FATHER’S DAY

You know, it’s funny – I hear people say there’s so much DRAMA on facebook.  I guess I have the right friends, because we all post prayer requests and we pray for each other.  When it comes to prayer, I believe there is strength in numbers – and it’s great to know I have some 200 plus people praying for me!

This portion of Scripture appears right after the list of armor we are to wear every day:

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I’d love to have this to look at every day.  Do you have all of this memorized?  Sad to say, I don’t.  I can’t remember what I had for lunch today!  If we are wearing every piece of armor, we are in a great place to pray for others!  Some days there are so many prayer requests in my news feed – and I don’t say long, eloquent prayers – but I believe God hears the brief but sincere prayer for a brother or sister in Christ.

It’s a choice to drop the drama on facebook and pick up the armor and support someone in prayer.  God wants us to pray for one another.  Did you know when you begin to pray for a person, it’s impossible to be angry at them?  Pray for those who persecute you – it’ll really confuse them too – I like that part.  If you want to have even more fun – let them KNOW you’re praying for them.  LOL – mind blown!

I know some folks think of prayer as a last resort, but let me tell you – in my opinion, it’s the best thing to do, and should be the first option we think of.  We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but our God knows, and He wants us to keep Him in the loop.  I might ask friends for advice, and I may or may not take it…  but when I ask God for help, I have my eyes and ears open, eagerly waiting for His answers!  It’s a privilege to pray for a brother or sister, and I’m so thankful when they let me know they are praying for me too!

Happy Father’s Day!

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If you are able to hug your daddy – hug him twice!  Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

SATCHMO DAYS

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The legendary Louis “Satchmo Pops” Armstrong is the most recognizable icon in music history.  There’ll never be another like him.  The Satchmo Summerfest will be happening in New Orleans.  There will be music dedicated to the great man himself as well as seminars and great food.  http://www.fqfi.org/satchmo

All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.  – Louis Armstrong

Here’s a bit of his book entitled Satchmo:  My Life in New Orleans

“In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.

I have a friend who can imitate Louis Armstrong’s distinctive voice and if you were to close your eyes and hear him sing “Hello Dolly” you would not be able to tell it was not the late great Louis Armstrong!  Can my friend play a horn though?  Nope – sorry.

If anybody was Mr. Jazz it was Louis Armstrong. He was the epitome of jazz and always will be. He is what I call an American standard, an American original.  – Duke Ellington

Hello Dolly!  Um…  I mean…  bye!  Enjoy Satchmo Days!  🙂

WE LOVE ELVIS

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I got a photo taken in Branson on August 22, 2004 with an Elvis impersonator – it was snapped after the show, so he was not exactly spring fresh – but we get photo ops when we can.  I’ll bet he never went to a gym – doing those shows is a workout in itself.  You know what’s in my scrapbook along with this photo?  One of his scarves – or whatever you call those sweat catchers…  eeeewww.  Funny story though – I was so short there’s no way I could have caught one before all those tall girls – so my sweet hubby jumped up and got it for me – then handed it over.  Teamwork – yep!

Who thinks that real life is just overwhelming right now?  I’m raising my hand!  Seriously, there have been NO positives in the news and even though someone is running around saying America will be GREAT again, well…  never mind.  I’ll tell ya what, I’ll believe it when I see it – let’s put it that way.

So when real life gets to be too much, what do we need to do?  That’s right – we need to have fun and laugh.  And guess what I have today?  Yep – my friend John Coyote made a YouTube video – another Elvis tribute – but I gotta tell ya – this one is a hoot!  But John’s voice does have an Elvis-like quality – but the dramatics along with it are too funny!

And honestly, I didn’t even know Elvis recorded this song – I think the first time I heard The First Time (lol – that was confusing) – was when it was sung by Roberta Flack.  I had the 45 record of it, so of course that’s the one I’m most familiar with.  Of course, John would know for sure because I think he’s older than me (LOL) – yeah – he’s probably not – I’m just a music illiterate.  Don’t hit me, John! 

