucus' spell;
By Leucothea's lovely hands,
And her son that rules the strands;
By Thetis' tinsel-slipper'd feet,
And the songs of Sirens sweet;
By dead Parthenope's dear tomb,
And fair Ligea's golden comb,
Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks
Sleeking her soft alluring locks;
By all the nymphs that nightly dance
Upon thy streams with wily glance,
Rise, rise, and heave thy rosy head
From thy coral-pav'n bed,
nd bridle in thy headlong wave,
Till thou our summons answer'd have.
Listen and save.

Sabrina rises, attended by water-nymphs, and sings

By the rushy-fringed bank,
Where grows the willow and the osier dank,
My sliding chariot stays,
Thick set with agate, and the azurn sheen
Of turkis blue, and em'rald green
That in the channel strays,
Whilst from off the waters fleet
Thus I set my printless feet
O'er the cowslip's velvet head,
That bends not as I tread;
Gentle swain at thy request
I am here.

-John Milton

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Returning from exile

Well, hello again. I realized it’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted anything truly substantial. In retrospect, I can use this as a gauge to how busy my life has been. Busy!!! Not having time to post means I’ve been in academic exile for what feels like forever. But the hard work has paid off…Last Wednesday I successfully defended my thesis prospectus!!!! A lot of time and energy went into those twelve pages, and even though the real work begins now, I’m still excited it went so well. I was fully prepared to be challenged in certain areas and instead, the entire ordeal lasted less than forty-five minutes. In a way, the defense was invigorating and hopefully, my last one will be too.

Friday, November 9, 2007


"Music at its best is not in need of novelty; indeed, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the stronger its effect."


Monday, October 8, 2007


I am immersed in war. I study WWII from the German/European perspective, the U.S. Pacific Theatre, history of the El Toro MCAS, the Holocaust, interview women who grew up during the Third Reich... Is this strange to anyone? This is literally the only thing I read about. And I love it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Repeating History

Click on the picture to read the text
We cannot, we must not, ever forget what happened in Europe over 60 years ago, because it could happen again. Anyone, any group, could be the target. It has been said that those who refuse to study history are doomed to repeat it. In this case, those who are attempting to rewrite history are probably planning to repeat it! The hatred is already there, in place, taught to the children from infancy, with promises of glory and honor to those who carry out the plans. Forewarned is forearmed.

In Memoriam: It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russia peoples looking the other way! Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be "a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

The Islamic extremists are bent on the same thing that Hitler and Stalin were. The conquest of the world and the destruction of anyone who doesn't believe the way they do. The rest of the Muslims who say or do nothing about them are as guilty as the extremist.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Find Your Wings

I love dreams, and I love to dream. I always have ideas for the future: something I will do, see, experience, marvel at...and the list goes on. Dreams are an integral part of where I am going. Dreams are an inspirational, almost tangible force that help me hold fast during times when I am overwhelmed or seemingly can't find my way. Dreams remind me what is possible and what I have yet to achieve.

I heard this song for the first time this morning, and it reminded me why I so love dreams. Why I call this blog "Little Dreamer." A reminder to look to the amazing future God has in store, yet fully experience all life brings day to day. It is only then that we will truly live life to the full.

It's only for a moment you are mine to hold
The plans that heaven has for you
Will all too quickly unfold
So many different prayers
I'll pray For all that you might do
But most of all I'll want to know
You're walking in the truth
And If I never told you
I want you to know
As I watch you grow

Chorus: ** I love the chorus and following verse**
I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things
I'm here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings

May passion be the wind
That leads you through your days
And may conviction keep you strong
Guide you on your way
May there be many moments
That make your life so sweet
Oh, but more than memories


It's not living if you don't reach for the sky
I'll have tears as you take off
But I'll cheer as you fly



With regards to the passing of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, I was compelled to listen to my recording of Nessun Dorma. This aria never fails to move me. It elicits such intense passion and beauty, two characteristics that define why I fell in love with Puccini’s work. The music swells in a never ending expression of joyous ecstasy, and each time I listen I find creative inspiration and emotions swell inside which I cannot explain.

Despite the beauty of the Italian verses, I decided to look up an English translation which I have posted below.

The Prince:
No one shall sleep! ... No one shall sleep!
Even you, O Princess, in your cold room, watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know ...
No! ... No!... On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine! ...
The Chorus of women:
No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.
The Prince:
Vanish, O night! Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win!
I will win! I will win!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Merely because I feel like sharing, I'm having a hard time concentrating on homework this evening. I feel like I've taken care of so many misc details that I need a break, and I have yet to read a page in Tosh's Pursuit of History. Yikes!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nothing Earth Shattering

With one week until the fall semester begins, I find that I have just begun to truly relax. It has taken the entire summer to reach this point where I am enjoying the little things and allowing myself to focus on something other than the pressing details or to do list. Why did it have to take so long?!!!

