Wednesday, January 29, 2014


A good comedian can laugh at himself- I love humor and Tim Hawkins is one of my favorite comedians. I am hoping I can see him live someday. This is for all you football fans.
One man to another, "My wife thinks I put football before marriage, even though we just celebrated our third season together."

My husband, a big-time sports fan, was watching a football game with our grandchildren. He had just turned 75 and was feeling a little wistful. “You know,” he said to our grandson, Nick, “it’s not easy getting old. I guess I’m in the fourth quarter now.”
“Don’t worry, Grandpa,” Nick said cheerily. “Maybe you’ll go into overtime.”

On eBay, a group of four Super Bowl tickets is going for $51,000. Although to be fair, that price includes a full-body rubdown from stadium security

QUARTERBACK SNEAK: Church members quietly leaving during the invitation. 
DRAW PLAY: What many children do with the bulletin during worship. 
HALF-TIME: The period between Sunday School and worship when many choose to leave.
BENCH WARMER: Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit. BACKFIELD IN MOTION: Making a trip to the back (rest room or water fountain) during the service.
STAYING IN THE POCKET: What happens to a lot of money that should be given to the Lord's work. 
TWO MINUTE WARNING: The point at which you realize the sermon is almost over and begin to gather up your children and belongings.
INSTANT REPLAY: The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week's illustrations.
SUDDEN DEATH: What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes "overtime". 
TRAP: You're called on to pray and are asleep. 
FEX DEFENSE: The ability to allow absolutely nothing said during the sermon to affect your life. HALFBACK OPTION: The decision of 50% of the congregation not to return for the evening service. 
BLITZ: The rush for the restaurants following the closing prayer. 
END RUN: Getting out of church quick, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pre-Marriage Advice (3 of 3)

I just had to complete the last of this interview with Mark Gungor on TBN. He is mainly talking to singles in this crowd, but he is a senior pastor and has an excellent video series called  Laugh Your Way to A Better Marriage.  This is 3 of 3. This is a funny video, but he brings out some interesting points on marriage in the church- check it out.

Marriage means commitment, so does insanity…

“Mom, Dad, sit down. I have something very important to tell you,” said Samantha, upon her return home from college after graduation. “I met a guy who lives near the college that I really like and we decided we are going to get married!”
“Oh Samantha
! I am so happy for you!” Gushed her Mom giving her a big hug, “I hope you two will be really happy together! I can’t wait to meet him!”
“Tell us more about him” said her Dad, “does he have any money?”
“Oh Dad! Is that all you men ever think about?

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed: "Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please allow her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen. God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, went grocery shopping, then drove home to put away the groceries, paid the bills and balanced the check book. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog. Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework, then set up the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing. At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper. After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love which he managed to get through without complaint The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said, "Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, oh please, let us trade back." The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You'll just have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night.

Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pre-Marriage Advice (2 of 3)

We have actually been to TBN studios, was over 30 years ago probably, although not this set. This is part 2 of a 3 part, of a Mark Gungor interview on TBN when he talked about marriage and singles. It seems marriage is in the the news lately and I am for strengthening marriage between a man and a woman as God intended it. Its fun when you can have humor with it.

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

A bus full of housewives going on a picnic crashed with no survivors. Each husband cried for a week, but one husband continued for more than two weeks. When asked he replied miserably... "My wife missed the bus"

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pre-Marriage Advice (1 of 3)

Although I have many videos on marriage, I do not want to ignore my single friends out there, including my newest ones, Captain and Tennile who are divorcing after 39 years of marriage? He claims he does not know of any problems- isn't that a guy thing? This is a interview Mark Gungor did on TBN several years ago directed at singles.  We used to have his 4 cd set by Mark Gungor called, "Laugh your way to a Better Marriage". It's great. I would encourage you to order the set. In taking the Character Test, I scored as a ESTJ and yes, Jan is opposite of me-(I could have told you that before any test) Actually those tests are good for your kids as well-so you can better speak their language and understand their bents. So for the next 3 days, listen to this clip from a TBN interview where he is talking to singles- prepare to laugh and learn. I am looking forward to 40 years this April -why quit now?

