“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Frederic Chopin was plagued by poor health
Frederic Chopin
throughout his short but prodigious life. His bouts of melancholy are well known and have been attributed to bipolar syndrome or clinical depression. Chopin also suffered from hallucinations. A 2011 study suggested this was caused by temporal lobe epilepsy.

One of my favourite Chopin etudes is Opus 10, No. 12 (Revolutionary). See below. One website describes it this way:

"The Revolutionary Etude holds its place as one of the most eminent and well recognized of all of Chopin’s compositions. Beginning with the first dramatic chord all the way to the impassioned conclusion, this piece is an outpouring of emotion." 

Chopin is just another example of the richness that people with disabilities can bring to the world.


[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIsiYMiZYG4 , for Evengy Kissin playing Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 12, (2:37)]

[1] http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/01/25/chopins-hallucinations-likely-caused-by-epilepsy
[2] http://www.ourchopin.com/analysis/etude.html

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