Archive | June, 2018
27 Jun

3151A41D-7EC8-43B1-96CE-44A1B888AFEEIt’s amazing how timeless and more meaningful the Bible becomes as time goes on. Today, I was reading Proverbs 27 and I realized that verse 2 is more relevant today than ever in history. In urging humility, King Solomon writes:
“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger and not your own lips.”
When, in the history of the world, has it ever been more likely that a stranger will praise the average person than now? Through social media and the Internet, any one of us can now receive praise from someone who agrees with us or likes what we have communicated. On the flip side, never before have we been so open to criticism from strangers. But, in the context of this Bible verse is the lesson that God values humility, as His son modeled, and He wants us to be humble.
Yesterday I read: “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12. Solomon knew that his great wisdom was bestowed upon him by God because he asked God for wisdom and knowledge in order that he could be a good judge over God’s people. Solomon’s request was so pleasing to God that He also threw in “riches, wealth and honor,” such as none of the kings before or after Solomon experienced. 2 Chronicles 1:8-12
On the converse, God is very clear throughout scripture that He hates pride.
“Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.”
Proverbs 16:5
And we can’t forget Proverbs 21:4:
“A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin,” or that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
These Bible verses remind me that there is no reason for pride because anything that we have, whether possessions, gifts or talents, is bestowed upon us by God (James 1:17) and He wants us to use what He has given us for His glory.”
According to scripture, the bottom line is, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31

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BEACH BOY AL JARDINE AT THE CAVE, JUNE 15, 2018

20 Jun

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Last night for my birthday, my husband, Tim, took me to this tiny concert venue called The Cave in Big Bear to see founding Beach Boy member Al Jardine. It was unbelievable!

We sat in “General Admission” and I kept thinking the reserved seats in front of us would start filling up once the concert started, then after the opening act, Shay & Co. They never did fill up. There were, at most, just 150 people there! I was shocked.

Once the concert started, the MC invited anyone to come down front to the “mosh pit” to enjoy the concert and get as close to the stage as we wanted, as long as we didn’t touch any of the performers.

So guess where I went? We were also encouraged to ask questions and I did. I asked Al Jardine how he got into folk music. He answered me, saying that…

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US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF WORLD HUNGER!

20 Jun

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BREAKING NEWS STORIES

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF WORLD HUNGER!
However, his critics say, “Too little, too late” and one reporter said he thought he saw a piece of lettuce in the teeth of the American President.
U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SECURES PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
However, this colossal news story was preempted on American TV by the breaking news that a former Hollywood starlet, Hasbeen Medioker, recently came forward with the shocking realization that she now believes Trump was actually making a pass at her when he leaned forward to pet her beloved (but now deceased) Lhasa Apso, Tena-Dubi, (who was a gorgeous shade of light cream with charcoal blue markings and who enjoyed running in the park and sardine treats, according to the late dog’s obituary) at a coffee shop nearly 30 years ago!
“I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner,”…

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BEACH BOY AL JARDINE AT THE CAVE, JUNE 15, 2018

17 Jun

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Last night for my birthday, my husband, Tim, took me to this tiny concert venue called The Cave in Big Bear to see founding Beach Boy member Al Jardine. It was unbelievable!

We sat in “General Admission” and I kept thinking the reserved seats in front of us would start filling up once the concert started, then after the opening act, Shay & Co. They never did fill up. There were, at most, just 150 people there! I was shocked.

Once the concert started, the MC invited anyone to come down front to the “mosh pit” to enjoy the concert and get as close to the stage as we wanted, as long as we didn’t touch any of the performers.

So guess where I went? We were also encouraged to ask questions and I did. I asked Al Jardine how he got into folk music. He answered me, saying that The Beach Boys were recording in the same studio as the folk group, The Kingston Trio, and it had a great echo chamber. He was so impressed with the sounds the Kingston Trio came up with using that echo chamber that he was inspired to do his first folk rock song with The Beach Boys.

Jardine explained the history of the old tune, probably from the Bahamas, and demonstrated how it was originally sung, along with his band mates, including his son Matt, who sings falsetto with Mike Love’s current Beach Boys touring group. Then they launched into The Beach Boys rendition of “Sloop John B,” a 1966 hit single off the historic Pet Sounds album. It was awesome!

Jardine introduced another Pet Sounds favorite, “God Only Knows,” written by Brian Wilson, as his pick and Paul McCartney’s pick, for the best song ever written. 

Throughout the concert, old footage of The Beach Boys played on a large screen behind the band. Sometimes the footage was interrupted by an interview with someone that Jardine wanted us to watch or a picture that he wanted to discuss. I learned so much!

The concert opened with The Beach Boys’ first recording, “Surfin’,” which hit the air waves in November of 1961. According to Jardine, the newly formed band had a song that leader Brian Wilson wanted to record but they had no instruments. Jardine came up with an idea for the group to “audition for my mom” to get money for instruments. The group sang two songs, including an a cappella number by the Four Freshman, a quartet whose harmonies greatly influenced The Beach Boys, particularly Brian Wilson. It worked. They bought their instruments and the rest is history.