Your marriage is in trouble if your wife says, ‘You’re only interested in one thing,’ and you can’t remember what it is.

Marriages are made in heaven. But, then again, so are thunder, lightening, tornadoes and hail.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Seriously Funny (6 0F 6)

 I have heard this concert live in Wenatchee and had to share this with you- I enjoy it each time I hear it. Thanks Ken for sharing your  humor with us-many professionals block their work being shown on internet. Its good to hear people laugh again.

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to Join a fitness club and start exercising.  I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour! But, by the time I got my leotards on, The class was over.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Seriously Funny (5 of 6)

This is 5 of 6 videos of Ken Davis in his Seriously Funny DVD that he put out a couple years ago. He is not ashamed of his faith and is a grandpa as well. I really can't add to what he says so well.

I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. She turned to me and asked, 'Are you having it catered'? And that, my friend, is the definition of 'OLD'!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Seriously Funny (4 of 6)

I have an entire label just for Ken Davis Humor and I have seen him live several times in Wenatchee-  Take a few minutes and listen to the other tracks as well, this is part 4 of 6 and I know it will brighten your day.
An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. 'Wal-Mart?' the preacher exclaimed. 'Why Wal-Mart?' 'Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week'

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Seriously Funny (1/2/3 of 6)

This video is part 1 of 6 parts above
the above video is part 2/3 of 6 parts
I get many of my videos from youtube and most videos are less than 10 minutes in length. This video is full of good humor and takes several posts to view the entire DVD- so this is part 2/3 of 6 parts. If you are having a bad day or a good day, humor is like good medicine and I don't know of any negative side effects from it. We don't laugh enough and are far too serious.

There was a man who was in desperate need – all he needed was a little cash and he could get by. So he decided to go from house to house to see if there were any odd jobs he could do. After being turned down by several home owners he came upon a house where an older woman answered the door. He gave his usual pitch and to his surprise the woman said yes should could use some help – it was perfect that he happened to stop by for the painter she hired had just then cancelled on her.She told the man, I need my porch painted. Walk around to the back of the house and there you’ll see the porch, the paint and all the equipment needed. When your done, come back to the front door and I’ll pay you $500.
This was better than he expected. He walked around to the back and to his surprise and delight, everything he needed was there ready to go. He set to work taping and prepping, then fired up the paint sprayer and in no time was done.
The woman of the house was surprised that the man was so quick, but, she thought, maybe he had a lot of experience as a painter – so she counted him out the cash.
The man pocketed the cash, thanked the women and as he was leaving he hesitated and said, “By the way lady, you need to know, its not a Porsche that you have parked back there, it’s a Mercedes Benz.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Color of Man

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. said that. He died over 50 years ago and made the famous "I have a Dream" speech over 45 years ago. I am thankful my parents taught me God loves all colors of skin- and to look at the heart and not the color of a persons skin.  Remember the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children,...Red and yellow, Black and White, they are precious in his sight...I am not sure if we have arrived at equality in America or if we ever will. You cannot legislate that, it is choice we must embrace. Billy Graham did much to tear down those racial barriers and I had to share this sermon - he can say it better than I can and the Bible has not changed. And one more quote from someone special, "God Loves the Sinner but hates the Sin"
Remember to Fly the Plane
Flight 401 bound for Miami from New York City with a load of holiday passengers. As the huge aircraft approached the Miami airport for its landing, a light that indicates proper deployment of the landing gear failed to come on. The plane flew in a large, looping circle over the swamps of the Everglades while the cockpit crew checked out the light failure. Their question was this, had the landing gear actually not deployed or was it just the light bulb that was defective'
To begin with, the flight engineer fiddled with the bulb. He tried to remove it, but it wouldn’t budge. Another member of the crew tried to help out...and then another. By and by, if you can believe it, all eyes were on the little light bulb that refused to be dislodged from its socket. No one noticed that the plane was losing altitude. Finally, it dropped right into a swamp. Many were killed in that plane crash. While an experienced crew of high-priced and seasoned pilots messed around with a little light bulb, an entire airplane and many of its passengers were lost. The crew momentarily forgot the most basic of all rules of the air: “Don’t forget to fly the airplane!”                      
The same thing can happen to the local church. The preacher and elders can be so busy fighting petty fires and focusing so much of their attention on insignificant issues that they lose sight of what church is all about. The church can have so many activities, programs, projects, committee meetings, banquets, and community involvements -- so many wheels spinning without really accomplishing anything of eternal significance -- that the congregation forgets its primary objective.                      
Let’s not be like Flight 401 or the invention that doesn’t do anything! Our primary objective is to win this lost world to Jesus Christ.                       - - Charles R. Swindoll (from Dropping Your Guard)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Life is Like A Cup of Coffee

