A to Z Challenge – Records

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R is for records

I grew up with lots of records (or vinyl for you youngsters).  We had albums, 45’s and my parents even had some 78’s.  We would stack them up 2 and 3 deep to play lots of songs.  But sometimes with three of them the record would lag a little and sound bad… but then it was a J C Penny’s stereo too.  As we got older my sister invested in a nice stereo when she saved up money from her first job.  I was so jealous of her… it was a very nice stereo system.

We had rock, country, dixieland, classics, Christmas and even a couple of comedy records.  My parents love of all kinds of music (Elvis to Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry to Herb Albert) lead to my love of all music.  The variety of music that played on the stereo shaped my life.

I saved my allowance to go to the local Musicland store to get the latest hot album I couldn’t live without – The Kiss solo albums, Foreigner, and Billy Thorpe just to name a few

.  I even got a couple of albums that weren’t exactly hit albums – John Travolta’s and Jeff Conaway’s to name a couple.

As I grew older country had a big pull on me and I have some promotional give away albums for The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood and Alabama.  And that is about the time I discovered soundtracks – The Rose, Grease, Sooner or Later.

My records are still with me.  Even have a couple I’ve gotten autographed.  And now with the resurgence in vinyl I may have to look into a modern day turntable.

As a special treat here is a sampling of John’s album at a very young age in 1976…


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Dreams Can Come True

What’s all the hype about?

What’s with the hoopla?

Is something big about to happen?

There is dancing in the street

And merriment about.

Could it be?

Is it true?

It’s 2020 and we just voted out

You know who!


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hoopla

A to Z Challenge – Quotes

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Q is for Quotes

I had to think about this one for a while.  I could have gone with qi that nice little two letter word I love to play in Scrabble or Words With Friends.  I thought about one of my top 5 music artist Queen.  But I am going with Quotes and share of few that I like.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

I could like a whole lot more, I am often going to Brainyquote to find new ones.  And I do get a daily quote in my email.  There has been a lot said in the past we should pay attention to.  I will close with one of my favorites…

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams


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A to Z Challenge – Photography

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P is for photography

I have always loved to take pictures… even back in my youth with a 110 camera.  I saved money I made on a paper route and babysitting to buy myself a SLR camera.  And when I was at my worst depression, talking pictures while walking in nature was a sort of therapy for me.  Just call me a shutterbug.

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For a while I did a weekly Monochrome Monday picture as I really enjoy the dramatic effect of black and white photography.  I take surprisingly few portrait pictures, but the best ones I take are usually the ones not planned.  But I do not consider myself too good with them and take better pictures of animals I think.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

By far the subject of choice is flowers.  Even if I get a bouquet of cut flowers I usually focus in on one or two of the blooms.


My next challenge is saving up and getting a DSLR and lots of memory cards to store pictures on.  Say cheese!


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The Demons Of Darkness

As the shadows grow deeper

Anxiety takes hold

Doubts fill my head


As the darkness creeps in

I am prone to depression

I likely will be afraid


As the night takes hold

I feel completely alone

Nothing gives me comfort


As the hours last forever

If I’m lucky I find sleep

For it is my only escape


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A to Z Challenge – Origami

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O is for Origami

I wish I was a paper folding wizard who could make all sorts of animals and flowers, stars and boxes.  I am not.  But I can fold a dollar bill into a heart.  Many years ago in a stamping magazine there was instructions to fold a dollar bill into a heart.  I jumped at the change to learn this.

It had step by step instructions that I poured over for hours and I finally got something that resembled a heart.  Now years down the line I can do it without instructions or pictures and use it often for gifts of money in wedding cards.

I have also folded a shirt once. And made a frog with origami squares.  But my favorite is still the heart.  I would love to learn more… only takes a little time and patience.

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