In the Shadow of Lincoln: Gomer Pyle USMC-“The Impossible Dream”

Gomer Pyle-USMC aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the show ran for a total of 150 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons.

It starred Jim Nabors (6/12/June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) as Private First Class Gomer Pyle, and Frank Sutton (October 23, 1923 – June 28, 1974) as Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter.

Jim Nabors was born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama. After graduating, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a typist for the United Nations. He would move to southern California because of his asthma, and was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica nightclub.

Frank Sutton, from Clarksville, Tennessee, enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the South Pacific, taking part in 14 assault landings. Sutton was a sergeant who served from 1943–1946 in the 293rd Joint Assault Signal Company. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Interestingly, he had been medically rejected by the Marine Corps.

Of course, no writing would be complete without the mention of the voice of Jim Nabors, who would go on to record some 28 albums with that amazing baritone singing voice.
We share this performance of Jim Nabors singing the classic “”The Impossible Dream,” on stage in Washington, D.C., with the United States Marine Band. This episode, entitled “The Show Must Go On,” first aired on CBS on November 3, 1967.
The song was originally composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.


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God’s Word “App”lied: The Bible App for Free

There is no better personal development activity than Bible study.

We are blessed to share and support the ministry and resources found on www.bible.com .
It is literally “The Bible App.”

Once you download, absolutely free, the app, you can choose from more than 1,200 Bible versions in over 900 languages to download, for free.
Plus, many are available as audio Bibles.

You can do this on your computer, your phone, or your tablet.
You can highlight or bookmark your favorite verses, you can make Bible Verse images that you can share, and attach public or private notes to the Bible passages.
One of the remarkable benefits of the Bible App is that you can take a photo with your phone, and then, automatically, it will locate Scripture Verses which would go with the photo.

The Bible App is completely free, with no advertising, and no “in-app” purchases.

There are free reading plans, and devotionals, which you can enjoy at your own pace.
There are also videos, and, of course the “Verse of the Day.”

I have completed Bible reading plans, and plan to compete more.

We are sharing this video, in which pro football players promote the Bible App, and, more importantly, the importance of reading and studying God’s Word.
The video features one great statement after another about why God’s Word is so important.
Important every day.

One of the players featured is Russell Wilson. I just love to hear him speak. Here, he talks about how important God’s Word is, and how following Christ, and His plan for his life, is.

Before the video, here’s the link to the Bible App:
https://www.bible.com/

Gladys Knight: “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”

Hi Friends:

I’ll admit it:
I just love Gladys Knight.
And, I have for years.

You too?

If I had to pick one word to describe her singing performances, I would be torn between Incomparable,” “Class,” or “Joy.” The smile is just so … so … real … It’s just the way she comes across to the audience. How she loves to sing, how much she loves and appreciates the audience, and how she just loves the songs she sings. This particular performance captures all that, and is at the top of the list for the greatest performance of a song I’ve ever enjoyed.

Of course, being from Georgia … there is one song that immediately comes to mind when I think of Gladys Knight. Yet … this song is “right there with it.” Sure, I can relate to the “Georgia” song, but … then, there’s “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” How can I not love it? How can anyone, in love … not love it?

How often I’ve written these two thoughts:
Except for salvation, Carol is the greatest gift God has given me.
If your spouse is not your biggest fan … then, you’ve got problems.

Often, when we feature a song, we will include the words. This time, I don’t need to. I can feel each word as it is expressed in this song. And, hear it loud and clear. I literally “hang onto” each phrase in the song. She performs it that well.

A friend of mine told me how, seeing her in concert years ago, it had affected him. He told me how, when she came out on stage, she had looked so classy. She was … just … so classy … He never forgot the image of seeing her on stage, in person, for the first time.

As you know, Gladys Knight will be singing our National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, which takes place in the town she was born, Atlanta.
Man … I wish she would just stay on and play the Half-Time Show …

You too?

I guess I should thank whoever picks the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl … they have made sure I can leave the room, go out and get some fresh air, etc., at this year’s event. I won’t see it, but … if Gladys was there … well … like many of you … you couldn’t “pry me from the chair” … I just saw, today, where there was “controversy” about the Half-Time Show.
Are you serious?
I don’t’ know why, but, if what someone told me was true, I can’t believe it.

I just know that if Gladys was doing the show … there wouldn’t be any controversy … and I would actually sit and watch it.

A fellow teacher was telling me how, because of certain calls (or non-calls) in the NFC Championship Game, he was not going to watch the Super Bowl at all.
Then I told him, “Guess who’s singing the National Anthem?
Gladys Knight.”

His eyes lit up, and he said, “Then I’ll watch that, for sure.”