I can remember this date as not being a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.; but I cannot remember when everyone was not important to me; thanks to my parents. One of my best friends when I lived in Tacoma was Black-(Tyler Frazier) I have lost track of him. Matt Lambert was a special friend of our family and our associate pastor in Federal Way. But to me it is not about color- it is how people are important. As the video says, Life is like a cup of coffee. It is not just students who were killed in a school- it is about the babies aborted in our country. I am thankful our church has joined in helping students in our community to have food on weekends. And I am thankful my grandkids do not look at handicap friends as different- we may have outsides that are different- but we are the same inside- our blood is all the same color and God loves each of us so much that he died for us. Last years video was by Billy Graham, but this year I wanted to  share "Life is like a cup of Coffee".

An Open Letter

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter April 16, 1963, in response to local Birmingham, Alabama, clergy expressing opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. Here is an excerpt from the letter, written while King was in the Birmingham City Jail.                      
“... There was a time when the church was very powerful -- in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment...
“Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.                      
“But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions,

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It Is Finished

Yesterday's news included the short news clip as posted below of a World War 2 hero. Back in 1974, 29 years after World War 2 ended; this soldier finally realized the war was over.  He refused to surrender even though family tried to convince him with leaflets and loudspeakers. The article does not say what happened to the one person who friended him and convinced him the war was over- I often think of those who have not realized that Christ arose from the Dead and has won the war- we no longer need to serve the Devil. "It is Finished"- is a  song that was written/sung by Bill Gaither, and was inspired by this news story 40 years ago- listen to the words....
TOKYO (AP) — Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91.
Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit.
"After World War II, Mr. Onoda lived in the jungle for many years and when he returned to Japan, I felt that finally, the war was finished. That's how I felt," Suga said.
Onoda was an intelligence officer who came out of hiding, erect but emaciated, in fatigues patched many times over, on Lubang island in the Philippines in March 1974, on his 52nd birthday. He surrendered only when his former commander flew there to reverse his 1945 orders to stay behind and spy on American troops.
Onoda and another World War II holdout, Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, who emerged from the jungle in 1972, received massive heroes' welcomes upon returning home.
Before and during the war, Japanese were taught absolute loyalty to the nation and the emperor. Soldiers in the Imperial Army observed a code that said death was preferable to surrender.
Onoda refused to give up, despite at least four searches during which family members appealed to him over loudspeakers and flights dropped leaflets urging him to surrender.
In his formal surrender to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Onoda wore his 30-year-old imperial army uniform, cap and sword, all still in good condition.
After the initial sensation of his return home wore off, Onoda bought a ranch in Brazil. He later was head of a children's nature school in northern Japan.
"I don't consider those 30 years a waste of time," Onoda said in a 1995 interview with The Associated Press. "Without that experience, I wouldn't have my life today."
Still, he showed a great zeal for making up for years lost.
"I do everything twice as fast so I can make up for the 30 years," Onoda said. "I wish someone could eat and sleep for me so I can work 24 hours a day."
The son of a teacher, Onoda worked for a Japanese trading firm in Shanghai after finishing high school in 1939. Three years later, he was drafted and trained at a military academy.
In December 1944, he was sent to Lubang, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Manila. Most other Japanese soldiers surrendered when U.S. troops landed on Lubang in February 1945, though hundreds remained missing for years after the war.
As he struggled to feed himself, Onoda's mission became one of survival. He stole rice and bananas from local people down the hill, and shot their cows to make dried beef, triggering occasional skirmishes.
The turning point came on Feb. 20, 1974, when he met a young globe-trotter, Norio Suzuki, who ventured to Lubang in pursuit of Onoda.
Suzuki quietly pitched camp in lonely jungle clearings and waited. "Oi," Onoda eventually called out, and eventually began speaking with him.
Suzuki returned to Japan and contacted the government, which located Onoda's superior — Maj. Yoshimi Taniguchi — and flew him to Lubang to deliver his surrender order in person.

