An Easter Story

Heavens Open Ornate GatesThree women — a brunette, a redhead, and a blonde — find themselves standing in front of Saint Peter at Heaven’s Pearly Gates after having tragically died in a freak auto accident. They are surprised to hear Saint Peter tell them, “Whoa, ladies. You don’t just walk in here. You’ve got to pass a test!”

With that, Saint Peter turns to the brunette and says, “Tell me about Easter.”

She responds, “Oh Easter is my favorite time of year. We all get together and cook a turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings and eat too much. And then we sit and watch football on the television!”

“Sorry that’s not correct,” Saint Peter replies. Turning to the redhead he asks the same question.

She responds, “Easter is fabulous! We get a tree and put lights on it and exchange presents and sing carols. Easter is my favorite time of year!”

With a sigh, Saint Peter says, “Sorry, that’s also not correct.” Suspecting he’ll hear even a bigger mistake from the blonde, he nonetheless asks her to tell him about Easter.

The blonde replies, “Well, about two thousand years ago a child was born to a couple in a manger and he grew up to be a carpenter and good men liked him until one day, while he was having dinner with friends, he was captured and taken away and nailed to a cross and his body was put into a cave and the cave was closed with a large rock.”

Saint Peter is just about to congratulate her when she continues, “And every February they roll the rock away and if he sticks his head out of the cave and sees his shadow, there’s going to be six more weeks of winter.”

Happy Easter and/or Passover everyone.

Image credit alswart – Fotolia

Who Won The Week? 04/12/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I’m giving Mother Nature my coveted Who Won The Week award.7A14BFEE-329F-4153-901F-A9754A8AB397One piece of good news since this whole deadly pandemic started is that many states across the U.S. and countries around the globe have implemented lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders in response to the spread of COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily, at least, slashing air pollution levels around the world. 

There has been a substantial drop in atmospheric nitrogen dioxide, a harmful substance emitted from burning fossil fuels for transportation and electricity generation. This has led to significant reductions in air pollution over major metropolitan areas.

Simply put, fewer cars on the road and fewer airplanes overhead means fewer pollutants fouling the air. And to me, this is encouraging news. If we can improve the quality of the air we breathe around the globe after just one month of limiting the volume of pollutants we humans spew into the atmosphere, imagine, if we put our minds to it, how we can save our planet for future generations.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Image credit: Martijn Schrijver at PantoneCanvas.

Song Lyric Sunday — Precious Gems

When I saw that Jim Adams has given us the precious gems theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, I decided to go with “Diamond Girl” by Seals & Crofts. But then I realized that I had already used that song back in my July 21, 2019 Song Lyric Sunday post. So I shifted gears from diamonds to rubies and went with the Kenny Rogers rendition of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” was written by American country music singer and songwriter, Mel Tillis. It was originally recorded in 1967 by Tillis and then by Waylon Jennings, but was made famous in 1969 when released by Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. Rogers sang the lead and the song was a big hit for the group. It reached number six on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 and number 39 on the country chart.

The song tells the story of a wounded soldier who has returned home to a woman who shows him little sympathy, leaving him to go out at night and enjoy the company of other men. All he can do is beg her to stay home and keep him company, but his pleas fall on deaf ears.

Tillis said he based the song on a couple who lived near his family in Florida. In real life, the man was wounded in Germany in World War II and was sent to recuperate in England. There, he married a nurse who took care of him at the hospital. The two of them moved to Florida shortly afterward, but he made periodic return trips to the hospital as problems with his wounds kept flaring up. His wife saw another man as the veteran lay in the hospital.

For the song, Tillis changed the war in the song to the Korean War, and left out the real life ending, where the man killed his wife in a murder-suicide. In the song, the man says he would kill her if he could move to get his gun.

Because the Kenny Rogers and the First Edition song was released as the Vietnam War was raging, the song was often assumed to be about a man who came home crippled from that war. Some thought the song was disrespectful to veterans coming home from Vietnam, but Rogers insisted that it was about Korea and not Vietnam and it was a personal, not a political song.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

You’ve painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair
Ruby, are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadows on the wall tell me the sun is going down
Oh, Ruby, don’t take your love to town

It wasn’t me that started that old crazy Asian war
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore
And yes, it’s true that I’m not the man I used to be
Oh Ruby, I still need some company

It’s hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralyzed
And the wants and needs of a woman your age, really, I realize
But it won’t be long, I’ve heard them say, until I’m not around
Oh Ruby, don’t take your love to town

She’s leaving now ’cause I just heard the slamming of the door
The way I know I heard its slams one hundred times before
And if I could move, I’d get my gun and put her in the ground
Oh Ruby, don’t take your love to town

Oh Ruby, for God’s sake, turn around

FOWC with Fandango — Soiree

FOWCWelcome to April 12, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “soiree.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.