30 July 2016

Saturday 9 - 30 July 2016


Saturday 9: Jamming (1977)

... Because Eloquent Obi suggested Bob Marley. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In Jamaica, "jamming" means to celebrate. What's going on in your life today that's worth celebrating?

David and Suzanne, 2014

It is worth celebrating that David is still here on this side of the dirt. He had three strokes between May 26 and May 28. He is at a higher risk for another one, possibly more severe, during the first ninety days. We have made it 62 days without another one so far. OORAH!

2) The group that became famous as "The Wailers" originally called themselves "The Teenagers." What was trendy when you were a teenager (clothes, music, etc.)? 

Suzanne, Fall 1982

I had my 15th birthday in 1980. Big hair, baby! Haha You wouldn't believe some of the hairdos back in the early 1980s. Mine was a bit poufy by nature. I had naturally curly hair, so I didn't have to do anything to it to make it "big". Other folks went all out with really big curly perms and such. Parachute pants were in, as were long shirts worn over leggings. Here is a picture of me in my long kitty cat shirt along with our super stylin' first born.

Suzanne and Jared, 1986

3) Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley were very close. In addition to being bandmates, they were friends in elementary school and later became family (Bunny's dad and Bob's mom had a daughter together). Who has known you the longest?

"Pretty" Ed Brooks

Mama would be the obvious answer, but maybe you want non-relatives. I'm also assuming that they need to still be alive. That lets out J.D. Brooks and his brother Pretty Ed Brooks. Nothing like a difficult question here. :)   Of people that I still talk to on occasion, that would be Holly.  I knew her before I knew David.  She's the one that told him to feel how cold my hands were and all I could do was giggle.

Suzanne & Holly

4) Does the person you named in #3, the one who's known you longest, know you best?

Not really, not anymore. David would probably be the one that knows me best, but I don't reckon that he has me all figured out just yet.

5) Bandmate Peter Tosh became an avid unicycle rider. What's your favorite form of exercise?

Going to the mailbox. And dancing, which I sometimes do at the mailbox when we get a letter from Davey.

6) Bob Marley was known for his signature dreadlocks. When were you last in a stylist’s chair?

It has been a few years, within the last six years. Our friend Lydia cut and styled my hair much like it was when I was a kid. Kind of like this, only it looked like it had been brushed when Lydia got done with it:

Suzanne, probably 4th or 5th grade

7) Marley's charisma is credited for popularizing reggae music the world over. Are you a fan?

I like reggae music okay. It has a kicky sound to it. I like various styles of music.

8) Mr. Marley is one of the highest-earning dead celebrities, and manufacturers pay his estate to use his likeness to sell their merchandise. What dead celebrity have you seen recently on a t-shirt, mug, poster, etc.?

Elvis.  I also saw a shirt with what I think was Kurt Cobain on it awhile back.

9) Random question: Have you ever had your palm read?

Not intentionally. Someone flipped over my hand once and said that I had a long lifeline, but that it was cut short, faded at the end…Basically, a life not lived to its fullest potential. I don't believe in this stuff and think it is wrong to do readings like this for a multitude of reasons. However, I know why mine would not be lived to its potential. I have COPD. It is hard to live life to the fullest when something so basic as breathing is a struggle.

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Word-High July: Tadhana

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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:1-2 KJV

I have thought about what to write for this post for a long time now. I keep coming back to the same answer: Heavenly Father. But, in reality, He isn't invisible. Maybe we can't see His being like we can see our own bodies, but He is there. Our hearts, our souls can see Him, hear Him, feel Him if we're still enough to let Him in. He's there in the first smile of a newborn baby and in the wrinkled hand waving good-bye. He is over there in the happy wind-dance of the pansy in the winter and the sunflower in the scorching summer. He is in the sunshine in the morning and the moon glow in the night. He is in the drought and in the tide. "… even the winds and the sea obey him!" (Matthew 8:27 KJV)

These things are beyond our control. We can plant a seed, but we can't make it grow. We can harness the power of the wind, the water, and the sunshine, but we cannot make them happen. He created everything and everything bows to His power. The earth knows Who is in control and to Whom we will return when we become as dust once again.

When we welcome Him into our hearts and home, He sends the Holy Spirit to guide us and protect us, to be our Comforter. He protects us from things that we weren't even aware of, the evils that seek to harm us.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 KJV

We won't make it through this life unscathed, but the battle has already been won. We might not survive this earth, but will live forever in Heaven, in the presence of the One Who created us.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 KJV

May our Heavenly Father bless and keep you all safely in the palm of His hand.

Please be sure to read David's post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please also visit our hostess Rosema at Word-High July.

Full verse referenced in the second paragraph: "But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!" Matthew 8:27 King James Version

Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.

29 July 2016

Friday 56 - 29 July 2016

This meme is hosted by Freda's Voice. To join in the fun this week, click here.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

Title: Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog: Tips and Tricks for the Tenacious Blogger
Author: The Editors, WordPress.com
Version: PDF

This line is on page 56 of the PDF. It is in reference to the suggestion of having guest bloggers write for your blog.

"Why would I want to publish someone else? Am I not enough?"

I am interested in seeing what else this book has to say.  I have been trying for a week to start reading it, but haven't gotten past page 2...which is the second title page!  By the time I get everything else cleared from my screen so that I can start reading it, my eyes are begging me to go to sleep.  Well, tomorrow is another day and maybe it will be the magical one. :)

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