Hiroo Onoda, Japanese soldier who spent 29 years hiding in jungle after World War II, dies aged 91

Updated 18 January 2014, 12:15 AEST
An imperial Japanese soldier who spent 29 years in hiding on an island in the Philippines after World War II has died aged 91.
Hiroo Onoda was one of about 60 soldiers who fought on from their jungle strongholds after the war, refusing to believe that the Japanese empire had been defeated.
The former army intelligence officer spent three decades waging his own guerrilla war on Lubang Island in the north-western Philippines.
In 1974 he laid down his arms, but only after his former commanding officer returned and personally ordered him to do so
For years, Hiroo Onoda would ignore attempts to get him to surrender. He dismissed leaflet drops and search parties as enemy trickery.
"The leaflets they dropped were filled with mistakes, so I judged it was a plot by the Americans," he said.
Hiroo Onoda, who was drafted in 1942, received training for two years and was sent to the island in 1944.
In the beginning, Hiroo Onoda was hiding out alongside two fellow soldiers. But they died in clashes with Filipino villagers and soldiers.
He survived on coconut milk, bananas and by stealing and butchering cattle.
When Mr Onoda surrendered, the Filipino government pardoned him for his involvement in the killing of some 30 islanders

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pepsi Commerical

Perhaps this beverage commercial should be filed under safety for some of the dumb things done, but will post it under beverage for its humor. I have refrained from diet pops but otherwise pop is pop to me and what ever is on sale is fine with me. My wife prefers pepsi she says? Actually we both are on a diet and the preferred drink now is, Water.
Q: What do you call a person on a diet who loses twenty-five pounds in just one month?
A: A liar.

Two overweight women were walking home from work, and they began talking about their schedule of activities for the evening. "I've got an idea" said one. "Let's flip a coin. If it lands on heads, we'll go get a cheeseburger. If it lands on tails, we'll go to get a pizza. And if it lands on its side, we'll go to the gym to work out.

Dieters are very "NARROW-MINDED."

Diets are for people who are THICK and tired of it.







Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pepsi Soccer

I am thankful my kids enjoy sports- I guess that was never my calling even though I enjoyed baseball and basketball in grade school, and my attempt at track in Jr. high was short lived. I enjoyed watching my kids in sports and the grandkids games are so much fun. Tonight I will watch Cody play hockey, and wish I could watch Trent play Basketball on Saturdays. Summer brings Soccer games, and thus this commercial by Pepsi on Soccer Heroes.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt ...tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

God In This City

It's been two years now since my final city council meeting. It was a fun 22.5 years- I don't know where time went. Seems only yesterday I heard of an opening on KPQ news to which I submitted my resume and was appointed. I did not know I would be paid for it, I just thought it could help on my job resume.' Think my first controversial decision was to replace the finance directors elected positon with a mayors appointee. Second  decision was probably to build a new city hall- the converted gas station where Cedars now sits- had a dangerous entrance and was very crowded. I remember a split vote when some wanted to spend our funds on buying a modular for police dept. instead of waiting to push for new city hall. I won that vote and the city hall is one of the most proud items I was involved in. (and it is paid for) It was a controversial decision was who to take over as police chief – glad to say I won on that decision and am proud of Chief Harrison.  I lost in decision of  tearing the franklin House down to build the link transfer center. I consistantly voted no on the sprint boat races and wish I would have voted no on allowing city to join PFD to build Wenatchee's arena- we were promised they would not come back to us asking for any funds if we simply joined so a portion of sales tax would come back to them. I was successful to repeal the utility tax- only to have it reinstalled. Most of the time I was successful in voting down the 1% property tax increases- our city pays less in property taxes than county residents based on equal comparisons.

