One of the greatest music compositions ever. Johann Pachelbel’s most famous composition is his Canon in D Major.
There are many renditions. Here are my top three. Which do you prefer?
B: London Symphony Orchestra
C: (the ultimate best version)
The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him.
He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.
Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up.
“Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger. “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.”
“Not without something hot in your belly.” George said.
He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger.
“It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty. Stew … Made it myself. When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”
Just at that moment he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell. “Excuse me, be right back,” George said.
There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked.
“Mister can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. “My wife is with child and my car is broken.” [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry
In 2006, when I lived in Sacramento, I used to hang out at the American River College (ARC) track. One summer day, Coach Mike Reid, ARC track coach, invited me to train with his track team, which is like driving your family car in a NASCAR race.
Though the college runners were way beyond my speed grade, Coach Mike and his assistant Coach Ray, helped me improve my running speed well beyond what I thought would be possible.
Recently, Coach Mike Reid earned a well-deserved credit. In 2010 and 2011, he coached Sacramento sprinter Diondre Batson, now the “World’s fastest man in 2013“. Diondre Batson credits Coach Mike Reid with encouraging him to continue his track and field career after incurring an injury in a high school track event.
Running under Coach Mike, Batson set the ARC records for 100 meters (10.10 seconds), 200 meters (20.50 seconds), and with teammates Bracin Walker, Greg Turner and Keven Brown, the 4×100 meter relay (39.78 seconds).
When Diondre Batson wins the 100 and 200 meter sprints in the 2016 Olympics, you will remember he began his track career under Coach Mike Reid. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry, Break from politics
How does 1:46.3 compare to my good competitors?
The Concept 2 website allows you to register and enter your rowing time and your age and weight category and then compare your time with the best rowers in the world.
Concept 2 began its 2014 fiscal year on May 1. Since new competitors will beat my 2014 time, we also compare my 1:46.3 time with the 2013 competitor times.
- 1st in world for ages 75 to 79, all weight categories.
- 4th in world for ages 70 to 79, lightweight division. [Read more…]