It’s been a while since I have posted on a regular basis. Life has been busy, and I seem to have the idea that if I don’t have something substantial to say then I might as well not write anything at all. However, I decided that even if my post is not earth shattering there’s no reason why I can’t share a random quote, musing, or any other little tidbit of information. Hopefully, I can contribute on somewhat of a regular basis…which would afford a nice respite from the rigors of graduate school.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Wedding Memories

Congratulations to Christina & Peter!!!!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2007


I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. W.B. Yeats

Saturday, February 24, 2007

It's That Time of Year Again

Yeah!! It’s almost time for one of my favorite times of the year. (I am hearing Johnny Mathis voice in my head, "It's the most wondeful time of the year...") Yes, I am passionate about film and am an absolute sucker for the Oscars. In 1983 the Oscars were held on a Monday night, and I made my entrance into this world exactly ten minutes after midnight on Tuesday morning. Given my love of movies, I have always thought there was something prophetic about this connection!! Perhaps, one day I will have the opportunity to grace the stage of the Kodak and wow everyone with an amazing acceptance speech...ah, one can dream. (Isn't this poster amazing?! I am having way too much fun finding quotes from movies I've seen!)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Predicted Winner: Eddie Murphy
If I was voting: Mark Walhberg. Though I haven’t seen the movie, I have heard Wahlberg’s performance was a showstopper.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Predicted Winner: Jennifer Hudson
If I was voting: Jennifer Hudson

Predicted Winner: Forest Whitaker
If I was voting: Peter O’Toole. After decades in the acting profession, he definitely deserves a little gold guy.

Predicted Winner: Helen Mirren
If I was voting: Meryl is my all-time favorite actress, and I would love to see her win another Oscar. Not to mention, she made The Devil Wears Prada.

Predicted Winner: Martin Scorsese – he definitely deserves at least one Oscar on his shelf.
If I was voting: Paul Greengrass or Clint Eastwood. Paul’s movie truly transcended the screen and gave me one of the most emotional movie going experiences of my life. And then there’s the incomparable Clint Eastwood…I just love his style.

Predicted Winner: Babel
If I was voting: The Queen

Pride and Perservence

This morning I attended a board break-a-thon at my brothers Tae Kwon Do school, and for the first time in a very long time I was truly impressed with what I saw. To explain, after eleven years of going to testing after testing, countless promotions, and watching numerous demonstrations, I must admit I became accustomed to the various martial artist feats and the more I know about Tae Kwon Do, the more it takes to 'wow' me. (my brothers are, naturally, excluded exceeding my expectations on countless occasions) Yet, for almost an hour I watched one martial artist after another challenge themselves to break a pre-determined number of boards in under three minutes. While this may seem like an easy task, it quickly became apparent it wasn't. The concentration, speed, and timing involved in breaking each board took a great deal of energy, and I was so proud of the perseverance evident in my brothers (and entire school) to stick it out to the end and not give up. I could tell when they had exhausted their energy reserve, yet they chose to not give up and reach their goals. Way to go guys!

On a side note: I have never seen so much broken wood in one place in my life!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Here's To You!

I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to my best friend Christina and her fiancé Peter on their engagement!! For the past year I have watched them both grow in their love for each other and with the Lord. I look forward to expanding my family and welcome another brother into the fold. Here's to the future Mr. and Mrs. Wagenet!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Living Water

I read these scriptures this morning and thought they were so perfect I wanted to share:

2 Corinthians 12:9 -- "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness...'" and the end of verse 10 says, "...For when I am weak, then I am strong."

God knew I needed this encouragement at this moment!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Love is passion...

This quote from Meet Joe Black is one of my favorite quotes from cinema. I find it beautifully worded and very poignant.

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.

Fun & Fancy Free

Well spoken Fred Astaire! This lyric from one of his songs perfectly captures how I have been feeling during the past few weeks. Life without academic pressures is more wonderful than I possibly imagined, and though I have been a college student for 5 and 1/2 years, the breaks grow sweeter with each passing year. (where as the classes seem to have the oppostite effect) I have been seriously praying about the upcoming semester; for peace and that it will be easier than the fall. I have such a strong desire to have a life outside of school, and with family, friends, & church there is plenty to occupy my time when not confined to academic exile. With God, I know there IS a way, and He will show me how to best manage my time.