Monday, December 30, 2013

2009 New Year's Resolutions of Gospel Artists - Yahoo

2009 New Year's Resolutions of Gospel Artists

What Some of Your Favorite Christian Artists Resolve for 2009 featuring DecembeRadio, Bob Halligan of  Ceili Rain, Joanne Cash--sister of Johnny Cash, After Edmund, and other artists.

Find the complete list at: 2009 New Year's Resolutions of Gospel Artists - Yahoo

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top Ten Songs for New Year's Eve & New Year's Day - Yahoo

Top Ten Songs for New Year's

In years past I have been disappointed with the lack of good playlists for radio stations on New Year's Eve. A few years ago, I created a play list for my brother who loves New Year's Eve celebrations and wondered why there aren't any good New Year's songs. Over the years I have refined it somewhat introducing new songs.

This is my top 10 list of great New Year's songs from Robert Burns, U2, Barry Manilo, Relient K, Dan Fogelburg, Stacy Orrico, Ella Fitzgerald, Sir Cliff Richards and more.

Read it at: Top Ten Songs for New Year's - Yahoo

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year Acrostic - a Poem for the New Year - Yahoo

New Year Acrostic - a Poem for the New Year - Yahoo

The New Year hands you a clean, fresh slate. This acrostic poem asks the question: What will you choose to write on it?

New Year Acrostic - a Poem for the New Year

N igh draws the New Year
E veryone takes stock
W eighing past and future

Read the full poem here

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cry Eternal Herald Angels - a Christmas Acrostic | Poets Pen | Christian Activities

 I wrote this Christmas acrostic poem today while answering phones at Toys R Us. Well, there were occasionally short periods when all 6 lines were not ringing!

 Eternal Herald Angels - a Christmas Acrostic

 C ry eternal herald angels
'H ere is mercy come to man!'
 R ighteous ones will see His glory
 I n every nation, every land.

Read the complete poem at:  Eternal Herald Angels - a Christmas Acrostic

Angels Sing with Harry Connick,Jr., Connie Britton a great family Christmas film - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Angels Sing with Harry Connick,Jr., Connie Britton a great family Christmas film

"Angels Sing" is a sweet 2013 family Christmas movie starring Harry Connick, Jr., "Nashville's" Connie Britton, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Chandler Canterbury, and Fionnula Flanagan.

Review at Angels Sing with Harry Connick,Jr., Connie Britton a great family Christmas film - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment |

Monday, December 23, 2013

Open Season on Duck Dynasty -- Where Is the Tolerance?

Duck hunting season runs from Nov. 28, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014, which makes sense because apparently it is open season on Phil Robertson of Duck Commander and "Duck Dynasty" fame. While I have never seen the show and am therefore neither a fan of the show nor of Robertson, the recent bruhaha over his comments has made me question a few things.
Here are my thoughts on some of the reactions from the Christian community to Phil Robertson's statements and why I think perhaps the Pot is calling the Kettle black.
Why is it that if Christians speak out against greed or pride or intolerance, there is no great contingency of fellow Christians who rise up to criticize us for our lack of tolerance and compassion toward the greedy, the prideful and the intolerant? Why are we only expected to be tolerant about certain sins in the 21st century? And why is rebuking greed or pride or intolerance usually perceived as righteous, but quoting a scripture about another sin is considered bashing and/or hating? 
Complete article at: Open Season on Duck Commander Phil Robertson

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Where to donate to Toys for Tots in Nashville for Christmas 2013 - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Where to donate to Toys for Tots in Nashville for Christmas 2013

Christmas is almost here and many Christian music fans are looking for last-minute ways to help the needy this year. One charity is a perennial favorite in Nashville--the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Read more at: Where to donate to Toys for Tots in Nashville for Christmas 2013 - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Tender Nashville Tennessee Christmas - Yahoo


A Tender Nashville Tennessee Christmas

Nashville/Davidson County is a large Metropolitan area full of free things to do for the holidays

Article at: A Tender Nashville Tennessee Christmas - Yahoo

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy TOOTHday to Me? When Dental Work Goes Wrong

Today is my birthday, and I  just had a disappointing discussion with my dentist office, Bellevue Dental. What a way to celebrate!

