Friday, April 04, 2008

Springsteen Raised McCain

This is, I think, a hilarious spoof that (a Boss fan site) ran on April Fool's Day.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Papal Choir Update

I am singing in the Papal children's choir when the Pope comes to Washington, DC on April 17. We have had three practices so far and will have two more. We have been practicing and listening to the seven main songs that we will sing and some other, smaller songs that we will also sing.

If you want to get a picture of how many people are going to be at the Pope's Mass, there are five communion hymns. About 46,000 people can be seated in the stadium.

So far, I have had a great experience with our singing. It gives me a chance to practice singing in other languages, like Latin and German.

I feel honored to be able to sing for the Pope himself, to get to see him up close and to meet the children from other parishes. As much of an honor it is, it is also tough work. We will have to get up at 5 am to get to the stadium. The Mass starts at 10 am and ends at noon. I really hope that I will be happy and ready to sing.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Too Young to Usher?

It was Good Friday and, as usual, we went to the night service at our church. Julie and I are always ready to help out anyone. Mom told me to go ask the ushers if they needed any help handing out programs. The usher gave Julie and me each a stack. Soon the service started and people were still coming in. Julie and I had no clue what to do. So we stayed in the back and kept handing out programs.

Then, one of the ushers came up to me and asked me to be an usher and take up the collection. (One of the ushers didn't show up.) I didn't really know what to do. Should I be an usher or not? Julie was laughing at the thought of me being an usher.

Lucky for me, the usher told me to go down the aisle where Mom and Dad were sitting. Mom put the donation in the basket, but didn't realize that it was me who took it. Then she looked up, and so did Dad, and they jumped! At the end of the service, Julie and I waited for them to come out of the church. When they came out, they both had smiles on their faces!


Monday, March 31, 2008

One For the Aficionados

The new issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly has hit the newsstands, which would not normally be big news for me (don't get me's a very nice journal). This time, however, I have a passing interest, as a book review I wrote appears inside its pages. As is often the case when stuff I write finally comes out in print, I have a fairly dim memory of just what it was I said. So, in that vein, I went back and read the review. It starts like this:

The Bureau of Efficiency is, from the vantage point of contemporary public administration, an obscure federal agency that went out of existence three quarters of a century ago. Why, then, is the time right for a fresh look at an organization that developed an efficiency ratings system for civil servants and conducted dozens of studies for Congress and the president during its brief history? (Presidential Studies Quarterly, Volume 39 [March 2008], p. 190)

If this reads to you like the opening of a thriller that you just won't be able to put down, then by all means go check out the full review. For everyone else (uh...all of you), you really don't know what you're missing...government bureaucracy is scintillating stuff!