November 24, 2004,9:00 PM EDT
to My Newsletter!
new! Always something new.
I am writing this the day before Thanksgiving. I am thankful I will be spending
this very special holiday with my mom, my sister and her family. As I work
on this newsletter mom has the oven lit and the house is full of the aromas
of pumpkin pies. Mmmm pumpkin pies, my favorite...unless its apple, no it's
pumpkin. I suppose it's whichever of those two I am eating at that time. :)
"Look to your health; and if you have it, praise
God and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing
that money cannot buy;
therefore value it, and be thankful for it."
Izaak Walton (1593 - 1683)
It's easy to be thankful, we have so much.
I often wonder if life wasn't so easy, would I remember to be thankful? Actually,
being thankful when times are easy is many times when we often forget. Perhaps
Benjamin Franklin said it best, " Who is rich? He that rejoices in his portion".
I pray I can learn to make thankfulness not just a once a year holiday occasion,
to know that thankfulness is not what happens to me, but that which is in
There are a set of music CD's that I have (and even some videos) that I enjoy
a great deal. One can never be too sure what happens to the money that goes
to charity, but recently I studied the Pavarotti and Friends CDs that I love
to listen to, I had to ponder what kind of 'thankfulness' I would feel if
I were the victoms of each of these causes. If you have never heard these
gems of music, I encourage you to, they are just great music!
with Opera Singers, A great idea!
those appearing with Pavarotti on this CD are Sting, Zuchero, Mike Oldfriend,
Brian May of Queen, and Bob Geldof, already himself an icon in musical charity
events when he led the music world with Live Aid.
live from the Parco Novi Sad, in Modena Italy, on 20 June 1996, this is
another of Pavarotti's wonderful concerts to benefit children who are caught
up in the horrors of war. Pavarotti singswith the likes of Eric Clapton,
Liza Minelli, Sheryl Crow, Jon Secada, Joan Osborne and Elton John
pairing of Pavarotti and Bryan Adams on "O Sole Mio". Yet another charity
live recording that I liked a lot. Giorgia's "Santa Lucia Luntana," as well
as "Who Wants to Live Forever" are other highlights of this concert.
Pavarotti & Friends Together for The Children Of Bosnia is one of my favorites
of them. I didn't know Michael Bolton could sing like that! Live from the
Parco Novi Sad, Modena, in the presence of Diana, Princess of Wales, this
time in aid of a music therapy centre being built in Mostar by War Child.
As is usual with these concerts, Pavarotti brings together artists from
all musical genres, and even does duets with some of them including Meat
Loaf, Michael Bolton and Dolores O'Riordan. One rousing song on this CD
is "Penso Positivo: by Jovanotti!
& Tibet features performances by an eclectic group of talents. From folk
rocker Tracy Chapman to Swedish bubblegum popsters Aqua. Also they are joined
by the Eurythmics and George Michael.
children of Liberia, this has some Spice Girls, steamy songs by Vanessa
Williams, Jon Bon Jovi, the Corrs, and one of my favorite singers, Stevie
Check out Pavarotti
and Friends at Amazon.com
A Fine and Pleasant Misery
Patrick F. McManus
like all I read are funny books of late! Trust me, after 20 years of reading
books on rearing children, homeschooling, Bible Prophecy, Conspiracy Theories,
Evolution versus Creation, and Solar Flares, it's been way past time for
some lighthearted fun! Well here is yet another book that has my side splitting
1992, Pat McManus, already recognized as one of America's funniest humor
writers (from his columns in Field and Stream and Outdoor Life, and his
12 books), wondered if his stories about growing up in rural Idaho might
work on the stage. Pat used his own fear of the dark as a central theme
to weave some of his favorite pieces together in what becomes a truly funny
evening. The result was described by one reviewer as "a wonderful cross
somewhere between Mark Twain and Bill Cosby."
There was a slow start about this book, but he manages to hook you in, and
tell one story after another of his growing up adventures, camping, his
dog, his bike ("built by a fiend with his own 3 hands, traded to my mother
for the price of a good milk cow." The seat was like a hatchet, put a doily
on it for padding.)
Get A Fine and Pleasant Misery at Amazon!
and Friends official Website HERE
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