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Goodbye 2013

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Hawaii Elvis

For many years Guy Lombardo was the sound of New Year’s Eve for me and millions of others as he ushered in the new year (and we sang along) with ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (1953) .

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Forming “The Royal Canadians” in 1924 with his brothers CarmenLebert, and Victor and other musicians from his hometown, Lombardo led the group to international success, billing themselves as creating “The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven.” The Lombardos are believed to have sold between 100 and 300 million  records during their lifetimes.

Guy Lombardo is best known for almost a half-century of New Year’s Eve big band remotes, first on radio, and then on television. Lombardo’s orchestra played at the “Roosevelt Grill” in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 to 1959, and their New Year’s Eve performances (which continued with Lombardo until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria). Broadcasts (and later telecasts) of their performances were a major part ofNew Year‘s celebrations across North America; millions of people watched the show with friends at house parties. Because of this popularity, Lombardo was ascribed the moniker, “Mr. New Year’s Eve.”

On December 31, 1956, the Lombardo band did their first New Year’s TV special on CBS; the program (and Lombardo’s 20 subsequent New Year’s Eve TV shows) would include a live segment from Times Square (long the focal point of America’s New Year’s Eve celebrations) showcasing the arrival of the New Year. 

By the middle 1970’s, the Lombardo TV show was facing competition, especially for younger viewers, from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but Lombardo remained popular among viewers, especially older ones.

Even after Lombardo’s death, the band’s New Year’s specials continued for two more years on CBS. The Royal Canadians were noted for playing the traditional song Auld Lang Syne as part of the celebrations. Their recording of the song still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square. wikipedia

L. A. Sky – Fleeting Beauty

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Sharing Time With Those You Love . . . An Awesome Privilege

December 30th, 2013 Comments off

Photo on 2014-12-29 at 21.48Time is one thing we can not buy, bottle, or save.  It is precious beyond measure.  So, the time I have spent with my family over the wedding weekend has been priceless, yeah, just like the commercial says.

I telephone my family often and stay in touch, but nothing beats sitting in the same room with them, sharing a laugh in person, ‘breaking bread’ together, and feeling the warmth of a loving embrace.

If you are able to do this regularly with the ones you love don’t take it for granted but consider yourself blessed, and thank God for the awesome privilege.



Just Like a Couple of Kids, Wanda Hogue’s Toto and Abbi want the same Christmas toy!

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This is Alicia, my new daughter-in-law!

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Rescued !

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Stephanie Davy

Stephanie Davy of Chiredzi Africa feeds a rescued Duiker found in the Chiredzi  cemetery.  According to Stephanie’s mother, Nancy Pemberton, the fate of the vulnerable Duiker would likely have been dinner for some dogs.  So, three cheers for Stephanie.  The Duiker is on the critically endangered list.  Only an estimated 640 Ader’s duikers remain.

With the growth of human populations and resulting expansion of roads, settlements, and agriculture, wildlife habitats are fragmented or lost. Duikers are losing their habitats and being pushed into closer quarters with humans.

The animals are hunted for their meat, skins, and horns, which are popular in some areas as charms against evil spirits. Bush duikers may be hunted in reprisal for raiding crops.

 Stephanie may not be able to save them all . . . but she saved this one!


Why Eat Grapes?

December 29th, 2013 Comments off


Eating more whole fruits, particularly grapes, blueberries, and apples, was significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a Harvard study published in the British Medical Journal in 2013. People who ate at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent when compared to those who ate less than one serving per month. Eating the whole fruit seems to be key, though; researchers found that fruit juice drinkers faced as much as a 21 percent increased risk of developing diabetes. 

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Why Eat Oatmeal?

December 29th, 2013 Comments off


20-pantry-essentials-for-weight-loss-19-oatmeal-slHigh in soluble fiber, oats are slower to digest than processed carbs. Eat them and you’ll release glucose into the bloodstream more slowly, which will prevent spikes in your blood-sugar levels. In a 2012 study from Sweden’s Karolinska University, researchers found that eating four servings of whole grains daily reduced the risk for developing prediabetes by 30 percent. Other research shows that if you eat whole grains you experience less inflammation, which could lower the odds of your developing insulin resistance, heart disease, and high blood pressure. 


A Wonderful Day!

December 28th, 2013 1 comment

It was a just that . . . a wonderful day!

#1 Son now has a beautiful, sweet wife and his Mama is happy.

Pictures will come later, because I was so  absorbed in the moment that I didn’t want to look through the lens.  Fortunately, others were snapping away and I’m sure I was get many, as well as the official ones from the photographer.

I will write more when I catch my breath.  Right now I am in recovery mode! 

Norma Sue, Lori, and Bill left today, and that left me singing the blues. BUT, Linda and Sidney are still here and I am so glad that I will have family with me a bit longer.  I am sure when they leave, the waterworks will come full force, because I feel them building.  It is so hard to say goodbye.

I wrote a song once that said, “It seems I’m always saying good bye . . . before the happy hello tears have time to dry . . . seems I’m always saying goodbye.”

You are right, I must stay appreciative of the blessings in my life and not focus on what I have missed by living so far from my ‘folks’.  Sometimes that is harder to do than at other times.  This is one of those times.

The solution: I‘ll focus on the wedding,  new beginnings with a new daughter-in-law.  That will perk me up!

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