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  • 2014 November 9: Royalties

    November 09, 2014 10:30

    When Beethoven was young and unknown, he happened to meet at the house of Prince Lobkowitz (who would become a long term patron). In the course of conversation with guests there, Beethoven said he would gladly find someone willing him to pay him a yearly salary for life, in exchange for the exclusive rights to publish all he wrote; adding, "and I would not be idle in composition. I believe Goethe does this with Cotta, and if I mistake not, Handel's London publisher held similar terms with him." (more )

  • 2014 October 26: The Uses of Adversity

    October 26, 2014 10:30

    Who has trouble coping with happiness? The challenge is what to do with adversity — when difficulty or calamity befalls, or we see an injustice we are called to address. (more )

  • 2014 October 19: Happy Universe's Birthday!

    October 19, 2014 10:30

    This coming Wednesday is the Universe's 6018th birthday — at least according to the famous calculations made by Bishop James Ussher (1581-1656) who determined the first day of creation to be 22 October 4004 BCE. Ussher calculated this date by working backward from the Roman Emperors named in the New Testament, using the genealogies, ages of the patriarchs, and historical events described in the Old Testament. (more )

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