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Halleluja Music By Leonard Cohen Lyric Re-Write For Worship Service

Here are Leonard Cohen’s original lyrics:

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, baby, I’ve been here before.
I’ve seen this room, and I’ve walked this floor.
I used to live alone before I knew you.
But I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch,
And love is not a victory march,
It’s a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, there was a time when you’d let me know
What’s really going on below,
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you,
And the Holy Ghost was moving too,
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there is a God above,
But all that I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.
It’s not a cry that you hear at night,
And it is not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah


What My Thoughts Were…

Well, it’s a lovely song. Super-moving.

But am I going to sing any of these lines at church?

  • You saw her bathing on the roof
  • She tied you to a kitchen chair
    She broke your throne, she cut your hair
  • But all that I’ve ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.

OK, well, no.

So what’s left to do, but write alternate lyrics for Cohen’s Hallelujah that would be appropriate for worship services?

Nothing, so here goes!

You wrote some words that resonate
and on my path of rejecting pain
i make some changes to suit
Now I offer all my strengths and gifts
and fearlessly step forth and lift
my heart to the Lord

Regardless of your stage in life
you have a sense of what’s wrong and right
despite what you’re commanded to do
Your orders are to kill or harm
But we refuse to play along
We claim the strength to refuse

regardless of the names we choose
the statues clothes or books we use
we’re shoulder to shoulder in truth
Now remember that it moves in you
And the Holy Ghost, you feel it too
The spirit the nameless that frees us

Well maybe there’s no God above,
and the only Spirit lives in us,
But we’ve learned the lesson of love
We sing our songs day and night
Our harmony brings love and light
and our world is whole, Hallelujah

Here’s a rough cut, right after drafting the lyrical re-write…



Coming Soon…

Please feel free to make comments & suggestions. I plan to make a professional recording soon.

Gratitude to Leonard Cohen’s Soul R.I.P.

I can literally feel Leonard Cohen’s soul with me, next to me, and smiling at me and with me — for doing this re-write. It’s like his soul is cheering me on and offering a kind of warm support.




Download Your Copy of the “Kids Safety Song” Here :-)



A stranger comes up driving
and offers me a ride
though the reason sounds appealing
here’s my reply

No no no no
someone take out a phone
we’re gonna get a picture of you
I called the police
who protect our peace
now leave me alone!

Seems like a friendly person
I just met online
well it’s a kidnapper’s fake virtual profile asking
do you want to meet in real life?

I showed my dad
I showed my mom
I took a screenshot to my teacher
Thanks to the law
The perpetrator was caught
and the world is a safer place!

I know some kids are trying
drugs sex and other stuff
they want me to join them
and do things that are dangerous

No no no no
you’ve got to go
I only do what’s healthy for me
My life is mine
and yours is yours
and I love me!

I will never bully
or call anybody names
I report anyone who tries it with me
Your least consequence is shame

No no no no
You’ve got to go
Bullying has no place in my life
Powerfully surrounding me
are joy and peace!

Download your complimentary copy of the “Kids Safety Song” below…

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2. Log in
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How I Eliminated Spam From My Life Entirely (Phase 1)

This article inserts a statement made in the past tense, into the present.

The insertion is: “I Eliminated Spam From My Life Entirely.”

My projection is that I will have successfully eliminated all spam from my life within 1 month, and that in a series of articles denoted by steps, I will have created a helpful guide for you to eliminate spam from your life, as well.

Let’s start!

Assessing My Personal Spam Problem

19 email addresses (I run several websites).

email spam quantity assessment
email spam quantity assessment

So, that works out to 769.86 emails per day.

How did THAT happen? LOL.

I turned all spam filtering off because I periodically get important emails from people I either don’t know or haven’t heard from in a while. I didn’t want to miss any emails, so I just let everything through. And, due to particular circumstances demanding my full attention, I have neglected my inboxes for about 4 years now.

Tsk tsk, I know, but really, I had something very important to do…

That’s the email side of things.

How about spam on my websites?

Online — on websites and such — yes, my websites are pummeled with spam too.

This website currently has 2,500 “comments,” which is an oddly “round” number but here it is:

website spam comment quantity
website spam comment quantity


Taking Some Initial Steps (March 30, 2015)

Well, I turned on “SpamAssassin,” and it doubled my spam.

SpamAssassin Doubled My Spam
SpamAssassin Doubled My Spam


6000 emails in 7 days -- i have a screenshot of over 7000 somewhere but can't find it right now...
6000 emails in 7 days — i have a screenshot of over 7000 somewhere but can’t find it right now…



Support Email Regarding Spam
Support Email Regarding Spam
Another Support Email Regarding Spam
Another Support Email Regarding Spam


Taking Some Initial Steps (March 30, 2015)

OK, so I tried turning on “SpamAssassin,” which doubled my spam. I also turned on something called “Box Trapper,” which creates a sender challenge. I figured, if Box Trapper can unsubscribe from everything — but allow my friends, family, and business associates to just “verify” their emails — then I would be set.

But this is what my email looks like now:

Box Trapper Results
Box Trapper Results

So, I get a message stating that the emails that I sent “verification requests” to — cannot receive emails.

I also chatted with DreamHost’s tech support and they suggested I lower the spam score to “3” on all my email addresses — so I did that. Still — it didn’t seem to mean — or do — very much to make that change.

How Many Email Accounts Do I Have?

