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Monday, June 27, 2005 AD
Goostly Psalmes
Contrary to popular belief (or at least to the belief that was popular at lunch yesterday), this recording is still in print, or back in print, or available, at any rate. I found it at Books on the Path.

Yipes! When I looked on Amazon, I learned that "Goostly Psalmes" was re-released as "Early American Choral Music, Vol. 2," which is only $6.98. It probably doesn't have the extensive liner notes and complete lyrics, but for a difference of $14 or more, get a pen and transcribe the words as you listen. Oh, wait...you don't even have to do that. The lyrics are downloadable from the publisher's website.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/27/2005 08:34:00 PM • Permalink
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We're Fay-muss!
Both Mr. Gallant and I are featured in the latest PsalmCast from John Owen Butler. My recording is really low-quality, as usual, but John still wanted it, so blame him! I especially like the way my voice breaks on the word "broken." :-
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/27/2005 07:55:00 PM • Permalink
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 AD
Ohhhh...That Charles!
A lunch today I was greeted by our NSA contingent with, "We have a question: Are you Kyriosity?" Turns out that one of their number is none other than Triumvir Charles. I don't think I can grant The High Post beyond-gnostic acquaintanceship status quite yet, though, considering I've only met one of the three, and not the one who does the lion's share of the posting. Still, it was a pleasant surprise to meet yet another online acquaintance in the flesh. I even learned Charles's Deep, Dark, Shameful Secret: the poor guy has never seen "The Princess Bride." Nor had another one of the fellows. I thought NSA was in the business of providing a fine education, yet here are these two with such an egregious gap in fundamental knowledge. Tsk, tsk!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/26/2005 09:29:00 PM • Permalink
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Saturday, June 25, 2005 AD
Countdown
If you look way down on the left under my bio, you'll find I've changed my sitemeter style as I begin the countdown to my 100,000th visitor. Or would that be the countup? Anyway, it's not really accurate -- I didn't install Sitemeter 'til three months after I started blogging, so I'm sure I really hit 100,000 a while ago. But it's still fun to count down (or up), so I thought I'd do so publicly. Perhaps it will create some interest and keep you all visiting, since heaven knows I haven't written much lately to justify your continued readership!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/25/2005 04:20:00 PM • Permalink
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Friday, June 24, 2005 AD
I've Evolved Again
I now appear to be a large mammal.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/24/2005 02:03:00 PM • Permalink
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 AD
Crime
A woman on the next street over from my house was robbed at knifepoint at 8 p.m. (still light out) on her front porch one evening last week. Just got an e-mail that a woman in my former church was robbed at gunpoint a couple weeks ago at 2 a.m. when she was returning home from work. As my mother says, "Are you sure you don't want to get out of the city and move up here?" Sometimes I'm not so sure. But until somebody plants a good church within an hour's drive of mom's house, I'm not likely to be tempted. There are worse things to risk than being a crime victim, and if you'll pardon a little bit of gnosticism, I'm more concerned with the safety of my soul than with the safety of my body.

Man...things are crazy around here today! On that same street, there were cars flying everywhere a couple minutes ago and there's a helicopter circling right above the street. They are clearly chasing somebody...I can hear a loudspeaker or something saying "They're going northbound on P----, into the treeline." Hmmm...you think maybe this would be a good time to make sure my doors are locked?

Now the chopper is making a wider circle, which encompasses my house. I did lock the front door (the back was already locked) and gave thanks that I now have windows that open, so I can still have some air.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/22/2005 07:50:00 AM • Permalink
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Well-Named Ladies
First, I am highly eager to know how the closing on Valerie J.'s house went yesterday. Hope she posts soon!

Second, Valerie (BBG) is such a sweetie! She has -- via a dial-up connection, no less! -- let me e-mail her the song file I mentioned the other day, and then uploaded it to her site for hosting. Here's the MP3 file, and here are the lyrics:
Great Physician (February 1997)

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul

O Great Physician, I am wounded, I am broken,
I am needy for a token of Your love for me.
O Great Physician, with a word so sweetly spoken,
You have my soul awoken from its sin-sick sleep.

