Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Look what welcomed me back home...

...Inez - Namesake of the Inez Burger.

Today an article appeared in the Jackson, Mississippi, newspaper entitled CS's turns back clock.

It's good to be back home in Alabama from a trip to Texas, but we are so glad to hear the new hours at CS's and can't wait to make it back to Jackson next month.

A post will go up on THE PERPETUAL VACATIONERS blog about our Texas trip just as soon as we can get it together.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Missed out on the “game” gene

I say this from time to time along with "I missed out on the 'gambling' gene."

Today I read this article and can now see why others may have the genes I missed out on.
Online gamers crack AIDS enzyme puzzle

BTW, I also missed out on the "math" gene, if there is such a thing.

There are two games I like to play, which are really the same game, and I don't mean playing them online. I like sitting at the table with at least four people and having fun with my own object to either game. I'll give you a hint: No one wants to sit on either side of me.

I even received a trophy for my playing of Crazy Eights when I played it during lunch when I worked at the ACBL. The trophy was the back end of a horse.

Here's the rules to the two games I like to play but not with the object of running out of cards before anyone else playing with me.

Crazy Eights


Friday, September 16, 2011

What is Jambalaya?

I'm going to bring this blog post forward to 2011 from 2010, because Wendell referred me to a wealth of information on Jambalaya including its history and many recipes for many versions. See what I mean at:
Jambalaya shows both sides of Creole and Cajun influences

First on the scene, was Jambalaya, a well-known Louisiana Creole and Cajun dish of Spanish and French influence, according to Wikipedia. Seems like the first time I ate the dish Jambalaya, David Mize had made it and brought to a party. Wonder where David is now?

There’s quite a detailed article on Wikipedia about the song also at: Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Since the article on the song was such an eye-opener for me, I am sharing some of that information I didn't know before researching it. It is apparent that Jambalaya (On the Bayou) took on a life of its own and was recorded by many artists all over the world.

Quoting from the Wikipedia article:
  • Hank Williams, Sr., recorded it as a Country version and another, even more popular at the time, version of the song was the 1952 cover version recorded by Jo Stafford, reaching #3 on the Billboard pop charts (and making the song well known to people other than country music fans). Mitch Miller had originally intended Jambalaya to be recorded by Jimmy Boyd for Columbia Records. Boyd turned the song down and Miller recorded it with Jo Stafford. Years later Jimmy Boyd did record it for Dot records. It was further popularized in a Rock'n'Roll version by Fats Domino.
  • There’s a Cajun French version that has been recorded by Cajun bands including Aldus Roger and Jo-El Sonnier.
  • The Carpenters featured the song, in an uptempo MOR version with country flourishes, on their 1973 album Now & Then. Their version was released as a single outside the United States in 1974 and sold well in the U.K. and Japan.
  • Other artists who have performed the song include Jerry Lee Lewis, Leon Russell, Charley Pride, Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Healey on his 2008 album Mess of Blues, Emmylou Harris included it in her 1976 album Elite Hotel, Moon Mullican, John Fogerty (under the name of The Blue Ridge Rangers), Gerry & The Pacemakers, Brenda Lee, Harry Connick, Jr., Lucinda Williams, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Billy "Crash" Craddock, George Jones, The Residents, Leo Kottke, Wes Paul, Dolly Parton, Andy Kaufman, Professor Longhair, Freddy Fender, The White Stripes, Tab Benoit, and Tommy Funderburk (appearing in the film Steel Magnolias), Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis on their 2000 album You Win Again among many others.
  • In India, Usha Iyer (now Usha Uthup) recorded a version in 1968 on the HMV label, that became the best selling song until then, by an Indian artist in English.
  • International, translated or derived versions do exist at least in Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, German and Estonian.
  • In 2005, two versions of Jambalaya surged in Mexican folk music, one by Banda Limón and the other from the Duranguense group K-Paz de la Sierra. However, in Mexican music, the most famous cover version is by Los Felinos.

Here’s a combo recording video from YouTube of both the Jo Stafford recording and the Hank Williams, Sr. version:
Looking back to my teenage years at Cleburne High School, one of my first memories of Jambalaya was one of my classmates singing it while in the shower after a Physical Education class. I wonder if anyone else recalls that.

During my high school years, I thought Country Music was just hillbilly music, but I've come around on that thinking.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Devotional by Rita Snowden

More and more, my blog posts seem to be copy-cat in nature.

Today, I'm even copy-catting myself.

09 09 09

Here's a short biography and a list of her books:
Rita Snowden Bio and Books

I wanted to find a photo of this author to add to this post. I was unsuccessful. That's pretty unbelievable for a woman who wrote 68 books.

Don't that beat all you ever heard of?

Postscript: Found plenty of photos of Rita Hayworth. Says something about what the world values, doesn't it?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Don't suppose I'm an authority on anything, but I have a VERY SIMPLE technique to avoid worrying. It's so simply that I feel almost ashamed to put it on a post, so I'll save it until I give you the scripture that validates the technique.

Philippians 4:6 AMP
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

If that scripture doesn't come to the point as directly as you'd like, here's Jesus words on the subject.

Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Now you are possibly going to think I'm switching subjects, but not really.

It concerns all the anxiety associated with making preparations for "the holidays." Do you think it's a bit early to move your thoughts in that direction? Well, I definitely recall a magazine years ago saying you should have it all mapped out around Labor Day, and it is post Labor Day.

I discovered a really good blog by Pastor Tony Faeth entitled

The ever so simple and to the point solution to freeing yourself from worry is to put the right kind of prayer in its place.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Polly Has Good News!

God, thank you for colors!

On September 20, 2011, I decided to add this video because it is so good. Hope it stays up on YouTube for you to experience.

Besides that, we have Alabama license plates on our Saturn.

Think you know what that means.

We're Alabamians!

Sunday, September 04, 2011


A friend sent this to me by email. It is from DAILY GUIDEPOSTS 2011 - Sept 4, 2011

“ Thy word is . . . a light to my path. ”
Psalm 119:105 (RSV)

 On the riverbank in the Hudson River town of Cold Spring, New York, I noticed a small sign:
Beyond the forested island I could see the US Military Academy at West Point on its dramatic cliffs across the river. “Jesus loves me, this I know. . . ”Easy words to write, I thought, for a well-to-do woman living in this delightful setting. Then I learned Anna Warner’s story.

She and her sister did grow up in wealth. Their widowed father was a prominent lawyer; home was a luxurious townhouse—servants, grooms, carriage house. But in the stock market panic of 1837, when the girls were in their late teens, all this was lost.

Their father bought a derelict old farmhouse on Constitution Island, fifty miles and a world away from New York City’s high society. The young women learned to cook, clean, wash, sew, keep a vegetable garden. Among many failed attempts to recoup his fortune, their father tried growing rice. I could still see the channels he dug in the marsh between the island and the shore.

To sustain themselves, Susan and Anna turned to writing stories, hymns, novels (some of them best sellers). But because there were no copyright laws, they lived out their lives in poverty. How did they know Jesus loved them? “For the Bible tells me so.” And for forty years they held Bible classes for the cadets at West Point, sharing their love of the book that made their outwardly meager lives rich and joyful.

Speak to me today, Father, through Your written Word.

By Elizabeth Sherril

Are there “coincidences”?

I immediately thought about the book by Gwendolyn Bounds, "Little Chapel On The River" because it has to be set in the same general vicinity as her devotional story. When I checked her blog, there was another so-called “coincidence” of a visit to Pirates Cove in Elberta, Alabama, very near where I now live. Now, these two narratives are linked in my mind.

Out of curiosity, I searched for the author "Elizabeth Sherril" and found a wealth of information, which also connected to another well-know book (see the top of this post) in which John and Elizabeth Sherril had a part in telling Corrie Ten Bloom's story.

Elizabeth Sherril's Website.

And, here's one more "coincidence" that brought me back to the place I lived more years than any other -- Jackson, Mississippi. Thank you, Derryl, for the GUIDEPOSTS sharing.