Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentine - an Acrostic Poem - Yahoo





Valentine - an Acrostic Poem - Yahoo



Any way you look at it--it spells "Valentine!" A romantic acrostic poem for Valentine's Day



Read it at: Valentine - an Acrostic Poem - Yahoo

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

John Mark McMillan to kick off 'Are We All Animals' spring tour - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment | Examiner.com

 




John Mark McMillan to kick off 'Are We All Animals' spring tour



Christian artist John Mark McMillan
has announced the dates for his upcoming tour "Are We All Animals Tour"
this spring including a stop in Nashville, Tenn. on March 8 as well as a
concert in Knoxville, Tenn. on March 10.


Read more: John Mark McMillan to kick off 'Are We All Animals' spring tour - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Christian singer Natalie Grant responds to critics regarding Grammys - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

 


Christian singer Natalie Grant responds to critics regarding Grammys

Critically-acclaimed Christian artist Natalie Grant, who was nominated for two gospel Grammy Awards this year, became the unintentional center of a media storm when she left the awards show early on Sunday night, Tweeting that she had some thoughts in her head about the show which were better left unsaid. After being attacked by numerous liberal media outlets, the singer graciously penned her response on Facebook:

Read her response here: Christian singer Natalie Grant responds to critics regarding Grammys - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Also see:

Congratulations to the 2014 Gospel Grammy Award winners - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner



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Congratulations to the 2014 Gospel Grammy Award winners



 The 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced Sunday night, Jan. 26, 2014. Hosted by LL Cool J, the awards ceremony is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry, but it has lost the mark somewhere along the way and turned into a spectacle with many agendas that have nothing to do with music.

However, several gospel artists won awards at the show and should be noted...

Continued at:  Congratulations to the 2014 Gospel Grammy Award winners - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Natalie Grant leaves Grammys early--Tweets cause media frenzy - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner





Natalie Grant leaves Grammys early--Tweets cause media frenzy

Christian gospel singer Natalie Grant, who was nominated for two Grammy Awards and was initially excited to be at the big event, walked out of the Grammys after witnessing performances that even secular media outlets like E! Online said were occult in nature, such as Katy Perry's witchcraft ceremony and other risqué performances.

After she posted that she left early and had some thoughts in her head about the sgow, a large number of liberal websites began to attack the singer for intolerance, for hating gays, for judging one performance and condoning others... it went on and on.

To read how Natalie's innocuous Tweet was blown up by the mainstream media  click here: Natalie Grant leaves Grammys early--Tweets cause media frenzy - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Four great Christian movies for Valentine's Day romance (Video) - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Four great Christian movies for Valentine's Day romance

Valentine's Day is coming up, and movie night at home with a good romantic Christian movie might be just the ticket. Here are four great love stories that would make excellent film choices for Valentine's Day.

Article at: Four great Christian movies for Valentine's Day romance (Video) - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Monday, January 27, 2014

The Essence of Valentines (a poem) - Yahoo




The Essence of Valentines

A poem encouraging recalcitrant men to give a little attention and love to their loved one on Valentine's Day

Read poem at: The Essence of Valentines - Yahoo 

Also see Carmine - a Love Poem - Yahoo


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Top Ten Christian Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Romantic Occasions - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



Top Ten Christian Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Romantic Occasions - Yahoo


Wedding season and Valentine's Day mean brides and other romantics are looking for romantic music and sentimental love songs for their wedding day or other special day. For weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, and other romantic occasions, here is my top ten list of gospel love songs, featuring Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith.



This list was compiled in 2008. For my 2009 Top Ten Love Songs List, please visit: Top Ten Gospel Love Songs. Also see The Best Christian Music for Valentine's Day and Top Ten Christian Love Songs of the Decade.



Continued at: Top Ten Christian Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Romantic Occasions - Yahoo

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Gaylord Opryland Resort Provides Romance for Valentine's Day - Yahoo

 


Gaylord Opryland Resort Provides Romance for Valentine's Day


If you are looking for the perfect place to spend this Valentine's Day, and you have a little money to spend, why not consider Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort? This romantic resort has won many local honors including two of The Tennessean's "Best Places to Kiss" in Nashville as well as awards for "Most Romantic Meal" and "Best Wait Staff." These kudos plus its beautiful setting make Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, the perfect place to spend a romantic holiday.
Some of the romantic trappings found at Opryland Resort in years passed include...