We lost 4 to death- I greatly miss Jan Nash and Ralph Aiken who were excellent council members that I leaned on greatly.   We also lost Randy Webly, a police officer, who I graduated with in Coulee Dam in 73 with my wife and I. And Peggy McArthur passed away, she served on city council with me, and also was elected as finance director before I came on.

Some may ask why  22.5 years and an odd number of years? That is due to I changed my council seat in 90’s, and ran for a 2 year position instead of my 4 year position- and of coarse I had to run the following November that I was appointed. I regret running against a fellow council member, but wanted to know what  people felt, as well as if you run un-opposed, no one will bring out the issues.

I served under 3 mayors- Mayor Lacy was patient with me and we knew where each of us stood, but I also remind you of his giving heart- when we had a fire in our house, he offered me use of one of his houses to stay in! We have a great council.  I wish them the best and thank them for serving. I was sorry to see Dave Bremmer leave the council the same time I did- He did a great job.  I wish to thank the employees- they can make or break any elected official and deserve the credit for getting East Wenatchee where it is today. I need to thank KPQ for coverage, I think I can count on one had the times I have not seem them cover a meeting. I thank the citizens who attended city council meetings- that is so important and helpful. I need to thank my family and employer for allowing me the time to devote to city council. I had several good friends who I could bounce things off and I trusted.  

The city had less than 1,000 population when I took office, it now has over 15,000 I think. We had no unions, and think the police had 7 in police dept. and only five council members then instead of our seven we now have. I used to have minutes from 1989- but they were destroyed in our house fire several years ago. It would be interesting to compare wages and the number of employees  comparing between 1989 and now.

I am amazed how few  people contact elected officials but will instead complain to paper or friends. City council is like raising teenagers- you need to look at all sides of the story,- and sometimes, the story you are given can be slanted to benefit  the teenager. And you are a councilmember and not the friend who you wish you could be at times as well. 

I thank God- for his help and allowing me that opportunity to serve. I would pray silently before most meetings and never understood why I was placed in that position when there are so many more qualified people out there who he could have used and would have done a much better job. Remember, God used a mule in the Bible to get his message out.

  I thank the public for putting up with me- never sure if they voted for me or against my challengers?  It was a great time- thank you. And I have not plans to return nor do I really miss the stress. Many decisions were already made for you per federal laws and the title of politician keeps going down sadly- it got so I would seldom tell anyone what I did.  I have written the mayor/council on several issues and the response was the same as when I was on council. I wish them the best this year and will be praying for them. You know my views, now let them know your views. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

How not to put down spike Strips

Safety is learning from others mistakes and thinking of what could go wrong, as you decide what to do. Someone sent me this video of how not to put down nail spikes- I think you can see several areas that should have been done differently-maybe even where he parked his car, to be used as a shield? This could have been prevented. I certainly hope the officer is ok. Its a good reminder to look at all of our jobs we do every day, and make safety a priority. And in our state- if a police officer is along the road with his lights on, you must either slow down in passing or move over a lane if there are 2 lanes that allow for that.
Did you hear that the energizer bunny was arrested?
He was charged with battery.

What did the policeman say to his belly button?
You're under a vest!

The Toilets were stolen from the police station. Police have nothing to go on.