Jardine also shared the story of Brian Wilson receiving an “F” for his composition of “Surfin’” in a music class at Hawthorne High School. Other versions of the story say that Brian actually received the “F” for “Surfin’” in a music class at El Camino College. Either way, it was a great story.

The concert continued with “Surfin’ Safari,” a set of car songs, which included “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys’ first #1 single (1964), and “Little Deuce Coupe.” Other Beach Boy hits included “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls” and “Surfer Girl.”

Jardine said that he felt the late Annette Funicello was the first real surfer girl, I suppose because she played the part in seven “Beach Party” films, beginning in 1963. Then a clip was shown of The Beach Boys playing and singing backup behind Funicello on the title song of the Disney film, “The Monkey’s Uncle,” released in 1965.

Jardine introduced The Beach Boys hit “Don’t Worry Baby” by discussing the group’s admiration for the work of former record producer Phil Spector. He said, “‘Don’t Worry Baby’ was the Beach Boys’ answer to ‘Be My Baby,’” a hit for the Ronnettes, which was produced by Phil Spector.

The audience also viewed photos of the Beatles while Jardine explained to us how John Lennon and George Harrison knocked on his hotel door one day and invited him and the rest of The Beach Boys to meet the Maharishi, who taught all of them Transcendental Meditation.

There was also an interview shown recounting the bizarre making of the song Vegetables in 1967.

California Saga was written after the group spent a frustrating month in Holland working on the Holland album, according to Jardine. He said the band members were all homesick for California when Brian Wilson walked into the room and spontaneously started singing, “On my way to sunny California,” in anticipation of going home. Those words then became the first line of the song, which was released on the Holland album in 1973.

Jardine and his band also played a few songs from his solo CD, A Postcard From California.

Encore songs included Surfing USA, Help Me Rhonda and Barbara Ann.

After the concert, fans were allowed to get up close and personal with Jardine, who signed posters and CD’s.

Compared to many concert sites, The Cave is just a hole in the wall, nestled in the San Bernardino mountains and perhaps the best kept secret of Big Bear. Despite the need for a long drive up a windy, mountain road to get there, The Cave is just 90 minutes from the Inland Empire and two hours from LA and Orange Counties.

Our general admissions seats were extremely close to the stage and cost only $30 apiece with a discount my husband found online. Armed security guards were present, also.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years about the members of The Beach Boys is that these days they all put on a great show. Whether it’s Brian Wilson and band, The Beach Boys, featuring lead vocalist and veteran front man Mike Love or Al Jardine and band, it’s a wonderful bit of nostalgia and fun that you don’t want to miss, if at all possible. So thanks, Tim, for the PERFECT birthday present!

US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF WORLD HUNGER!

14 Jun

BREAKING NEWS STORIES

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF WORLD HUNGER!
However, his critics say, “Too little, too late” and one reporter said he thought he saw a piece of lettuce in the teeth of the American President.
U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SECURES PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
However, this colossal news story was preempted on American TV by the breaking news that a former Hollywood starlet, Hasbeen Medioker, recently came forward with the shocking realization that she now believes Trump was actually making a pass at her when he leaned forward to pet her beloved (but now deceased) Lhasa Apso, Tena-Dubi, (who was a gorgeous shade of light cream with charcoal blue markings and who enjoyed running in the park and sardine treats, according to the late dog’s obituary) at a coffee shop nearly 30 years ago!
“I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner,” she told CNN reporter Frankie Newt-Sham. “Now it all makes sense!” she screeched. “Tena-Dubi growled at The Donald because she knew that The Donald was actually trying to make a pass at me! It’s all so clear now. Or maybe Tena-Dubi thought he was trying to steal her sardine? Whoops! Oh, well!”
The ACLU is representing the now bankrupt, one-time actress in a civil lawsuit for monetary damages, a public apology and a demand that he step down from the office of President of the Untied States because, due to these shocking and newly reported revelations, he is obviously deemed unfit to stay in office.
Meanwhile, President Trump has solved the problems of World Smog, Climate Change (including the occurrence of earthquakes and tornadoes), U.S. Crime and Homelessness, the Extinction of any Species of Animal, and he has discovered Cures for ALS, AIDS and all forms of Cancer. However, these breaking news stories have been preempted on American TV by the earth shattering news that comedian Howie Mandel, of America’s Got Talent, is now able to shake the hand of a stranger without soaking his hand in bleach for an hour afterwards!

Californians, Vote June 5th!