Article at: Gaylord Opryland Resort Provides Romance for Valentine's Day

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Carmine - a Love Poem - Yahoo





Carmine - a Love Poem



A love poem in the haiku for for Valentine's Day



Read it:  Carmine - a Love Poem - Yahoo

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Faith-based film 'Alone Yet Not Alone' earns Oscar nod for Best Original Song - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Faith-based film 'Alone Yet Not Alone' earns Oscar nod for Best Original Song

The mainstream movie blogs and pages are scratching their collective heads over the 2014 Oscar nomination for Best Original Song going to Christian film "Alone Yet Not Alone."

"So just what in the heck is 'Alone Yet Not Alone?'" asks Yahoo Movies which calls the film an "out of nowhere Christian film."

Continued: Faith-based film 'Alone Yet Not Alone' earns Oscar nod for Best Original Song -
Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Day Ad Campaign's Shocking Fact: More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born Alive in New York | Christian Activities

 




MLK Day Ad Campaign's Shocking Fact: More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born Alive in New York



Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his role in the advancement of
civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian
beliefs. Imagine his shock that an organization he supported when it
stood for birth control is now slaughtering more than 100,000 unborn
black babies annually in New York alone.



Article: MLK Day Ad Campaign's Shocking Fact: More Black Babies Are Aborted Than Born Alive in New York | Christian Activities

Friday, January 17, 2014

Petra's John Schlitt joins Stephen Baldwin in new faith-based sitcom - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner



Petra's John Schlitt joins Stephen Baldwin in new faith-based sitcom

Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt, who is best-known to fans of gospel music for his years with legendary rock band Petra, will join actor Stephen Baldwin in a new faith-based TV sitcom, "Rock And A Hard Place."

Read more: Petra's John Schlitt joins Stephen Baldwin in new faith-based sitcom - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Review of Gray's Disposal in Nashville on Yelp




PILES OF TRASH: 

Gray's Disposal used to be a little less than other garbage pickups, but that is no longer the case as they have raised prices recently. Although I always had erratic service, they hit a new low last holiday season when my trash was not picked up from Thanksgiving until after the New Year leaving piles of garbage at Christmas that my multiple calls could not get hauled away. I had to repackage my trash bags into boxes to try to keep critters out and to make neater piles around my trash can while I called and called to no avail. I had paid a quarter in advance for the service, so there was no excuse for them leaving that trash for so long. Yes, I have photos of the mess they left me with for over 2 months. Interesting to note another Yelp user had the same issues with trash piling up during the holidays.



HAULED AN ANTIQUE CABINET AWAY: 

Then in May of 2013, they hauled away my mother's antique Electrolized-Electroweld storage cabinet which was NOT sitting next to the trash but was near the sidewalk to my back door while I made room for it in my utility room. I called right away as soon as I saw it was gone and asked that it be returned, but for whatever reason, Gray's Disposal Company could not return this valuable antique.

Read the FULL REVIEW on Yelp.
Also see: Open Letter to Gray's Disposal Company, Nashville, TN

Monday, January 13, 2014

Macy's Closing Stores and Laying Off Workers Again - Yahoo


I worked for this chain, starting with Castner-Knott Green Hills in the late 1970s as I worked my way through college. I transferred to Castner-Knott in Bellevue Center when that mall was built but had to leave then my mother became terminally ill in 1990. I started working there again when it was Proffits for Christmas and returned again when it was changing over  to Hechts, which in turn became Macy's.

I LOVED working for the Nashville-owned-and-operated Castners, but each buyout reduced the quality of the work experience significantly. Eventually the Bellevue Macy's closed during a "reorganization" period.

 Now  Macy's is going through another "reorganization" which means more layoffs.

Find out more at: Macy's Closing Stores and Laying Off Workers Again - Yahoo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jake Hamilton and the Sound 'Beautiful Rider' | Christian Activities



Jake Hamilton and the Sound 'Beautiful Rider'

He’s led worship in mammoth arena settings, stirred souls in the smallest of churches, performed on no less than four continents spanning many major American festivals to an audience of over 10,000 in Brazil, but even with experience at literally every level and cultural crossroad, Jake Hamilton and the Sound still have no idea what they’re doing. Sure, they've appeared in concerts alongside Third Day, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe and three years of Jesus Culture conferences and frequently collaborated with guitar great Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals), but as the singer/songwriter/praise leader points out across the third worldwide release Beautiful Rider (Fuel Music Distribution), he’s simply along for a ride that finds God exclusively directing the driver’s seat. 

