Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gospel Music & Entertainment News

 













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Friday, July 4, 2014

Journey to the Sea - Poems Inspired by 'The Lord of the Rings'


 

A Man like You ~

A poem about temptation and the corrupting influence of power inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's Witchking in "The Lord of the Rings"
Once I rode a pony small;
I sat upon my father's knee.
My mother sang fair lullabies
And placed her warm arms around me.
My father said, "Be strong! Be brave!
And strive to win whate'er you do."
I scarce remember, just in dreams
That once I was a man like you.
Once my father passed away,
And I ascended to the throne,
My mother said, "Be strong. Be brave,
And make this kingdom now your own."
I took the sword. I chose the blade
And wielded it to claim my due.
At least it seems thus in my dreams,
When once I was a man like you.
Once a noble came to me
Austere he looked in raiment grand.
Reading the desires of my heart,
He placed the future in my hand.
To me he said, "Fight strong. Fight hard,
This ring shall win what you pursue."
And when I wore it on my hand,
I ceased to be a man like you.
And now my flesh has turned to ruin,
My fine robes rotting with my skin.
And I with man no more commune
Except my howl upon the wind.
My blade now tears through mortal flesh,
Knowing no man's blade can undo
The evil that I have become --
I, who was once a man like you.
So when you hear the howling wind,
Recall my voice as fell it falls --
The scream of evil agony,
Remind you of my father's halls:
The boy I was; the choice I made;
The power I sought; then was seduced.
This evil token on my hand --
Could you refuse it - a man like you?

~ Journey to the Sea ~

A Poem Inspired by Lord of the Rings about an elf's journey to his destiny
Brave archer-son of woodland elves
In evil's growing shadows dwelt
In Elven halls of fantasy
Beneath the stars, under the trees.
Gone, the years of complacency:
No more the magic dinner feasts,
Deer driven out by cunning beasts.
The shadows grew a doom to tell
That must be brought to Elvendell.
A culminating prophecy.
Around the table tales were told
Of dark wraiths seen and rings of gold;
As tempers flared he made his case
To aid a friend, defend his race --
Irked by the dwarf's obduracy.
A strange pact forged in anger bound
Son of the tree, son of the ground.
Nine walkers made the choice that day,
A journey planned and then... away!
To carry war's diplomacy.
O'er barren lands to goblin mines.
Trolls, goblins, threats his bow would find -
Fell victims of his accuracy.
Through dark and danger, fire and flame,
The Demon's whip and burning mane.
At last escaping at great cost -
Their guide, their friend, the Wizard lost.
Despairing in their misery,
Still pressing on o'er glade they ran,
Into the trees - enchanted land -
In golden woods to find release:
A time to mourn, a time of peace,
Until the fateful prophecy...
A boat ride South with seven friends,
Where waters fall, the River ends;
As did the Fellowship that day.
Two halflings gone; two swept away
By Necromancer's progeny.
There one strong man succumbed at last,
Then lost his life while standing fast
Against goblins' foul piracy.
To horse lands fast on foot they flew
To find their friends, their bonds renew.
Into the living woods they dared -
A meeting caught them unprepared:
The White Wizard's conspiracy.
Dark days grew darker as they tread
Where none would go - Paths of the Dead.
There a Ranger cast off his doubts;
His power drove the dead to rout
To usher in his legacy.
By Great River the dead host sailed
Vows were fulfilled -- the host prevailed.
Yet in triumph on battle's field,
The Elf-son knew his doom was sealed
While gulls called o'er the war's frenzy.
As one lord spurned the Wizard's plea,
Snared by his own complicity.
Faithful companions journeyed on.
The company looked for the dawn
While battle raged on endlessly,
Fighting the fell and monstrous beasts.
They bravely suffered selflessly
Until the reign of terror ceased,
The ring destroyed, the lands released;
The King was crowned; the world knew peace.
For Elven-son - dichotomy...
Such wonders have I known and seen,
Such friends I've had, such victories,
Such joy I've felt beneath the leaves...
No more for me... no more to be...
No more at rest under the tree,
My home become a fallacy.
Gulls on the shore call out to me;
The tides rise in supremacy.
A yearning born from dormancy
Waking me from complacency.
My heart cries out for clemency,
For succor from the thing it seeks --
The doom proclaimed in prophecy.
Will my heart never more run free?
Until at last it finds release
Beside the sea... beyond the sea...
-- Both poems previously published in Silver Leaves: The Journal of the White Tree Fund 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!






Honoring Our Fathers on Father's Day


Our fathers
do so much for us besides helping to bring us into the world. Most
fathers have a hand in providing for their children, and helping to
raise them. Fathers provide a role model for boys and girls and
much-needed guidance.
 