You see … we love Gladys Knight … and, like her,
“Ooh … I like this song.”
Please note the credits from skyvillelive.com:

Bill Belichick: What it Takes to Win

This from CBS Sports, and TheRantChannel_33:

It was Sunday, January 20, 2019:
The scene was inside the Patriots Locker room, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

As Bill Belichick held the Lamar Hunt Trophy, the emotional
coach summed up what it takes to win, as, looking at the AFC Championship Trophy, he simply said:

“You have to give all the credit to the players …
You can’t buy these, you have to earn them … “

Later, as Jim Nance spoke with Tom Brady, the quarterback would agree:
“Like Coach said, they don’t give these to you … you gotta earn ’em … it took every one … we prepared hard … we knew it was going to be tough …”

Shared “Email” Classic: Teachers Pay/Are You Sick of Highly Paid Teachers?

Hi Friends:

A friend, at School, was cleaning out their office, and found this among the files.
Not sure how old this is, but I’m sure it’s “been around” for a while.
I’m equally sure that this one has been emailed around the country, so I think it qualifies to be included in our “classics.”

I don’t write ‘em … I receive ‘em …

I usually don’t comment at all on these “classics” I share, but, in this case, I just couldn’t help thinking about Pro Athletes salaries … I just don’t seem to see many “outrage” emails about those …
Now, I’m reminded of a quote from Andy Rooney:
“Why is that?”

Here’s the “email,” exactly as I received it:

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).

So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE….

That’s $585.00 X 180= $105,300 per year.

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8.00 per hour X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800.00 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.

$50,000.00/180 days = $277.77 per day. Divide this by 30 students and that’s $9.25 per day.
Divide $9.25 by 6.5 hours and that’s $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!

WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Looking Way, Way Back: Quiz on 60’s TV Shows

Hi Friends:

OK … so I have been working on a slide-show for the New Year to share, but … does this sound familiar? … I’ve been so busy, so “caught up” with the present, with “what’s going on” now … I haven’t had as much time, as I’d like, to think about the past (year) … or, the future …

Sound familiar?

Speaking of “sounding familiar” … recently, while I was doing research for a recent post, I came across this video, which features the theme songs of popular television shows from the 1960’s. They play the opening of a television theme song, and, for 15 seconds, they play the theme … they then reveal the name of the television show.

I just finished watching the video again (for the first time since I had originally downloaded it), and was amazed that I got the same answers wrong now, as I got the first time I played this.

It also amazed me, and I mean really amazed me, how many great television shows there were, in the 1960’s. I feel comfortable using the word “great” here. They were great. I still enjoy many of these shows again, thanks to cable television.

Except for sports, I don’t watch network television at all.

Yet … many of these shows, from the 60’s, are still part of my life, via re-runs.
I’m glad they are. Many of them are that good, and “that good” just doesn’t “run out.”

It would be easy to use this opportunity to “knock” the current television shows, but that’s not the point. Let’s face it: Television reflects “the times.” Look at those shows from the 60’s. Look at the television shows now. Get it? Television reflects “the times.”

As I look ahead to the New Year, and look back at the last year, I still realize that, at the top of any list, I just need to be more thankful for what I have. What I have right now. What God has already blessed me with.

Yeah, yeah, television has changed.
Yeah, yeah, the times have changed …
Maybe what has really changed is me.

If I can change … then … and, only then … I can change the world around me. Change my world. I saw this on a shower curtain once (yes, a shower curtain):
“When a man is right, his world is right.”

Please enjoy this video quiz, and be amazed, not just at how many of these shows you
remember, but at how many “great” shows there were …

Christmas 2018: “I Believe He’s Coming Back (Just Like He Said)”

Christmas.
We celebrate when God became man, in the form of Jesus.
Jesus.

Here, during Christmas, I’d just like to get that in, again:
Jesus.
God became man, in the form of Jesus.
I think we need to get more of Jesus “in.”

For centuries, “it was written;” it was said, that the Messiah would come.
The Messiah, Immanuel, meaning “God with us,” would come.
He did.
Just like He said.

I also believe that “He’s coming back … just like He said.”

Often, in the past, when people have asked me about why I believe so much in Jesus, in the Words of Jesus, and, especially when they ask about why I believe so strongly that Jesus is coming back, returning to earth, I have responded with something like, “Well … Everything else that Jesus said would happen, did happen. Everything. Even that thing about Him rising from the dead …”

Jesus did come to earth, all those centuries ago. He was born, lived and died … “according to the Scriptures …”
He said He’s coming back.
I believe Him.
Because I believe in Him.

Jesus didn’t just leave. He ascended, physically, bodily, into Heaven.
In front of witnesses.
“… while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said … ‘why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:9-11).

Just as He talked about His death, and His resurrection, He talked about His returning.

So, “I believe He’s coming back like He said.”

Here’s Howard and Vestal Goodman, with Johnny Minick. I think this is from the Georgia Dome, from the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming Series: