Jul 12, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave-side service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back-country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being a typical man I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.
There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played "Amazing Grace" the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I was opening the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "Sweet Mother of Jesus, I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for over twenty years."
Courtesy Neal Boortz:
Feb 14, 2010
Dec 7, 2009
The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the politicians spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend but putting that figure into some perspective:
(A) A billion seconds ago it was 1959
(B) A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive
(C) A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age
(D) A billion days ago no one walked on the earth on two feet
(E) A billion dollars ago at the rate our government is spending was only 8 hours and 20 minutes ago
Nov 11, 2009
My penpal Dewey sends me the very best stuff, but sometimes it takes me
forever a few days to catch up with my emails when things get particularly busy. And they've been crazy busy lately. We worked until 8 PM last night if that's any indication of how crazy it is around the office these days. Crazy.
Anyway, he sent me this one a couple of days ago but I only got around to watching it this morning at 4 AM. How cool is this?
By the way, he currently has a video posted on his blog of a singer named Iris Dement whom he introduced me to a few months back (her music, not her personally) (just thought I'd clarify that).
I got hooked on her music in general and in particular the song she's singing in the video. It always reminds me of England--not because she's English or the song has anything to do with England, but because I heard it for the first time just before we went to England back in the Spring and the song was stuck in my head the whole time we were there. Listen to Iris sing "Let the Mystery Be" .