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What is Happening to the Family, and Why?

“The family is nature’s masterpiece”
George Santayana

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Evensong “Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano” (Franz Schubert)

Evensong is a traditional Anglican choral service that takes place in the late afternoon or early evening, typically around sunset. It is also known as Evening Prayer or Vespers.

The service consists of a series of prayers, psalms, canticles, and readings from the Bible, which are sung or chanted by a choir in four-part harmony. The choral music often features elaborate harmonies and complex counterpoint, and is usually accompanied by an organ or other instruments.

Evensong has been an important part of the British choral tradition for centuries, and is still performed in many Anglican churches throughout the UK and beyond. The tradition is particularly strong in Oxford and Cambridge, where the famous college choirs perform regular Evensong services that are open to the public.

The origins of Evensong can be traced back to the monastic offices of the Middle Ages, when monks would gather in the evening to sing the psalms and other prayers. Over time, these services evolved into more elaborate and musically sophisticated forms, which were eventually adopted by the Anglican Church and other Protestant denominations.

Today, Evensong is appreciated for its beauty and spiritual depth, as well as its contribution to the rich heritage of British choral music.

Abiit sed non oblitus | Iowa

Iowa Wesleyan University is a private university in Mount Pleasant, Iowa with a founding affiliation with the United Methodist Church.  It is Iowa’s first co-educational institution of higher learning and the oldest of its type west of the Mississippi River. It is one of several colleges and universities in the United States funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture program. These institutions receive funding for research, education, and outreach programs related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.

With an enrollment consistently below 1000 students the university will close at the end of the 2022–23 academic year owing to financial challenges.


Iowa Wesleyan University Announces Closure


Iowa Wesleyan University to close after nearly 2 centuries

Long-struggling Iowa Wesleyan to close due to budget shortfall; USDA to take over campus

Owing $26 million to the USDA, Iowa Wesleyan University announces closure


Evensong “If Ye Love Me”

“Evensong” is a traditional Anglican church service that includes hymns, prayers, and readings from the Bible. In the British university choral tradition, “Evensong” refers to a choral service that is performed by a university choir in a church or chapel setting.  The most widely performed “Evensongs” in the British university choral tradition are those performed by the choirs of Oxford and Cambridge universities.  

Other universities in the UK, such as Durham, St. Andrews, and Edinburgh, also have strong choral traditions and perform regular “Evensongs.” These services often include music by composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, and other great composers of choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

“If ye love me” is a motet composed by the English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis. It is a four-part choral work that is widely regarded as one of his most popular and enduring compositions.  It was first published in 1565 in Archbishop Parker’s Psalter, which was the first musical work to be printed in England with music notation. “If ye love me” has since become a staple of choral repertoire and is often performed at weddings, funerals, and other occasions.

Banana Pudding Overnight Oats

Banana Pudding Overnight Oats is a delicious and nutritious breakfast dish made by combining rolled oats, mashed bananas, milk, and other flavorings, and allowing them to sit and “soak” in the refrigerator overnight. This results in a creamy, flavorful, and satisfying bowl of oats that are ready to eat in the morning without any cooking required. It’s convenient make-ahead breakfast option that can be customized to suit individual tastes and dietary preferences.  Here’s a simple recipe for Banana Pudding Overnight Oats:


1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk (any type of milk, such as dairy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar)
Additional banana slices, crushed cookies, or whipped cream for garnish (optional)


In a medium-sized bowl, mash the ripe banana with a fork until smooth.  Add the rolled oats, milk, chia seeds (if using), vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener to the bowl with the mashed banana. Stir well to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4-6 hours, to allow the oats to absorb the liquid and soften.

In the morning, give the oats a good stir and adjust the sweetness or consistency to taste by adding more sweetener or milk if desired.  Serve the Banana Pudding Overnight Oats in bowls or jars, and garnish with additional banana slices, crushed cookies, or whipped cream if desired.

Enjoy your delicious and creamy Banana Pudding Overnight Oats for a nutritious and convenient breakfast!


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Quantum Information Science

Quantum information science is a field of study that combines the principles of quantum mechanics and information theory to develop new methods for processing, storing, and transmitting information. It aims to use the unique properties of quantum systems, such as superposition and entanglement, to create more powerful and secure computing and communication technologies than are possible with classical systems.

In quantum information science, information is represented using quantum bits, or qubits, which can exist in superposition states, allowing for simultaneous processing of multiple values. By entangling qubits, it is possible to perform operations on them collectively, leading to faster and more efficient computation.

The field of quantum information science was founded in the 1980s and 1990s by a number of researchers who realized that the principles of quantum mechanics could be used to develop new methods for processing, transmitting, and securing information. Some of the key figures who are credited with founding the field of quantum information science include:

  1. Paul Benioff: In 1981, Benioff proposed the concept of a quantum computer, which would use quantum mechanics to perform calculations faster than a classical computer.
  2. Richard Feynman: In 1982, Feynman gave a lecture in which he proposed the idea of using quantum systems to simulate the behavior of other quantum systems, which later became known as quantum simulation.
  3. David Deutsch: In 1985, Deutsch proposed the concept of a quantum algorithm, which would use quantum mechanics to perform certain calculations exponentially faster than a classical computer.
  4. Peter Shor: In 1994, Shor developed a quantum algorithm for factoring large numbers, which demonstrated the potential of quantum computers to break certain encryption schemes and sparked a renewed interest in quantum information science.

These and other researchers made significant contributions to the development of quantum information science, and the field has since grown to encompass a wide range of topics, including quantum cryptography, quantum communication, and quantum sensing, among others.


Quantum Theory of the Electron: Paul Dirac

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