ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!  – Thomas Carlyle

Cole Porter was born on this day in 1891 in Peru, Indiana.  Cole Porter’s name derives from the surnames of his parents, Kate Cole and Sam Porter.  He had an advantage in life because his family was wealthy.  He was raised on a 750-acre fruit ranch.  His wealthy, domineering grandfather did not like the fact that Cole wanted to pursue a career in music.

His mother introduced him to the violin and the piano. Cole started riding horses at age six and began to studying piano at eight at Indiana’s Marion Conservatory. By age ten, he had begun to compose songs, and his first song was entitled “Song of the Birds”.

Cole was classically trained and very talented.  He was drawn towards musical theatre.  He didn’t have immediate success, but eventually achieved success in the 1920’s.  By the 1930’s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage.  The impressive fact is that he not only wrote the music, but the lyrics for his songs.

He wrote over 800 songs and had a flair for wit.  He composed toe-tapping songs like “Night and Day” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

In 1937 his life was marred by a riding accident that left him unable to walk.  In spite of that, he continued writing and was quite successful – going on to write some of the best-loved standards of all time.

Today let’s celebrate Cole Porter’s birthday by watching the wonderful movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”.  Here is the final scene.  If you don’t own this movie – you really should get it.

I’m such a fan of show tunes.  Cole Porter’s light-hearted humor and sophistication shine through in his compositions.  I enjoy playing them and listening to other musician’s interpretations.

Happy Birthday, Cole Porter!  🙂

 

 

BIRTHDAY #54

TL BIRTHDAY #54

I enjoy and am enjoying the good things that come along with [aging]… Nobody can buy experience.  Nobody can buy wisdom.  Nobody can buy a shared history with others that you get by being relevant and engaged year upon year upon year.  – Rob Lowe

Have you ever seen a cake with 54 candles on it?  I know, me neither.  So, there is a positive to not eating cake, huh?

I’m so thankful to God for another year of life.  I received this from a friend:

Renew My Strength

Heavenly Father,

Please bless Linda, for today is her birthday. Dear Lord, please protect and guide Linda as she continues along the path you’ve chosen for her. Give her the courage to follow in your light, and feel your love wherever she goes. Make her strong and give her the strength to make good decisions in the coming year. Keep her free from illness and sadness, for she is a truly good person who deserves happiness and success in all aspects of life. We know that life is like a book. With each new chapter, we learn and grow towards what you would have us be. Bless Linda now on this day, and in the future.

In your name we pray,

Amen.

Isn’t that sweet?  My friends mean so much to me, and kindness like that is a real treasure and uplifts my spirit!

On this day I also want to wish some other (more famous) people a very happy birthday!

  • Emmylou Harris
  • Adam Rodriguez
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Quavo Marshall
  • Bethany Joy Lenz
  • Traci Braxton
  • Drew Van Acker
  • Christopher Meloni
  • Clark Gregg
  • Kapil Sharma
  • David Ferrer
  • Roselyn Sanchez
  • Linda Hunt
  • Jesse Carmichael
  • Adam Shulman
  • Sia Barbi
  • Deon Richmond
  • Leon Russell
  • Leyla Milani
  • Lindy Booth
  • Amy Castle
  • Samu Haber
  • Paquita la del Barrio
  • Pedro Pascal
  • Lee De Wyre
  • Clare Thomas
  • Simon Farmaby

I’m in good company!  And here are a few who were born on April 2nd but have passed on:

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Buddy Ebsen
  • Alec Guinness
  • Charlemagne
  • Jack Webb

I’m sure you have done this on your birthday – looked up all the famous people who share your special day.  It’s fun to think about all the talented folks you share a birthday with.  I wonder if I could have been famous?  Oh well…  I’m sure that ship has sailed – but it might have been nice.

This year I’d like to see the movie “American Sniper”.  It’s time for America to see a real hero.

This picture [American Sniper] was interesting because I’m seeing it from the point of a person who was sort of an American hero…  His family and his beliefs were very strong…  You have to embrace his philosophy if you’re going to tell a story about him.  – Clint Eastwood

Look what I had waiting for me on facebook today…  Lucinda spoils me – she really does.  This poem made me cry – it did.

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From Lucinda… Awe!

And Lucinda, I will now give you another photo to add to your collection – LOL!  This is my official RED HAT photo.  No, I’m not a member of the Red Hat Society, but I sure do embrace the notion that as one ages, one must not be overly concerned about what colors do and do not go together, nor how many feathers one wears in one’s hat.  Bring on the hats, the feathers, the purple and red together.  I will age with grace, but I will age with an attitude that says RULES???  WHAT RULES???

