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Take Note - July 2018

June 29, 2018

I was in Rochester, MN June 22-24 with our Celebration Ringers participating in the Area 7 Handbell Festival Conference. This event happens every other year, and our ringers’ enthusiasm for this event has always been strong. After 2014, this year is my second time going to the event, and I enjoyed it again with our ringers. Learning some new things about the instrument and technique may be important, but personally, learning to be a player in a group, in this case a BIG group of about 400, was even more important. Directing a musical group is pretty different than playing under someone else’s direction, and it’s a very essential experience to be a good director.

Another pleasure is meeting all the devoted and enthusiastic ringers and directors from many other places. It was an encouraging moment to share the joy of making music with the same goal of glorifying God as His children.

I will have another learning and sharing moment in participating in the American Guild of Organists national convention in Kansas City the week of July 2. Summer is a time dedicated to growing and learning for many church musicians, and I will enjoy it.

Thank you for your support and prayers for me and our church choir members, and I believe that we all will share the fruit of our efforts during the coming choir year. 

 


 

Take Note - June 2018

May 31, 2018

When I think of a break, there are two types in my mind. One is productive and voluntary. The other one is wasting and passive. In the scriptures, we can find these two examples. Jesus often took breaks in between his very busy ministries during his last years on earth. When he withdrew from his disciples and the people, he took time to pray and rest to recharge Himself for the next steps in teaching and leading the people around Him. The other case of break I found is when all of Jesus’ di...


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Take Note - May 2018

May 1, 2018

Last Sunday (April 22), our choirs and I finally gave our annual Spring Concert. More than any other year, we encountered some unexpected obstacles during our preparation for the concert. The most shocking one was that our beloved Skinner pipe organ suddenly stopped working a few weeks before the concert. Luckily, I had planned a way to have the concert without using the main pieces that greatly needed the organ this year. But, we still needed our organ for Bach’s cantata and some other pie...


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Take Note - April 2018

March 31, 2018

It was a cold and snowy day when I was alone playing the piano in our sanctuary, working on J.C. Bach’s piano quartet in G major, one of the pieces for our 2018 Spring Concert. Johann Christian Bach is one of Johann Sebastian’s sons. I was so happy when I found this piece while preparing this year’s Spring Concert. This piece is like an amazing combination of his father’s Baroque style and the style of the next generation, the Classical period.

I recognized, in the middle of playing...


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Take Note - March 2018

March 15, 2018

The time around late February and early March is always hard to pass by. Maybe it feels that way because it’s the end of winter and it’s also usually during the Lenten period in the Christian year.

This year has not been that much different. Harsh winter weather has been hurting the entire nation from the east to west coasts and a lot of difficult news has been reported inside and outside of this country; from gun shooting tragedies to ongoing violence in the Middle East and elsewhere t...


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Take Note - February 2018

January 26, 2018
 

This is a puppy doll I gave Miah as a gift for our anniversary last week, and I put it next to a turtle doll I gave Miah for her birthday a couple years ago to take a good picture. They look like good friends with each other, and I felt like they were talking about how they ended up living here with us. It seems amazing that we feel affection for these dolls even if they aren’t alive.

This year, Ash Wednesday is on February 14, which happens to be Valentine’s Day. Ash Wednesday is foll...


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Take Note - January 2018

January 11, 2018

It’s only natural for us to look back and evaluate what has happened in the past year when we approach the end of it. This year of 2017 seems to me to have been one of the most meaningful, comfortable, and exciting years.

First of all, this year will be remembered as a historical year, when all my family here became US citizens. The Han family has been pursuing and celebrating our citizenships throughout the whole year. Solomon was born here in the USA, but I hope he has had a chance to f...


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Take Note - December 2017

January 11, 2018

Concluding some event or time always gives us a chance to look back and re-evaluate what we have done and what we have experienced. Based on that, we will also be able to plan for the next step. This year, 2017, has been a special and meaningful year for me and my family. It’s our 20th anniversary living in the USA and it’s also the year when all our family members have become US citizens.

For this reason, Miah and I have had many opportunities to celebrate this year with our fellow chu...


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Take Note - November 2017

January 11, 2018

It seems like the changing of the seasons always comes to us suddenly before we can accept them. From last week in the middle of October, continuously rainy days started and the temperature suddenly dropped. Now I am worried about the baby grass that started growing after a week or so after I put seeds on the damaged spots on the side of my yard. When I look around, many houses were in the process of remodeling or maintaining. People are also cleaning up their garages and gardening equipment....


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Take Note - October 2017

October 20, 2017

Again, the season of fall is coming back. Fall is supposed to be a harvesting season, and it seems to be especially true in Iowa.

When I eat my favorite, pork belly or fresh side pork, the Korean perilla (perilla leaf) is essential with lettuce. The strong aroma from the leaf goes wonderfully with oily pork meat. But, it’s not available at any nearby stores. So, I decided to grow it myself four years ago. I bought the seeds for this plant but they failed to grow.  The next year, I put the s...


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