Archive for October, 2013

Things We Pass Down

Posted: October 3, 2013 in World On The Edge

YW0210H_Baby-Lima-Beans_s4x3_medWe pass down many things to our children. Not only the shape of our eyes, the color of our hair, our dispositions.  Not all of what we pass down is good, but much of it is very good.

We pass down memories that we cherish, and most of the time our children love hearing those memories. We pass our love and respect for God, and most of the time, our children take it to heart. We pass down our ways of dealing with problems,  hopefully they are thoughtful ways that work for our children as well. And we pass down celebration–children love celebration!

One thing that was passed to me is a song my grandfather sang, on the side porch of his house while I sat on his lap.  I can still hear his deep voice and feel the vibrations of his chest as he sang, “and what will the wedding supper be? Two butterbeans and a black-eyed pea.”

The song was “Froggie Went A Courtin’ ” and I’ve passed it down, too.  I’m on the grandchildren now.

I love this video, not only because of the song; but  because it is beautiful, and because it is of family, of love, and of celebration–even if your idea of a feast is not two butterbeans and a black-eyed pea.!

A Moment in Music History

Posted: October 2, 2013 in World On The Edge
Appalachian dulcimer
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I love the sound of the dulcimer. It pricks at my Appalachian roots. I can almost see and hear my back country Carolina ancestors playing it and singing bluegrass music.

A few years ago, at Christmas, I gave my oldest daughter, who now lives in New Orleans,  a very old handmade dulcimer. It was beautiful. I gave it to her because she is gifted in music– so is her husband, and they’ve passed their gifts to their sons.  When Katrina hit in 2005, her family came home for a while. Not knowing what would happen to their house in New Orleans, my daughter brought a few precious things with her. One of them was the dulcimer I’d given her.

The following video is of Huddie Ledbetter, known as Leadbelly. He was a master of the twelve string dulcimer. And he spent some long years in Louisiana, too–in prison at Angola.

But talent cannot be imprisoned, and Leadbelly did not keep his talent under-wraps. In fact, it was because of his talent that he was finally freed. He had a volatile past, but he’s probably one of the only men in prison who made an album for children, explaining what he knew best—the music of his time.

In the Dance

Posted: October 1, 2013 in World On The Edge

Top 3 ballroom stretches

For the lady involved, one of the first rules of Ballroom dancing is:  Let your partner lead.

Oh, is that hard to do for me! I like to be in control. I like to be in charge. I think it comes from having been the mother of five, as well as a business owner for a good portion of my life.

But I’ve come to see that this does not always work.

A few years back, I was in charge of driving one of my daughters to college at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina.  I had to drive through Atlanta, always a fearful drive to me.  In addition, two of my younger children were with me, making noise, causing so much confusion that I had trouble following the signs. I ordered them to behave. I ordered them to be quiet. Oh yes, I yelled out all the consequences they would face!

Then, in the busy traffic, I approached an overhead aqueduct with a scrawl of words in black paint: JESUS IS IN CONTROL.  How happy I was for that reminder!

Because Jesus is in control.

We don’t need to lead.  He will do it.

All we need to do is relax in His arms.

With no more yelling, I made it through Atlanta. I made it to the college.

I’ve made it through much more difficult situations over the years.

I’ve made it with the help of Jesus, the controlling partner in the dance of my life..