Not long after our December wedding, I acquired two heart-shaped metal pans, perfectly sized for use in baking a suitable Valentine’s cake for my Beloved. (Though we were relatively broke, I justified the purchase ... the cost of a new card every Valentine's Day over our lifetime together would add up, but these baking pans could… Continue reading Care Bear
One of the singers from the 60s was a guy named James Darren. I first remember him from his role as a teen idol on The Donna Reed Show. He was more than a musician though as he enjoyed a varied career on television and in films. His biggest hit on the pop charts was… Continue reading That Mean, Fickle Woman
Written in 1975 by Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles, the song Lyin' Eyes was nominated for Record of the Year. In concerts following the song's release, Henley and Frey shared that the song originated when they witnessed a curious encounter in an LA bar. They imagined the scene as an illicit love affair between the man and woman; soon… Continue reading Lyin’ Eyes
Ever since we first viewed the 2007 film Bella, I've paid attention to Eduardo Verástegui and the projects with which he's been involved. Bella tells the story of an international soccer star (José played by Verástegui) whose life takes a sharp turn that abruptly ends the man's career. As the movie begins, he's working as a cook in… Continue reading Not A Sour Note
For as long as I can remember, music has been an integral part of my life. Two other posts in this space (here and here) offer some background. Because I'm also a product of the 1960s, there's a certain genre of music that shaped my life just as it shaped the lives of most in my baby-boomer… Continue reading Back To The 60s Again
Shortly after we returned to Arkansas in 1977 (with two small children in tow), my Beloved and I both considered taking occasional classes (at our nearby alma mater or at the University of Arkansas which was closer at hand). One of my ambitions was to enroll in poetry classes taught by the esteemed professor and poet Miller… Continue reading Would You Go Back?
A number of years ago when my parents traveled in Germany, they sent a gift of a cuckoo clock back to the States for me. Having grown up in a home with a cuckoo clock, I have always loved them! My Beloved ... not so much, but like many of my idiosyncrasies, he tolerates them because he… Continue reading Time In A Bottle
Traditional Christmas carols have an enduring history. Some are more than a hundred years old. As for the remainder of Christmas music, the songs often don't enjoy a consistent following or annual play. Achieving Favorite status is a less likely long shot. When composer David Foster released his 1990 song Grown-Up Christmas List, the song wasn't a hit… Continue reading Christmas Vision
On occasion, I need to be talked down from the ledge. Today was one of those days. It looked to be a good day for putting up Christmas decorations. (What's the rush, you ask? I felt the same way, but the house was empty for once and I had an hour to spare.) I turned on the Christmas music and started… Continue reading Headed to Whoville?
Because this is the Season of Advent, some people might find it unusual for me to write about a completely different pivotal moment in Jesus' life ... the Cross. Yes, we celebrate the birth of Christ with gift-giving, acknowledging the extraordinary Gift of God coming to earth in the form of a man who was "tempted in all things… Continue reading A Hill Far Away