Tomorrow, Sunday, 4 April 2021 is Easter Sunday for most Americans and much of the world.
For our Orthodox Easter, Pascha, Sunday, 2 May (my late mother’s birthday) is the celebrated day for 2021 of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, from His tomb on the third day after his crucifixion.
Resurrection Sunday is a Christian celebration of feasts, holiday and time of rejoice.
While there is much unrest in the world, much division, hate, anger, blaming, warring and frustration, we can only pray for everlasting peace. Easter is one such time to spend the day doing just that, praying for peace.
For children and perhaps secular adults, Easter or Pascha is a time to enjoy Easter-egg hunts, devour milk chocolate bunnies and savor over home-cooked or fine dining feasts of foods, spirits and conversations. For Christians it is a time to reflect how our Savior died on the cross for our sins.
It is the most Holiest time of the year and the most important day of our Earthly journey. Enjoy it, with friends, family or all by yourself with your beloved pets and companion animals, domestic or feral.
Peace to you and yours and all that surrounds you.
I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe, and happy season to enjoy the best that you can enjoy!
Kenny Rogers: August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020
Even if you don’t like country music, you probably loved Kenny Rogers. He sang so many songs that sent messages to any human being that had a heartbeat.
He was beyond being a crossover. Way beyond.
In his prime, he was the Universal man.
One of the first songs I ever remember hearing Kenny Rogers sing was with the band Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town.
I had a crush on that gorgeous female singer who played the tambourine in those sexy white boots and miniskirt.
I think I was sixteen, maybe fifteen. Or seventeen. I can’t remember.
It was during the Vietnam war. I had friends that went and never came back home.
Kenny Rogers manned up to that crazy Asian war.
That was a looong time ago. Ages.
A half a century ago.
But the pain and suffering and the memories of the loss still survive in the mind. Vividly.
Kenny Rogers sang a lot of great songs, most of them having real meaning of life. But the two I cherish the most are the first one I heard Ruby, and the later one, the Gambler. There was a third, if I must pick the best of Kenny Rogers and that was, The Coward of the County.
All of his songs were great. I believe all of them were hits.
Dolly Parton whom I was kissed by in the 70s at the Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, New York, said Kenny Rogers was a great man and a gentleman. She loved working with him. She wasn’t so fond of saying the same of the other men she performed with over the years.
I trust Dolly Parton’s judgement of character.
I miss the First Edition which I had 8-track tapes of and played in the tape decks of the muscle cars I used to drive back in the day.
One of my best friends who I worked with while still in high-school was killed in a high-speed crash that those songs bring back the memory of, good or bad.
I live in Vegas now, nearly 3,000 miles from my home town where I grew up. The Gambler is part of life. But the song, tells a message most people miss.
Most of Kenny Roger’s songs told a story, sort of a ballad, and they all had meaning to life.
Did you listen to those words of wisdom that one of the greatest American singers sung when he performed live or in studio?
Every song Kenny Roger ever sang was a hit. Every song was a story of life. Real life. Life lived by the way real people lived life and died from it.
That’s what the greatest do.
They give us a reason to listen. And to live.
3 November 2020 6PM PST
Las Vegas, Nevada. USA
When I’m Gone-Joey & Rory
If I Needed You
Joey is struggling everyday with her cancer, yet she keeps faith and remains strong for her beautiful family. May God bless her. We pray for her for she is such a talented and beautiful lady with a family to look after. Everyone wishes they had a love as perfect as Joey’s and Rory’s. They look so great together and you can see the love. Love everyone wish they had.
Joey & Rory
This Life I live by Rory
A story about Joey & Rory’s life. Joey, is struggling with cancer. Still she lives a busy schedule.
Nearly 2 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed every year. Over 1,500 people are expected to die of cancer EVERYDAY in the United States, that’s more than a half million a year. More people have died of cancer in America than all U.S. wars combined, including the Civil War that took over 650,000 soldier’s lives. In a blink of an eye your life can be on the way to its end. Cherish it. Make every day count. Make your mark in life. You make not get a second chance, so do it now. Leave your footprints in the sand…
More songs Beautiful Songs by Joey & Rory
Coat Of Many Colors, a Dolly Parton hit song