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Psalm 46 (Koenig revised version)

God is our refuge and strength,
Though the virus should mutate,
though events shake our hearts;
though would-be pundits rant and rage;
though the tumult make us tremble;
God is our refuge and strength.


God is our refuge and strength.
We don our masks.
We receive vaccines (if we are able).
We wash our hands (often).
We physically distance.
God is our refuge and strength.


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15 months

You could never have imagined these past fifteen months.
You could not have planned for them.
But you faced them.
You adapted,
you improvised,
you learned,
you wept,
you laughed,
you cursed,
you resisted,
you persisted.
You found strength and love
and grace and hope undreamed of.
You made it this far
and you, awesome you,
will keep on going.

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19 May 2021

Stretching. Strength. Gym in the Apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
All songs from The Malcom X Jazz Suite by Terence Blanchard unless noted otherwise.
The Opening
Melody for Laura
Theme for Elijah
Blues for Malcolm
The Nation
Malcolm’s Theme
Betty’s Theme
Malcolm Makes Hajj
Malcolm At Peace
Malcolm’s Theme
Someday We’ll All Be Free – Aretha Franklin

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9 April 2021

Strength. Stretching. Gym in the Apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
This playlist celebrates the anniversary of Marian Anderson‘s performance on the Lincoln Memorial steps and the birthday of Paul Robeson.
By Marian Anderson:
My Lord, What a Morning
Stille Tränen, Op. 32, No. 10
By Paul Robeson:
Deep River
Go Down, Moses
On My Journey
Water Boy
The Minstrel Boy
Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
Loch Lomond
Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
Get on Board Little Children
Scandalize My Name
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Eriskay Love Lilt
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Mexican Lullaby
All Through the Night
Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
The Four Rivers
John Browns Body
The House I Live In
Balm in Gilead

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8 April 2021

Walking. Germantown.
Strength. Stretching. Gym in the Apartment.
The March Ditch – The Sands Family
High Flyin Bird – Richie Havens
What They Do – The Roots
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Mi Gente – Héctor Lavoe
Time And A Word – Yes
How Do I Love Thee – Queen Latifah
My Country ’tis of Thy People You’re Dying – Buffy Sainte-Marie
American Pie – Shea Diamond
Joe Hill’s Ashes – Mark Levy
The Fall Of Troy- Tom Waits
Last To Die – Bruce Springsteen]
I Wanna Comfort You – Van Morrison
Whitey on the Moon – Gil Scott-Heron

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7 April 2021

Gym in the apartment. Strength. NK Body Philosophy. Stretching.
Walking. Apartment.
Mandela – Hugh Masekela
Thinkin’ Out Loud – The Band
Come On – Chuck Berry
Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack
Mr. Pitiful – Otis Redding
Danse Caribe – BeauSoleil
Deja Vu – Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
Till There Was You – The Music Man
Talk To Me – Stevie Nicks
Santiago – John McCutcheon
Julia – The Beatles
Lucky Dime – Calexico
The Long Black Veil – Mick Jagger & The Chieftains
I Stand Accused – Isaac Hayes
Long Hot Summer – Black 47
Triangle – Gordon Lightfoot
Oh, Sacred World – Studs Terkel
Prologue – Blackfire

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6 April 2021

Walking. Waterfront Park. Louisville.
Strength. Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Samson, oratorio, Act 3, HWV 57: Let the Bright Seraphim – Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, John Nelson, Anthony Newman, John Feeney, Daire Fitzgerald & Orchestra of St. Luke’s Baroque Duet
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – The Corrs
Simple – India.Arie
Ka Pua U’i – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46 – Simon Joly Chorale, David Wilson-Johnson, Robert Craft & Philharmonia Orchestra –
Val-Hala – Elton John-
Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
So You Want To Be (A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star) – Patti Smith Group
Ur-ban Music – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
The Pony Man – Gordon Lightfoot
Message Of Love – Mary Black
Sleep Tight In New York City/Her Dear Old Donegal – Black 47
Apologize – Ed Ames
The Bear Who Stole The Chinook – Jack Gladstone

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2 April 2021

Strength. Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Louisville Zoo.
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
Old Man & Me – Hootie & The Blowfish
Grand Central Station – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Little Wing – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Not the One – Al Stewart
Riding With Thunder -The Native Flute Ensemble
Stronger Love – Joan Armatrading
Spirit In The Dark – Aretha Franklin
Broken Flag – Patti Smith Group
King’s Shilling – The Wakes
The Right Thing To Do – Carly Simon
The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show – The Band
What We Said (Comme moi) – Shakira [feat. MAGIC!]
Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – Ellis Marsalis

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31 March 2021

Strength. Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!
Drone Bomb Me – ANOHNI
I’d Love to Change the World – Shea Diamond
iT – Christine and the Queens
A Girl Called Johnny – The Waterboys
Warrior Heart – Shawnee
Thorn In Your Side – namoli brennet
Body Was Made – Ezra Furman
Girls and Boys – Blur
King for a Day – Green Day
Androgynous – The Replacements
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
We Exist – Arcade Fire
Eudaemonia – Them Are Us Too
What Is This Thing Called Love – Billy Tipton

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Virtual prayer vigil

Joining, from afar, the ecumenical prayer vigil held on Sunday, March 21 in the parking lot of the Gold Massage Spa to honor the victims of the Atlanta shooting. This vigil was organized by Korean Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church, Emmanuel Korean United Methodist Church, and Lutheran Church of Incarnation. Here are some prayers for the moment.

Christ have mercy.
We thank you for your beloved children whose
lives were taken too soon, too violently in Georgia.
Draw us together to work
against racism and racist violence against Asian Americans.

Christ have mercy.
Inspire us to see each person
in the wholeness you create;
inspire us to see each person
with your gaze of love;
inspire us to see and honor
your image in each person.

Christ have mercy.
Provide love and courage for those who fear
for their safety because of who they are.
Guide us to disrupt systems and practices
that lead to fear and to create a society
in which no one need be afraid.

Christ have mercy.
Grant rest and comfort and strength
to your children who are wearied
by resisting white supremacy.
Sear the consciences of
those who have accepted privilege without interrogation
those who responded with apathy,
those who have expected people who endure racism
to provide the answers and to do the work.
Move us to care for one another
by dismantling systems that wound and drain
your children, our family
and deny your justice and love to all.

Christ have mercy.
Lead us to learn our history –
the history of Asians in America and of Asian Americans –
the history of the violence too often
inflicted by white supremacy
on Asian nations and on Asians in this nation.
May our learning lead us to recognize wrongs done,
repent, and begin the journey to repair.

Christ have mercy.
Move us to demand that
elected representatives in our nation,
in each state and in every community
speak and work to end hate and violence
directed at the Asian American community.

Christ have mercy.
We have work to do.
So much work to do.
Search our hearts,
guide our feet,
hold our hands,
stand by us
as we do the needed work
to disrupt white supremacy
and dismantle the systemic racism
that impacts Asian Americans
and Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

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