Tuesday, April 30, 2013

English III 4/30: Willie Nelson "Heaven and Hell"

Sometimes Heaven and sometimes Hell
Sometimes I don't even know
Sometimes I take it as far as I can
And sometimes I don't even go

My front tracks're headed for a cold water well
My back tracks're covered with snow
But sometimes Heaven, sometimes Hell
And sometimes I don't even know

Heaven ain't walkin'
On a street paved with gold
Hell ain't a mountain of fire

Heaven is layin'
In my sweet baby's arms
And Hell is when baby ain't there

Well, my front tracks're headed for a cold water well
And my back tracks're covered with snow
Well, sometimes Heaven, sometimes Hell
And sometimes I don't even know

Sometimes Heaven, and sometimes Hell
And sometimes I don't even know


9. Nullify- to counter; make unimportant
10. Tangible- can be touched 
11. Abhor -hate
12. Hamper -hinder; obstruct

English IV 4/30: Willie Nelson "Look What Thoughts Will Do"

Once I thought I loved just you
And I thought you loved me too
But today you say we're through
Just look what thoughts will do

Now another wears the crown
And you think you have found
Just what makes your world go 'round
Watch those thoughts they'll get you down

And if within your future years
Your new love should bring you tears
Then you'll think of me I'm sure
But those thoughts won't help you dear

Once I thought I loved just you
And I thought you loved me too
But today you say we're through
Now just look what thoughts will do

Once I thought I loved just you
And I thought you loved me too
But today you say we're through
Just look what thoughts will do


5. prescient adj. Foreknowing.
6. primeval adj. Belonging to the first ages.
7. progeny n. Offspring.
8. proviso n. A clause in a contract, will, etc., by which its operation is rendered conditional.

Professional COMM 4/30: Thomas Merton

-Thomas Merton

Monday, April 29, 2013

English IV 4/29: "Lady of Shalott" by Waterhouse

What is she thinking about? Who? What the heck is she doing in that boat and why does she look so sad?


1. prosaic adj. Unimaginative.
2. rampant adj. Growing, climbing, or running without check or restraint.
3. rationalism n. The formation of opinions by relying upon reason alone, independently of authority.
4. rebuff n. A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.

English III 4/29: "Hoodwink" by Anathallo

"Someday they will build monuments for us.

People like me walk out the door,
We'll pull you out into the streets
Of far off countries. If I'm ready to go,
How could I let you dwell in delight?

Oh see, all things are so bright and spiritual.
These seeds are growing in extraordinary colors.
Convinced? Even I believe that I have grown something.
It's cased in light.

Don't you worry about me, I'm gone.
Don't you worry about me.
I'm off in a distant place

Where I can be the signifier,
Not that which is signified.
The referent, convincing us (you and me both),
For you, my smile is like bow, bow, bow, bow.

Out here there is no 'under the skin.'
And the form of every other
Is hidden under covers.

Let us sleep
In ease of dark.

We couldn't rest
With this sense of duty hanging off of our chests.
Peeled away, we had to get back from where the
Grip of our hands could lift us from the failures
In the eyes of men, to form our scales and weigh
Our words, good again.
To form our scales in the eyes of men,
To weigh our words
And make ourselves good again."

5. raze – to destroy
6. acrimony – harshness, sharpness ( especially in words)
7. desecrate – to profane a holy place
8. Placid- calm; peaceful 

Professional COMM 4/29: Lao Tzu

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox." -- Lao Tzu

This quote comes to us, through many centuries, from a Chinese teacher and philosopher named Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu is said to have written (or perhaps compiled) the text known as Tao de Jing. This book is the cornerstone of Taoism and one of the oldest and most beautiful religious texts in existence. This particular quote is one that has a very profound message for all of us in it. Too often we are content to let our life-position limit us more than it should. While we complain and let negativity paralyze us, we miss the opprotunity to move towards our most important goals (or perhaps to form those goals).

Monday, April 15, 2013



English III 4/15: "Independence Day" by Elliott Smith

Future butterfly, gonna spend the day higher than high
You'll be beautiful confusion
Ooh, once I was you

I saw you caught between all the people out making a scene
And a bright ideal, tomorrow
Ooh, don't go too far
Stay who you are

Everybody knows
Everybody knows
Everybody knows
You only live a day
But it's brilliant anyway

I saw you at the perfect place
It's gonna happen soon, but not today
So go to sleep, and make the change
I'll meet you here tomorrow
Independence Day
Independence Day
Independence Day


1. grovel – to humble oneself in a demeaning way  
2. ensue – to follow                                                    
3. cryptic – mysterious, puzzling                                                
4. vilify – to defame or speak of someone as a villain

Professional COMM 4/15: Washington Irving on Tears

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” -Washington Irving

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

English III 4/9: Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Airplane over the Sea"

What a beautiful face I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
what a beautiful Dream that could flash on the screen
in a blink of An eye and be gone from me
soft and sweet
let Me hold it close and keep it here with me
and One day we will die and our ashes will fly from the
Aeroplane over the sea but for now we are
Young let us lay in the sun and count every
Beautiful thing we can see
love to be in the arms
Of all im keeping here with me
What a curious life we have found here tonight
There is music that sounds from the street
there Are lights in the clouds
Anna's ghost all around
Hear her voice as it's Rolling and ringing through me
soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above the
Trees, now how I remember you
how I would Push my fingers through your mouth to make
Those muscles move that made your voice so
Smooth and sweet
and now we keep where we Don't know
all secrets sleep in winter clothes
With one you loved so long ago now he don't
Even know his name

what a beautiful face I
Have found in this place that is circling all round
The sun and when we meet on a cloud I'll be
Laughing out loud I'll be laughing with everyone I See

can't believe how strange it is to be anything At all
LOOK! Paris likes them!

Professional COMM 4/9: Einstein on Good and Evil

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."