David M. Guion
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About David M. Guion
David M. Guion is a librarian and multi-specialist. He has education, training, and experience in several subjects and publishes the fruit of careful research in order to proved reliable and accurate information.
His two books on the history of the trombone place him among the world's foremost authorities on the subject--a very large fish in a very small pond. As a blogger and an author for the Amazon Kindle platform, he aims to be a reasonable sized fish in some roomier ponds: classical music, American popular music (before rock), sustainability and green living, research and writing, food, and the Bible.
David seeks to connect with readers who have an interest in his topics, but not necessarily specialists' knowledge. Besides his Kindle books, he writes four blogs (Musicology for Everyone, Grace and Judgment; Reading, Writing, Research, and Sustaining Our World).
Librarians specialize in organizing the world's knowledge and looking it up.
David knows how to conduct thorough research and communicate his findings to interested non-specialists in language that's clear, easy to understand, interesting, and sometimes funny.
Titles By David M. Guion
The creation story is told in the form of a covenant, which was broken in the fall of man. God immediately responded with another covenant. He made covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and finally the risen Christ. Each new covenant has restored something of what Adam forfeited in the Garden of Eden.
Covenants in the Bible between God and individual men take the same form as covenants in ancient times between one person or group of people and another. They fall roughly into two categories.
The "royal grant" is an unconditional gift to a loyal servant, which passed on to his posterity as long as they remained loyal.
The suzerain/vassal covenant regulated the relationship between a powerful lord and a less powerful vassal. Since, in human terms, the parties had no reason to trust each other, these covenants involve some kind of curse in case of disobedience.
Understanding Our Covenants with God discusses seven covenants between God and an individual man that have also included his descendants:
- The word of God does not explicitly identify God's word to Adam as covenants, but the "royal grants" offered first in the Garden of Eden and after the fall take the form of covenants with Adam. In the fall, Adam forfeited everything. God's grace presented him with a replacement covenant that marks the beginning of the plan of salvation.
- Mankind soon became so corrupt that God had no choice but to destroy the entire human race, but because he had made a covenant promise to Adam, ne made another one with Noah.
- inherit a specific territory.
- The Mosaic covenant, the only suzerain/vassal covenant in the word of God, and therefore the only one with a curse, gives a detailed picture of what a holy and wholly consecrated life looks like it. It greatly appeals to the natural man who wants to know the rules and be left alone to follow them. No one can, and that's the whole point.
- David was hardly a perfect man or perfect king, but he was a man after God's own heart. God made a covenant with David promising that one of his descendants would always occupy the throne of Israel. Like much of God's word, it had multiple levels of meaning. We can see it now that the savior and king hinted at in God's promise to fallen Adam would be of David's lineage.
- Jesus, God the Son and son of David, alone among men, fulfilled the Mosaic covenant. It cost him his life. God the Father made the New Covenant with the risen Jesus. Finally he had found a man who wouldn't forfeit any part of the promise through sin.
In the covenant with Abraham God chose his family to become a holy people and
What we know as the New Covenant is not God's final word. Jesus promised an everlasting covenant when he returns in victory. Actually, Scripture contains a promise of a covenant yet to come after Christ returns in victory. After all, we have not yet received back everything Adam lost.
Getting to know these covenants helps us to know our covenant-keeping God and understand the relationship between two things that seem incompatible: God's righteousness and promise of final judgment on the one hand, and his love, grace, and mercy on the other.
Do you want a better relationship with God? Understanding Our Covenants with God will help you. Buy it now.
What we know as the New covenant is not God's final word. Actually, Scripture contains a promise of a covenant yet to come after Christ returns in victory.
He was principal violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra and also violist in the first ever financially successful professional string quartet. He also played violin a lot, including a stint as the concertmaster of Leipzig's second orchestra, the Euterpe.
The time when any musician could make a living playing in a major professional orchestra was long in the future. All musicians had to be versatile. It wasn't enough for Queisser to be an active trombone soloist and a busy violist and violinist.
