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.

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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.

From “AccuWeather:” Prayer Closet Left Standing in EF4 Tornado

I have shared “weather” stories many times, but always about “our” weather.
Because “our weather” is always a concern for us, here in the North Country. Yes, we are aware, through the various media sources, of what is happening elsewhere, but … especially in Winter … we are usually too busy shoveling snow to “watch” what is happening elsewhere.
Not that we are not concerned about other places … We always have the weather, especially bad weather, on our prayer list, as we see the storms others are experiencing …

Weather is always a concern, and, as long as there have been people, weather will be a topic of conversation. Because, let’s face it, it affects just about every area of our lives.

I started writing this story on April 6th.
This morning, I talked to someone in South Texas, who advises that the weather next week will be “in the 90’s.”
This afternoon, I spoke with someone in North Georgia, who tells me that, today, it is beautiful, with highs in the 70’s. Tomorrow, it will be in the 80’s.

Up here … we haven’t had snow since … let’s see … this morning.
Yes, this morning.
Thankfully, it was predicted.
The snow we got earlier this week … wasn’t predicted.
It came anyway.

We’ve had snow since the middle of October.
I know … I know … It’s not rare that we get snow “before Halloween.”
By the way, the only time I mention the word “Halloween” is when I speak of snow. That’s it. I use the word because everyone knows what day that is. Usually, we get that snow, and it’s gone pretty quick.
This year, it snowed, and I don’t mean “a little,” in the middle of October. The difference this year is that … well … it hasn’t stopped.
Yet.
And, we’re getting close to the middle of April.

I tried to explain, earlier today, how that the snow is starting to melt at the edge of the yard, at the woods, but, we still have about 4 feet of snow piled up at the edge of the driveway, where the plowed/snowblown snow ends up. 2 Days ago, for the first time in months, I could actually see over the snowbank, at the bottom of the driveway, in order to see if there was approaching traffic.

Allow me to “jump in here” and explain that, in terms of “weather,” and a lot of other circumstances, we should be thankful for what have … that the old saying that “someone always has it worse” is so, so true. Especially … yes, especially, when it comes to weather.

We should always remember to pray for those experiencing “weather,” regardless of where they are. Remember that “If it’s important to them, it’s important to Him.”
I try to pray, every day, for those guys I see on the garbage trucks, the recycle trucks, and how about those delivering mail and packages?

We got 4 inches of snow yesterday, it’s snowing now … but, I pray for those folks “out west” who are expecting 2 feet of snow.

God is God.
“In any kind of weather.”

His arm is not shortened … His ears are not stopped up …

I share this story from the internet weather service, “AccuWeather,” which is the weather source I use on my home computer. Yes, I recommend it. Here is a story they carried a few days ago.
The title speaks for itself:

“Prayer closet the only part of Alabama home left standing after it was obliterated by last month’s EF4 tornado”

Here’s the direct link to the story:

“AccuWeather:” Prayer Closet Left Standing in EF4 Tornado

Honoring Joni and Friends Radio: “Shining a light in Dark Places”

Hi Friends:

This was the original story I was going to share, until I discovered the “My Story” video, which we shared first.

In 1982, Joni Eareckson Tada began recording the inspirational “Joni  and Friends” radio program, to provide encouragement, biblical insights, and disability awareness.
This is a four-minute broadcast, hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada, which airs Monday-Friday.

Quoting from her website, “Her contagious joy and unwavering faith provide hope for those who find themselves faced with life’s crippling blows.”

Over 35 Years.
Over 9,000 radio messages.
Heard on over 1500 radios stations across the United States, and in 36 countries around the world.

Broadcasting to people who need “a hope found only in Jesus.”

Joni also hosts a shortened radio program called Diamonds in the Dust. This 1-minute program offers nuggets of encouragement to listeners worldwide. In 2011, “Diamonds in the Dust” won “Short Form Radio Program of the Year” from National Religious
Broadcasters.

Joni and Friends is a ministry dedicated to extending the hope and love of Jesus Christ to people affected by disability around the world.

I’ll never look at Luke, Chapter 14, the same.

Joni Eareckson Tada: We Love Joni … “and Friends”

Hi Friends:

2019 marks the 40th year, having begun in 1979, that the ministry of “Joni and Friends” has addressed “the needs of families affected by disability.”

For years, we’ve been honored to include, as one of the “Ministries We Support,” the work and ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada.

Everything that “they are about” begins with “ministry.” On their website, Joni and Friends, under “What we Do,” it is simply this:
“We share the hope of the Gospel and give practical help to people impacted by disability worldwide.”

In 1982, Joni began recording the inspirational “Joni and Friends” radio program, to provide encouragement, biblical insights, and disability awareness.

Later, Joni began a 1-minute radio program called “Diamonds in the Dust,” to offer encouragement to listeners worldwide. In 2011, “Diamonds in the Dust” won “Short Form Radio Program of the Year” from National Religious Broadcasters.

In 1994, Wheels for the World is founded to share the Gospel and provide mobility to people affected by disability in developing countries. The first wheelchair was provided in Ghana, West Africa.

Ministries include both “Family Retreats” and “International Family Retreats,” which provide a haven for special needs families. Here, families are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated in a Christ-centered, fully accessible camp environment.

Another ministry is “Cause 4 Life,” which works to equip “students to become leaders in disability ministry to transform lives through the Gospel, impact their churches and communities for Christ, and advocate for justice, freedom, and equality for people affected by disability.”

In 2007, “The Christian Institute on Disability” was founded to “provide higher education and training on disability-related issues from a biblical perspective.”

As an “old radio guy,” my original intention was to celebrate the “Joni and Friends” Radio Program, which just reached the 35-Year Milestone. However … I was blessed to find this video, which we now share, in which Joni, herself, narrates the story of her life and ministry, in a video entitled “My Story-It’s Personal.”

In her own words, after the horrific accident, how, since she couldn’t physically end her life, how she cried out,
“God, if I can’t die, then show me how to live.”

How she learned that “God permits what He hates, to accomplish that which He loves.”

You’ll never look at Luke, Chapter 14, the same.

I have been honored that my writing, it has been written, has the ability “to reach the deepest of human emotions, in a way which can’t be described, only felt.” This is exactly the way the voice of Joni Eareckson Tada affects me. The love, the humility, the genuineness and sincerity in her voice, just … just … reaches me. In a way I can’t explain.

I’m not ashamed to admit that when I watch this video, when I hear her voice, my soul is touched in a way I can’t explain … as it was, for me, the first time I picked up a Gospel Tract, so many years ago, which featured a picture of a young girl, an artist, paintbrush in mouth, and I read her story. Maybe it’s because, when I first read that Gospel Tract, it wasn’t long after I had, due to injury, thought I would never walk correctly again; even years before that, how I had been pulled out of a car wreck which should have left me paralyzed, at best … Maybe it’s because I recognize the Spirit which resides in her … Just reading these words I’ve just written … I feel that same Spirit … Alive …

God has just revealed to me that there is something else in her voice … which I now realize is such a large part of the “I can’t explain” part …
What I hear in her voice is:
Joy.
Real joy.
Which can’t be explained … only felt.

We Love Joni … “and Friends”
Here is her story: