I’m inspired & blessed! My friend & PE&D writer Jeff Shivers & I just came from an awe-inspiring Tom Booth concert at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. The church was filled with parishoners & more for a benefit for our music ministry there. What awesome music we heard. Tom’s music is heard & sung worldwide in all the Catholic churches through our own Oregon Catholic Press. Songs like You Gotta Serve Somebody, Cry the Gospel (written for the Pope!), Spirit of God, Slipping, Sacred Silence & Captured truly gladdened the hearts of the audience. At one point, our choir director Kathy lent her gorgeous vocals to the spirited Here I Am Lord (sung often at Mass), with the whole congregation raising their voices in song. Tom’s band is extraordinary & a perfect backdrop for his music. Newest member of the band, splendid guitarist/vocalist Ben Walther also performed a couple of his polished originals, Let Go & Make Your Home in Me. I’m listening
As Halloween approaches on Oct 31, it’s a reminder that All Saints Day is Nov 1;it’s good to know that we can pray for their intercession in all our life’s trials. And, most urgently, we pray that all people of faith will vote in the election to return our country to “one nation, under God, with liberty & justice for all.”
It was another gorgeous weekend at the coast recently as Jeff, BamBam & new friend Johanna Cowan joined me this time. Johanna rode with me on Thursday; PE writer & friend Jeff Shivers & darling dog BamBam joined us Friday night. Willapa Bay oysters, smoked salmon & a tasty spinach salad were on the menu, thoroughly enjoyed by all! We had fun showing Johanna all the beautiful sites on the peninsula & of course the beach & sunsets.
The sunshine still prevails & it’s a good thing since I’m having a new roof installed. Thank you Lord!
My latest trip to the beach at the Long Beach Peninsula was a gorgeous weekend with sunshine the whole time. Since my back was bothering me, I couldn’t do much except lounge & read a whole book called Gladys and Elvis, a very interesting story about Elvis & his mother. I did make it down to the beach one evening for the end-of-summer bonfire in Ocean Park, complete with s-mores. The sunset was awesome, God’s autograph on the day.
I was pleased to attend the last night of operation of the Galaxy, longtime Karaoke hotspot. Owner Sammy Foong invited me and many patrons to enjoy a buffet feast fit for a king & show off his plans for the new Trio Club to open in six months (See article & photos on page 5).
Praise the Lord for sunshine! Outdoor events are still on the forefront including trips to the beach.
My latest trek to the Long Beach Peninsula included a jaunt to Long Beach for the Jake the Alligator Man’s 75th Birthday Party. I missed the Bride of Jake contest, but arrived in time to see The Graceland Five, complete with an Elvis impersonator spoof. Songs included Warm Kentucky Rain, Viva Las Vegas, My Way and Don’t Be Cruel. Some of the ‘Brides’ were still hanging around in their mermaid’s outfits & makeup; they were quite a sight to behold. The winner posed on one of the vintage Cadillacs from the car show, not far from the outdoor stage.