Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

12/28/08

Perfect Tool for a Professional Beginner - REVIEW - Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

I love the Canon Rebel XT. I use it for work, where I manage communications for a high school. Despite that I have no real camera or photography training, I find the XT comfortable and easy to use. Although the school supplied me with this camera, when I next need to buy one for personal use, there is a good chance this will be my choice.

I'm the chief paparazzo, taking candid pictures of students, teachers and events. We have pro photographers for major things, and they use higher level equipment, but for quick, on-the-spot shots, I grab the XT and am out the door.

Images are clear every time, thanks to the camera accurately predicting what I am interested in. There is an auto/general pictures options, as well as context-specific options (distance, action, close-ups and others). The flash is perfectly timed and is at the correct level for whatever amount of light I need.

The download software is quick, and interfaces with Windows with no conflicts.

All images download as jpegs, so there are no conversion issues. I open them in Adobe Photoshop, and take it from there.

It is small enough to carry discretely, but big enough to get the job done.

I fully recommend the Canon Rebel XT.

Anthony Trendl
http://anthonytrendl.com

12/27/08

Unite! Trendl Trendel Trendle Trendell Families

As a keeper of the Trendl name, a fairly rare name in the big world, I thought it might be good to get us all together.

If your last name is Trendl, Trendel, Trendle or Trendell, you are invited to join a new Facebook group: Trendl Trendel Trendle Trendell - Common Interest - Families.

We are who we are. The name is pronounced the same no matter how it is spelled, so something connects us.

For some, we are directly related. This can help us connect, remember, or manage genealogy. If nothing else, we can smile knowing we aren't alone.

If you a Smith, Jones, Johnson or Patel, sorry. No Thompsons, Williams, Browns, Davises, Miller or Wilsons.

If you are a Trendl, I want you.

12/25/08

Hardrock, Coco and Joe Christmas Video

Hardrock, Coco and Joe

One of the most odd Christmas videos, with an extremely catchy tune.

Concerning the Magi (poem)

Concerning the Magi
by Anthony Trendl

Job security ignored,
lives put in jeopardy,
reputations put on the line,
they chose to bow with their gifts
at the feet of Mary,
before a Baby named Jesus.
There was no risk--only faith...
only love... only worship.
And this was and ever will be
worth the trip for the Magi,
for you and for me.

first published in Decision Magazine, December 2001

12/23/08

A Violin-worthy Soliloquy

Can you hear the wisp of a violin's soliloquy singing out my sad song?

Friday was rough. I had plans to attend a fellow running club member's party -- an annual Christmas-related event she hosts. Suits, ties and cocktail dresses. My day was not destined to involve a party.

Friday stunk. Snow made it difficult to get out of the complex we live in, then I lost control of my car on my way to work, and hit a curb. Record snow and ice rain likely caused more than a few accidents.

30 minutes later, a long drive became longer, just south of Wheaton Academy (near North Ave on Prince Crossing), I had had a flat tire. Despite the great help of an old friend, the tire was extremely difficult to remove. Frozen, wet, aching (much labor in tire removal).

My usual start time at work is around 8:00 am. Friday, I got there at 10:30 am.

Realizing I was short a few photos for a newsletter I am putting together, I had to stay late to take some pictures of a basketball game. On my way to the game, I twisted my ankle hard. It still hurts a few days later. I got home, was wiped out and simply had no party-energy.

12/17/08

Excellent Dentist Office Addition - review - Atlantic Monthly

The Atlantic Magazine

I like the Atlantic, but I confess I do not like it enough so that I will continue to subscribe. I read it while awaiting treatment at my dentist's office, while on the train or at a coffee shop. In 45 minutes, I have had my fill. It is otherwise not compelling in its originality or capacity.

The articles are better than most popular magazines. I enjoy Mark Steyn and Mark Bowden, but get tired of Christopher Hitchens' proselytory writing tone.

Occasional issues have been dumbed down, are feel as if they are being geared for the Entertainment Tonight crowd.

The Atlantic is a good read in short spurts, but inconsistent over the entire issue, I now only buy a couple issues a year, at most.

Anthony Trendl
http://anthonytrendl.com/

12/11/08

Merry Christmas and Other Merry Days of Christianity

Don't wait until December 25 to wish someone a merry Christmas. When you do, do more than give a card, present and well wish.

While I am not great fan of cliches, the Christian culture mantra of a few years back, "What Would Jesus Do?" is worth applying in some form. A more practical phrase is, naturally, "What would Jesus have me do?" The question is hard, and with Christmas approaching, cannot be ignored by those us who claim faith in Christ.

Today, December 11, is exactly two weeks before December 25, but God is not less present now than He will be.

There are obvious, easy ways of living out a Christian life in the moment, like helping at a homeless mission. There are harder, more quiet ways of the application too. Try loving your neighbor. Your next door neighbor. If you live in an apartment complex, you might have a bunch. Take them to to dinner, bring them a homemade dessert, or just stop up to say hi.

Before you get on about how you think they should do this to, remember love is not passive, but proactive. Besides, you know the verse, 1 John 4:19 "We love, because He first loved us." If you were waiting around to be loved, and call yourself a Christian, get going. Jesus has been there, done that, and is still doing it.

Merry Christmas.

12/7/08

Top Movies of All Time: Top 100 and Beyond

Another blog I maintain is "Top Movies of All Time: Top 100" which, at first lists the AFI top 100 movies with a brief synopsis. It follows major industry news.

Major movies covered: CITIZEN KANE * THE GODFATHER * CASABLANCA * RAGING BULL * SINGIN' IN THE RAIN * GONE WITH THE WIND * LAWRENCE OF ARABIA * SCHINDLER'S LIST * VERTIGO * THE WIZARD OF OZ


Check it out.

http://topmoviesofalltime.blogspot.com/

12/2/08

Amazing Grace - Punk Style by Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys are not exactly theologically astute here, and holiness is not a way you would describe, but the song is a fun version. Sadly, they try to mock God in the process. See the video.