When I --- see the sickness of my sin,
I --- turn to You for grace and then
I --- find that I've already been forgiven.
So I --- lift my voice to You and sing
Thanks --- giving for the love You bring
You --- come with mercy in Your wings
To heal my sin-sick soul

O Great Physician, when I fall before You, kneeling
Hoping that my depth of feeling's
Equal to my shame
O Great Physician, there's no need for all my dealing
All I need to get Your healing
Is to speak Your name

When I --- see the sickness of my sin,
I --- turn to You for grace and then
I --- find that I've already been forgiven.
So I --- lift my voice to You and sing
Thanks --- giving for the love You bring
You --- come with mercy in Your wings
To heal my sin-sick soul

O Great Physician, when I look at my surroundings
At the sickness that's abounding
In my fallen race
O Great Physician, I can hear Your voice resounding
With a love that is astounding:
"Come receive My grace!"

When You --- see the sickness of our sin,
You --- come to us with grace and then
We --- find find how freely we have been forgiven.
With our --- voices raised to You we sing
Thanks --- giving for the love You bring
You've --- come with mercy in Your wings
To heal our sin-sick souls

There is a balm --- in Gilead....
Thanks again, Tocaya!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/22/2005 07:03:00 AM • Permalink
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Sunday, June 19, 2005 AD
Yay! Babies! Yay!
Congrats to Amy and Greg on the expectation of their next blessing in February. Five kids?! Don't they know what causes that?! Well...it ain't rocket science! ;-)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/19/2005 09:28:00 PM • Permalink
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Saturday, June 18, 2005 AD
I Recorded a Song for Y'all
Tim's recent doings have inspired me, so I downloaded Audacity and did a simple, rough, one-track recording of a song I wrote in '97. Unfortunately, I realized I have no way of uploading it, and therefore no way of sharing it with you. So that was rather a waste of time, eh? Someday, someday I will have my very own functional computer again! Of course if somebody could recommend a freebie file-sharing site that can handle a 3MB MP3, I could give that a whirl....
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/18/2005 07:15:00 PM • Permalink
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Simple, but Neat Idea
[T]he practice I saw yesterday is just the completion of the Puritan catchphrases we so often utilize. "We are the choir." ... When I was a reformed Baptist we used to constantly argue against using choirs on the grounds that it violated the Regulative Principle. I now think that bad, unprepared singing does as well. ... At the close of the service the congregation hangs around an extra 10-15 minutes and works on one new hymn a week. ... After a year the church has 50+ hymns down and they are sung well. Now you are the choir. At least a choir that is seeking to be fit for presentation to a king.

I think we sing real purdy (it would seem, however, that we cannot type worth diddly!) at CREC. We have a number of folks who are pretty well trained in choral singing, and the rest of the congregation can hang onto their coattails for the ride. I'm a slacker. I should learn the alto parts to more hymns and Psalms, but it's easier to just keep singing soprano. Our contingent of NSA guys (and one gal) is here for the summer, and their harmonizing voices add a wonderful extra oomph to our singing.

Alas, we have no piano for the nonce. The school where we meet had kept a piano in the room we use, but it disappeared without notice two Sundays ago. We just sang a capella the first week, and then someone brought in a keyboaard last week. I confess, I prefer the a capella to the keyboard. We're worshiping and picnicking at the beach tomorrow, so it'll be a capella again. *smile*
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/18/2005 02:37:00 PM • Permalink
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Hey Fissiped and RedGecko!
Check out this blog post. :-)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/18/2005 09:46:00 AM • Permalink
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Thursday, June 16, 2005 AD
Going for the Gold
Here's the best photo so far from this year's PCA GA.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/16/2005 06:29:00 PM • Permalink
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Words That Should Be Interchangeable
Recipe and pattern. Don't you think? Maybe because I'm forever saying one when I mean the other. At least for crocheting patterns, which are just written instructions like a recipe. I don't think I'd call a sewing pattern a recipe.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/16/2005 02:59:00 PM • Permalink
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A Neat Little Poem for the Young and Young at Heart
A Cave Man
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/16/2005 01:21:00 PM • Permalink
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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 AD
Which Is Better?
A hot shower in cold weather or a cooler shower in hot weather? At the moment I'm inclined to think the latter, but ask me again in about seven months and I might be playing a different tune.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/15/2005 10:20:00 PM • Permalink
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Mmmmmm
Cucumber and tomato sandwiches. I know I could eat them all year round, but they just seem better suited to the warm weather. And of course they would be even better if I'd made bread recently, and if the tomato, so red and promising on the outside, had not turned out to be so pale and disappointing on the inside. Still, they are a Good Thing. And they always remind me of a wonderful week in Gardiner, the town just outside of Yellowstone where my friend Martha was living when I last visited in 1995. I ate cucumber and tomato sandwiches every day, read, drove, hiked, sang, enjoyed Martha and Dan's friendship and hospitality, and was just about as content as a body has a right to be.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/15/2005 10:06:00 PM • Permalink
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Commenting on Old Posts
I've received e-mail notification in the past few days of a couple comments that must be in response to old posts. Please note that Sensus Plenior does not tell me what post a comment relates to, so if the context isn't clear, and it's not in response to a very recent post, I'm going to have no clue what you're talking about or where you're talking about it. Feel free to comment on oldies, but put the date of the post in your comment (and preferably the permalink, too), or I'm afraid you will be wasting your breath...er...pixels.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/15/2005 06:02:00 AM • Permalink
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 AD
Congrats to John and Moriah
Welcome, Aletheia Rose!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/14/2005 03:39:00 AM • Permalink
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Monday, June 13, 2005 AD
Challies June Giveaway