Read more: Jake Hamilton and the Sound 'Beautiful Rider' | Christian Activities

Open Letter to Gray's Disposal Company, Nashville, TN

Photo of a smaller Electrolized-Electroweld cabinet with more rust and wear from online source

Gray's Disposal Company
PO Box 40491
Nashville, TN 37204-0491


Dear Mr. Gray,

In May of 2013, your disposal men removed my mother's antique white metal Electrolized-Electroweld storage cabinet from my premises, even though it was not close to the trash can. I had it sitting next to the sidewalk to my back door while I cleared a space out in my utility room. I immediately called you the day it happened and you confirmed your men had taken it. I asked that it be returned but when I finally reached you again, you said the antique cabinet had been disposed of and could not be recovered.

You said you would pay for a new one if I could find one, so I spent several days driving across Middle Tennessee and calling various antique and salvage stores trying to find one. When I suggested it might be quicker and more affordable for you to also help me search, your man Darius said as a small, family-owned business you wouldn't have time to help look for one.

On June 2 after leaving several messages with your phone service, I sent you an email with a link to the only similar cabinet I had found, one that was smaller and not in as pristine shape as mine was.

On June 26, I sent you another email stating I had spoken to Linda Marksberry at Goodlettesville Antique Mall who said I should expect to pay at least $300 for an Electrolized-Electroweld cabinet in relatively good condition, more for one in real good condition, and would then have the additional cost of having someone move it for me. She suggested $450 as a total for replacement, tax, and delivery of an Electrolized-Electroweld cabinet in good condition.

On July 7, after not hearing from you in over a month and having you not reply to my several messages with your phone service, I sent you the June 2nd email again and asked for a response. I continued calling until I reached you and you said you would send me a check for $450.

Since July 7, 2013, I have attempted to follow up with you countless times every month. My phone records will show numerous monthly calls over an 8-month period to your number both during business hours and after hours as I repeatedly called to find out when you would be sending me the promised check.

You turned bad customer service into a "the check is in the mail" farce as you have promised me for EIGHT MONTHS you would be taking care of this every time I was lucky enough to catch you in the office. EVERY TIME we have spoken, you have PROMISED ME the check was going in the mail "next week." And every time I have spoken to the woman who answers your phone, she tells me she is just your answering service and that she is passing on all my messages to you.

That antique cabinet had sentimental value that can never be replaced, but it was also a working storage cabinet which had some of my possessions in it when your men hauled it away without permission. I have not been able to replace it in all this time because you have never sent the check you have promised. Eight months of promises have turned into lies.

When I spoke to you at the end of 2013, I told you that if you did not pay me within a week. the next time you heard from me it would be a certified letter and that I would be attaching interest to what has turned into an 8-month loan that I never agreed to. It is now January 12 and you still haven't paid me. The prime rate for your 8-month loan is 3.25%.  

You have apparently mistaken patience and kindness for stupidity and lack of purpose because I have bent over backwards to give you every opportunity to keep your word out of respect for your father and grandmother. You may think I am some kind of stupid, but I am not the one who has forgotten to mail a check every week for 32 weeks.

When I spoke to you yesterday, you once again claimed to have "forgotten" to mail it. You really must think I am stupid, because you once again said you would put the check in the mail. I said that would no longer work and said we would have to meet for you to hand deliver a check. You said you would bring it to where I work on Sunday, Jan. 12 between 10 and 3. When I left work at 3:08 today, Sunday, Jan. 12, you had once again not kept your word.

When I called you just now, you informed me that you put the check in the mail today, Sunday, Jan. 12 even though I told you during our conversation yesterday that I didn't want to wait for a check to be mailed any longer and you said you would bring it to me. You have said it will be in my hands on Tuesday. If I do not have the check from Gray's Disposal Company for $450 in my hands on Tuesday, I am starting small claims proceedings ON TUESDAY.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Darden

Friday, January 10, 2014

American Idol's Danny Gokey Releases New Single 'Hope in Front of Me' | Christian Activities


American Idol's Danny Gokey Releases New Single 'Hope in Front of Me'

Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey wrapped 2013 on a high note with a New Year's Eve guest musical appearance and book signing and is looking forward to continuing to spread his inspiring message of hope in the New Year. Danny will kick off the New Year with the release of his new single, “Hope in Front of Me,” on January 24th. The song shares its name with Danny’s inspirational memoir "Hope In Front Of Me," which was released on October 1, 2013.