On Aug. 17, 2013, I went in to see Dr. Gross about a crown she said I needed due to a cracked tooth. She asked if I was having any pain in the tooth and I said no, but she said it needed a crown to save it. I suspected my days working at Sears were numbered at the time due to layoffs, so I opted to have the crown put on while I had a part-time insurance plan since I have been on such a tight budget following the Nashville flood with all the resulting home repairs.

The tooth was X-rayed on Aug. 17 and filed way down. An impression was taken, then a second one when the first one did not turn out well, all of which was quite painful. I had to wear a temporary crown for a week or so while I waited for the permanent crown to come in.  Dr. Gross said it was one of the deepest crowns she had ever done, but in hindsight I wonder -- was it too deep???

When it came in, the crown didn't fit -- AT ALL. Dr. Gross filed and drilled and X-rayed, filed and drilled and X-rayed some more and continued filling, drilling and X-raying until they decided the crown simply did not fit. I think I counted 6 X-rays of that tooth in one sitting. Another impression had to be made. The process was VERY painful and began FOUR MONTHS of constant pain for me. Again I was sent home with a temporary crown and had to wait another couple of weeks for the new one. Did trying to force that first crown on which just didn't fit damage the nerve?

 It cost almost $1,000 to get the crown. I had no pain before the crown, but since then I have called or gone in almost every week for four months, complaining of the constant pain.

When the new crown came in, it was put on--again, very painful-- and I was sent home, but it was never X-rayed. It seemed to fit OK, but I couldn't chew. I was told the gum was bruised from all the work and some discomfort was to be expected, to start taking Ibuprofen and to call if I continued to have pain. A week or so later I did call, and I told the receptionist I wasn't in a hurry to come back in because the procedures had hurt so much, but I wanted her to tell Dr. Gross I was still having quite a bit of pain and to ask if I should come back in. Brandy said she would talk to Dr. Gross, but no one ever got back with me, so I assumed the pain was normal. However, I kept having pain and I called again to let them know it was still hurting. In fact, I called or came in almost every week for FOUR MONTHS complaining of the constant pain and inability to chew on that side.

I gave up most of my days off to keep going back to the dentist. They occasionally made me wait a week or so to see me or sometimes got me in sooner. Once I had to wait three hours in the waiting room. Then they would make me "tap, tap tap" to mark the places my teeth met and grind a little more off the crown which hurt each time but would temporarily get rid of the latest "hot spot" of pain. I told them repeatedly I couldn't chew on that side and was having constant pain. They said some discomfort was expected, but I told them repeatedly I haven't been able to eat pickle slices, meat, raw fruits and vegetables, or anything chewy since August. I have been through bottles and bottles of Ibuprofen since August just to get through the day. 

One time I was in tears as I left a message about "excruciating pain" after trying Orajel to see if it would relieve some of the pain. Dr. Gross said the Orajel probably got on the root and "set my mouth on fire." She said no more Orajel and suggested I buy a better (and more expensive) toothpaste for tooth sensitivity from her!
An abscess similar to mine

At one point I told the hygienist the gum felt tender and inflamed around the tooth. Two or three weeks later, after four months of weekly calls and/or visits, I told them I thought it was abscessing. Sure enough, it was an abscessed root I had been dealing with. 

On Dec. 8 they lanced and partially drained it which hurt like the dickens, and they said I would need to go to a specialist and have a root canal done. I was put on 500 mg of Cephalexin every 6 hours to try to control the infection, because abscessed tooth infections can be deadly. Ten days after starting the antibiotics, the tooth is still extremely painful and the area around it is still puffy with a swollen node under the jaw.

My tooth and inflamed gum 10 days after starting on antibiotics

I asked them if they would offer me some kind of financial adjustment since I have spent 4 months with terrible tooth pain and have paid $1,000 for a crown when I really needed a root canal. They said they would get back to me. 