I love this post on one of my favorite blogs – http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/2015/04/easter-parade-2015.html

Wouldn’t you love to join these wonderful women???  I sure would!

Ready for the Red Hat Society!
Ready for the Red Hat Society!

I must share a story about this photo.  I found this red hat (I know it looks orange in the photo but it really is red) at the antique store.  I saw it as a photo-op.  I didn’t want to actually buy the hat, so I casually went into the booth and tried to hide amongst some other items so I would not be seen taking the photo.

I was almost home free…  I got my camera out and was seconds away from pushing the button when I happened to glance just outside the booth and across the store – at the cutest little lady.  She must have been kicking 80.  I wondered if she was going to approve or disapprove of my actions – but I knew she was cool when those two little thumbs of hers turned upward and she gave me the biggest grin I’ve ever seen!  I wish I had a photo of that – because it was priceless!

Opinions are like birthdays; everybody has one, and I know yours only because of facebook.  @RANDILAWSON

Thank you all for the kind wishes and encouragement.  I’m thankful to God for another year of life!  And yes, I may have a small slice of birthday cake today – but it won’t be the cake that had 54 candles on it – lol!!!  🙂

 

 

A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR

TL 12-12 A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE POOR

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Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen   – Mother Teresa

The International House of Prayer in Kansas City is hosting a day of prayer in December for the poor and suffering around the world and those who are giving their lives to helping them.  Please plan to join us for part or all of the solemn assembly. Get more info here: http://www.ihopkc.org

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  – Psalm 34:6

What is Christmas all about?  One of my friends reminded me recently that it is not his birthday, but the birthday of Christ Jesus.  If we can keep it in perspective and teach little ones that lesson, it honors God.  Today I invite you to join me in prayer for those who are less fortunate.  We do what we can to help, but in addition to helping physically, we pray.

 O GOD, Almighty and merciful, who heals those that are broken in heart, and turns the sadness of the sorrowful to joy; Let Your Fatherly goodness be upon all that You have made. Remember in pity those who are this day destitute, homeless, or forgotten by their fellow-men. Bless the congregation of Your poor. Uplift those who are cast down. For those who suffer innocently, I pray that You will sanctify their endurance of the wrongs worked on them, keeping their hearts free of bitterness. Cheer with hope all discouraged and unhappy people, and help those who are tempted into sin by their poverty; though they be troubled on every side, suffer them not to be distressed; though they be perplexed, save them from despair. Grant this, O Lord, for the love of Him, who for our sakes endured poverty and blameless suffering, Your Son, our Jesus Christ.  It’s in His Name we pray, Amen.

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 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.  – Psalm 102:17

We pray because we know our Lord hears us.  I hope you’ll join me and pray too!  ❤

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

FOOD DAY

TL 10-24 FOOD DAY

10-24 FAVORITE FOODS

Most holidays are centered around food – let’s admit it.  Birthdays and anniversaries are not complete without cake and ice cream.  We all have our favorite foods at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Today is different – we celebrate food itself!

Diabetes has taught me to look at food choices differently than I used to.  I used to eat more carbohydrates and unhealthy fats.  Now I have restricted both in order to keep my blood glucose happy and lose some weight.  Good fuel equals good overall health and a good mood!  Healthy foods are not more expensive or less tasty than unhealthy foods.

The only drawback of fresh fruits and vegetables is that they need to be used rather quickly after being purchased.  You do have to visit the market more often, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.  Once you begin to enjoy meals with fresh or frozen foods, you won’t want to eat packaged, canned or overly processed foods again.

I refer to junk food as “party food” because the only time I allow myself to eat it is in a social situation.  There was a time when I took a bag of chips with me to watch television and mindlessly popped them – then wondered why I gained so much weight!  Now that I’ve been forced to think about what I eat, it’s easier now.  I have to think of food as fuel for my body and not comfort for my emotions.  It’s amazing how freeing it is once you separate the two.

People tend to buy processed packaged foods for the convenience factor.  Open, heat and eat.  I challenge you to read the labels of the convenience foods next time you’re at the grocery store.  Before I had to think about eating, I bought the instant packets of oatmeal.  I didn’t read the labels because I didn’t think I needed to.  Once I did start reading them – I was shocked at the amount of sodium and sugar in those tiny little packets!  Now I buy steel-cut oatmeal with no added sugars or sodium.  What a difference that one change made!

Fresh food does demand more preparation – (chopping, dicing, etc.) but in the long run, it is well worth the effort.  Celebrate real food today!  😀

 

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

TL 10-4 WORLD CARD MAKING DAY

 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10

Do you enjoy being crafty and making a friend’s day? So do I! Today is WORLD CARD MAKING DAY, so let’s get busy making some happy cards!

