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Studying Patience

"The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. Patience means restraining one's inclinations. There are seven emotions: joy, anger, anxiety, love, grief, fear, and hate, and if a man does not give way to these he can be called patient. I am not as strong as I might be, but I have long known and practiced patience. And if my descendants wish to be as I am, they must study patience." -Tokugawa Ieyasu

In the late 1400's, the ruling Ashikaga Shogunate of Japan became weak and lost its hold over the country. A many-sided civil war broke out, thus beginning the "Sengoku Period" - known as one of the most bloody and lawless periods in Japanese history, but also an era of some incredibly most heroic leadership.

Eventually, "Three Great Unifiers" came to power and ended the conflict through victory. These three were Oda Nobugana, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

In the end, Tokugawa Ieyasu won, and his family ruled Japan for the next 250 years. However, he's probably the least popular of the three great unifiers in Japan.

Nobunaga is popular for having an incredibly fierce, martial, masculine spirit. At one point, the warrior-monks of the Honganji allied themselves against Nobunaga and harried, harassed, and ambushed his armies. The Honganji provided supplies, spies, and information for Nobunaga's enemies and sometimes faced them in direct combat.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

It's a moderately cold and cloudy day here in Nashville this morning.  A soft gray light pours into my window.  I'm hoping for a better week to come.  I've had to deal with a very unprofessional and very immature person this week.  This has thrown everything off a little. I've decided that the next time I hire someone for work I will ask her or him that they need to be respectful and professional if they want to do work for me.  Plain and simple.  It seems as if this kind of thing is understood, but my goodness, sometime I guess it will need to be stated clearly. On another, more lighthearted note, things are going along smoothly for the CD Release.  Rehearsals have started.  Musicians have been hired.  The setlist is worked out.  All is good.  This is going to be the most elaborate show I've done so far.  It's going to be so much fun. Last night, a friend of mine invited me to see the movie, "Changeling".  It is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Angelina Jolie.  Eastwood is in true form with this one.  I think this is the kind of movie every parent should see.  I don't want to give it away, but I will say that it is appalling that this story actually happened.  This world can be such a cruel place. This is a solid film.  See it if you have a chance. Hopefully, I'll have a pretty cool post tomorrow. Stay warm, -g

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