Today they called and said that out of the $1,000 I was paying them for the crown, they were refunding me $50 so I would have something to put towards the root canal. Um, how far do you think that $50 will get me towards a root canal now that Obamacare has done away with my part-time insurance??? The sad truth is since I still owe Dr. Gross for the crown, I won't be able to afford a root canal and will have to look at the price of extractions. Instead of saving the tooth, Dr. Gross has effectively cost me the tooth. Happy TOOTHday to me!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas in Mayberry - Yahoo

Christmas in Mayberry

Imagine what Christmas would be like in Mayberry and on "The Andy Griffith Show."
It's Christmas in Mayberry, the mountains are white 
Opie and his friends are all filled with delight.
 Poem at Christmas in Mayberry - Yahoo

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Things Your Mother Should Have Taught You: Don't Pie a Grown Woman in the Face

Friday the 13th was a big night for me this year. I have a "decades" birthday on Dec. 19th and wanted to celebrate with some old friends.

I have been dealing with a toothache following a crown put on several months ago and have been to the Bellevue Dental every week since then complaining of the pain. Turns out the tooth was abscessing under the crown and they lanced it on Monday (oh so very painful!) and put me on mega doses of antibiotics that have had me going to bed as soon as I got home from work every night this week. I almost called off the party, but I had been looking forward to it so much that I just couldn't bring myself to cancel.

After work I hurried home to get ready. I spent time styling my hair. Since I struggle with rosacea, I carefully applied my Soothe treatment followed by my hypoallergenic makeup. I wore my best Nine West pants and a beautiful and expensive Christmas sweater that was a treasured gift. I even wore cute little fringed boots with spike heels. I wanted to look good after such a bad week and also because I am looking forward to a new decade. Yay. A girl likes to look her best under such circumstances.

I had made some goodie bags to hand out, and I wanted to bring a little light to the somewhat gloomy back room at Cancuns, so I brought a small Christmas tree. I had planned to do more to make my guests feel special, but I just didn't have the energy. Soon they started showing up: Glen, then Nelda, Darryl and Gay, Lisa, Greg, David and Pam, Vicki and her boys, my brother Mike, Sharon and her wonderful birthday cupcakes, Beth and finally Cindy.

Some friends like Nelda went as far back as 7th grade, and some like Lisa were newer hiking buddies, but most of the friends who came were from the old Belmont singles group I belonged to in the 1980s. We laughed and prayed, ate and took pictures and caught up with each other. I wanted to get a real good photo to post on Facebook for my upcoming birthday so I was waiting until things wound down to ask someone to take one for me.

Suddenly the waiters came in with the birthday sombrero. I hadn't told them it was my birthday, but I figured one of my friends had. I smiled sheepishly as they put the hat on but then something happened that almost ruined my special night. One of the waiters took a plate loaded with whipped cream and slapped it in my face from the left side (where the abscessed tooth is), rubbing it up and down. There I sat in my nicest clothes, surrounded by old friends, while whipped cream fell into my lap. They grabbed my camera and tried unsuccessfully to take photos as I tried to get whipped cream out of my eyelashes and off my cheeks and chin--really my whole face was covered, as I also tried not to get it on my nicest sweater while I cleaned it off my face and hands.

I have seen Mexican restaurants put a dollop of whipped cream on someone's nose before, but I had never seen anyone have a plate of whipped cream aggressively rubbed in their face like this before. I didn't think the waiters did it on their own. I think the ringleader who asked the waiters to pie me thoroughly might have been the manchild I had just offered to write an article for about a gym he promotes on my #1 ranked skin care and fitness column for Examiner. No good deed goes unpunished.

Using a course brown napkin from the table to try to scrub off the whipped cream plus the stress of the incident caused my rosacea to flare up. My makeup was smeared and wiped off. My lashes clumped together with whipped cream. My nicest black pants now had gooey white spots on them.