3 Jun

I finally made up my mind about Governor. Although I was somewhat tempted to go toward Cox because a lot of people think he has a better chance of winning in the general election, plus President Trump endorsed him, I decided to vote for Travis Allen.
Travis Allen is the type of person I would like to see as Governor of California. I think he is what our state needs to do a turnaround.
I think it’s a mistake to vote for Cox just because he might be able to beat a Democrat in the general election. Californians of all political parties are really fed up with what is going on in our state right now. If this disgust with our current State leadership translates to a “grass roots” movement, that means that a lot of people from all parties will vote for someone who represents change as Allen does.
Travis Allen is a native Californian and he knows what our state used to be like and he wants to get us back on course. I have no idea what Cox’s vision is for our state, and I have a lot of reservations about him. Being from Chicago doesn’t help, either.
Those of us who were born and raised in California (several decades ago) have seen the deterioration of our state over the years and the middle class flight to other states. But, we’ve stuck it out in hopes that things will get better and turn around. We want someone who can really bring about positive change. I believe Travis Allen can do that.9C36CF8F-B781-4AE8-A090-B42BC3DF25FF

California Residents

3 Jun

I’ve been thinking a lot about the homeless problem recently and I think it’s time we stop beating each other up over it, unify and demand that our state government begin to address this massive humanitarian crisis affecting so many California communities.
Our governor keeps on bragging that California has the 5th largest economy in the world. But what has he done about this immense problem that is affecting so many Californians? If anyone can tell me one thing that he’s done about it, I would be interested in hearing it.
I haven’t seen any concern about this monumental problem expressed by state leaders and I haven’t seen one dime of our state tax dollars go toward fixing this problem (and I mean “fixing,” not a band aid here and there). Yet, we are spending billions of dollars on a train that no one needs or wants and state leaders have made California a sanctuary for illegal immigrants without allowing us to vote on the issue.
Think about it for a minute: thousands of our legal residents are living on our streets in filth and squalor, some suffering from addiction and mental illness. Others are veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and some of them are just down and out, and our state leaders are doing nothing to help any of them. Meanwhile, Governor Brown and these same state leaders are inviting the poor, ragged – and oppressed of the WORLD to come here illegally and be welcomed with opened arms. If we can’t even take care of our own legal citizens, how are we going to care for the poor and downtrodden of the WORLD?
Perhaps Governor Brown and our state legislators are living so high off the hog in their private communities and limousines (on our hard earned tax dollars) that they are not affected by the burgeoning homeless population as the rest of us are. Obviously, they are not concerned about the homeless people, but they also do not seem to be living the same California REALITY that the rest of us experience on a daily basis. In short, they are out of touch and unconcerned.
If I were Governor Jerry Brown or any California state leader, I would not be bragging about the size of our economy or anything else about our state. I would be ashamed to be in leadership of a state that has done basically nothing to help the neediest of its own people. To have American citizens living like this and being neglected by state leaders as they are is an embarrassment to me as a second generation Californian and as an American. It’s a disgrace! And it’s especially shameful when you consider that California state spending is at an all time high and Governor Jerry Brown is leaving his successor with more than $283.3 billion in existing budget debt, according to the California State Department of Finance. (John Myers, political columnist, latimes.com)
The homeless problem is too big for our cities and even our counties to handle. Look at Orange County. No OC city wants to take on the burden of the homeless riverbed population. The hands of our Police and city leaders are tied by our outdated state laws that need to change so that people are required to get the treatment they need when they are unable to adequately care for themselves, whether they want it or not.
Instead of spending billions of dollars on a useless train, we need to invest in our own legal citizens; our homeless young people, veterans and others. They need mental health care, rehab, job training and transitional housing.
Instead of spending millions of dollars on free education for illegal immigrants at our University of California campuses (thanks a lot, Janet Napolitano), we need to lower college fees for our legal, California residents.
Our state also needs sound policies that will provide better paying jobs and more affordable housing. Plus, we need to bring our middle class back to California and stop the descent into a welfare state where only the rich and the poor reside. That is not acceptable and it’s un-American!
It boggles my mind to watch the TV commercials of those running for California State Governor and other leadership positions. Do these people even live in California? They are so out of touch. All they talk about is gun control and a bunch of mushy stuff that I can’t even remember, but I know that it’s not important to me as a state resident and as a voter.
In addition to the homeless problem, we state voters are concerned about excessive taxation (skyrocketing gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, to name just two examples), soaring crime, the high cost of housing and the high cost of living, not enough well-paying jobs and excessive bureaucratic red tape and other burdens on our small businesses.
Thanks to current state leaders, scores of prisoners are being let out of our jails too early and without proper preparation, job training and rehabilitation to give them a successful, crime free life after release.
As our standard of living continues to decrease, good businesses and legal, law abiding citizens (including many of our young people) have moved out of California in droves and they continue to leave.
Where are our hard earned tax dollars going? Despite having the world’s fifth largest economy, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation at 20.4%. (DailyBulletin.com editorial by Sal Rodriguez) We need more state audits and more accountability.
All of us need to educate ourselves and vote in the upcoming elections in June and November. We need to study the candidates and the issues and vote in wise people who care about our concerns and who will properly use our tax dollars and the strength of our economy to increase the standard of living for all legal, California residents. I hope to see you at the polls!

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