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  1. Finding a College Teaching Job 101

    "What do you want to do when you grow up?" is a question commonly asked of children or young teens. But it also comes up for college students and adults, although it's expressed differently. The job market varies from good news to bad news, sometimes without much notice, and competition for one's desired job can be very tough indeed. Careful planning is important; by the time you are in college you need to get serious about your future.

    Having taught brass at two state universities, ...
  2. Veterans' Day - Hooray for Hollywood (of Days Gone By)

    Keeping in mind that November 11 is Veterans' Day, it seems like a good time to mention some of our Hollywood heroes who were also heroes in real life. There aren't many instances (in my limited research) where famous actors joined the military to fight in the Vietnam War or the Gulf War(s). But in World War II (and even Korea) things were different. Here is a partial list:


    Alec Guinness (Doctor Zhivago, Star Wars)

    Operated landing craft on D-Day for the British Royal ...
  3. Find Hidden Treasures on eBay

    If you use eBay, you may sometimes notice that not all sellers are good spellers. In the past I have searched for a couple words that are not easy for everyone to spell: euphonium and severinsen (i.e. Doc Severinsen). So I try various mis-spellings to see if one is listed that way, but it is hard to guess how someone might butcher the spelling.


    Not to fear! If you like to find bargains on eBay, computer technology is coming to your rescue. There is a website that lets you type ...
  4. Watch Out for Scams Via Shorted URL's

    Pasting long URL's (web page addresses) into an email or message box can be problematic, so many people use URL shortening services, such as tinyurl.com, to make these addresses very short. If often use bit.ly, which turns the address of my previous blog post from this:


    http://www.dwerden.com/blog3/display_blog.cfm?bid=D50A17B3-998F-762A-6584B59727606607


    to this:


    http://bit.ly/2hwL0o


    Much shorter and more convenient. However, ...
  5. 65th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2009

    (Courtesy of the First Amendment Religion Clause blog at http://churchvstate.blogspot.com - used with permission)


    On June 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. He was in France, on the site of the invasion.


    President Reagan was not afraid to invoke the name of God. He was not ashamed of our past. In his speech he said:


    "It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not ...
  6. Turning the Tables on Facebook

    Recently I have gotten notices from Facebook friends about a list of 25 things. The idea is to create a list of 25 things about yourself and post it. That's cute enough, although I haven't made my own list (and might not). There is a tongue-in-cheek article on MSNBC that lists 25 things about FACEBOOK. It's worth a read:


    25 random things about Facebook
  7. Inaugural History and the Faith of Our Fathers

    As we get ready for today's inauguration ceremonies, one has to wonder what the unique tone of this one will be. Certainly a celebration of our first black President. Certainly a celebration of our way of peacefully passing power with each new President. And there will be a prayer or two, which is likely to be where at least some of the discussion will center. The original words our Constitution specified for swearing in our President did not include the ending, "so help me God." That was added ...
  8. Do You Twitter? I Do.

    I have recently joined the Twitter community. It's somewhat experimental for me because I'm not sure how well it fits in the low brass world, but if you are into that, find me at:


    davewerden on Twitter


    I'll try to "Twit" now and then so it doesn't get too boring!
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