Continued: American Idol's Danny Gokey Releases New Single 'Hope in Front of Me' | Christian Activities

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Teacher to First Grader: 'Jesus is Not Allowed in School' | Christian Activities

 I taught in the public schools in Metropolitan Nashville for one year. It was ridiculous decisions like the following combined with a principal who didn't know or care how to support his new (female) teachers that put me on the fast-track out of teaching. It is also decision like these that make many parents choose to homeschool.

Teacher to First Grader: 'Jesus is Not Allowed in School'

On December 13, 2013, first grader Isaiah Martinez took Christmas gifts intended for his teacher and classmates at Merced Elementary in the West Covina Unified School District. Each gift consisted of a traditional candy cane with a message attached that recited the legend of the candy cane. The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ.

Continued at: Teacher to First Grader: 'Jesus is Not Allowed in School' | Christian Activities

Monday, January 6, 2014

Four simple steps to healthier fall and winter skin care - National Skin Care Examiner

  


Four simple steps to healthier fall and winter skin care

Fall brings colder, windier weather to most of the country, so autumn is a great time to reassess your skin care. Here are some tips to help you have healthier skin this fall and winter.

Read more: Four simple steps to healthier fall and winter skin care - National Skin Care Examiner

Friday, January 3, 2014

'The Return of the Killer Shrews' with James Best, John Schneider, Bruce Davison: A Movie Review - Yahoo



'The Return of the Killer Shrews' with James Best, John Schneider and Bruce Davison

This movie starring John Schneider, James Best, and Bruce Davison isn't very funny, and certainly is not scary, but it is campy enough to be entertaining, nonetheless, especially for former "Dukes of Hazzard" fans.


Review at: 'The Return of the Killer Shrews' with James Best, John Schneider and Bruce Davison: A Movie Review - Yahoo

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Women of Faith: New Year's Resolutions for the Ladies



Here are some words to live by in the New Year, ladies. It has always been up to women to bring refinement and manners to her family, and we women have failed MISERABLY at that during the past couple of decades. We have forgotten what it means to be a LADY. When you add in faith, virtue, kindness and purity, you have some amazing goals for Christian ladies to embrace and aspire toward.

How about it, ladies? Will you join me in becoming a woman of tenderness, faith, purity, goodness, virtue, kindness and refinement in 2014? The world will be a better place if we do.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!


I welcomed 2014 with my brother and some friends. We started at Cancuns where 7 of us enjoyed the last night of 2013 over delicious Mexican food. Then Mike and I (and Jack of course) watched the ball drop on Times Square as the New Year dawned.



Today I worked at Toys R Us (where I learned to my dismay that I DON'T earn holiday pay on holidays) and then went over to Mike's house where he fixed black eyed peas and I cooked my new specialty, tortilla soup. It was a nice way to ring in the new year.


Things I hope to accomplish in 2014:

Get the last of the flood repairs done
Pay the last of the flood debts off
Get caught up on property taxes
Pay off my existing dental bills 
Get this infected tooth taken care of

Questions from Kim Thomas that I am adopting as part of my New Year's Resolutions:
 
Who can I encourage in their weakness?
Who can I encourage in their risk of love?
Who can I pray for to be seized by the affection of Christ?
Who can I help simply because it is a good thing to do?
Who can I encourage to rest in grace rather than strive in merit?
Who can I remind that pleasing ...God rather than people is a longer lasting fulfillment?
Who can I remind that in spite of their regrets, their salvation is secure?
Whose tears can I share?
Whose happiness can I join in?
Whose tears can I share?
Who can I encourage to work towards living in their giftings rather than striving?
Who can I say “Good Job!” to?
Wh can I remind that their mom or dad would have been proud of them?
Who can I tell that their children reflect that their parents love each other well?
Who might be watching me, to see if what I believe is true?
Who can I offer comfort to, out of the comfort with which Christ has comforted me?
Who can I encourage out of their lethargy?

Who can I forgive?
Who can I ask forgiveness from?
Who can I include?
Who can I offer to sit quietly with?
Who can I write a real letter to and thank them for their influence in my life?


HOW CAN I ADD TO GOD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL GLORY IN 2014? 




Have a Happy New Year!




It is hard not to feel a surge of excitement when someone wishes us "Have a Happy New Year!" The New Year has traditionally been a time of new beginnings and resolutions as we start the coming year with a fresh slate. This year we welcome 2014 and hope it will be a blessed year.
This page is an interactive New Year's card of articles, poems and more info designed to help you enjoy a Have a Happy New Year!