Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It's the thing to do!

I recently heard on some radio broadcast that everyone is putting out a country album. Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler, that guy from Stained...

So, in that vein, I am re-releasing the lyrics of the first verse of my biggest country hit.

Next, I am gonna have to do a Christmas Album.


The Things That Happen to Me
 - they are bad

"...had a real bad night
Got in a fight with my lover
the truck broke down,
she ran off with another

Oh, I can't believe the things that happen to me.

The dog jumped out
Got hit by a semi
You shoulda seen
that poor little mutt fly

Well, I can't believe the things that happen to me.

They're bad, so bad
Oh so bad."
c 1999, James T. Allerton

Sunday, November 20, 2016

You've probably had a tough year!

It seems a common theme among may of our friends. And it holds true for us as well. It has simply been a tough year.

Clouds seem to have gathered for many of us. In between us, we've had trouble with family, finances, relationships, health issues, loved ones getting sick, loved ones dying, employment, and with the things we own...our houses, cars, clothes and more.

It is so easy for me to focus on the negatives in my life. To look at the desert and remember how bleak and dry so much of the landscape appears to be.

But, as Thanksgiving approaches, I hope to remember the good things that have happened this year. The plenty of things that I can be thankful for.

Won't you join me in seeing the flowers in the desert just a little bit as Thanksgiving Day approaches?

And this doesn't apply to every situation, but it is something to consider:

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)