Life’s Playlist….. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

On this date, SIXTY years ago my older brother Sam was born.

In my monthly column for the September edition of, Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine I wrote about my brother and his influence on me.

You can check it out here.

Happy Birthday Sam, I hope you have 160 more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life’s Playlist….. God Bless America performed by Celine Dion

With all that is going on in our country today, the September 11th Anniversary has almost been overlooked.

On that morning sixteen years ago, America was attacked and our lives have never been the same.

Thousands died and millions saw their way of life turned upside down.

On this September 11th, we remember.  We remember the lives lost and changed, we will NEVER forget.

Today’s solemn anniversary also finds millions of our American family suffering as the result of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.  We stand united on this and every September 11th.

God Bless Us All and God Bless America.

 

 

 

Life’s Playlist….. The Natural Theme Song composed by Randy Newman

On this date in 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2, 131st consecutive baseball game.

His feat broke Lou Gehrig’s record.

Cal Ripken, Jr. is known as “The Iron Man,” and his dedication to the sport and his teams proves the moniker is well deserved.

In addition to his consecutive games record, Ripken hit 3,184 hits, 421 home runs, two golden glove awards, 19 All-Star selections, and was twice name American League MVP.

Before his career ended, Ripken’s consecutive games streak extended to 2,632, a record most believe will never be broken.

Cal Ripken, Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

Life’s Playlist….. American Trilogy performed by Elvis Presley

This patriotic anthem has nothing to do with Labor Day, I just love it and when I hear Elvis sing it makes me feel close to Gracie Hudson, one of the most important women in my life.

I have been thinking a lot about Gracie lately, I miss her, but I know she and my mama are sitting on the banks of a pond in heaven, cane pole in hand, catfish biting and laughs galore.

Gracie was a powerhouse and I loved her deeply, in my childhood she was my Rochelle mama and she loved Elvis like no one else!

I remember watching this very concert in the Hudson’s little house in Rochelle, far too many of us crowded into the living room over Thanksgiving weekend with Gracie squealing to each note out of Elvis mouth.

It’s not Labor Day, but special memories, something I hope you will create on this Labor Day 2017.

Thanks to all the men and women who keep America running…. the workforce of our great country!  Happy Labor Day!

THIS Is America

Over the past few weeks I have written posts about our Divided America.  Posts that were difficult to write, posts that sadden me and make me fear for our future.

These posts have highlighted the divide in our country that has persisted for generations, a divide that seems insurmountable.

While these issues boil beneath us, this week we saw the TRUE America at work.  The America that makes us great, the America we all long for.  This week we saw the best of America, an America that takes care of our neighbors in a time of need and an America that proves once again why we are the greatest human experiment ever created.

As hurricane winds and unfathomable rains fell on the State of Texas, we once again stepped up to lend a hand.

Rainfall levels hit heights that we could have never imagined and the unstoppable American spirit rose to the challenge.

We as Americans don’t always get it right, but in times of need we do it better than anyone else.

I have been in situations where the help of our American community was needed.  I have been through numerous hurricanes and each time as we picked up the pieces, our fellow-man has helped pick us up and place our feet on stable ground again.

Workers, volunteers, financial support all came flooding into neighborhoods where I lived and helped.

Last summer when the mountains and forests around my home were ravaged by wildfires, Americans from every corner of the country supported us.  As the fires subsided, our love for those who came to support burned like an inferno and still burns today with deep gratitude and appreciation.

We see it time and again, when America hurts we come together to support our neighbors and help them move to an even brighter future.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could carry this same level of care and compassion into the day-to-day issues that divide us?

We can, when WE THE PEOPLE take control of the narrative we stand strong and overcome the obstacles before us.  We don’t need politicians, or media to unite us, we just need the great American Spirit that we display on a daily basis.

Houston and its surrounding communities are ravaged by flood waters, but we WILL bring them back and because of the support of a nation united we will make them stronger than ever.

We have seen it time and again and we will see it again, isn’t it great knowing that the American Spirit is alive and well and together we can overcome any issue that harms or divides us……. as a UNITED citizenry who sees a challenge and get’s the job done.

American Heroes, they are not the people we elect of tune into for our news, they are the neighbors who stand with us in our times of greatest need and triumph.