I think John should be an Elvis impersonator, don’t you?  They get paid pretty good, I think – and he’s certainly got the talent and that ham bone quality…  yep – I think he needs to consider a possible career move.  I don’t know if they’re hiring in Branson, but he surely should check it out.  🙂

 

 

 

MOTHER’S DAY

MOTHER'S DAY

There are times only when a mother’s love can understand our tears,

Can soothe our disappointments and calm all our fears.

There are times when only a mother’s love can share the joy we feel

When something we’ve dreamed about quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a mother’s faith can help on life’s way,

And inspire in us the confidence we need from day to day.

For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith and a mother’s steadfast love

Were fashioned by the angels and sent from God above.

I’m at the point in the grieving process where I look at this day as a day of tribute to my mom.  It’s taken a long time to get to this stage, but I’m finally figuring out that my life will go on – it will just be so very different without her in it.

Last year, Lucinda wrote a poem for a lady who lost her mother.  She asked me to make a design for it and said this lady referred to her mother as her diamond.  I wish I could say I had a lovely name for my mother, but I didn’t.  My mom was my best friend, my confidant, the one I trusted more than anyone – but no, I didn’t have a pet name for her.

My first thought was, HOW PERFECT IS THAT?  It says it all, doesn’t it?  Diamonds are the most precious gem (and happens to be my birth stone)  😉

MY DIAMOND

If I could give you diamonds for each tear you cried for me;

If I could give you sapphires for each truth you’ve helped me see.

If I could give you rubies for the heartache that you’ve known,

If I could give you pearls for the wisdom that you’ve shown;

Then you’ll have a treasure, mother, that would mount up to the skies.

That would almost match the sparkles in your kind and loving eyes.

But I have no pearls, no diamonds as I’m sure you’re well aware;

So I’ll give you gifts more precious, my devotion, love and care.

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                                         Mama said this is the night daddy proposed.  Awe…  what a precious photo for me to have!

I know that when she entered heaven, it became a brighter place.  God provides the only light that is needed in heaven, but I believe it gets brighter every time a saint goes inside – each saint sparkles like a diamond.  I believe that she was so happy to see my daddy again.  Based on information from the book “Heaven is for Real”, I also believe that they are both 20 something and feel fantastic!  I imagine they look so happy together like this photo.  I hold it close to my heart because it brings me comfort.

My mother no longer has arthritis and has been made whole – she doesn’t need her 2 total hip replacements and will never have to take any medicine.  Bliss for eternity… how can I mourn that?  I can’t.  If and when I cry these days, it’s for myself.  I still miss them. 

 

I WILL MISS YOU…

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Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925.  She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.  She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005.  Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.  I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.

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Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was???  Sheesh…  even I know what that means.

In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana!  If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program.  It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.

Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:

  • 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  • 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
  • 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
  • 1976 – A NEW LEAF
  • 1976 – HESTER STREET
  • 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
  • 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
  • 1979 – THE ROSE
  • 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • 2001 – MY GIANT
  • 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
  • 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR
  • 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
  • 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
  • 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
  • 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
  • 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice.  She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.561px-DorisRobertsApr2011

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There were funny women in her generation for sure…  she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview.  Also Mary Wickes comes to mind.  There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas!  Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad.  I will miss you!  🙂

 

I WILL MISS YOU…

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WHAT DID KATE WHISPER

Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  The spunky green-eyed, red-headed actress was best known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

O’Hara was born in Dublin, so when she played the role of Kate in “The Quiet Man”, it was a genuine and sincere performance.  It’s tradition in our house to watch the popular movie every St. Patrick’s Day.  Rarely do you see a true connection between actors – but in this film, you can tell that Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne have a true connection and worked well together.