Leipzig had long sponsored a town band, and Queisser became its de facto music director. The official music director kept him in court over it. And the country inn where people flocked for good food and good music? Queisser inherited and ran it, too.
After a general overview, the material is presented in two main sections: the first traces the development of the trombone itself and examines the literature written about it, and the second investigates the history of performance on the instrument—the ensembles it participated in, the occasions in which it took part, the people who played it, and the social, intellectual, political, economic, and technological forces that impinged on that history. Guion analyzes the trombone's place in countries all over the world and in many styles of music, such as art, opera, popular, and world music. An appendix of transcriptions of selected primary source documents, including translations, and a comprehensive bibliography round out this important reference. Fully illustrated with more than 80 images, A History of the Trombone appeals not just to trombonists but to students, scholars, and fans of all musical instruments.
- the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970) did not begin the history of environmentalism?
- ecology and environmentalism were little known words before 1970?
- the landmark legislation of the 1970s was not the beginning of environmental law?
- Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who conceived the idea of Earth Day, was not the first senator to champion environmental legislation?
- Nelson modeled the idea of Earth Day after anti-Vietnam War teach-ins?
- he invited a Republican to co-sponsor it?
- the most publicized event took place took place more than a month before the official first Earth Day?
- today's most important environmental laws were enacted with Republican Presidents and a Democratic Congress?
- the Environmental Protection Agency was at first the most popular federal agency?
- favoring new environmental laws was once politically the safest stance?
- groups as different as the John Birch Society and Students for a Democratic Society agreed on the need to stop pollution?
- most of the predictions of environmental catastrophe were wrong?
- many of the most vocal environmental activists today make the same flawed arguments?
- Earth Day is now an international event?
Thousands of people helped organize Earth Day 1970 events. Multiple thousands spoke at various events. Millions listened. The first Earth Day made environmentalism a mainstream issue. It unified the country like nothing else.
The unity couldn't last. Some of the most popular and influential speakers sowed seeds of the collapse of the environmental consensus with overheated rhetoric and bad predictions. But Earth Day continues to inspire and educate people to adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles.
Read this comprehensive guide to the history of environmentalism.
David M. Guion, author of the respected blog Sustaining Our World, explains the often neglected and forgotten history and prehistory of Earth Day. And examines its successes and failures 50 years later.
Manmade environmental disasters run a depressingly similar course. Once they become public knowledge, it always turns out that warning signs had existed for a long time, possibly years. In hindsight, the EPA and/or state regulations were inadequately enforced—or simply inadequate.
The responsible corporation should not have needed regulators in order to guard against problems, but it had been insufficiently proactive. Smaller culprits have gone bankrupt. Corporations that survive must divert attention from their products or services to focus on disaster recovery.
The public, and especially environmental groups, express outrage, but long before the problems have been solved, the issue disappears from daily news coverage and the public loses interest. In the process, environmentalists all too often provide more heat than light on the subject.
After a lot of handwringing about how to make sure it never happen again, it happens again in a different place and with different industry as culprit. Or perhaps, more than one disaster is in environmental news at the same time.
Just a month earlier than the Dan River coal ash spill, a chemical spill on the Elk River in Charleston, West Virginia contaminated the drinking water for residents of nine counties. Comparison of the two manmade disasters reveals many similarities besides simply river pollution.
When the River Ran Gray is a cautionary tale that tells the story of
- the Dan River and its uses
- the history of Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Plant
- why electric companies have coal ash ponds and how the Dan River pond was unique.
- the evolution of environmental regulations in North Carolina regarding the coal ash ponds
- how both state and EPA regulations failed to prevent the coal ash spill
- how the manmade disaster happened and how Duke Energy responded
- the environmental effects of river pollution by coal ash
- disaster recovery by Duke Energy and the EPA after the spill
- the response to the spill and cleanup by the public, environmentalists, and environmental groups
- how the state of North Carolina passed the first ever legislation to regulate coal ash ponds, which does not yet address all of the issues raised by the Dan River spill
We as a nation cannot afford to wait for industries and governments to agree on best practices for environmental regulation. When the River Ran Gray suggests ways for ordinary citizens to make a difference besides the usual recommendations for political action.
