Why Not Me? Samuel F.B. Morse Quote Explains

Hi Friends:

When I was in School, one of the first inventions we learned about was the telegraph, and its inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse.

Recently, I read this quote from Samuel F. B. Morse, and his explanation of why he “just happened” to be the one who came up with the invention … His response resonated deep within my soul. We share this with anyone to whom God has given a vision, or a task, which seems too great for them to handle … A vision, a dream, which, when shared with others, may get a response like, “Why would God pick you to do this?” I think, also, that the person to whom God gives such a vision or dream to, may have the same response, deep within themselves: “Why would God give this to me?”

I hope this resonates within your soul, as well.

I think it was a football team, a couple of years ago, which had the motto of  “Why not us?”

The answer may be clearer than we want to think:
Why not us?

Samuel F.B. Morse once said that when he was confronted with problems, when he couldn’t think of an answer, “…whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.”

On May 24, 1844, Morse sent the historic first telegraphed message, “What hath God wrought!” from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.

Here’s what Samuel F.B. Morse said, when asked why he was “selected” to bring the life-changing invention of the telegraph to the world:

“I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me.”

This one goes on the wall!

Blessings,
R.V.R.

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Graduation: What “Gets You There” Quote

As so many young adults (and teachers!) are looking forward to this year’s Graduation …
I think they are officially called “Graduation Exercises” …

Of course, I looked up the definition of “Exercise:”
“The act of bringing into play or realizing in action … regular or repeated use of a faculty … something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill … a maneuver, operation, or drill carried out for training and discipline … to make effective in action … to bring to bear … to use repeatedly in order to strengthen or develop … something done over and over in order to develop skill …”

You just never know where you are going to get inspiration … I heard this while watching a documentary on television a few weeks ago …
I want to share this quote regarding the “Exercises” that “get you there,” under the lights, to celebrate a major accomplishment.

As with all great words of inspiration … it’s not meant for just one group, but for all:

“It’s not under the lights that counts.
It’s the sweat before you get there.”
Cassius Clay

Weather Warning: Welcome to Summer in 2 Words

Hi Friends:

This past Monday, Memorial Day, May 27, marked the “unofficial” start of Summer here in the United States.
As always … “it’s all about the weather” …

I know there are a lot of weather stories happening right now, and I am certainly not, in any way, trying to minimize those … it’s just that I write a lot about our weather up here in the “North Country/The Great North Woods,” and, frankly, I do this because so many of our friends, especially in the “Southern Parts” find it so hard to believe.

I guess this would be a “case in point.” I remember, just a little over a month ago, I was speaking with family way down in South Texas. This was Saturday, April 6. We still had well over 2 feet of snow on the ground … And, much, much more on the way … He was telling me that “next week it’s supposed to be in the 90’s down here …”

So, I offer this as a further explanation of “what it’s like” up here.
It’s Monday, Memorial Day, May 27, the “unofficial start of Summer,” and, as the South suffers through a “sweltering heat wave,” for us, up here … I’ve got 2 words for ‘ya buddy …

“Freeze Warning”

Did I mention that it was May 27? Memorial Day? The unofficial start of Summer?
That part of the country is breaking records for heat?
We get:
“Freeze Warning”

By the way, if you’ll notice, at the bottom of the warning … there is actually a 2nd Warning in effect:
“Cold Water Warning”

No kidding!

Just so you’ll know … I turned the heat (the furnace) off when I got home from School yesterday. It was May 30.
And … just so you’ll know … as I write this tonight … Friday, May 31 … Meaning tomorrow is the first day of June … The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Alert for “Cold Water.”

No kidding!

So … here’s the way our Summer started on Monday:

Quote: “To Do … or Not to Do”

I am reminded that the decision to do nothing … is still a decision…

“You can do nothing, and be nothing.
Or, you can do something,
and be something.”
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Mother’s Day: I Remember Jimmy Dean’s “IOU”

Hi Friends:

I’m not that old … but I remember … Jimmy Dean’s tribute to Moms, simply called “IOU.”

How long has it been since you’ve heard it?
Many of you may have never heard it, but, after you hear it, you’ll never forget it.

I remember … when this recording was brand new, and they played it on the radio as much as any hit record of the day … I remember Jimmy Dean … as a singer, actor … before he went into business making sausage … What strikes me is that, through the years, he was always the same “Jimmy Dean.” Whether it was on a TV show, or an interview, or those sausage commercials, he was always the same Jimmy Dean.

I remember how popular he was … I remember “Daniel Boone” and the James Bond movie he starred in … as I got older and went into radio, I remember his many hit records … and, this one.

How long has it been since you heard it?
I think we all have certain parts of “IOU” that we remember:
For me, it was the line about the jack knife in the boot … and … about the apple pie.
… That line about the apple pie …
And, of course, the way it ended.

The one line I specifically wrote down for this writing was this:
“She managed by simply doing without a whole lot of things that she needed herself.”