How cute is that? It’s a real birthday candle!

I like this get well card! I’m sure receiving this would put a smile on my face!

Nowadays there are many methods to create cards of all types! Stamps and ink, punches and other ways to cut shapes, or maybe like me, you want to make your cards digitally. There is no right or wrong way to make a card and the type of card you make is limited only by your imagination!

I’ve never made an interactive card before, have you?

I like to make Thanksgiving cards. I’m so thankful for my friends and like to make them something special to let them know I care about them. I’m not sure if I could do all the drawing for this, but I’d be willing to try this:

How about sending some Thanksgiving Blessings?

Fall is the time of year we begin to think about warmth and nothing catches my eye faster than a cozy quilt. I don’t know how to make a quilt, but I think I could do this cute card:

There are literally TONS of ideas for cards of all kinds on the internet. Pinterest alone can keep you busy searching for just the right idea!

Oh – take a look at this one. I think I could even do this!

So many cute ideas! Get a group of friends together and start making some cards today! I’m sure you can think of someone who could use a handmade card just from you. Many years ago my pastor told me that when you give a gift, it reflects your personality. It’s the same principle with a handmade card. That card is something you took time to make especially for someone. When you take time – time you will never get back – to show someone how special they are, it means a great deal. Have fun making cards today! 😀

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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8-11 NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY

He is incredible but he’s not the green hulk – he is Hulk Hogan, the longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time with the World Wrestling Federation.  Today is his birthday and it’s time to celebrate!

Hogan came to fame in the 1980’s in the WWF.  He set many records through the 1980’s and 1990’s and was the first man to win 2 consecutive royal rumbles.  He’s also been featured in television and film.  He even has his own reality show called “Hogan Knows Best”.

” Thunder in Paradise” is a film Hulk Hogan appeared in.  Let’s face it – there’s just never a dull moment when he’s around.

There comes a moment in life when we look around and see things falling apart and wonder if there is more to life than what we are in ourselves.  Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we take time to look up.  It’s painful while we’re going through it, but so rewarding when we stop struggling, look up through the tears and cry out to the God of the universe for help.  When we humble ourselves before God, healing – permanent healing – ultimately follows.  God is so faithful to us.  He is there for all who call on Him.

I now realize I had to go through all this stuff to be who I am today, to make me who I am today.  And then I realized all that stuff – the peace, love, the joy, that still, small voice, the energy, that God presence – is part of who I’m meant to be.  – Hulk Hogan

Life can seem to crumble for all of us – celebrities or ordinary folk like me.  The question is:  Who will you lean on for help when it happens.  God loves us so much and He wants to be the One you rely on completely when life falls apart.

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.   – Oswald Chambers

Never give up on life no matter what happens.  Reach out to Jesus because He loves and cares for you.  Happy Birthday, Hulk Hogan!  God bless you and keep on keeping on – and believing that God has your life in His hand!  ❤

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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7-21 THE HEMINGWAY WAY

On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born.

Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway is seen as one of the great American 20th century novelists, and is known for works like A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea.How amazing would it be to not only influence the reader, but change the way the reader thinks?  That is what Ernest Hemingway did and what all writers strive to do.  Have you ever heard of Hemingway’s theme?  This is such a great song!

One of America’s most honored and respected authors, he wrote with clarity and used a straightforward method of communication.  Regardless of background or education, the reader could easily understand and relate to his writing.  That’s an enviable talent to be sure.

Hemingway called Key West home for more than ten years.  I often think if I was surrounded by turquoise waters I could write well too.  It would be lovely to be left alone on a tiny island to write to my heart’s content.  I imagine him as a rugged and macho person, almost the exact opposite of the lovable and quick-witted Mark Twain.  Hemingway was genius – more serious to be sure.

 You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love. If it is all the same to you I would rather not expound on that.  – Ernest Hemingway

His novel The Old Man and the Sea was made into a 1958 film starring Spencer Tracy.

 You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.  ― Ernest Hemingway

Poem

The only man I ever loved
Said good-bye
And went away
He was killed in Picardy
On a sunny day.

– Ernest Hemingway

What is the Hemingway way?  It is very direct, not always the most flowery language, but short and to the point.  One really should prepare before reading Hemingway because he pulls no punches in his writing.  My wish is that his life had been as successful as his writing career.  He was married 4 times and it was said he would marry and then almost immediately fall in love with another woman, usually a younger woman.  He ultimately committed suicide because between alcohol and depression, he started on a downhill spiral and was unable to be as productive as he once was.

Today we celebrate the genius and all the wonderful stories he left for us to enjoy.  😀