I have 1 free gmail account I generally do not use. I pay for two servers that also host email along with websites. I have about 19 email addresses, because I host several websites and you need to have email addresses to do so. Of my 19 email addresses, about 2-3 are personal email addresses that I would like to be able to use. The main email address I am seeking to reclaim is

An Imagined Solution

I want to be able to publish that email address wherever I like, and, for example, if it is the first time you are contacting me, then you need to go through a verification process. It’s not really complicated — and I do not wish to receive any email without having consented to receiving that email.

Very simple.

Next, I will seek some solution providers…

Compassionate Vaccine Debates Start Now

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when you take a staunch stance on vaccines, you are saying that only one of these families deserves your compassion.

Marcella Gruelle died, at age 13, from a mandatory vaccination administered at school without parental consent.

Olivia Dahl died, at age 7, from measles encephalitis.

Our deepest condolences to the families, regardless of time past, and may the souls of these lovely girls continue to rest in peace.

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Roald Dahl, wife Patricia Neal and their children Theo, Tessa and Olivia Twenty Dahl, their oldest daughter who died of encephalitis, at the age of 7.
Image by: the Chronicler at

Gruelle Images:

Rock Song: Can’t Run (Video Kickoff For Campaign)


I’ve started talking with people about launching a campaign, and I figured this song would be a good one to start with:

I’m gathering video clips now, and a few really amazing artists have agreed to have their work shown in the video. If you have a visual contribution that you feel would work well in a video about perseverance and accepting the sometimes painful process growth can require, then please do get in touch.

Here is a video that moved me, and shows the kind of work I will be doing in the future 🙂 Click on the image to hear a soulful and heartfelt cover of “Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life.”

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Artists, whose work will be included in the video as of January 16th, 2015 are:

Rob Secades

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Vladimir Volegov

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Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, work, encouragement and support, to make it possible for me to release my work now…

This particular song was written and recorded in the late 90’s and was a part of a collaborative musical project I created. It would be super lovely, if everything “came together,” for a real, official release of the song w a meaningful and appealing video.

Feel free to think through how you may be able to support, encourage, benefit, and/or contribute.


Parenting Attitude

One possible solution parents may wish to think about, is applying the strategy of: parenting attitude.

There are several ways to interpret the phrase “parenting attitude.”

One way is to stop parenting behavior, and to start parenting attitude. Huh? What does that mean?

What I mean is: don’t focus on your child’s current behavior, instead focus on the “attitude” that results in the behavior being exhibited. Basically, it’s just: “take one step back and parent the attitude of your child instead of getting all huffy about momentary behavior.”

Really, this is the approach I use with my daughter, and when her friends visit, it is the approach I use with my daughter’s friends.

I can publish on “my single rule for happy babysitting” later.

So, anyway, I enjoy “parenting attitude” instead of just correcting momentary behavior. In general, it allows my daughter to make decisions for herself, while getting feedback from me about her attitude.

If she starts whining, I tell her I do not enjoy communicating with someone who is whining. Sometimes, the “whining” is because of a legitimate concern or issue or situation, and if I call her expression of her valid and true emotions “whining,” in general, my daughter will cry (or express unhappiness) and I will correct my behavior and exhibit more compassion and truly listen (which I generally do first, but sometimes people slip up).

But, if she is just whining because she wants an expensive toy that really needs to wait for a bigger occasion, or if she wants to eat donuts and only donuts for dinner, well, I can calmly state that I do not enjoy talking with people who are whining — and she — adjusts her demeanor.  Which is amazing to watch.

She goes from a negatively tuned, stomping, demanding girl (which is just simply not her “normal” character), to a reasonable, caring person with needs and wants and desires and the ability to express them effectively for someone her age.

So, I “parent attitude,” why? Because attitude comes before behavior, and because it works.

At least, it’s working for me, and if it helps you, awesome!

It’s also easy to compliment the “attitude” from which certain good decisions come.

Here are a few examples:

  • If she is on a high ledge and she gets scared and backs away from a more dangerous “play task” that other kids are doing, but she is not yet ready for, I can compliment her on her ability to judge her own skill level, and I can praise her for keeping herself safe.
  • If she accepts that I say we will not be purchasing that nasty bag of toxic sweets in the super appealing bag with the happy bunnies on it, I can say: I think it’s great that you were able to appreciate the nice artwork on that bag, that you found the package appealing, and that you accepted my “no we will not be buying those candies because they are unhealthy” so well. It is an absolute joy to go shopping with you, Emi, and you’ve seen many children crying and stomping in stores, with their parents sometimes even yelling at them. It’s such a relief we are not like that.
  • If she says excuse me after burping without my needing to remind her, I can compliment her on being polite.
  • If she really gets nasty and in a funk, I can ask “how are you feeling right now?” And without fail, there is a valid reason why her behavior is off (for a short time).

In general, we just have a pleasant, conversational, happy, fun parent-child experience.

I like it that I can summarize my parental strategy in two words: “parenting attitude.”

How else can one interpret the phrase “parenting attitude?”

Well, I can ask: what is your parenting attitude? There are parents who I have observed, and it really looks like their “parenting attitude” or “parental attitude” is one of constant annoyance with their children.

I find such a “parenting attitude” really uncomfortable, and I avoid parents like that. If I hear you insulting your child, you can bet I won’t be hanging out with you at the park anytime soon!

So, I would describe my parenting attitude as one that

  • parents attitude (LOL)
  • is calm caring and considerate
  • listens and understands
  • grants reasonable requests
  • allows exploration and fun
  • answers child-questions as well as possible
  • converses
  • keeps promises
  • is reliably “there for” my child
  • comforts
  • is dedicated to consistent kindness and honesty
  • is clear about specific dangers and how to avoid them
  • is preparatory, not reactive

…and probably some other descriptions. So that is my “parenting attitude.” 🙂