Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

What does a lighthouse do? I ask myself. It never moves. It

 cannot hike up its rocky skirt and dash into the ocean to

 rescue the foundering ship. It cannot calm the waters or 

clear the shoals. It can only cast light into the darkness. It 

can only point the way. Yet, through one lighthouse, you 

guide many ships. Show this old lighthouse the way.

― Lisa WingateThe Prayer Box

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016 Stones River National Cemetery

It was a beautiful spring morning when we visited the Stones River National Cemetery near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It was cool, and except for the birds, totally quiet.  No yelling, no screaming in pain, no cannon fire, no guns blasting, no crying to God for help.

 It is easy to drive on through, never allowing the reality of this place and others like it to disturb our comfortable world.

 Every white stone represents a young life gone, his family's broken hearts, a wife or girlfriend who continued to read his letters until they were tear-stained and worn. It represents the hands that were taught to make a living, forever useless, forever empty.

 Nothing can ever change what happened here, or the atrocities of war at D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and other places all over the world. When we see these tangible offerings of stone, we can remember, we can honor, and we can offer respect for the sacrifices that were made.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Scripture: Rejoice

 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep 
with those who weep.

~Romans 12:15

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Birthday, Don Williams

This blog was written in April of 2011.  I'm posting it again in honor of Don Williams' 77th birthday.

I love music, all real music.

From Bach to Bruce, Wagner to Wayland, Crawford to Campbell...they are all my favorites. My list does not include those 'musicians' who substitute volume and fireworks for talent, but that's a blog for another day.

Several weeks ago, weary from winter, I was surfing the net, looking for something exciting to do during spring break. And there it was...Don Williams at the Georgia State Fairgrounds in Hiawassee! I ordered tickets the next minute.

Don Williams has been a favorite since the first time I heard him. I wore out several cassette tapes of his poetry set to music. When he was in concert nearby, we were just never able to go. After being a fan for thirty-plus years, I finally got to see him in concert.

He didn't disappoint.

"Good Ole Boys Like Me" stirs my soul and I was so thankful when he opened with it, after a lengthy standing ovation when he walked out on the stage. It was followed by many of his well known songs that never get old. He didn't say much, but when he did, his voice was surprisingly low with a Texas drawl.

The weight of years showed on his shoulders. The 'Gentle Giant' may have some age in his eyes, but the clear baritone voice and the poet's heart have not changed, not changed one iota.

Outside, a storm was brewing. We could hear thunder during the concert. When the concert ended, after several standing ovations and an encore, we walked outside to lightning flashing and wind gusting. We got to the car just before heavy rain and hail assaulted North Georgia, a storm so fierce that it made the local tv news the next day.

Who cares about a storm when you have just seen Don Williams? I want to see him again. Soon.

..but it really doesn't matter how far I go...I can still hear the soft southern wind in the live oak trees....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Daytona Beach/Seabreeze Resort

Recently, we spent a few days at the Daytona SeaBreeze resort in Daytona Beach, Florida.  This view was from our balcony.

The beach is huge, and you can drive on it when the tide is out.


The beach at dawn, when all that was stirring were the birds.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Music in the Park; 05/11/2016

It was a hot day, but if you could find a spot in the shade, it was the perfect day for Music in the Park.

The music was by Shannon Knight, and it was fabulous.

We have made it two weeks without getting rained on.  Hallelujah!