Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day - Honoring Our Military & Celebrating Summer

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bebo Norman to retire from Christian music - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

 


Bebo Norman to retire from Christian music

 Contemporary Christian artist and Franklin resident Bebo Norman has announced that at age 39, he is retiring from the Christian music industry at the end of 2013 after 20 years. Born Jeffrey Stephen Norman on May 29, 1973, Bebo Norman developed a fan base while involved with Young Life Ministries, later achieving broader popularity while touring with Caedmon's Call.

Article at: Bebo Norman to retire from Christian music - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

'Nashville' Episode 19: Edgehill's CMA Awards Nominees Party (Recap) - Yahoo!



I was once again an Extra on "Nashville" on Episode 19, standing one person away from actress Clare Bowen as she stood at a table at the "CMA Awards Nominees Party" on the General Jackson. It was another fun and fairly exciting experience although standing in high-heeled boots for hours did get old after a while! I should post a picture of my boots!

'Nashville' Episode 19: Edgehill's CMA Awards Nominees Party (Recap)

Rayna and Deacon Grow Closer; Gunner and Avery Catch Some Breaks; Maddie Conrad is Growing Up; And Juliette Starts Drinking

Read the article & see more photos at: 'Nashville' Episode 19: Edgehill's CMA Awards Nominees Party (Recap) - Yahoo! Voices

Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' with Saoirse Ronan Another Supernatural Teen Romance - Movie Review - Yahoo!

 


Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' with Saoirse Ronan Another Supernatural Teen Romance

"Twilight" and "Hunger Games" fans now have a fix since the "Twilight Saga" is apparently over and "Hunger Games" is awaiting its next installment. Stephenie Meyer's The Host released in theaters on March 29, 2013 with less than enthusiastic critical response but audiences have been more receptive.

Article at: Stephenie Meyer's 'The Host' with Saoirse Ronan Another Supernatural Teen Romance - Movie Review - Yahoo! Voices

Monday, May 13, 2013

28th Tennessee Renaissance Festival Earns High Marks in Spite of Rain

 


28th Tennessee Renaissance Festival Earns High Marks in Spite of Rain

What is it with Tennessee's May weather lately? In addition to the Flood of the Century in 2010, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival has gotten off to a soggy start several times in recent years, and 2013 was no exception. Another slow-moving rain front moved in and parked over Middle Tennessee the day before the Ren Faire, and the opening of the annual event was marred by wet weather. However, the Ren Fest was great fun, as always. You can read more here:  
28th Tennessee Renaissance Festival Earns High Marks in Spite of Rain - Yahoo! Voices 

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day 2013: Articles, Poems, & More


Happy Mother's Day 2013! I hope all of you with mothers take time to honor your mothers and forgive them for any times they were not their best. I sure miss my own mother, in spite of some hard times we experienced when I was young, and I wish I had forgiven her much sooner than I did.

Here is a selection of articles, poems and Bible verses to help you honor your mom on Mother's Day:


Mother's Day Ideas : Queen for a Day on a Tight Budget
Depending upon your budget in today's economy, you may not be able to give your mother prizes and trips, but here are some ideas for things you can do to make her feel like a queen for a day on Mother's Day.

Read more: Mother's Day Ideas : Queen for a Day on a Tight Budget

Mother's Day: When Forgiveness is the Best Gift
Mothers are not perfect, and many children are scarred for life by mental, emotional or even physical abuse at the hands of their mothers. However, I have learned forgiveness is both a choice and a gift.

Read article: Mother's Day: When Forgiveness is the Best Gift

Picking the Perfect Mother's Day Gift 
Mother's Day is right around the corner. Do you know what you are going to give your mother this year? As someone who has worked in retail for many years, I have had the opportunity to help people the right gift for their mothers.

Article at: Picking the Perfect Mother's Day Gift  

The Top Five Ways to Celebrate an Inexpensive Mother's Day

If you are laid off, unemployed or if a tight budget is threatening to put a damper on your Mother's Day celebration, consider these five ideas for celebrating an inexpensive Mothers Day.

Read more: The Top Five Ways to Celebrate an Inexpensive Mother's Day
 


Mother's Day Poems




  • Mothers and Daughters: a Mother's Day Haiku
    A poem about the relationship between mothers and daughters in the haiku form.
    Haiku at: Mothers and Daughters: a Mother's Day Haiku

    Misc. Articles About Mothers:
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    Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Rodan + Fields Soothe

    If you are searching for the perfect gift for a mother, grandmother, aunt, wife or other women who has played a significant role in your life, consider the gift of healthy skin care from Rodan + Fields Dermatologists with the Soothe regimen for Mother’s Day.

    More at: Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Rodan + Fields Soothe

    Barbie 101: Who is Barbie doll's mother?

    In honor of Mother's Day, this article will look at Barbie's origins and family. The Barbie doll was designed by Ruth Handler of Mattel based upon her daughter's paper dolls
    Read more: Barbie 101: Who is Barbie doll's mother? (Video)

    Louisiana Mother Dumps Newborn Baby in Lake Pontchartrain
    The body of a newborn baby, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found floating in Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday. An hour later, a 20-year-old woman from Metaire, Louisiana confessed to the killing.

    Article at: Louisiana Mother Dumps Newborn Baby in Lake Pontchartrain
    Read more: 'Nashville' Episode 3: A Mother of an Episode (Recap)


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    Two Poems for Mother's Day

    Two poems I wrote with my own mother in mind for Mother's Day.


    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Tried & True vs. Trendy -- ABC's "Nashville" & Skin Care (Video)

     


    Tried & True vs. Trendy -- ABC's "Nashville" & Skin Care-- Video Clip

    If you've tuned into the new ABC series Nashville, you know it's about more than just the music business. Diva drama aside, the age old battle between the tried and true and the shiny and new, relates just as much to country music starlets as it does to skincare. Check out the latest webisode "Tried and True vs. Trendy," to hear from from two leading dermatologists as they reveal why shopping for sizzle doesn't always get you results.

    Video at:  Tried & True vs. Trendy -- ABC's "Nashville" & Skin Care

    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Who is Mikey Weinstein and Why Does the Pentagon Listen to Him? | Christian Activities

     

    Who is Mikey Weinstein and Why Does the Pentagon Listen to Him?

    This week the Pentagon reportedly confirmed consulting the anti-Christian activist Mikey Weinstein before officially threatening to court-martial soldiers who talk about Jesus Christ.
    www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/01/Breaking-Pentagon-Confirms-Will-C...

    Read more: Who is Mikey Weinstein and Why Does the Pentagon Listen to Him? | Christian Activities

    Legendary Celtic group Clannad with Moya Brennan plans fall release - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment | Examiner.com

     


    Legendary Celtic group Clannad with Moya Brennan plans fall release

    The first lady of Christian Celtic music, Moya Brennan, is reuniting with siblings Ciaran and Pol Brennan along with their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan to release legendary Celtic group Clannad’s first album of new material since 1998’s Grammy-winning "Landmarks." This also marks the first Clannad project with the full original line-up since 1989’s "Past Present."

    Read more at:  Legendary Celtic group Clannad with Moya Brennan plans fall release - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Rebecca St. James narrates MotherIndia documentary about orphans in India


    Childhood in India

    When I was very young, my family moved to India for three years when my father was stationed at the embassy. I still have childhood memories of passing beggars on the streets of India.

    A few years after college, I returned to India for a month which is when I became even more aware of the children who roamed the streets of India and Nepal, begging for money.

    Now a new documentary seeks to shed light on the life of orphans in India.

    Rebecca St. James narrates MotherIndia documentary about orphans in India

    Australian Christian pop rock singer, songwriter, musician, author, and actor Rebecca St. James provides the narration for a new documentary about 25 of the more than 31 million orphans living in India in the film "Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan." A spokesperson for Compassion International as well as Nashville resident, Rebecca is a natural spokesperson for at-risk children.

    Article at: Rebecca St. James narrates MotherIndia documentary about orphans in India - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner 

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    'Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan' Narrated by Rebecca St. James

    A new documentary, "Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan," released April 23, 2013. Narrated by Christian artist Rebecca St. James, the documentary follows 25 orphans who live on the streets of India.
    Read more: 'Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan' Narrated by Rebecca St. James






    Jack's First Year with Me Anniversary


    Jack and blue bells


    A year ago in April, I got my little buddy Jack. To celebrate, we went to Edwin Warner park to check out the spring flowers. I was going to take photos of the flowers, but I decided they all looked better with Jack next to them!

    Jack and purple flowers

    Jack will never replace my beloved Katy, but he is his own little man. Full of personality, lots of fun, and with fewer of the insecurities Miss Katy had, Jack is a delightful companion and all-round happy little guy. I am glad we are friends.

    Happy anniversary, little buddy!