I told the group it was not what I had hoped for when I set out to plan the event and try to look my best for it. However, I didn't mention it hurt to be hit in my tender face due to the abscess or that I was worried I would loose a contact while trying to clean whipped cream out of my lashes, or that whipped cream would get on my sweater, or that they had ruined my hopes of getting a special photo of me entering my 60th decade with a pretty, rosacea-free face.


If any of my readers were not brought up by parents who taught manners, respect and good sense, allow me to educate you. It is NEVER appropriate to hit a grown woman in the face with a pie. A gesture like that is not only rude and thoughtless, it sends a deliberately disrespectful message. It is meant to embarrass and put someone in their place and bring them down a notch.

How much more egregious it is to hit a woman in the face with a pie when she has dressed up in her best clothes to look her best to great the guests she has invited to join her on a special day?

In our teens and early 20s we say someone should be a "good sport" about being embarrassed publicly, but as we mature, we figure out no one has to be a "good sport" about being treated disrespectfully, and that disrespectful gestures at someone else's expense are simply inappropriate.

If any of my readers are on the receiving end of such thoughtlessness, let me tell you -- it takes more than a pie in the face to bring a good woman down. I cleaned up the best I could and made the best of what remained of the evening. I hadn't gotten all those dear friends together to let a juvenile prank ruin the evening. 

There is an old saying that the best revenge is to live well. The best response to a rude gesture is to not let it ruin your special time. If the gesture was intended to either get you down or bring you down a notch, causing a scene or crying only lets them win. Wipe off the pie and continue to enjoy yourself. Then educate the heck out them later! No one should get away with bad manners.


Cancuns in Bellevue and other Mexican restaurants take note: we know you have a cute little "Mordida" custom  in some parts of Mexico at family birthday gatherings of having the birthday honoree eat a bite of cake with their hands tied behind them. However:

1. This isn't Mexico
2. We aren't your family
3. A pie in the face is NOT the same thing
4. You might get hit with a dry cleaning bill
5. You Don't Hit a Grown Woman in the Face with a Pie!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poems for Soldiers Overseas? -

Poems for Soldiers Overseas? -

What does have to say about "Christmas in Iraq?"
Christmas in Iraq is a poem written by Kathryn Darden, that was written for a a troop in Iraq in 2005. It is a touching poem about what it is like to be far from home and everyone you love at this special time of year.

You can read the poem here.

A Closer Look at Nashville Actor, Author and Singer Mark Smeby

I first met Mark Smeby when I was attending Bellevue Community Church with my brother in the mid 1990s. Mark was on the drama team and was frequently on stage delivering his lines. Off stage he was the most personable person I had ever met--so much so that I wrote him off as one of those glib, insincere artistic types that moves to Nashville to use its people and resources to make it big.

That turned out to be a big mistake on my part as through the years he has proven me wrong on multiple occasions. I have had to eat a portion of crow with my humble pie more than once. Here are a few articles I have written recently about this interesting, talented and overall nice guy:


Experience the Hope of Christmas with singer Mark Smeby

December 11, 2013
If you have not heard of singer, author and actor Mark Smeby, that's because he hasn't become a "big" name yet outside of industry and church circles. However, his music has been heard in...
Continued at Experience the Hope of Christmas with singer Mark Smeby

December 1, 2013
Author, actor and recording artist Mark Smeby and his music have appeared in movies, as well as on the stage of churches around the country
Mark Smeby and his parents
Mark Smeby and his parents

Local Christian artist Mark Smeby lands 'Nashville' scene with Jonathan Jackson

March 7, 2013
Local writer and Christian recording artist Mark Smeby is no stranger to the show "Nashville" having already auditioned for four different roles on the ABC hit television series. However, as he puts it, "It was the fifth...

How to Be a Salvation Army Volunteer Bell Ringer at Christmas - Yahoo

How to Be a Salvation Army Volunteer Bell Ringer at Christmas

For more than 100 years, the Salvation Army's Red Kettles have been a Christmas tradition in cities and towns across America, making their way into movies and popular culture. The Salvation Army often looks for volunteers to be a part of this tradition to man the Red Kettles and be Salvation Army bell ringers in many locations around the country during the holiday season.