Friday, June 13, 2014

'Resurrection' Season One with Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven on DVD - a Review - Yahoo

 




'Resurrection' Season One with Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven on DVD - a Review - Yahoo



Season One of the science fiction television program "Resurrection," starring stars Omar Epps (House), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Matt Craven (Crimson Tide, A Few Good Men), Devin Kelley (Chernobyl Diaries, The Chicago Code), Mark Hildreth (The Tudors), Samaire Armstrong (Entourage, The O.C.), Sam Hazeldine (The Raven), Landon Gimenez (Housekeeping) as Jacob and Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show) as Henry Langston,
begins with a mystery. In a rice field in rural China, a young boy in an
American t-shirt lies alone in a watery row before sitting bolt upright
and beginning to roam the countryside. He collapses near a village and
is taken to authorities who send him to immigration back in the U.S.
which is determined to be his native land. The child matches no
descriptions of missing children and he won't speak...



Series review at 'Resurrection' Season One with Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven on DVD - a Review - Yahoo

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen - Yahoo

Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen



Family Celebrations and Weekend Festivals for Memorial Day in Nashville, Tennessee

 Having lived for five years in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day celebrations in Nashville
are somewhat limited compared to many other U.S. cities. However, there
are quite a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Nashville, so let's
take a look at some of the ways Nashvillians will be celebrating
Memorial Day this year.



Continued: Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen - Yahoo

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!




Memorial Day History, Traditions, Poems & More!


Memorial Day
is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May every year in
the United States. It is one of America's numerous patriotic holidays,



Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War.



This page will look at the history of Memorial Day as well as Memorial Day traditions and more.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rumors Still Surround Michael Jackson After Death

Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009 from an apparent heart attack, but rumors continued to surround him after his death. This is a reprint of a 2009 article in honor of the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson.


75_619742.jpg Michael Jackson, superstar and the king of pop, was known around the world for his music and his scandals. Jackson died June 25 from an apparent heart attack (see Michael Jackson King of Pop Dead at 50), but rumors continue to surround his death. Michael Jackson was found unconscious at his home in Los Angeles and was rushed by an ambulance to the UCLA Medical Centre. Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home.


How Sick was Michael Jackson Before His Death?

Michael Jackson had been scheduled to play 50 sell-out shows at London's O2 Arena starting in July but Jackson had already had to postpone the first few nights of the tour. Jackson had apparently been ill up until his death. There is speculation now that Jackson's ill health caused the London show cancellations, although some associated with is upcoming tour claim he appeared to be in good shape. Rumors have Jackson suffering from any number of illnesses and on any number of drugs. A doctor was staying in Michael Jackson's house, but rumors are circulating about his qualifications as a physician and about what drugs he may or may not have given Jackson during the hours before his death. Michael's nurse and entourage were also being questioned.

What Will Happen To Michael Jackson's Children?
Other rumors and news stories are flying about who will get custody of Michael Jackson's children, Prince Michael, Paris-Michael and Prince Michael II. People whose names have appeared as candidates for custody of Michael Jackson's children seem to include: Debra Rowe - biological mother to Prince (I) and Paris; Katherine Jackson - Michael Jackson's mother; an unnamed surrogate mother - biological mother to Prince (II); Michael's sister - singer Janet Jackson and other Jackson siblings; the children's godfather; and singer Diana Ross. Although Jackson expressed his wishes that his mother become the children's guardian if he should die before her, the California courts will have the last say on who gets custody.

Did Michael Jackson Become a Christian Right Before He Died?
The latest rumors circulating about Michael Jackson concern comments made by Andraé and Sandra Crouch about some prayers and witnessing that occurred a few weeks before the singer passed away. Rumors began circulating about Michael Jackson's bedside conversion, and several websites posted the rumors as fact. But are the rumors true? While it is true Michael Jackson and gospel artist Andraé Crouch had a close relationship (see Michael Jackson's Gospel Music Ties), there is some doubt about the bedside conversion story. For more information, read Did Michael Jackson Become a Christian Right Before He Died?

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Top Ten Old Testament Bible Verses for Father's Day & Birthdays - Yahoo



Top Ten Old Testament Bible Verses for Father's Day & Dad's Birthday



If you have ever wondered what a Divine perspective on fathers and Father's Day
would be, the Old Testament is full of Bible verses about fathers and
children that are well worth reading, no matter your religious
background. These scripture references are full of wisdom and common sense about fathers and their relationship to their children.


Read more:  Top Ten Old Testament Bible Verses for Father's Day & Dad's Birthday - Yahoo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen - Yahoo



 Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen - Yahoo



Memorial Day is coming up this weekend! If you live in Middle Tennessee and are wondering what to do, this article features some annual celebrations.



Having lived for five years in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day celebrations in Nashville
are somewhat limited compared to many larger U.S. cities. However, there
are quite a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Nashville, so let's
take a look at some of the ways Nashvillians will be celebrating the holiday this year.



Read more: Memorial Day Celebrations in Nashville, Tennessee: Honoring the Fallen - Yahoo