I cried watching this video…

Does anyone know of a way to contribute? I feel proud I’m of Tennesseen descent when I watch this video …they’ve banded together without looting and without outside aid. Does anyone else find it bizarre the outside media is ignoring their plight?

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The Arduous Task of Scoring

I’ve been quiet. Not just because there is so much going on and I’ve not had much time to blog here, but because to be quiet means you notice your surroundings. I’ve been trying that.

For example, the other day I chose to walk without an iPod. Yah, I know. Astonishing. But when was the last time you walked with nothing but the earth to listen to? It’s a pretty astonishing experience and one I’ve found just recently.

And yes, then there’s the arduous task of scoring music. That requires time, time in which everything else needs to be silenced. I’ve always found it a bit difficult to dive into the inner essence of music if there is a hubbub in the background.

But my project for this year? To score every piece of music I’ve composed – at least those worthy of others’ ears – and make them available for free download in PDF form. So keep posted.That way you can know when they first start appearing and where.

In the interim, you’ll know where I’ll be…trying to keep myself quiet so I can listen to the sonorous quality of life here on earth. It makes for better music, you know. :0)

Lisa Mangum’s Newest Book, THE GOLDEN SPIRAL

Any lovers of Twilight out there? Pay close attention to this title…

THE. GOLDEN. SPIRAL.

Yep, that’s the one.

(Not that THE GOLDEN SPIRAL has any kind of male with vampirish tendencies. But, wow, if your daughters want to read about a dreamy guy, get them this is the book. This one is nice clean fun.)

Here is the information from the back cover:

“His eyes. His touch. His kiss. Now Dante’s gone, and Abby will do anything to get him back…

“The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Abby knows that Dante, as a Master of Time, is the only one who can stop them from destroying time itself. She also knows that he will need her help. But almost immediately, things start to change, and Abby’s worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.

“The bank is eroding. The barriers are thinning. And time is running out.”

THE GOLDEN SPIRAL is the second book in The Hourglass Door Trilogy. Not only is it imaginative, but I loved the author’s experimentation with the physics of time. Truly a delightful read. If you’re looking for a fun book to get for a long car trip this summer or to read while on the beach in Cancun (or any other kind of family vacation), this would be one you’d enjoy…and then wait eagerly for the final in the series due in 2011. :0)

P.S. Do know that the book gets intense at the end and without being a “spoiler”, there is a knife involved. If you do not like peril, you might skip quickly through that scene. You’ll know it when you get there. As I pondered it later, it made sense that it needed to happen. It was just a little sad. 😦

Back from the LDStorymakers Conference…

Where do I begin? I have been back from the LDStorymakers Conference for six days…and just today unpacked my suitcase. Why did I wait? Because I somehow felt that by having my belongings still in the suitcase it had encased my memories and made them permanent. :0)

OK, I admit. Not very rational.

But that was how intense an experience it was to be there. I’ll begin sharing notes from the various workshops and speakers (and even from the class I taught) over the next few days. But for today, just for one more moment, I’m going to slide into one last “sabor”-ous (Portuguese for “flavor”) moment remembering the amazing experience it was.

Sigh.  :0)