Read More: How to Be a Salvation Army Volunteer Bell Ringer at Christmas - Yahoo Voices

2014 Gospel GRAMMY nominations announced - Nashville Gospel Music Examiner

2014 Gospel GRAMMY nominations announced

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations were announced by the Recording Academy on Friday evening live from Los Angeles including those nominated in the four Gospel Music categories.

Continued: 2014 Gospel GRAMMY nominations announced - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas in Iraq - a Christmas Poem for Our Soldiers - Yahoo

I wrote this poem eight years ago to slip in a package for a soldier and his troop I was sponsoring in Iraq. I posted it on MySpace, and before I knew it, it was showing up on hundreds of other MySpace pages, discussion boards, newsletters, radio stations and other places. My patriotic take on "Twas the Night Before Christmas" had gone viral! (I kept a scrapbook for a while but have not had a working printer since the Nashville flood.)

So here it is again for the eighth year, and I still hope the link to the verses is shared with all our military men and their families:

Christmas in Iraq - a Christmas Poem for Our Soldiers

Christmas in Iraq is a poem written for a soldier and his troop I sponsored in Iraq in 2005. It is my hope that this poem and others like it will be forwarded to our military men and women during the Christmas season so they will know they are not forgotten during the holidays.

Read it at: Christmas in Iraq - a Christmas Poem for Our Soldiers - Yahoo

The Dyslexic Writer - a Journalist Coping with Dyslexia - Yahoo

While I earn part of my income writing, I have a lot of trouble typing them due to my Dyslexia.

The Dyslexic Writer - a Journalist Coping with Dyslexia

When I was little, I was an avid reader, but it took me a long time to master writing certain letters and numbers, especially 3s, Es, Zs, Ns, and Ss. Today if I am very tired, I still get confused about which way Ns, Ss and Zs face. As I grew older, it became apparent I had some grasp of math, yet trying to add, subtract or multiply numbers longer than a couple of digits was a problem. And my entire life I have been easily tongue-tied. I know what I want to say in my head where complex thoughts swirl just wanting to come out, but somehow between my brain and my mouth and fingers, there is a barrier. I suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Read more: The Dyslexic Writer - a Journalist Coping with Dyslexia - Yahoo

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Favorite Christmas Traditions of Gospel Artists - Yahoo

What do your favorite Christian artists enjoy doing for the holidays? Find out what Christian artists like KEVIN MAX, MIKE WEAVE, MISSION SIX, BONNIE KEEN, BARLOWGIRL, LYRYCYST, RUSH OF FOOLS, SARA GROVES, LARNELLE HARRIS, JAIME JAMGOCHIAN, JASON GRAY, KEVIN LEVAR, ALACHE, ALEXA JAMES, DECEMBERADIO, TAMMY TRENT, AFTER EDMUND and others have to say about their Favorite Christmas Traditions.

In my article Christmas Memories - What Christmas Means to Me, I shared some of my favorite Christmas memories and family traditions. I thought I would turn the tables and ask some of the gospel artists and groups what their favorite Christmas traditions are to give us a glimpse into what they enjoy doing during the holiday season.

Continued: Favorite Christmas Traditions of Gospel Artists - Yahoo Voices

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas - What's in a Name? - Yahoo


What do you call the holiday season around December 25?

Christmas - What's in a Name?

In 2007 I was more than a little surprised when people on the discussion boards for devout Christians J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis posted their odd holiday greetings between December 21 and 25 omitting the word "Christmas."

So, what do you call the December 25 holiday?

Here is what President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to say about the holiday in December 1944: 

Here, at home, we will celebrate this Christmas Day in our traditional American way because of its deep spiritual meaning to us; because the teachings of Christ are fundamental in our lives; and because we want our youngest generation to grow up knowing the significance of this tradition and the story of the coming of the immortal Prince of Peace and Good Will.

