The Heart

NeedToBreathe is one of my favorite bands right now. Just about every song speaks to me in some way. I love the style of the music and the lyrics have so much depth. If there’s ever a time when I’m needing a “pick-me-up” I will put on one of their songs.

Today I’m sharing with you their song, The Heart. The band NeedToBreathe are from South Carolina and their banjo and mandolin playing just make me tap my foot along with the music and I love it. The song Brother just moves me like no other. I can play it over and over. And Multiplied makes me just drop to my knees. So. Good. Plus, their entire new album is just fantastic. Check out Rivers In The Wasteland. You won’t be disappointed.

by NeedToBreathe

“Got’sta make hay when the sun is shinin’
Can’t waste time when it comes time to dance”

A Music Interlude – Because He Lives

This week I’m posting a short interlude of music to capture some of my thoughts lately. I’ll be back next week with more “meaty” posts. I hope these songs touch you in some way or offer comfort if you’re needing support.

I’m sharing with you Because He Lives by Matt Maher. He’s an excellent artist and I love listening to him perform. All The People Said Amen makes me sing along at the top of my lungs. I just love it. He’s so authentic in his faith and his songs are a reflection of his beliefs in a way that so few people can capture. Check out his music when you get a chance.

“Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives”

Decoration Day

In remembrance…

This weekend, Monday to be specific, we will celebrate Memorial Day. This federal holiday formerly known as Decoration Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, is for remembering those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This holiday began after the Civil War to remember the soldiers who fought so bravely and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our union. Eventually, this holiday began to honor all those who fought and died while in military service.

Many will mark this holiday as the start of the summer season and partake in a beach vacation or backyard barbecue but for many this holiday hits far too close to home. They will visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on graves and sing songs of remembrance. While Veterans Day honors all who have served, Memorial Day honors all who have died, all who have died to give us the freedom we take for granted each and every day.

This Memorial Day let us take time out, between the food and the celebration and the fireworks, to remember those who have paid the ultimate price. Let us take a moment and say a little prayer for the families who are remembering those who are no longer with us as we enjoy the long weekend with our friends and loved ones. God bless us all.


 

Bivouac Of The Dead
By Theodore O’Hara

The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents to spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead…

RAPA scrapple

Welcome to another episode of “Things I Like.”

I know, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve done one. This time I’m featuring scrapple. More specifically I’m featuring RAPA brand scrapple.

I know this sounds crazy but I literally crave the stuff. I know not many of y’all have heard of scrapple and there are probably not many of y’all that even really like sausage but this stuff is seriously delicious.

My mother’s family is from the Philadelphia area, Ambler specifically, so scrapple is a part of our tradition. Scrapple is pretty much like any other breakfast sausage in that it’s made from the left-overs. Sliced and fried so it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, scrapple brings back such wonderful childhood memories. The pork gives it a unique flavor profile and not everyone is a fan but if you try it I do not think you’ll be disappointed.

Here’s my little disclaimer… I can only recommend RAPA brand scrapple. Habbersett and others are just not the same. Call me a purist but I want the good stuff. Every once in a blue moon you can find scrapple down here (usually in Publix) but it’s never RAPA brand. Therefore, it’s a treat we request from our family to bring when they’re headed south. Either that, or you must place your order online.

So, have you ever tried scrapple? What are your thoughts on breakfast sausage, in general? Next time you’re in the mid-Atlantic region and a restaurant has it on their menu I would encourage you to try some scrapple… and if you feel so inclined… send me some!

Answer the Voices

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MissCaron:

This was excellent.

Originally posted on Given Breath:

“What can I possibly write that hasn’t been expressed a thousand times over?

This question haunts insecure writers. We lament that there is nothing new to say under the sun. Surely it’s all been said, in a lovelier way than we could ever say it, by far more eloquent souls than ourselves!

What can we hope to contribute with our voice, besides more and more noise?

IMG_6496Adding to our collective lack of self-confidence, outside every writer’s door is a cocktail party of imagined voices gossiping loudly: “Who does she think she is? What business does she have here? Who asked for her words anyway? How is it that she was even invited to this party?”

Indeed. All the critical voices that writers hear – real or imagined – are not entirely off the mark. There is some truth in every question, and an honest response is required for each one. For this insecure writer, it is…

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