How do police officers hand cuff a one armed man

Friday, January 10, 2014

I Will Always Love You

I am always looking for songs that I can add photos to, and I hesitated when I used Whitney Houstons song called "I will always Love You". I love the song, but the first words I actually left out of this song, unlike another video where they are included. Here are the words missing today- I will let you decide which  video you prefer. I realize it is not a big deal, and some things in life we have no control over, but I do not wish to say "goodbye and I am taking memories with me"....Billy, I will always love you. 
If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I'll go but I know
I'll think of you every step of the way
And I... will always love you, ooh
Will always love you
My darling, you...
Bittersweet memories –
That is all I'm taking with me.
So good-bye.
Please don't cry:
We both know I'm not what you, you need
And I... will always love you
I... will always love you
You, ooh
A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, 'Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.' The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. 'That's interesting,' she said, 'how do you make babies?' 'It's simple,' replied the girl. 'You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'.'
Children's Logic: 'Give me a sentence about a public servant,' said a teacher. The small boy wrote: 'The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.' The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. 'Don't you know what pregnant means?' she asked. 'Sure,' said the young boy confidently. 'It mean carrying a child.'
I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, 'Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!'

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2 year old Jiving

In doing research for Elvis on his birthday yesterday, I had to post this video I discovered. Children are learning so much before they start school, I am thankful for the time we can invest in babies. I know the nursery of church is perhaps the greatest ministry of a church. I know when I was young, my parents discouraged the rock and roll of the 60's- but then none of that music talked about killing people or doing drugs either. I have a playlist for my grandson that I put on for him and he recognizes many of the song now already at just 8 1/2 months. Remember GIGO -(Garbage in, Garbage Out)

Q: What would Elvis be doing if he was alive right now?
A: Clawing at the inside of his coffin!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How Great Thou Art

Elvis was born on January 8, 1935. that makes me feel old. I think the only albums I owned were his gospel albums, including "How Great Thou Art". Not totally sure what my favorite Elvis song was? As you know, I am a big fan of music that you can easily understand the words of. Just so sad he did not take care of himself to be still around. I often wonder what the second part of his life could have been like as do I often wonder what life would be like with many of the babies who have been aborted since Roe vs Wade could have lived? 
The incredible Elvis life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.

In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges, his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

20 Month old sings Elvis

Tomorrow is Elvis's  Birthday and I had to share this video I discovered while searching the internet. Ella Mae is only 20 months old- what a cute girl. It also shows you the importance of what they are learning at this age. I used this song to show our trip to New Orleans on I would love to have a backup singer this cute and wish I could just sing myself.
Q: What is the difference between Elvis and smart blondes?
A: Elvis has been sighted!

Q: What was Elvis's last great hit?
A: The bathroom floor!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hey Wussy Christians....

I love to laugh but I love it more when someone can make me laugh and bring home a point that needs to be made. This video is a bit longer than most of my videos, but you will stay glued to it as he talks about doing away with Political Correctness. It is a good thing I have a label just for Brad Stine as it would fit under several differerent labels easily.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kids Under Construction

I remember my father having the Gaither Kids Album that included "Kids Under Construction", probably back in the 80's. I also have it on my playlist that I listen to with my grandkids when  I babysit and I think it is one of Billys favorites. Rather than include photos of my grandkids again- I decided to include photos of other kids photos that would make  you smile and bring joy to your day- as kids can so easily do. And it is not just kids that are under Construction- I know lots of adults and God is still working on me as well. Anyone remember the slogan-PBPWMGIFWMY? (Please Be Patient With Me, God Isn't Finished With Me Yet)
Little Max was telling his friend Howard a riddle.
“What has a bottom at the top?”
Howard said, “I don't know, Max. What does have a bottom at the top?”
“Why it’s your legs, of course.”

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Tribute to Jake Hess

On January 4th, 2004, Jake Hess Passed away. He was 76.  I miss his singing.  He was one of my heros and favorite southern gospel singers. I have always enjoyed Southern Gospel music.  I was able to hear him in person when he sang with the Masters IV in Olympia and still enjoy his music on CD's.  I look forward to hearing him sing in Heaven Someday. Come to think of it, many of my Gospel Singing hero's have gone home already. What a Reunion Day.
Q: How do you tell when your lead singer is at the door?
A: He can't find the key and doesn't know when to come in.

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave side service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back-country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being a typical man I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.
There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends; I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low my heart was full.
As I was opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."