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Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. The prompt is “Christmas.” – Sammi Cox

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas Carol. The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in Salzburg, Austria. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.

Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment. The first performance of the carol was on December 24, 1818, in the Christmas Eve mass.

Over the years, because the original manuscript had been lost, Mohr’s name was forgotten and although Gruber was known to be the composer, many people assumed the melody was composed by a famous composer, and it was variously attributed to Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr’s handwriting and dated by researchers as c. 1820. It states that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr’s handwriting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

I selected this version of the Silent Night sung by Plácido Domingo. He has been the hero of my music endeavor.

By January 21, 2018, Domingo will be 77 years old. His singing and conducting performances are all scheduled for 2018. His motto, he claimed, was “If I rest, I rust.”

Domingo has been described in the international press as “the King of Opera.”  He is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

Domingo served as the artistic director (1996–2011) and general director (2003–11) of the Washington D. C. Opera, and from 2000 he was the general director of the Los Angeles Opera. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts. He has sung – as of 2015 – over 3,800 performances of 147 roles.

Wow, at 70s years old, he continues to memorize singing in new roles!

 Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

Weekly Photo Challenge – 2017 Favorites in Review

“This week, we’re proposing something a little different to celebrate the end of the year. Instead of a specific theme or topic, we invite you to share your most meaningful photo from 2017” – Ben Huberman

It is our tradition to watch the New Year around the world and here is the New York city welcoming the Year 2017.

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In February, when we walked around our favorite Laguna Lake, we watched the lovely family of Mama ducking and her seven ducklings.

In March, we visited Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon and found out the exciting news that Mercy was pregnant.

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In April, a group of friends from church visited the President Nixon Library.

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In May, we visited Mercy and Will again and they treated me for an enjoyable Mother’s Day Brunch.

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In June, a group of ladies from church went on a short trip of “walk and brunch” in Newport Beach.

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In July, we started several home projects. One of them was to paint the interior of our home.

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In August, Mercy’s friends gave her a wonderful Baby Shower. She was showered with abundant blessings.

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On September 28, we welcomed the precious baby Autumn. She brought so much joy into our life.

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On October 15, Autumn had her first pumpkin patch visit.

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In November, we had a great family gathering of Thanksgiving dinner.

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In December, Miriam participated in her fifth year of performance of Handel’s Messiah.

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Mercy went back to work two days ago after twelve weeks of maternity leave. She missed Autumn so much and was happy to pick her up from the daycare.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favorites

Family Time

We had a wonderful Christmas in Portland, Oregon. It was such a precious and fun time to be with our daughter and son-in-law.

In a five-day time, we went to Christmas Eve service, played board games or card games on three days, had home made waffle and veggie breakfast. For a dinner, we made pizza with personalized toppings, and chocolate chips cookies from scratch.

Then went to see Star Wars in a theater, and watched two movies at home; also went to see the Christmas lights on Peacock Lane.

On our daughter’s birthday, we had a wonderful dinner at her favorite restaurant. It was a relaxing, memorable family Christmas.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Christmas Lights

It was a miracle that my friend Teresa was able to decorate her house with cheerful collections and fabulous lighting. She hosted a Christmas party for twenty-five ladies last night.

Teresa has had irregular heart rates and severe vertical for eighteen months. The first twelve months, she was confined in bed most of the time. No medications could stop the dizziness. She had taken all the tests the doctors ordered, but no illness was identified.

During August this year, in one of her devotions, she read I King chapter 18 about Elijah praying for rain. Elijah kept praying until the servant saw the cloud as small as a man’s hand. The tiny cloud turned into heavy rain.

From that point on, Teresa, with the faith as small as a man’s hand, prayed for healing. She was feeling better by the days. Eventually she had energy to decorate the whole house for Christmas. When she shared that with the ladies, she almost choked up with tears.

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Merry Christmas!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lights

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