Monday, November 21, 2011

Zorba the Greek !!! 1964

Passion -

Anthony Quinn - Alan Bates

You want to DANCE ????

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thoughts - for Family and Friends

Real Important - for Sons Daughters all Grandchildren and Friends

I feel really blessed to have the opportunity now to meet new friends that share the same passions I have about things and about the music that moves me.

Also thankful for the people in my life that have remained in my heart and my thoughts over the years.

I have an opportunity, now, to revisit them now in my mind - in my heart and for those available to be seen in person perhaps it would be good to get in touch with them in some way let them know they weren't forgotten for what-ever that might accomplish. Usually, we human beings look back and think or say to ourselves when we lose someone, " I wish I had done this or that" or told someone something after it was too late to tell them or share kindred thoughts and love as one passes on.

This brings me to think, again, on a theory I have been thinking about for some time having to do with everyone having their own unique " Life Path " -

This life path has a beginning and an end - we never know how long this life path is, though -
Some we know pass away long before we think they will. The younger we are the more INVINCIBLE we seem to think we are. The older we get the
quicker the days weeks and months go by - we wake up one day and ask "Where did the years go?"

The Life Path -
People cross our life path at different times for different reasons uniquly designed and orchestrated. Some come into our life
early and they are there forever. Some enter our lives for a moment, a minute, a week or for years and they go out. Some touch our hearts and minds, some touch our souls and they stay there forever. Strangely, some although not visible, not tangible are more present with us than others. In the good book - NEW TESTAMENT - Hebrews, I believe it's Chapter 13:2 Reads something like
" ... we entertain angels unaware ."

NIV Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Maybe that's it - our Creator - Master of the Universe places people in our lives by design exactly when we need them to hear, to share. to glean a blessing for our lives -

I like Clarence Oddbody, a lot. BUT , you know what, even Uncle Billy Bailey, fallible, simple and as passionate as he was about the important things had angels and found a blessing. ( I A W L reference 1946 ) by the way the year before my birth, no less ??!!! a premonition, maybe?

So, I think that if we are tuned in while riding this life line we can recognize and we can receive intended blessings along the way. In doing so engage in and discover our passions.

In closing, I feel a need to share this before I forget to or would otherwise fail to write it, share it, preserve it thus regret not doing so.....

Here goes:

I believe that after examining and taking an inventory of myself, past and
present state of mind and heart. I have discovered something that, for me, is deep, passionate and mysterious. It has been another tuned in Blessing. I have always enjoyed music of all genres - There's not much for me since mid 1980s anyway, albeit the occasional instrumentals and movie sound tracks. ( Titanic - Rudy - )In that regard, I admit I'm not very Hip to the new Hop. But I digress.

The association and the comraderie I am experiencing now within the Blues community is so fulfilling and meaningful to me - it is feeding me in a way that I never imagined. ( Darwin's Burgers and Blues - Thursday Jams , other jams and gigs )
I feel there, I can employ my senses in this music. The musicians know I cannot and do not play myself, but I do appreciate their talent and their unselfish sharing of that talent that moves me. So I say to them. "Although, I don't play - When you do what you do up there on that stage it takes me to that place I cannot take my self. So, I want to THANK YOU for the Ride!"

Their response, individually, unsolicited is, " That's why I do it! " ... this is often said with a gleam and sparkle in the eye"!

Then there you have yet another pair of " tuned in" life paths crossing.

Enough for now.

It maybe a long time before anyone sees or reads this. Maybe never. That's Okay, too - Because, in putting this down I plea, pray and petition to my Creator, Higher Power and my God that in HIS infinite wisdom that each discover their own life path and get tuned in to God's Blessings and enjoy the ride uniquely designed for them (my children and their children ). May they all eventually know this and they find a passion and discover this feeling for themselves. .... and at least one of them PASS IT ON .

mra 11/19/2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sometimes- It is Just Like That

Where I've Been

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.

Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing.

Life is too short for negative drama & petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly! From one unstable person to another... I hope everyone is happy in your head - we're all doing pretty good in mine!

Enjoy the Ride

I sincerely hope you will take time to watch this.
If it moves you, touches you, heals you or helps you -
Please leave a comment below.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to me - 11/4

I am gonna keep a list here of 2011 Birthday wishes in order I received them.

64 - I don't really want any more birthdays.

I don't know why - but I will - for today only -

However, I do realize I have been sporadic at best in the past, with Birthday wishes to my Grandchildren. and especially to Daughters Katie, Kristie - I'm trying to be better about this. The last couple of years I have found that now that I have time and make a better concerted effort to address the misgivings of the past and in some way make amends for the regrets.

Yesterday, Thursday
Spent time with my Dad ( Bill ) at the condo. It was a good day.

He was first to offer Birthday wishes as I left about 3 pm.
Met Will and went to eat with Andrew and play a few games of 8 ball.

Bill Allen 11/3/2011 in Person
Stephanie Breen Allen - Daughter In Law - FIRST this AM 11/4/ text message
Mary Raindrop - Face Book - Blues Vocals
Johnna Curry - Face Book Blues Fan
Mark Slyman - Face Book - Guitar Musician
John Timper - F B - Musicial - Pro Source Co Worker
Elaine Trent - BSA Volunteer - Friend
Frank Barham - Blues - Harp
Katie Martin - Blues - Vocals - Blues & Acoustic Guitar
Katie Allen - Daughter - Adam and kids - Face Book
Christa Campbell - F B - Family Friend
Jennifer Dillingham - F B - Former Worker @ the Grill
Sherry Ross - BSA Volunteer
Sandra Senn - F B - Blues Drummer -
Pat Smiley - F B Blues Fan
Bob Lee - Blues Fan - Friend
Christopher CJ Smith - F B - Trivia - Friend
Arloa and Jason Patrick - F B - Family Friends
Nina Kelley Goss - Friend
Barbara Bennett - Friend Pat and Bobby's Mom
Maurice Reece Big Daddy Navarro - Blues - Vocals & Harp Musician
Alexandra Malstrom - Andrew's friend at Loco's
Terry Matlock - Blues fan - Friend
Jonathan Norwood - Blues Bass Player
Meg and Jason Parker - Friends
Kristie Allen Brady - Daughter
Elizabeth Allen - Niece
Terry & Norman Cowley - Friends
Vicki Hamilton Hall - Long time Friend from Young Harris
Cristi Smith - Friend at the Grill w/ Trey Gresham
Chas Peace - Former Neighbor and Friend\
Lyle Bayles - Blues - Drummer
Shaun Flanagan - Friend of Family
Ana Howells - Blues - Harp / Vocals
Tara Clark - Friend of family
Tamara Nikolai - Blues Bass Player
Jonathan Owens - Will's Friend
Theron Peterson - Blues Drummer
Delores Greer Davis - Greer Cousin

Well it's Midnight and my B'day is over and my list is completes\d for the
24 Hours.

Thanks to all well wishers -
Especially My Dear Stephanie. Katie, Kristi, Niece Elizabeth and Cuz Delores !!

Total in 24 Hours = 39

Relatives = 6 = 15.4 %
Blues Friends = 15 = 38.5 %
Friends = 8 = 20.5 %
Family Friends =10 = 25.6 %

Total = 100 %

Amazing Grace -