Read more at:  Christmas - What's in a Name? - Yahoo Voices

Monday, November 25, 2013

Skip Black Friday Lines & Support a Friend with Your Holiday Shopping!

Photo by Kelvin Kay, Wikimedia Commons

The holiday season is already here and most or all of my readers will have some Christmas shopping to do. Black Friday is almost here, Cyber Monday is around the corner and Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, November 30, 2013.. Here is a way to participate in all three events from the comfort of your home while you also support a friend or two!

Instead of rushing all over town, stop and ask yourself if you have friends who operate small businesses with products that might make great gifts. Whether its purses or makeup, skin care or cookware, the chances are extremely high that you have friends who operate small businesses in the direct sales industry for their primary or secondary income. These people would LOVE to have your Black Friday business and you won't have to leave you home to shop!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already know I sell skin care products, so if you are thinking about any skin care products or lotions for a gift (or for yourself), I would love to be your go-to person instead of some stranger at the mall or online. You will be supporting a small business as well as a friend (me!) with your skin care purchase. Take a look at this image to see a sample of some of the skincare products that the men or women in your life might enjoy and then click here to find more great products for the whole family.

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Some of you know others who sell Pampered Chef, Avon, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Initials, and other products to try to make ends meet. Why not skip the lines at the shopping centers and order from your friends this year? Instead of giving your money to a Big Box Store or national chain, support a small business and help out a friend!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jason Gray to headline 2014 Christmas tour - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy

Some tidings of comfort and joy from Christian artist Jason Gray

Jason Gray to headline 2014 Christmas tour

Jason Gray has announced his 2nd annual Christmas Stories Tour on December 4, performing songs from his 2012 holiday album, "Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy." The Christmas project examines the story of the birth of Christ taking a closer look at the details inside the Christmas narrative. 

Full story at: Jason Gray to headline 2014 Christmas tour - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Christian artist Jason Crabb honored by comic strip 'Nancy' - Nashville Gospel Music Examiner

A fun honor for gospel music's Jason Crabb

Christian artist Jason Crabb honored by comic strip 'Nancy'

Jason Crabb may be best known for the flock of Dove Awards he has won or his work with The Crabb Family as a singer, but he is about to have a new claim to fame. Crabb will soon to be featured in the comic strip "Nancy" by Guy Gilchrist, who is a Nashville-area resident.

Article at: Christian artist Jason Crabb honored by comic strip 'Nancy' - Nashville Gospel Music &amp Entertainment Examiner

Will Co-Ed Bathroom Bill End Up on the California Ballot? | Christian Activities

 The Privacy For All Students (PFAS) coalition today announced they have submitted over 620,000 signatures to elections officials to qualify a statewide referendum allowing voters to reject the co-ed bathroom law (AB 1266) that was enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The coalition needs 504,760 valid voter signatures to qualify the referendum.

Article at Will Co-Ed Bathroom Bill End Up on the California Ballot? | Christian Activities

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Is Less Than One Week Away!

Are you ready? Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Turkey and Dressing, Harvest, Shopping, Candied Yams, Pilgrims, Great Deals, Pumpkins and Pumpkin Pie, Family, More Shopping, Thankfulness...

No matter how you celebrate it, Thanksgiving is almost here!

Here are some articles to help you get in the mood and to help you find gift and decorating ideas as well as recipes and more. And if you prefer to do your shopping for unique gifts from the comfort of your own home, check out the link at the bottom of this post and ask me for details!

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving is our nation's original national holiday and it celebrates the courage, faith and friendship of our country's first settlers. However, this important holiday... Article at: Happy Thanksgiving!


Give the gift of great skin this holiday and avoid the long lines in the stores with dermatologist skin care products you can't find in stores! Click here to start shopping!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Life in a Washington, D.C. Suburb at the Time of Kennedy's Assassination - Yahoo

I grew up with a mailing address in Falls Church, Virginia, in the 1960s, but our community was actually outside the Falls Church area, closer to Bailey's Crossroads and Culmore on Lake Barcroft. Our property was perfect for a kid with a wooded back lot that went down to a field and then a dock on the lake. I have happy memories of my 5 years growing up in Virginia.

