Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day 2009

I wanted something appropriate as a tribute to our military, past and present, for Veteran's Day. I think this song, "America My Home," performed by Ricky David Tripp one month after 9-11 fits the bill.

We should stand behind our military. They help protect our freedom.

I am pleased to read of those serving overseas whose hearts reach out to help unwanted dogs and cats.

If the video will not play for you, click here.

Monday, November 09, 2009

You are America

A beautiful song about America by Mack Hayes. It is undoubtedly not "politically correct" because it is about Americans and their freedoms, but the message is true and clear. .Be sure to watch the credits at the end.

If the video doesn't play for you, click here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Minor Consideration

It's been quite a while since the last post, but not only have I been busy, I've been trying to decide what changes to make with Mercy and Percy. It will gradually assume its own identity again.

I am old enough to remember Paul Peterson of The Donna Reed Show. I also remember watching Rusty Hamer in reruns of The Danny Thomas Show. It was a surprise to learn in American Profile Magazine that Rusty Hamer committed suicide in 1990. And that his death helped spur Paul Peterson to found the nonprofit organization A Minor Consideration.

I googled the organization and applaud Peterson for investing so much of his time and talent into helping current and prior child actors. It has to be hard to be pampered and fawned over as a child and then dumped like a sack of spoiled potatoes when you're no longer "cute."

But the first link I clicked on from Google Search was a story on "'The 'Rape' of Dakota Fanning." I never watched the movie Hound Dog which starred 12 year-old Dakota Fanning as a rape victim and I'm sure glad I missed it! Because Peterson has a lot to say about any mother and movie set staff exploiting a child in such a graphic movie. And I, personally, don't understand why child pornography can be prosecuted and this type of exploitation isn't.

You can find the article here. But if you believe a child deserves a protected childhood, it will raise your hackles. Keep up the good work raising awareness of the problems child actors face, Peterson, as well as helping educate, legislate and whatever is needed to help child actors and former child actors survive in the business and transition into the real world.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Since my time is limited today, I'm going to borrow today's post from my pets' journal, Jan's Funny Farm. The only thing I would like to add is that I find it interesting that someone who doesn't know anything about music wrote a Memorial Day song for his church. Notice he knows nothing about writing music but he wrote a song "for God" and I'm stealing material from my cats and dogs. :)


Our good friend Mr. Doug (and Jan's other brothers too) is a veteran so vets have a special place in our hearts. And this year, we didn't have to go looking for a special song to post. We've been saving it for this weekend.

Tony Mullins wrote a song specifically for Memorial Day and we'd like to share it with you. He sent the link to Jan and asked her to share it. So we appropriated it for our journal too. You know how that goes, what's hers is ours and not vice versa!

Tony can't sing and he can't read music, but this is a demo recording of a song he wrote a few years ago for his church. It's sung by Cary Rutledge from Virginia and the video was shot in Waterloo, NY. We think you'll like it.

If the video won't play for you, you can use this link.

Click here to read more about the origins of Tony's Memorial Day song.

Have a safe and thoughtful Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Christians in Pakistan

A friend sends stories of Christian persecution in Pakistan. He and his family live in Pakistan, so he has firsthand knowledge of the escalating persecution. This is his latest message.

Taliban sets sights on Pakistan's Swat Valley
Christians expected to flee their homes if government continues to concede control

Christians in Pakistan are in urgent need of your prayers as Pakistani authorities struggle through negotiations with the Taliban leadership that has determined to take over the country's beautiful Swat Valley and institute a severe system of Sharia law. ICC sources expect many Christians in the coming weeks and months to flee their homes if the government concedes to an agreement they signed in mid-February to accept Sharia law.

The Taliban are back in power. This time, however, they're not in Afghanistan, but in a well-protected valley in Pakistan that was for a long time known as the "Switzerland of the Orient" because of its natural beauty. The Swat Valley, as it is known in Pakistan, was formerly one of the richest and best educated areas in the country, due to its tourist industry. That all changed when the Taliban set their sights on gaining control.

The christian in this valley are called heretics. The only church, there has been closed in 2007.

Up until January 9, the Taliban had been conducting gruesome executions for weeks and leaving the dead bodies, with amputated limbs and heads, hung up on trees or telephone poles. Every morning the shopkeepers who worked in Grain Square in Mingora would find four or five of these victims newly displayed with notes pinned on them providing their names and their crimes against Islam. Residents of Mingora now call the square Khooni Chowk (Bloody Square)...

You can read the rest of the story here.

Pray for the Christians in Pakistan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

James Cagney and Bob Hope

A friend sent me a link to this video today and watching it brought back some good memories. Memories of a time when entertainment was funny -- and clean! You didn't need to worry about the language or whether the actors were dressed. You just enjoyed the movie at the theater or the television program on the TV in your living room. Some of you might remember the days of exciting radio shows, but that was a bit before my time.

I hope you will take a moment and enjoy this dance routine by Bob Hope and James Cagney. It's from the 1955 movie "The Seven Little Foys."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Update Nancy and Naomi

In 2007, we posted a link to a video of a mother and daughter miracle story.