Before I share the recording, I’d just like to add, please, that we pray for all Mothers, and their families, for now, during this upcoming “Mother’s Day” period, and always.
Please remember that many Mothers, many Moms, many families, are going through a tremendous time of sadness today, as well as over the “Mother’s Day Weekend,” and in the time beyond.
I’m not speaking of just those of us who face the Mother’s Day holiday, like myself and my wife, whose Moms are no longer here. Yes, we know where they are, we will see them again, and we take comfort in that. We are so blessed to have been “raised right.”

I’d like to ask for special prayers for Mothers, around the globe, who have suffered great personal loss … and, they are facing “Mother’s Day” without their child, or children …
I am thinking of one particular Mother, one particular local family, who have just now, suffered the loss of their child … Someone I personally knew, a fine young man, from a fine family …
I just can’t imagine the pain they are going through, can’t imagine how difficult a time when, at a time anxiously awaited to celebrate family … they must concentrate on making other types of plans/arrangements … I just can’t image what they are going through …

This family … this Mom … is not alone … Please remember to pray for Moms who are going through unimaginable pain at this time … just after Spring has arrived …. Just after Easter …
just before Mother’s Day … I can’t imagine …

Thank you.

Now, we share:

IOU
Written by Dave Corcoran
Performed by Jimmy Dean

I am sharing this recording from the “Lost Nashville” Channel
Here’s a link to their channel: Lost Nashville

I love the “45” display (remember those?) and the photos with the words:

Eres Tu-Part One: The Guitars of Sonny James

Hi Friends:

Growing up in North Georgia, my older sister would listen to a country music station, WDOD, out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The announcer who did the mid-day shift was Jerry Rivers. If you remember the station’s ID jingle … “WDOD … On the banks of the Tennessee …” At the end of his daily shift, he would play this song, as he would voice-over his “thank yous” and “goodbyes.”

I never forgot this beautiful, haunting instrumental, with the background chorus. So, years later, I used this same instrumental to voice-over my own signoff. It was perfect to speak over, it was instantly recognizable, and it had a great “cold” ending.

The song “Eres Tu (Touch the Wind)” was originally a hit for the Spanish vocal group Mocedades in 1974, and was recorded in 1975 as part an easy listening guitar instrumental album by country music legend Sonny James, entitled “The Guitars of Sonny James.”

A few words about the great Sonny James (May 1, 1928 – February 22, 2016):
As singer, song-writer, and musician, Sonny James’ biggest hit was “Young Love,” which made it to the top of both country and pop music charts in January to February 1957. He was known as “the Southern Gentleman, and he had 72 country and pop-charted records from 1953 to 1983, including a 5-year streak of 16 straight Billboard #1 singles among his total of 26 #1 hits. Twenty-one of his albums reached the country top ten from 1964 to 1976. In 1957, Sonny James became the first country music recording artist to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Sonny James was given a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in 1961. In 1967, he co-hosted the first Country Music Association Awards Show (with Bobbi Gentry), and was himself inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

In February 1971, James was the first country music artist whose music went into space; he made a special music recording for the crew of Apollo 14. They later presented him with one of the small American flags that they had carried to the Moon.

On the “Guitars of Sonny James” album, notice that track B4 is “Paper Roses.” In 1973, Sonny James helped launch the solo career of Marie Osmond, by producing and arranging her first three albums, including her smash hit, “Paper Roses.”

This was the best recording I could find to share.
Enjoy “The Guitars of Sonny James” with “Eres Tu:”

3 Quotes: 1 Direction

Hi Friends:

Here are 3 quotes, all from “today,” which I either used, made up, or found:

The first one I have said many times, and, frankly, I think someone else “said it first,” but I’m not sure who.

However … once again, I used it today:

“If you follow the crowd … you’ll end up where they end up.”

Later today … I made this one up, so I’m sure it’s an original:

“Your entire body will end up where your steps take you.”

Tonight, I was writing on behalf of someone else:

I use a “flash-drive” to save material I get from one location, to “save it” until I get to another location. Often, it’s something I write at School, or something I’m working on at home, to take to School. I also have any number of small notes, in particular “sticky notes” of ideas I transfer from one location to another. To keep these together, and to protect them, I often put these small notes in a “sandwich bag,” in order to protect them, and to keep them separate in my “lunch bag,” which is one of those large insulated bags, with the zippered pouch in front. I also use this same sandwich bag to transport my flash drive from home to School, and vice-versa.

Tonight, I was working off of the flash drive, to complete something I needed to have prepared for School tomorrow. So, when I went to my lunch bag, that front zippered pouch, and pulled out the sandwich bag with the flash drive … as I reached in and pulled out the flash drive … this little note came out … somehow, stuck to my finger. It was a “small note” I had received, I don’t know when, at the end of a dinner at a Chinese restaurant. You know what I’m talking about …

You just never know where you will receive inspiration from … you just always have to “be on the lookout” …

I don’t know … it had to, at least, been months ago … maybe years ago … but, today … tonight … it just stuck to my finger …
Here’s what was written:

“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.