Have you seen “The Quiet Man”?  If so, you are probably just as curious as I am to know what Maureen O’Hara whispered in the Duke’s ear at the end of the movie!  At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

I’ve tried to find out – I’ve searched and googled it…  it seems she took the secret with her – sadly.  Whatever she whispered to him – it definitely got the desired shock reaction from him!  I won’t say it’s my favorite part of the movie, but I will say – it’s the most interesting – just because I’m nosey and want to know what she whispered.  Oh well…

I miss movies that have a bit of mystery.  Ones that hold a little back and make us want more.  Nowadays – everything just hangs out, leaving us in a perpetual state of TMI overkill.  The Golden age of Hollywood is gone.  I will miss Maureen O’Hara.  🙂

 

 

I WILL MISS YOU…

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WELL PLAYED AND PLAYED WELL

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On September 6, we all lost a good friend.  Martin Milner was 83 years old.  Whether you recognize the name or not, his face is surely familiar.

He began acting at a very young age, in the 1947 film “Life with Father” in the role of John Day, the second oldest son of Clarence Day.   My husband and I still watch that film from time to time.  John Day was an ambitious child who was interested in making money by selling “medicine” to friends.  His wide-eyed innocence and the excitement in his voice makes you want to buy a bottle of it!  When his father (played by William Powell) finds out he’s been selling the medicine, he tells John that he will not get his allowance until all of the medicine has bought back – John obviously does some math in his mind and declares, “But I’ll be 21 years old!”  It’s a very cute movie and I highly recommend it.

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John Day is seated at the far left hand side

Route 66 aired on CBS from 1960-64.  Clean-cut Yale graduate Tod Stiles and his working-class buddy Buz Murdock (played by George Maharis) traveled all over the country in Tod’s Corette convertible getting their kicks.

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The role I remember best is that of “Pete Malloy” in the hit series “Adam 12” (1968).  Pete was a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, who was played by Kent McCord.

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We didn’t see much of Martin Milner then for a while.  He played in my favorite TV series “Murder, She Wrote” from time to time.  He played the role of “Lt. Clint Phelps”, who served in the USAF with Jessica’s husband, Frank Fletcher.

Of course, he played in many familiar movies as well, from westerns to city streets, he nailed every role he was challenged with playing.

I appreciate Martin Milner’s standards as an actor.  He didn’t use his fame to push an agenda.  He didn’t take a role that would damage his integrity or character.  He seemed like the sort of guy you could just sit down and have a cup of coffee with, didn’t he?

Here’s a list of all the great performances of Martin Milner:

http://www.oocities.org/martin_milner/filmography.html

I will miss Martin Milner.  Aren’t we thankful we can re-visit those great performances on DVD? 🙂

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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God gave NY a rainbow… brings tears to my eyes!

I asked the great folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they would be willing to share some of their thoughts about September 11, 2001.  Here are their responses:

I remember being scared, sad ,and confused. All I wanted to do was find out more information about what happened. It was surreal, and I took a long time to really come to terms with it. We visited NYC the following October and the mood was so somber . There was a complete sense of loss. I hope and pray that nothing like that happens to us again. 

  • John

I remember watching the TV and being so scared because it was not known how many more planes were involved and where the planes were headed. It was surreal and I know that all the military bases were on high alert.

  • Diane

I was driving when the news came on the car radio stating that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center ~ My first thought was terrorists ~ I went home and put the news on t.v. and witnessed the second plane crash into the second Tower ~ I called Jim who was visiting his mother’s grave and told him to get home asap ~ We watched on TV as the horror unfolded ~ The Towers crashing down ~ People dying, bleeding, etc. ~ The rest of the day was spent crying, not knowing. . .I lost two cousins and some former co-workers.

  • Ally

I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time attending school. I woke up and turned on the TV to watch the news as I got ready for school. I thought I was watching a movie as both of the twin towers where begin showed. Later on there was a bomb threat at the school I was attending. We cleared the building while the police and their dogs searched. In the meantime my class was sitting in the parking lot taking a test.

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And Lucinda reminds us of the Todd Beamer story.  Disclaimer:  grab a box of Kleenex.

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And the beautiful song by DC Talk.