Sustainability needs to become everyone's personal concern. We can no longer consider care and responsibility for our environment as someone else's problem.
For a thorough overview of the details of this story, be sure to buy and read the entire book.
Write Well and Rewrite Like a Writer!
Are you a freelance writer who writes for the web? Write Good Online Content and Rewrite It (Without Making It Dizzy) will help you improve your writing skills and repurpose your content like a real writer, without resorting to article spinning software.
Article spinning software is not the answer. "Spin" is a synonym for rotate, tumble, or whirl. Experience any of those, and what's likely to happen? You get dizzy. Do you want to use a tool that makes your online writing dizzy? You're the writer of your original content. Stay a writer when you rewrite and repurpose!
Say you write something for your own blog. You might want to turn it into a guest post for other blogging sites. You might want to submit other versions to content farms like Hub Pages, Triond, or Yahoo! Voices. You might want to try to sell yet another version at a site like Constant Content.
None of those online publishing platforms allow duplicate content. Each needs a fresh version. Using automatic spinning software invites disaster. It will stealthily add embarrassing mistakes to the new versions.
How to improve writing skills
The book first makes the case that the necessity for good writing has not diminished in this age of text messaging and tweeting. Unfortunately, educational theorists seem to be excluding basic writing skills from the curriculum.
So what lurks in too much online content?
- Bad spelling, punctuation, and grammar
- Wrong choices between homonyms
- Poor organization
- Weak sentence structure
- Unnecessary and boring sentences--or whole paragraphs
It's bad enough on social media, but some freelance writers also write poorly. Even descriptions on Amazon of books by people who teach other people how to sell books are riddled with misspellings and weak sentences.
The act of writing begins with some kind of research. We all learned the basic techniques in school (or should have) for turning reading into writing: summary, paraphrase, critique, and synthesis.
Careful use of these writing techniques in the note-taking stage can make the writing phase easier. In other words, when you take notes, don't copy unless you intend to use a direct quotation. Instead, write your own paraphrases and summaries. Then copy and paste your notes into your first draft.
Authors who intend for their work to be read online have no less need to understand the basic building blocks of good writing than anyone else. On the other hand, the Internet imposes different ideas of good style.
How writing online is different
Writing online content demands the same writing skills, but a different approach. It also provides different opportunities.
Hypertext has given writers new ways to organize thoughts, but it has done a number on us as readers. It has
- rewired the human brain and changed the act of reading.
- made our attention span shorter.
- made it easier for us to bounce away and read something else.
People don't spend much time reading online. They scan. When writing for the web, we must give them a reason to stop and read. That means violating some of the rules of formal writing we learned in school. Write informally instead.
One-line paragraphs work well online.
Do you think "green" means "expensive"?
Here's the good news. Going green is one of the best ways available to save money. Millions of Americans who care about the environment are already finding ways to shave waste from their lives.
Cumulatively, they're already accomplishing more for the environment than the few hundreds trying to impress others with extreme life-style changes. Join the millions, if you haven't already.
In this book, you'll find 125 green strategies that will actually save you money. If you have never tried to go green, this book will help you get started. You'll learn an environmentally friendly lifestyle that will save money and help save the planet.
If you are already among the millions who are doing something about the environment and its problems, you will surely find something new in this book's green tips.
Backed by solid research, 125 Ways to Go Green and Save Green at the Same Time, not only makes it easy to begin an environmentally friendly lifestyle, it also connects you to other sources of reliable information.
You'll find multiple ways to: use less gasoline, electricity, natural gas, water and paper. You'll learn how to save money while you save energy heating and cooling your home, cooking your food, even how to garden in a more environmentally friendly, money saving way.
Plus, you'll learn about what's even better for the environment than recycling.
So take the plunge. Go green. Show you care about the environment. You'll find yourself saving money at the same time.