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(Midi below: Mountain Music)
What is it?
From its inception this ACR, Inc./OSCR site has intended to create and has created a tranquilly peaceful cyberspace "ivory tower of the world" for thoughtfully intelligent, knowledgeably skilled individuals and groups globally and regionally to express and share their wholesome existences and responsible experiences helpfully and artistically.
Out of its initial structural format as a somewhat diminutive and narrowly-focused local commercial e-zine ACR, Inc.developed organically over the years since 1996 into its currently incorporated presentation and non-profit focal status as a spiritually-infused, relatively monumental, multi-media, cross-platform collaborative educational art installation on the World Wide Web
of, for and by the United States of Appalachia, i.e. The Mountain Empire.
As art imitates life, it's infinitesimally unlikely -- mostly due to randomly revolving, multitudinously varied individual page backgrounds of an unquantifiable number of directional choice possiblities -- any viewer will experience the same ACR site twice.
A Country Rag has been and is a labor and legacy of love. Happy Holy Days! -- jH, 12/2014
As of Winter 2014/2015, this cyber-installation has multiple Stand-Alone section/page compilations resulting in cohesively convenient In-A-Box
Supersection configurations(see the SuperPlane Overview)]:
"Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." -- Jesus (John 14:1-3, 6)
"... Beyond its mythology in the American imagination, Appalachia has long been a vanguard region in the United States -— a cradle of U.S. freedom and independence, and a hot bed for literature and music. Some of the most quintessential and daring American innovations, rebellions, and social movements have emerged from an area often stereotyped as a quaint backwater. In the process, immigrants from the Appalachian diaspora have become some of our nation's most famous leaders...." -- review of United States of Appalachia by Jeff Biggers
"I think music is a great way to tell a story that breaks people's hearts and stirs them to action. My family has a history in underground mining, and I have a deep love of West Virginia from the years I spent playing and studying there...The least I could do is write a song." -- Musician Vince Herman, Great American Taxi, regarding Aurora Light's Mountain Empire anthology CD The Journey Home
"I'm really interested in the relationship between language and society -- how documents become more than just nouns and verbs and adjectives. I'm interested in how they become a living, breathing social organism." -- Logan Lockner, Daniel Boone High School senior and 2010 winner of the academics-based Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship for Emory University (valued at around $200,000 and named after its benefactor, the President of Coca-Cola)
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Multiply-gifted and skillfully inspired hi-tech individuals and groups (who retain copyright claim) worldwide have shared freely their oustandingly extraordinary artistry, representing the felicitous intersection of our fields of knowledge in arts and sciences, within videos and on websites usually cited by web address toward the end of each. To find out details about a favorite and enjoy more of their exploratory expositions, check there. (Clickable listings in full-screen mode of related videos also at the end of each increase exponentially the possibilities for interactive viewing exploration and discoveries. You never know what unexpected treasure you may uncover!) Grateful blessings to all. -- jH
(from Unity's Music Of The Soul: Treasured Poems, freely available on request of that non-profit faith-based organization)
Revealed by Della Adams Leitner
The daffodil is in the bulb,
The pansy in the seed,
Awaiting soil and rain and sun,
Incentives that they need.
Your special talent lies within;
God placed the pattern there.
Give it the sunshine of your work,
The raindrops of your prayer.
And in the beauty that will be
Your soul shall find its own,
The loveliness that God designed
To its perfection grown.
Morning Prayer by Ella Syfers Schenck
Lord, in the quiet of this morning hour,
I come to Thee for peace, for wisdom, power
To view the world today through love-filled eyes;
Be patient, understanding, gentle, wise.
To see beyond what seems to be, and know
Thy children as Thou knowest them; and so
Nought but the good in anyone behold.
Make deaf my ears to slander that is told;
Silence my tongue to aught that is unkind;
Let only thoughts that bless dwell in my mind.
Let me so kindly be, so full of cheer,
That all I meet may feel Thy presence near.
O clothe me in Thy beauty, this I pray,
Let me reveal Thee, Lord, through all the day.
The Answer by Lowell Fillmore
When for a purpose
I had prayed and prayed and prayed
Until my words seemed worn and bare
With arduous use,
And I had knocked and asked and
Knocked and asked again,
And all my fervor and persistence brought no hope,
I paused to give my weary brain a rest
And ceased my anxious human cry.
In that still moment,
After self had tried and failed,
There came a glorious vision of God's power,
And, lo, my prayer was answerd in that hour.
"... Write short poems in the voice of birds./ Birdsong is not made by machines./ Give your poem wings to fly to the treetops./ Don't pander, especially not to audiences, readers, editors, or publishers./ Don't cater to the Middle Mind of America nor to consumer society. Be a poet, not a huckster./ Don't put down the scholastics who say a poem should have wholeness, harmony, radiance, truth, beauty, goodness./ Go to sea in ships, or work near water, and paddle your own boat./ Why listen to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces?/ Don't produce poetry by the Pound./ Don't write re-runs of virtual realities./ Be a wolf in the sheepfold of silence./ Don't slip on the banana peel of nihilism, even while listening to the roar of Nothingness./ Fill the dark abyss that yawns behind every face, every life, every nation./ Make a new poem out of every experience and overcome the myopia of the present moment./ Catch instants, every second a heart-beat...."
-- Dr. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder/owner of San Francisco's legendary City Lights Bookstore and poet/author/activist, in Poetry as Insurgent Art, 1975
May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
- Irish Blessing
Video above is Maksim Mrvica playing "Exodus" by Ernest Gold
Original material c. A Country Rag, Inc. and/or Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough Tennessee, April 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. All rights reserved.