I Can’t Get It Out of My Head

Every once in a while life hands you something you can’t let go of. About a month ago I began singing a tune I heard in a movie. The refrain is simply Amen, amen, amen. The songĀ is from Lilies Of the Field a movie I saw inĀ 1963. Somehow, that refrain comes back to me, and when it does I cannot get it out of my head. This time it was so strong I decided it time to re-watch the film. Last week Peg and I found it at our library and we watched it together. I loved it as much on this viewing as I did fifty-one years ago. I’ll take that hymn to my grave., so much so that this morning I told Peg I would like the hymnĀ sung at my funeral. Her response was classic, “Are you dying now?”

I won’t go into the story, but it is beautiful. The characters are simple but powerful. The message is one of faith in God, and the power of positive thinking.

I couldn’t help but think of how this story put two religions on showcase, and showed how beautiful both were living together in harmony. Compare that to today’s scenario of Christians and Muslims living at odds with each other so much so they can be likened to good versus evil.

Here is a video of the song in its entirety from the last scene.

Divide and Conquer

Listen up all you pretend Catholics who buy into Obama’s socialist agenda. How many of you feel the government mustĀ help the poor more than they already are? I hear commentators spew guilt(most recently Stephen Colbert) upon their listeners about how Christians are hypocritical and against helping humanity because they don’t support Obama’s policies. What I don’t hear is how many of these same people are giving up all they have to give it to the needy.

Watch this video to learn what is behind Obama’s effort to divide Christians and Catholics.

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When One Is Perfect in Every Way, It Is Hard to Be humble

Ankur Mithal a good blogging friend from Dark Office Humour nominated Grumpa Joe’s Place to receive the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Thank you Ankur, you are most gracious. I cannot express my sentiments well enough to convey how you have made me feel: thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ankur actually nominated me several weeks ago, but I have procrastinated and have done nothing about it. Why? Well the award comes with some strings. In order to accept this award and post the icon on this blog I must tell you stuff about me. The first is easy, I have to nominate fifteen blogs that I follow, the second is difficult. I must reveal seven things about myself. How do I do that without exposing myself as a pervert, a homophobe, an Islamaphobe, and racist. Wow, I just spit out Ā four things about myself and I haven’t even given you any good stuff yet.

Here are my seven revelations:

1. I believe in God as a Catholic.

2. I love colorful Flowers

3. Cooking has become my survival tool

4. I fantasize about publishing a wildly popular fiction novel

5. I converted to Conservatism from Liberalism when I was twenty-three

6. Even though I am classified as a gear head I love art, but hate poetry

7. My deceased wife still occupies my mind and heart

Here are my fifteen nominations:

1. Lady Blue Rose’s Thoughts Into Words

2. In House Counsel

3. The Obama Hustle

4. Tracie Louise Photography

5. Bandwagen

6. The Soulsby Farm

7. Chavisory’s Notebook

8. When Ginger Snaps

9. jambujoseph

10. Red Stripe Photography

11. The Conservative Hillbilly

12. Belle Grove Plantation

13. Losing Vision Gaining Insight

14. Yawper

15. Necessaryandpropergovernment

Now the final string is to notify these bloggers about their nomination.

Test of Fire, Life, Marriage, Freedom

A poignant message for all who believe in life, marriage, and freedom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd