Saturday, December 29, 2012

Amazing Grace on the Black Keys

On November 19, 2007, I included a video that quit working. Now I have discovered a way to show it.

Amazing Grace on the Black Keys

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Chris Taylor just about covered it yesterday with his blog post on this subject:
How To Celebrate 121212

I found a few other things to share here on my "copy-cat" blog.

Definition of Twelve

I have not seen the Steve Martin film, "Cheaper by the Dozen." Here's a clip that gives me a pretty good idea how hilarious it is.

Cheaper By The Dozen Clip (Frog For Breakfast)

Someone put this on Facebook -- think it was IAmATexan.

Friday, December 07, 2012


About time for some more puns. This time I have Tom Freeny to thank for forwarding these on to me via email.

Cartoon Credit — Pun Fun

  1. I tried to catch some Fog. I mist..
  2. When chemists die, they barium..
  3. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst..
  4. A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran..
  5. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time..
  6. How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it..
  7. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Than it dawned on me..
  8. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore..
  9. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down..
  10. I did a theatrical performance about puns . It was a play on words..
  11. They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type- O..
  12. A dyslexic man walks into a bra..
  13. PMS jokes aren't funny, period..
  14. Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations..
  15. Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz..
  16. Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery..
  17. I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me..
  18. How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it!.
  19. Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?.
  20. When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble..
  21. What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds..
  22. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!.
  23. Broken pencils are pointless..
  24. What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus..
  25. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
  26. I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest..
  27. I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx..
  28. All the toilets in New York 's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on..
  29. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough..
  30. Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes..
  31. Velcro - what a rip off!.
  32. Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy..
  33. Venison for dinner? Oh deer!.
  34. Earthquake in Washington obviously government's fault..
  35. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure..
  36. Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too..
  37. Broken pencils are pointless...

Until another post when I get a bunch more to share.

Friday, November 30, 2012

After I saw this for the first time on Facebook today, I thought others may have missed it and managed to locate more information which I believe is correct. Journey of Faith performed a Christmas "Flash Mob" at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach on December 18, 2010, much to the delight of local shoppers.

Two years later, here it is in case you have not seen it.
Flash Mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria

Monday, November 26, 2012

Finished Reading Fannie Flagg Books

I feel good about having read all of Fannie Flagg's books. There are some recipe books that I would be foolish to read since I rarely cook.

I first read Can't Wait to Get to Heaven , published in 2006, and proceeded to read the others, which were:

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (1983)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987)
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (1998)
Standing in the Rainbow (2002)
A Redbird Christmas (2004)
I Still Dream About You (2010)

Now I need to get caught up on reading John Grisham books. I have purchased both of his recent books that are waiting in the wings for my perusal.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Recently I have discovered that many of the videos on my blog posts no longer play. When one realizes that Blogger is a free way to blog and that frequently YouTube videos cease to work for whatever reason, let me announce that I will not likely go back and try to get them to work.

Blogging, itself, really takes too much of my time anyway. I certainly do not have the time to try to make those that no longer work viewable. Most of all of this is beyond my control anyway. :(

Monday, November 05, 2012

Nearer, My God, To Thee

I received a very beautiful PowerPoint presentation via email and enjoyed it so much with the music accompanying it that I went searching on the 'net for something to share. This is what I found.
Nearer, My God, To Thee

Saturday, October 27, 2012

God’s Invitation

This song has been going through my head all morning. This choir does a really good presentation of it.

Johnny Cash Autobiography

I departed from the Fannie Flagg books to read this book that was at our house. It was pretty difficult to read through parts of it about the times in Cash's life spent in addiction of one kind or another or possibly another way to put it "addicted to all the above."

Other parts of the book were filled with the experiences of a super star.

For whatever reason, I was impressed with story of Ira Hayes who "volunteered for the U. S. Marine Corps and after fighting his way ashore on Iwo Jima in February 1945, survived to become one of the men who hoisted the flog on the peak of Mt. Suribachi in that great symbolic moment of American victory, hopes and sacrifice"* and the Cash hit of "The Ballad of Ira Hayes."

*Cash: The Autobiography copywrite 1997

MSU v. Alabama

This is the first post I've made in a long time just because I could not figure out how to do it with the new revised blogger. Perhaps I can get this up and begin understanding it.

If I can get into our other blog, I may put up something about a site I found on Monument Valley that was written in German. It pretty much made me understand that our haste to get to Grand Canyon by by-passing it was a bad decision.

Uppermost in our mind today is to cheer Mississippi State to victory over Alabama -- a really long shot.

Friday, September 14, 2012

From Rocking Chairs to Tamales

Here’s my “three point sermon” for today – a beautiful, sunshiny day in Lower Alabama.

George Jones is on his farewell tour now, and I'll bet he sings his hit during the show.
George Jones - I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair

Even though his hit says it, I'll bet he'd sure like one of Greg Harkins' chairs. Greg Harkins in Modern Masters

Here's even a sideline Greg participates in. Isn't it good to see someone doing whatever he feels like and lovin' it?
Greg Harkin’s Hot Tamales

I got to wondering about my referring to this as a "sermon" but it does sorta fit the definition of "three points" kinda...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Where To Turn

Hebrews 12:2 (New International Version)

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Relaxing Armchair Travel

This is Labor Day. It has not been a typical Labor Day Holiday, but it has been enjoyable.

In the past, when I see something to share that I can imagine being something I would enjoy in person, I sometimes have a strong urge to share it and play "Let's Pretend" or some version of it.

Today, our daughter, Carla, called to tell us the TV Travel Channel had a program on the Black Hills and we turned on the TV and watched it. Most of the places covered in this program were places we had visited during the summer of 2007. It was nice to see an excellent TV documentary on such places as:
Custer State Park
Grand Tetons
Mount Rushmore

Then later on we received a video that I would have to say, in its on way, it is better than actual travel. Only professional nature photographers have the chance to get the scenes you will see in this video. That's what I am prompted to share with you by armchair travel.

The video description:
Video by Scott Mckinley Productions, Produced for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for Ad campaign. Licensed music by Kenny G.. This short video won Grand Prize - Best of Show at International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula Montana! The majority was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

To finish the day out, we went to a place where the tourists don't go -- Kelsey's -- where they had food served because it was a holiday.

It was a beautiful day, and that suited us just fine!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My First Fannie Flagg Book

Just finished reading this book of 365 pages, which I checked out of the Foley Library. The hard cover book looks like it's bigger than it really is, and it has eight recipes at the back included in those pages.

Since I found the first recipe on another blog, let me direct you there before I forget it. It's for Neighbor Dorothy’s Heavenly Caramel Cake.

Fannie's last book in paperback has been available to purchase at Magnolia Springs Pharmacy & Gifts, so I need to rush right over there before they are sold out.

Yes, I liked the book and recommend it. It's easy reading and quick. For a few moments, you think it's turning into a John Grisham type of novel, but, no, it's a unique book to my way of thinking. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying it, but that's just me.

If anyone reads this, they probably know way more than I did about Fannie Flagg until I looked her up on the internet. Here's what Wikipedia had to say about her.
Fannie Flagg

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th of July

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

Monday, June 18, 2012

Quiet, the book, revisited

In March, I put up a post about "Quiet," a book by Susan Cain, entitled I Enjoy My Own Company. Now that I’ve read the book, I have some thoughts to share.

I’m skipping Chapter One for later, but I wanted you to know I had never heard of Tony Robbins before I read this book. In Chapter Two, I learned all I ever want to know about him.

I believe the purpose of the book was to champion introverts as compared with extroverts. Both have their strengths and many introverts and extroverts marry, which can mean a long and happy marriage, but this book will help both understand their different approaches to life.

During my work life, I have had the opportunity to witness both types in action, and they both have their places. I have seen the extrovert win out over the thoughtful person who knows so much more and is more qualified to lead but was not chosen and in many cases was overlooked as the person who knew volumes more than the extrovert bluffing his way through life and a career. Truly, both types have their place. I have also known humble people who display their special leadership qualities in such a way as to rise to the top like cream. This is what Susan Cain conveys in her book.

You might be an introvert if you have you ever dreaded activities required of you and looked forward to their being over and done with when they were an event that was basically good. One event that popped into my mind was my high school graduation. Get this: It was such a relief to know I did not have the highest grade point average because this would have meant I would have had to give a speech. Thank you, God, for delivering me from this.

Later, I could not avoid a course in speech any longer, and learned a VERY IMPORTANT fact that made all the difference. It is revealed in the book several times (Chapter 5, page 129): “There is no one more courageous than the person who speaks with the courage of his convictions.”

Susan Cain even revealed three key steps to identifying your own core personal projects. To put it another way, some things in your life may be so important to you as to require some extroversion and bargaining to keep one’s life happy and balanced between the two extremes, but times off from this are required to keep the introvert in you from being burned out and frazzled.

The book also points out how parents can help their introverted children get by better in life by being sensitive to the difference between the two temperaments.

Here’s what I really think about the book. Individual readers will glean from the book what they prefer to take to heart and use. At my time of retirement in life, I cannot go back and look at my life and do it differently, but I did learn from different passages. The author’s statement in the first chapter is reason enough to read the book, particularly if you are an introvert.

“If there is only one insight you take away from this book, …, I hope it’s a newfound sense of entitlement to be yourself. I can vouch personally for the life-transforming effects of this outlook.”

It made me realize why I so much prefer “real people.”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Borrowed Book

Perhaps it's better to have my head in the clouds rather than stuck in the sand; so since my neighbor let me borrow his copy of a book to read, I wanted to make a few comments about "The ROOTS of OBAMA'S RAGE" by Dinesh D'Souza.
Here's what the back of the book says:

We are today living out the script for America and the world that was dreamt up not by Obama but by Obama's father. How do I know this? Because Obama says so himself. Reflect for a moment on the title of his book: it's not Dreams of My Father but rather Dreams from My Father. In other words, Obama is not writing a book about his father's dreams; he is writing a book about the dreams that he got from his father.

Think about what this means. The most powerful country in the world is being governed according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s—a polygamist who abandoned his wives, drank himself into stupors, and bounced around on two iron legs (after his real legs had to be amputated because of a car crash caused by his drunk driving). This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son is the one who is making it happen, but the son is, as he candidly admits, only living out his father's dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is being governed by a ghost.

About D'Souza

“America is the greatest, freest and most decent society in existence. It is an oasis of goodness in a desert of cynicism and barbarism. This country, once an experiment unique in the world, is now the last best hope for the world,” says D'Souza.

He has written 12 books, is a best-selling New York Times author, is really disliked by the left, and has interesting, thought provoking view points. Visit Wikipedia article on D'Sousa to find out about his other books.

I'm not really a book reviewer, but I wanted to mention I really thought this book had a pretty good explanation of President Barack Obama's behavior and decisions since he took office.

Hear what Dinesh D'Souzahe has to say about this book.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Sunrise Service @ Gulf State Park

We arrived slightly before 6:30 A.M. and were pleased to see the number of people who came out for this service. It was a beautiful Easter morning, but it did have the usual chill in the air that seems to always happen on Easter (temps were in the mid-50s).

A few photos may be seen on Flicker at:
Easter Sunrise Service 2012

The final hymn sung was Amazing Grace, which is familiar to many.

Stand By...

Here's something for Easter until later today.

He's Alive!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Final Words from the Cross

Seven Phrases are included as the last words of Christ in sermons at Jubilee Shores UMC leading up to Easter. The the first phrase is:
Father, forgive them.
1. We need forgiveness.
2. God's grace is a gift.
3. Our need to forgive those who have injured us.

Not sure how long the series of Podcasts will include this, but you can listen to all of them now at: Final Words From The Cross

Since my blog posts are notoriously known for their "copy-catness" I should refer you to another blog containing all of the last words of Christ from the cross.
Blue Eyed Ennis

This is a good way to acknowledge this is Good Friday and to meditate on Christ's words as he hung in agony on the cross.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lenten Reflection

"Copy-catting" myself today ~ looks like you may have to click on the second image to read it :)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

"I enjoy my own company"

People who know me well have probably heard me make this statement.

I am not at all sure if it is my own statement or if I adopted it from someone else.

I'm married to an extrovert -- a person who never met a stranger. He has been good for me. By observing him, he convinced me there was no future in going through life being painfully shy. I thank him for this many times as I talk to people -- many times people I don't even know very well. I believe this and have sort of adopted his approach to life in general.

I knew he had been voted "something" in high school but could not remember what. I just looked it up -- it was Wittiest, which gave me cause for thought. I recall him saying when he played a game that he played it "by the seat of his pants." Makes sense because he was using his witts. Now, go try to find a definition of the word in a dictionary. Good luck.

Since this blog very frequently is a "copy-cat" of what I've seen somewhere else, some of you might have guessed I would put up a link to this video.

Susan Cain: the power of introverts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012