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

Americans are resilient in the face of tragedy.  We mourn to be sure, but then we take the worst situations and replace them with symbols of hope for the future.  We need to honor those we lost by finding a way to move ahead.  On November 3, 2014, One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, opened!

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Restored beauty – because America is resilient.

 

It’s no coincidence that the building stands at 1,776 feet.  It is a deliberate reference to the year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.  May we look at this building and remember, but also gain strength and hope for the future.  Let’s pray for the future of America.

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May God bless the U.S.A.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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I suppose we all have our favorite actors and actresses.  Angela Lansbury’s talent has captured and held my attention throughout my life.  On this day in 1944 she made her film début in the popular film “Gaslight” at the tender age of 18.

I was put under contract. A major studio. I got nominated for an Academy Award. Isn’t that ridiculous? I mean, at the age of 18!  – Angela Lansbury

This film is a mystery-thriller adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play by the same name about a woman who fears that her husband murdered her aunt as she is driven insane.  It was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotton.

Lansbury arrived in the U.S. in 1940.  She landed the important role of house maid Nancy and absolutely nailed it – it was clear that she was as good an actress as the established stars she worked with, and in fact earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.

To labor is to pray.  – Motto of the Benedictines

Even though the movie was made two decades before I was born, the character of Nancy the maid holds my interest.  The intrigue and mystery are as intense today as it was the first time I watched it when I was just a little girl.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.  – Alfred Hitchcock

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed much success in her career and at age 89 she is still working on the London stage!  She continues to shine as brightly today as she did back in the mid 1940’s.

As I write this post I’m enjoying her performance as “Jessica Fletcher” in “Murder, She Wrote”.  I have all of the DVD’s and watch them often.

I wish Angela Lansbury many more years of continued success.  May her big blue eyes never lose their twinkle!  🙂

 

VETERAN’S DAY

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KEEP YOUR CHIN UP

I’ve been disillusioned with my country!  Recent events have made me shake my head and say, “Surely this isn’t happening here in the United States!  When did we stop supporting our brave men and women in the military?”

When I heard about hundreds of Veterans being put on “hold” at VA facilities instead of receiving the care they so desperately needed (some of them died as a result), I was literally sick.  The men and women who willingly defended the United States deserve nothing less than the best our country can give them – there is no statute of limitations or time limit.  Whether that Vet served during World War II,  the Vietnam conflict or the Middle East, we as a country need to do our best for them.  Shame on us!  It’s an upside-down world when we pay a man so much money to wear a football helmet, yet a man wearing a soldier’s helmet gets so little.  I don’t understand why it has to be that way.

A Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, had to stay in a Mexican prison for SEVEN MONTHS!  Everyone knows that he has PTSD and folks like me don’t have a clue what he’s had to endure!  It chapped my hide to hear the horror story of what he went through in that prison for so long.  He even got so despondent he tried to take his own life.  What makes me so angry is that  the President of the United States could have picked up the phone and gotten him out much MUCH sooner.  Did he do that?  Does he care?  NO!  He could not be bothered – not in the least.  Not a smidge! 

To say I prayed is an understatement.  I prayed and hoped that someone with some influence – (that’s not me – hate to burst your bubble) – could help him.  My prayers were answered.  Two angels came forward to help Sgt. Tahmooressi – Greta Van Susteren and Montel Williams.  There are GOOD people in this country!  Praise God! 

It’s been proven that soldiers with PTSD are helped by service dogs.  We all know how comforting our 4-legged friends can be every day.  They are especially crucial for those who are traumatized.  Dogs have such a calming effect on us and they let us know it’s going to be okay.  For years animal therapy has been beneficial for the elderly and others who live alone or in nursing homes.

May our country take a turn for the better and be good to our military – former and current.

We need to begin to TREASURE and honor our military in the United States once again instead of disrespecting it.  Let’s thank God for the men and women who willingly defend us!

If you are a Veteran and reading this post – thank you!  Know that God is pleased and Jesus loves you!  Have a blessed Veteran’s Day!  ❤