On February 5, 2007. Nancy went in for an emergency C-section. When the doctors opened her, her uterus exploded. Her baby, Naomi, had no heartbeat , but she was quickly revived and put on life support. Nancy, however, lost so much blood she had to be transfused twice. She went into cardiac arrest three times, and she was on a respirator, in a coma, for 11 days.

But prayers were answered! This was Nancy then -----

Today, we catch up with Nancy Pierre. Nancy is now in Bible school to become a licensed minister. And she has a ministry: Nancy Pierre Ministries.

This video is from February 14 -- her first outreach with her ministry's feeding Program, "Soul Food."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Truth and Newspapers

A few months ago a man was identified in a local newspaper article as a defendant guilty of participating in a fraud case instead of as a witness in the case. He went to the newspaper editor and asked for a retraction. The editor didn't want to give one, but evidently someone checked a transcript and they supposedly printed a correction the following week. If I was aware the man was innocent and searched every edition for a couple of weeks looking for a correction and I never found it, it is likely, no one else noticed it either. So in the eyes of the local folks who read the article, this man is still presumed guilty. I would guess the truth matters to him!

I used to believe what I read in the newspaper. Reporters are to report the news, not make it up, but all too often today they sensationalize it or slant the truth so it gives a false impression of the facts. Words and how they are strung together matter!

We now have 2 newspapers in town. One mails out 3 issues a week and the other mails out one. The publisher of the weekly paper personally covers some breaking news stories. I can not imagine her dramatizing a story. Or allowing one of the staff to do so.

The 3-editions a week paper, on the other hand, has changed owners, editors and, I suspect, policies. Possibly because they are fighting for their existence right now. Subscriptions are down, for one thing. I used to be able to call one of several neighbors if I needed a second copy of an article. Now, I don't know a single neighbor or friend who subscribes. The reason I keep mine active is outside the scope of this post.

This newspaper has been a problem for some time. For example, last summer I submitted a number of photographs and an overview of an event to a new editor. There was no pay involved. The photos were all printed in the next edition -- with the correct byline, "photos by...." But the overview, word for word, showed up the following week -- as the editor's weekly column.

In December, when both my car and computer were down for repairs, the editor asked me to cover a middle school dance on a Friday when other staff were busy. I was going to get paid for this.! I borrowed a car and made arrangements for someone to help transfer photos onto a CD to deliver to the editor early Monday morning. But when I arrived, there was no one there. The dance was the following week. "Oh, I read my calendar wrong," was all he said. No apology and no pay were tendered.

I am personally aware of a wrong impression or sensationalism in several articles in recent months with this one newspaper and it greatly saddens me. I have a great respect for the written word and hate to see it misused. If I make a mistake on one of my blogs, I write a correction.

The first time I called the editor and explained the situation to him. He said he would talk to the reporter. Nothing happened. The second mistake was by the same reporter. (And by the way, this is the same reporter who confused a witness with a defendant.) I put it out of my mind, knowing nothing would be done if mentioned. The third time -- again the same reporter - - I gave the editor the updated facts on a story, along with a photo. Not a quote, just the facts, but they appeared in the article as a quote by someone else, someone who knew the information had come from me, and he wanted me to explain why he was "quoted" as giving out information that was not his responsibility or department. I haven't a clue! I didn't write the article.

And then, we come to the meeting where the same reporter showed up toward the end and wrote a front page article that mixed a few facts with a lot of fiction. Sadly, sensationalizing it doesn't make it true. It's still incorrect! But the paper isn't about to issue a correction.

And last, but not least, the other reporter from that paper (there are only two) came to another meeting I attended last week. She brought a tape recorder. There were only 5 of us present, excluding her, and the meeting went very well. However, in yesterday's edition, "there was a heated discussion." I was awake the entire meeting, so I'm at a loss to know who was involved. I asked our president and he has no idea either.

Perhaps she is referring to my comment to her that the reporter at the first meeting wrote a terrible article and it will be a long time before I believe anything I read in that newspaper again. But that was neither heated nor a discussion. It was an honest comment, and this latest article has confirmed my opinion of that newspaper's veracity.

When I write posts for Jan's Funny Farm, they are sometimes about serious events and I strive to tell the facts on those posts. But when I write about my pets, the posts are a usually a mixture of reality mixed with fantasy. And readers know this. I mean, Percy really can't type. And the Funny Farm can't drive or crash a car. It's all in fun.

But if a person can't believe what she reads in a newspaper or hears in the news, this is serious. We have to depend on reporters to cover local news, national news or international news. We don't need more misinformation or more sensationalism. We need more truth.

And according to the Bible, God's word is truth. So truth is important to God. And it's important to me. How important is truth to you?

Perhaps we, individually and collectively, need to stop letting half-truths slide and start holding those who feed us the news accountable.

And on the other hand, we need to encourage those who strive to report the unbiased news to continue doing so. So thanks, Debbie, for not trying to sensationalize the news to sell your newspapers.