My father was stationed in Washington D.C. in the 60s which is why we lived there. It was an interesting time for my family and our nation.

I was asked to write a first-hand account of what life was like (in 300 words or less) during the time of President Kennedy's assassination, and these are my memories:

Life in a Washington, D.C. Suburb at the Time of Kennedy's Assassination

Lake Barcroft, located in Falls Church, Va., was a middle-class suburban area outside of Washington, D.C. populated by many military and government families in the 1960s. My own father was stationed at the Pentagon and the Bureau of Yards and Docks, so we were heavily influenced by daily happenings in our Nation's Capitol.

Read more at: Life in a Washington, D.C. Suburb at the Time of Kennedy's Assassination - Yahoo 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy 11-12-13! | Christian Activities

Happy 11-12-13!

It's Nov. 12 or 11/12/13! It may not be a holiday, but you can make it a "pay it forward" kind of day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day: Veterans Lit the Torch... | Christian Activities

Happy Veterans Day to All Our Vets! Thank you -- we are so appreciative of your service!--
Proud daughter of a Vet

Veterans Day: Veterans Lit the Torch... 

“In the midst of all that is going on in America today – the turmoil in the economy, the discussions of recent national and local elections, the struggle between conflicting morals – it is my prayer and hope that Veterans Day 2012 won’t be seen as a background shadow instead of placed in the spotlight it deserves.”

Read the article at Veterans Day: Veterans Lit the Torch... | Christian Activities

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dove Awards at Lipscomb University a Real Homecoming

Dove Awards at Lipscomb University--The Doves and I Come Home

This year's 44th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards Show was a homecoming in more ways than one for me. Not only did the Doves finally return to Nashville after a two-year's absence bringing with them all the friends I only see once a year at the Awards, but the show was held at my old alma mater, David Lipscomb University. It was definitely a nostalgic evening for me as well as my first time covering a red carpet event!

Also, Terry, the Getty Images photographer who was the official photographer for the event graciously took a photo of me with my camera. You know how all those celebrity photos have "Getty Images" on them? Well this is MY Getty image! 

You can read about my experiences here: Dove Awards at Lipscomb University--The Doves and I Come Home | Christian Activities

More 44th Anniversary Dove Awards Coverage:

A list of the top categories and winners at the 44th Annual Dove Awards
for King and Country
New Artists of the Year for King & Country
Photo © Kathryn Darden

Show To Be Televised On UP Monday, October 21 at 8:00P.M./EDT
Dove Awards Logo
Dove Awards Logo
Kari Jobe takes home Spanish Album of the Year in 2013.
Kari Jobe
Spanish Album of the Year - Kari Jobe. Photo © Kathryn Darden
The 44th Annual Dove Awards was a homecoming for me in more ways than one
Jaci Velasquez on the Red Carpet
Jaci Velasquez in action on the Red Carpet with my college dorm in the background
Photo © Kathryn Darden
Everything you wanted to know about the 44th Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS coming up Oct. 15
44th Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS logo
Dove Awards Logo

The Gospel Music Association Dove Awards Are a Look at Christian Music History

The Dove Awards celebrate a variety of Christian musical styles including rock, pop, hip hop, country, bluegrass and urban

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Fact Sheet & Articles

Everything you wanted to know about the 44th Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS coming up Oct. 15
44th Annual GMA DOVE AWARDS logo
Dove Awards Logo 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Poems - Yahoo Voices


Two fall poems celebrating the autumn colors of October and November.

The Leaves of October - a Fall Poem

I love the cooler weather October brings, the bright blue sky and the colorful falling leaves. The sight of fall leaves spinning in an October breeze always makes me want to dance with them! This is a poem in celebration of autumn and the beauty of October leaves:

Poem at: The Leaves of October - a Fall Poem - Yahoo Voices

November Nostalgia

A poem about a particularly colorful November in Nashville

Read poem at: November Nostalgia - Yahoo Voices