Also Of Interest

Joyful Music May Promote Heart Health

Nov 18th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Music

Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function.

Music, selected by study participants because it made them feel good and brought them a sense of joy, caused tissue in the inner…



Of the Nature of Love

Oct 18th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Natural World, Poetry

Love, free and flowing Love, a tree that’s growing   You can see the leaves and buds a’bursting   You can feel the breeze, the roots are thirsting This is of the nature of Love. Love, new and knowing Love, a river that’s flowing   The current is strong but beneath is still   Forever flows on and always [...]



Join Your Voice With Mine

Aug 12th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Essay, Music

In this day and age where headlines are filled with accounts of war, where centuries of hatred unleash atrocities beyond human comprehension, and where civility seems to be rapidly disappearing from our own society, it is easy to believe that evil is the driving force in the world today. But don’t believe that, not for [...]



Let’s Reclaim the American Way

Jun 29th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Poetry

Where is the America that I once knew The land of our fathers, the place where I grew   The beacon of light   For the world shining bright Now it’s gone – where’d we go wrong? We used to be the compass for a world full of need No problem could stump us when America took [...]



The 2% Solution

Apr 27th, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Essay

In 2007, the United States spent approximately $627 billion for its military operations including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a little more then one fifth of the entire $2.9 trillion budget (1). This staggering sum was spent to ensure the safety of America and its citizens, and not surprisingly, nearly all of this money [...]



Do Something Now (Before It’s Too Late)

Apr 22nd, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, Poetry

At the ends of the Earth, ancient glaciers disappear Its warmer there now than it’s been for thousands of years.   Ice shelves collapse and melt away   Caused by things we do every day, And if we don’t do something now   It may be too late. In the forest of rain in the South American Amazon [...]



The Freedom Car: Is It the Right Solution for America’s Energy Future?

Dec 28th, 2007 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Essay

“A simple chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen generates energy, which can be used to power a car producing only water, not exhaust fumes. […] Join me in this important innovation to make our air significantly cleaner, and our country much less dependent on foreign sources of energy.” With these thoughtful and inspiring words during [...]



Falling In Love With Opera

Nov 28th, 2007 | By John Waller | Category: Music

When I first met my future wife, the person I was destined to spend the rest of my life loving, it was a chance encounter. After exchanging pleasantries, shy smiles and phone numbers, I got the courage to ask her on a date. Hoping for the best, but prepared for what experience told us both was not likely to lead to much, we met in town and spent a few pleasant hours, light-heartedly enjoying each other’s company. When our night was through, we parted excited with the prospect of something new in our lives, and both looking forward to our next rendezvous.