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Quote: Benjamin Franklin: Of War and Peace

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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:

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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 …

 

I Remember: Perhaps a Review of More Than The Movie: “Richard Jewell”

Hi Friends:

The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, was perhaps the most anticipated, and most publicized event in the state’s history. I was living less than 50 miles away, and the publicity surrounding the event began many, many months before, during the “selection process” leading up to the big “It’s Atlanta!” announcement. I still have my “1996 Olympics” sweatshirt.

Those Olympics started on July 19th, with the unforgettable moment when Muhammad Ali lit the cauldron. Days later, it would be another man, Richard Jewell, who would be in for the fight of his life. On July 27th, mid-way through the Games, a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, killing one woman, and injuring 111 people. Only minutes before the explosion, Richard Jewell, working as a security guard, had spotted the abandoned green knapsack that contained the bomb, and had called it to the attention of the police, before attempting to move visitors away. He would be praised for his actions, which saved many lives.

However … you know the story … within 3 days … word “leaked out” that it was, in fact, Richard Jewell who had been named as the suspect … the bomber …

What followed is what Mr. Jewell called, in interviews later, “88 days of hell.” He would also compare the media’s constant hounding of him to a frenzy of piranhas.

I remember Richard Jewell, and “all this” from the Atlanta Olympics. I know “the games” were going on, but it seemed like “all the talk” was about Richard Jewell … and, how guilty he was.
Heck … I remember thinking he was guilty. Why wouldn’t I? After all, we could trust the media.
It was all you heard about … the biggest news … not only about Richard Jewell, but “why he did it.” I mean … the newspapers called him guilty, he was the only FBI suspect, so the government called him guilty … you can trust both of those, can’t you??? So, I remember there being “no doubt” they had gotten their man.

The movie: Great.
Carol and I left the theater with tears. Now, a few days later, Carol just said, “I felt so bad for him.” There some funny moments, too. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this isn’t the first movie by Clint Eastwood, based upon true events, which show what a genius film-maker he is. The movie is Rated R, for good reason. Bad language.
Perhaps most remarkable is the performance of Paul Walter Hauser as Richard Jewell:
Remarkable.
And … Cathy Bates plays his mother!
Sam Rockwell plays Richard’s lawyer, Watson Bryant.
Jon Hamm delivers a powerful-believable performance as FBI agent Tom Shaw, and Olivia Wilde stars as AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs.

From what I have been reading, there are only a couple of things put in the movie which were added, but not very much.

It was very, very difficult to watch this movie, and what was happening “right in front of my eyes” on the screen without thinking about what is happening “right in front of our eyes” today. It was just difficult not to see the resemblance between some things which were happening then, and what is happening now.

I’m referring to the “media frenzy” and “government” part. While I feel like I need to be careful about what I write, I must also write how I felt. I saw, played out on the screen, a true story of what happens when the media, and the government combine against a “common foe.”

There were some really great lines in this movie, as you would guess. I’ll just mention two lines which really resonated with me, as I sat there, trying to “enjoy” the movie (which I did, immensely), and not “look around” at the events happening now.

Richard Jewell was innocent, and, because he was innocent, he didn’t realize just how much trouble he was in. He didn’t do it, and he knew he didn’t do it. His attorney knew this, too. However, in an effort to try to get his client to understand how serious this was, his attorney (Watson Bryant) told him to think about this:

“You are facing the two most powerful forces on earth.
The government and the media.”

Another statement was made by Watson Bryant’s girlfriend (who later became his wife), Nadya Light (played by Nina Arianda). In the movie, it is obvious she is from a foreign country. She made this statement, which I couldn’t shake:
“In my country, when the government says you are guilty, it means you are innocent.”

Mr. Jewell made a statement toward the end of the movie. His concern was that now, because of what happened to him, if someone else was in the exact, same situation as he was in at Centennial Park, that he was afraid that person would be afraid to act, because of what had happened to him.

I have the same kind of concern about someone trying to make the decision to run for public/political office today. I’m afraid that because of “the way it is out there,” people who are genuinely qualified for the job, and would do a great job, won’t want to do it, because of the “way it is.”

I know there may be a lot of people who may not like this movie, like, perhaps, the government, and, perhaps the media … but, that in itself makes its own statement.

Do I recommend this movie?
Yes … because it reminds us all, not just of what happened … but, what could happen.

Here’s a trailer from the movie “Richard Jewell,” which also features Clint Eastwood:

Video: “What Does it Mean to be Uncommon?”

Hi Friends:

I found this video, produced by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri to be, well “uncommon.” Hope it inspires you, as well.
The web address of the Foundation is noted at the end:

6th Grade Minds on History

Hi Friends:

I shared this several years ago, and ran into it again. Maybe it’s because I now am back to teaching 6th Graders, it struck a new cord with me. 
I originally received, by email, in November of 2011, and now, these 8 years later in November, it still made me laugh, so maybe you’ll do the same.

6th Grade Minds on History

Original Introduction:

Insight into the minds of 6th graders: The following were answers
provided by 6th graders during a history test. Watch the spelling!
Some of the best humor is in the misspelling.

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in
hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.

4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn’t have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.

5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

6. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.

7. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: “Tee hee, Brutus.”

8. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.
9. Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen,” As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah.”

10. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. Sir Francis Drake circumsized the world with a 100-foot clipper.

11. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple.

12. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

13. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and declared, “A horse divided against itself cannot stand.” Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

14. Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Precedent. Lincoln’s mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth’s career.

15. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

16. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

17. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered the radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.