June Giveaway

Click on the banner to enter. (And give me another chance to win, while you're at it!)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/13/2005 09:28:00 PM • Permalink
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Memes
I've been tagged for a few memes in the past few weeks, including twice for the same one by different folks, and just haven't gotten around to them. As you might have noted, there hasn't been much substantive posting around here of late. See previous post for reason that's probably a good idea. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to IvyWoman and TulipGirl and NoBotanicalNameThatI'mAwareofGuy for thinking of me, but I'm going to have to pass.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/13/2005 08:07:00 AM • Permalink
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I Love My Church
Aside from the usual extraordinary blessing of Lord's Day worship, and the usual extraordinary blessing of a fellowship dinner, I was blessed with someone (Eric) waiting with me for three hours for Triple A to show up, someone (Karen) lending me a vehicle while mine is in the shop, and (best of all) someone (Karen again) coming alongside me to hate my sin with a ferocity that strengthens my own hatred of it and gives me hope that I might yet, by the mercies of God, be able to conquer it. The shame of having my sin exposed (in this case, my theivery from my employer by spending inordinate amounts of time online during work hours) is far more bearable than the shame of carrying it alone and unaided. I love my church. And my church loves me. Thanks be to God for making me part of this precious covenant body.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/13/2005 01:52:00 AM • Permalink
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Sunday, June 12, 2005 AD
Exceedingly Diverted
I know that some of my friends are bored with Doug Wilson's "Moscow Diversity Cleansing" series, but must confess I find it exceedingly diverting. Perhaps it is because I no longer own a television, and am thereby getting my fix of comedy or drama (haven't decided yet which it is...perhaps both). The latest howler comes from one of Mr. Wilson's opponents who calls the practice of community members boarding students from New Saint Andrew's College a "lucrative business."

Ah, yes...I remember the halcyon days when my mother rented a room to local college students. More particularly, she rented them my room. I had moved out my junior year, and my mom, who was, for all intents and purposes, a widow trying to make ends meet, got big ol' dollar signs in her eyes and placed an ad with the Towson State housing office. Hoo boy, she started livin' high off the hog then! Got so spoilt that when her 19-year-old ingrate daughter decided that a year away from free room and board was enough, I got stuck sleeping in the basement. She was really raking in the dough in the months when D., the student who lived with us the longest, was broke and couldn't pay his rent. The agreement was for room only -- the students were supposed to get a meal plan at the school -- but mom regularly fed D., and did his laundry, too. And (at no extra charge!) even scolded him for not changing his underwear often enough (which she knew on account of the laundry thing).

