Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vote for and

A couple of my blogging buddies have made it as finalists for the 2008 Black Weblog Awards. Please check out their respective sites (they're both really good) and then head over to the Black Weblog Awards and vote for them.

Here are the categories:

Best Faith-Based Blog
: - "A Rambling Stream of Conciousness."

Best Podcast: - "The only LIVE weekly show about being racially and culturally mixed."

Voting ends August 31st!

[photo 1 BITNS, photo 2 MCC]

Monday, August 25, 2008

Michelle Obama's Speech at the Democratic National Convention

She spoke with sincerity and grace. I usually reserve the word heartfelt when referring to a band or book but in this case it applies to Michelle Obama's speech. It's not often that the wife of a politician can evoke tears from several audience members. Her words were truly inspiring.

What were your thoughts on it?

[photo credit CTV]

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Leona Lewis at the Olympics

Goodbye Beijing! You impressed the world with your extravagant entertainment and racked up the most gold medals.

The next stop for the Summer Olympics is London and Leona Lewis was the right pop star to help usher it in. You can check out my other blog Stuff Mixed People Like to see why. Other noteworthy closing ceremony moments included football phenom David Beckham. It doesn't get any cooler than that!

Once again, goodbye 2008 Summer Olympics! Thanks for the memories.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This is how an Olympian's heart breaks

I was really rooting for Lolo Jones to win the womens 100m hurdles race. I read about her inspiring story from being a homeless teen in Iowa to becoming one of the fastest hurdlers in the world. But all it takes is one bump in the road, or in her case, one hurdle to shatter a lifelong dream. She was so close to winning a gold medal. So close!

Yet Lolo still has a lot to be proud of. She overcame some tough circumstances, worked really hard and got the privilege to represent her country on a world stage. I hope she remembers that. But I know this loss is going to sting for a while. Darts in the heart usually do.

[Hat tip to Heidi]

Monday, August 18, 2008

Music Spotlight: Sarah MacIntosh

Chasing Furies was a 90s alternative rock band that emerged in a time when the Christian music industry wasn't ready for their sound. If Chasing Furies were a TV show it would be My So Called Life, beautifully crafted yet regrettably short-lived.

But sometimes exquisite voices get a second chance. Such is the case with Sarah MacIntosh who's alluring fans once again with her dreamy vocal style in a solo project released earlier this year called The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers and Me.

MacIntosh was kind enough to share some insights with Think Virtue! on Chasing Furies, creativity and her self-proclaimed shyness.

Here's our Q&A:

1. Since re-entering the music scene, what did you learn from the first time around that helped prepare for this album?

There are many things from the first time around that I've learned that I have taken into this latest venture. I have learned much better what the "Christian music industry" is there for. Who the people are and what they want. I think with my previous band Chasing Furies we had a misconception of who the Christian music listener/buyer was and now I know more clearly who it is and have hopefully made a record that is me speaking to that person.

2. Why was it so important for you to make and share this album with the world?

I feel like it is a Christian's responsibility to share the Gospel with those around them. To share what they are learning and what things the Lord has shown them. I feel like in my relationships with people as a friend and person I should be helping people grow closer to the Lord and the best way I am able to do these things is through music. I tend to be shy and unable to talk to people about the deep things that go on in my life but for some reason it is easy to put it into song and share that way so this is what I do and through my music I hope that those who listen do draw closer to the Lord.

3. What do you hope that people take away from listening to your music?

I hope that people would listen and see new truths about who He is and how we can draw closer to Him. I would want them to listen and feel refreshed and uplifted and encouraged.

4. You traveled to Europe earlier this year. How did the audience respond when you performed at the Methodist Central Hall in London?

In each of the places that I played in Europe this year I have been blown away by the response. These are people who have not previously ever heard of me before and yet they enjoyed the music and were able to get the songs that I sang and their meaning as well.

5. Outside of music, what inspires your creativity?

I am an avid reader and runner. There is something in words and other peoples thoughts that inspires me. The way they phrase their ideas and try to communicate a thought to me encourages me to become better and more creative about the way I phrase my thoughts and ideas in my songs. As a runner I have been able to travel all over the world and see cities in a different way by running through them. It is quiet time I have alone in a city where I just get to ponder the people and the culture and the creation that they live in. I am able pray and think about the things the Lord is showing me and process them throughout the run and sometimes come home with the beginnings of a song already formed and shaping in my mind.

6. What would you say is your favorite thing about yourself?

Early in my life the I read Psalms 139 and the verse that says "I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" jumped out at me. I know as a woman that I was created fearfully and wonderfully and that I don't have to worry about being self conscious about the way I look or how I sound as a musician or singer. I am confident that He has created me to be who I am and that is the person that He wants to use...not someone I try to make myself into being. He doesn't need her. He needs me as He created me. I would say it is this confidence in myself, that my parents reinforced my whole life, that is my favorite thing. It helps me not be distracted by myself and any insecurities I may have and instead to be able to focus on Him and what He has planned for me.

7. Any plans for a Chasing Furies reunion? Or any special limited performances together?

Oh how fun it would be to have a chasing furies reunion. I have sung many times with my sister singing backup vocals for me and have enjoyed it very much. I don't foresee any reunion though. We are a family and sing together and enjoy each other as much as possible but I don't see it ever taking the form of Chasing Furies again.


For more info on MacIntosh visit her at and for old times sake check out the video for Chasing Furies "Thicker" (featured below).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Black Weblog Awards

Vote for Think Virtue! in the "Best Faith-Based Blog" category for the Black Weblog Awards. And while you're at it feel free to nominate fellow mixed blogger Heidi Durrow in the "Best Culture Blog" category. Also, you can check out my blogroll to find other quality blogs worth nominating like Big Is the New Small and Brown Girl Gumbo.

Be sure to get your nominations in by August 16th.

Questions Not Asked

In this 2008 presidential election some questions and issues are being left out and ignored as usual.

When are the candidates going to mention Native Americans? When was the last time a candidate had a nationally televised forum centered on the issues of people with disabilities? And what about the Deaf community? Or little people? And the list goes on. It's usually the same old arguments with the presidential debates.

Conservative vs. liberal.

But when was the last time that either side really advocated for those groups of people? When have they made a big push to bring their issues to the forefront?

It's clear that we have a war in Iraq, that our economy is struggling and our environment needs preservation. But let's not forget about the other stuff.

What are some questions you'd like to hear the presidential candidates discuss?

Monday, August 11, 2008

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

The Olympics will always have a unique spiritual undertone. They remind us that no matter where we come from or what language we speak that underneath it all we are equally human. For a couple of weeks we get to see just how connected our world really is. We get to see touching stories about athletes who have spent their whole lives training for a moment to make their country, their family and their friends proud. Most athletes will walk from the summer games without a medal, but they will leave forever changed and so will we, the viewers.

What have some of your favorite Olympic moments been so far?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sunsets are God's smoothies to the world!

Everyday God gives us a one of a kind present: sunsets. They're free entertainment with no repeats. Each showcase is brilliant, displaying God's artistic splendor in a grand and majestic way. Whenever you look at a sunset know that God loves you. Know that God is thinking of you and He cares.

[Hat tip to my bro for uploading this picture]