Category Archives: VIDEOS, POWER POINTS, AND PHOTOS TO SHARE

Here are videos, power point presentations, and photos, which have been shared with us, and we’d like to share with you.

Trippin’ Through the North Country

Hi Friends:

Several years ago, around the second week of June, a close friend from Georgia joined with our family for a visit. I had asked him to share his pictures … which he did … a few years ago …

I knew I would get around to them …

I think this was his first time in the North Country, so we tried to get in as much territory as possible.

I’ll never forget something my Mom said shortly upon their arrival. Looking out from our front porch (some folks call it a deck), she was in awe as she exclaimed:
“Everything is so green!”

Early June, and they already had brown grass in Georgia. Up here, the snow wasn’t that far from making its exit, and we had gotten a lot of rain.

We’ve been to all these places many times since, and taken a lot more pictures in each individual location (which we’ll share along the way), but all these photos were taken by our friend, and we want to fulfill our promise to him first.  

I’ve working on these photos for about 2 months, long before there was any threat of our current situation. I’ve thought about whether “now” is a good time to share them. For 2 very different reasons, I think now is a good time:

  1. I just sat through the slides again, and the same thought comes to mind:
    “Everything is so green!” Keep in mind, it’s still Winter here, we still have snow in the yard (got several inches last week), and the forecast calls for 3-6 inches of snow in 2 days. Yeah … looking at all that green … clear skies … shorts and t-shirts … Yeah, it seems like a good time …

 

  1. I have written much about how one of the great blessings we so often take for granted in the United States is the ability … the freedom … to just get in our vehicle and travel … from place to place … from state to state … what a great blessing, what a great freedom that is … that we often just take for granted.

Looking at these slides, covering a few states in a few days … at our leisure … traveling “all over the place” … stopping wherever and whenever we wanted … I’m thinking that I won’t ever take that freedom, that blessing, that privilege for granted … ever again …

Just being able to do that, again, would be “Trippin’!!!”

Blessings to you and your family.

Image

Quote: Going/Getting Through It

Eres Tu-Part Three: The Ray Conniff Singers

Hi Friends:
We first featured an instrumental version of this song. Here’s the link:
Eres Tu-Part One: The Guitars of Sonny James

Then, we featured the award-winning Spanish version of the song:
Eres Tu-Part Two: Winning Song for “Mocedades” in 1973

Now, we feature the English vocal version of the song, by the fabulous Ray Conniff Singers.
Plus … this version includes the lyrics/words of the song in English!

The words “Eres Tu” is translated “It’s You,” as in:
It’s You, It’s You, Eres Tu.

Joseph Raymond Conniff was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on November 6, 1916. His father was the leader/trombonist of the local Jewelry City Band and his mother played the piano. He learned to play the trombone from his father, and he studied music arranging from a course book.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He joined the Artie Shaw band, writing many arrangements for him. He started working for Mitch Miller in 1954, at Columbia Records, working with several artists including Rosemary Clooney, Marty Robbins, Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell and Johnnie Ray. He wrote the arrangement for Don Cherry’s “Band of Gold” in 1955, which sold more than a million copies. Hit singles he backed with his orchestra included “Chances Are” by Johnny Mathis, and “A White Sport Coat” by Marty Robbins.

Early in his career, he produced records for Columbia’s Epic label under the name of Jay Raye, which stood for “Joseph Raymond.”

Between 1957-1968, Conniff had 28 albums in the American Top 40. Becoming a top-selling artist worldwide, he also was the first American popular artist to record in Russia, in 1974. In 1959, he started The Ray Conniff Singers, consisting of 12 women and 13 men. In 1966, when the album “It’s the Talk of the Town” was released, it included the biggest hit he ever had in his career:
“Somewhere My Love. “The album reached the US top 20 and went platinum, and Conniff won a Grammy. The single and album also reached high positions in the international charts. The first of four Christmas albums by the Singers, “Christmas with Conniff,” released in 1959, was also successful.

In 1979, Ray Conniff was hired to re-arrange and record a new version of “Those Were The Days” and “Remembering You,” the opening and closing themes to “All In The Family,” for its new spin-off, “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Ray Conniff was in the music business for over 65 years, and he recorded over 100 albums, selling 70 million albums worldwide, and he would continue recording and performing until his death on October 12, 2002.

Enjoy the final segment of our series, as The Ray Conniff Singers sing “Eres Tu.”
Credit for the presentation is included at the end:

Image

Quote: Success is Not Over-Rated

 

Calendar Power: Dates Change; His Word and Promises Don’t

Hi Friends:

I love God’s Word.
Because it is just as true, and as powerful, today, as yesterday. And, it will be just as powerful … just as true … tomorrow.

And, just as in the past, I will always need to read His Word more, understand His Word more, and apply His Word more.

I often write about how important it is to “post” His Word where you are sure to see it every day. On the refrigerator, on the dresser, by the mirror, on your visor in the truck. At work.
On your desk. In your locker. Everyone has somewhere this would be a great idea. And, it could be different for everyone.

I still believe that one of the best ways to do this is through a calendar. Something you see every day. In the right spot, something you’ll see every time you enter the room. Somewhere, if you have a home office, you can often just lean back in your chair, and “stare at the calendar.”

I still believe that this is one of the very best gifts you can give someone, for “all the reasons stated above.”

I also still believe that this is one of the best gifts you can give to someone that you want to witness to. If they will take it, just like a Bible, and “leave it open,” you just never know. Something they see every day. It’s “right there … in front of them.” You never know … maybe one day, they’ll be kickin’ back in their chair, thinking about a certain problem or trouble they are having … and then … “they just stare at the calendar.”
You just never know.

Also: There is just never a good time to not be exposed to God’s Word, and His promises.

I was reading the text from the last “Calendar” slide show I had done, and read this:
“What better way to meditate on the future … than remembering God’s favor in the past?”

Here’s a link to the first calendar slide show we did, featuring pages from a 2015 calendar:
https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2017/12/28/looking-back-and-turning-the-calendar/

I wonder if the person who gave me this calendar thought that their gift would be blessing people many years later? And, that it would be seen by “all kinds of eyes.”

This calendar is from 2017, and, here in 2020, I still had it, waiting to share the pictures and verses. Had to make sure there is a least one with a body of water reflecting a mountain!

This calendar was a gift, and it was from www.dayspring.com

 

Quote: William James: “The Greatest Weapon”

William James:
“The Greatest Weapon”

Happy Trails: Riding the Success Trail

The North Country is so beautiful, and there are over 1,000 miles of connected ATV trails to enjoy. As a life-long hiker, I’d always dreamed of hiking these mountain trails I had read so much about, as a child.
Well … after well over 10 years of living in the North Country, I could count all the hikes I’ve been able to complete on part of one hand.

My brother-in-law, an avid outdoors enthuist, came up to visit one weekend, and he brought along an ATV … then, on another trip soon thereafter … he brought up a “Side-by Side.” The rest became part of our history …

The very first trail we rode, and still one of our favorites, is the Success Trail.
We love all of the bridges … a lot of bridges … and, mountain views. Plus, the trail is well maintained by local ATV Clubs.

This is something that Carol and I can enjoy together, and let me just say that there are places, beautiful, spectacular places-close by … that I didn’t even know existed.

I guess it’s about time to start sharing our travel adventures … we have been so blessed, and even more blessed to be able to share our adventures with our friends.

Blessings to you, and your family.
And … yes … Happy Trails to you …