Actually, my mom did garner great wealth from this arrangement. She gained another son. D. still calls her "Mom." And she gained a daughter-in-law when D. got married. I suspect it's the same for many families in Moscow who open their homes to NSA students: they gain sons and daughters and brothers and sisters; their children gain uncles and aunties; and they reap the rich rewards of serving Christ through His people. But I somehow doubt that the critics of Christ Church would understand that kind of lucre.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/12/2005 01:31:00 AM • Permalink
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Saturday, June 11, 2005 AD
Wow.
"The Girl of Your Dreams" (Link via Mark H.)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/11/2005 04:40:00 PM • Permalink
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Friday, June 10, 2005 AD
Eureka!!!
I had misplaced a software disk (QuarkXPress upgrade -- about $300) several months ago when my cubicle was moved to a different floor. I hadn't yet installed the software. I had gone through everything several times and couldn't find it. A couple projects I really, really needed it for are due now. It just now reappeared, tucked safely in my stack of scrap paper. Rejoice with me!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/10/2005 04:50:00 PM • Permalink
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Sad News
Pray for Samantha
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/10/2005 08:30:00 AM • Permalink
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Thursday, June 09, 2005 AD
And the Winner Is...
...Ruthanne! Congrats to the Shepherds on the birth of Jalena Pearl. Yay! Babies! Yay!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/09/2005 09:06:00 AM • Permalink
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005 AD
'In Love with Us'
This made me cry.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/07/2005 09:17:00 PM • Permalink
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June 20!
That's the goal date for me to start working at home. We'll do things on a trial basis through the end of July, and if everything is working relatively smoothly, it becomes permanent. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/07/2005 02:52:00 PM • Permalink
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Saturday, June 04, 2005 AD
Once Again, Links from Paulo
Free fonts
How to become an early riser (I don't think this method will work, though, if you don't go to bed 'til 5 a.m.)
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/04/2005 08:47:00 AM • Permalink
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Yeesh, I Need to Be More Attentive
Countdown for Moriah, too, whose due date was yesterday. Will she or Ruthanne be next to lose the coveted ? And who will be next to gain one?
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/04/2005 08:39:00 AM • Permalink
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Get It Write Wright Rite Correct
I think it's time for one of the treasures mined from cyberspace:
When you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write, if the copy is right. If however, your copy falls over, you must right your copy. If you write religious services you write rite, and have the right to copyright the rite you write. Very conservative people write right copy, and have the right to copyright the right copy they write. A right wing cleric would write right rite, and has the right to copyright the right rite he has the right to write. His editor has the job of making the right rite copy right before the copyright can be right. Should Jim Wright decide to write right rite, then Wright would write right rite, which Wright has the right to copyright. Duplicating that rite would copy Wright right rite, and violate copyright, which Wright would have the right to right. Right?
I didn't right wright rite compose that, but I shall be forever indebted to whomever did!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/04/2005 03:56:00 AM • Permalink
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Friday, June 03, 2005 AD
Pet Peeve
I hate "continue reading" links in blog posts. Just thought I'd mention that.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/03/2005 07:20:00 PM • Permalink
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Imitation: It's the Real Deal
The May 1 installation in Doug Wilson's current series on marriage blew me away. It has applications to far more than marriage. It also makes me want to scream, "THIS IS WHERE MY WHOLE LIFE HAS GONE WRONG!!!"

But some things are starting to go right. Mr. Wilson mentions that community has a lot to do with imitation, and though my new church community is small, among its leaders and members are many well worth imitating. I only wish there were more opportunity to see and osmosify more of their day-to-day lives.

Christ Church has generously been making about the most recent two months' sermons available, so this one should be up for about three or four more weeks. The whole series has been excellent, but this is the message that (so far) has struck me most powerfully.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/03/2005 04:49:00 PM • Permalink
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Apocryphal
Funny...I wouldn't have taken Doug Phillips for a believer in Bel and the Dragon.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/03/2005 02:02:00 AM • Permalink
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Countdown for Ruthanne!
Ruthanne and Jay are expecting #8 any day now. They're 5:2 on boys and girls, so I personally think it's time for another wee Miss Shepherd. Praying for everything to go smoothly! Jellybeans and Chocolate will be the second blog to lose its on my blogroll. Glory Is a Broken Hill was the first following the recent birth of Jaiken.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/03/2005 12:40:00 AM • Permalink
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Thursday, June 02, 2005 AD
"One, Two, Free, Eight!"
When my nephew was a very little guy (a loooong time ago -- he's now 6'3" or so) that's how he used to count. It was sooooo adorable!

As RC points out in his latest squib about the R.C. Sproul Jr. Principle of Hermeneutics (a.k.a. The Stupid Principle), it's rather less cute and rather more embarrassing when adults count that way.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/02/2005 09:47:00 AM • Permalink
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Wednesday, June 01, 2005 AD
Year of the Lord
Craigellachie done went and got herself a blog.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/01/2005 08:48:00 PM • Permalink
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Mrs. Paxifist, Did You Send Me an E-Mail?
I received a rather suspicious missive claiming to be from you. Please advise. Thanks!
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 6/01/2005 11:04:00 AM • Permalink
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