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You’re All I Need To Get By

Cover of "You`Re All I Need (Mlps) (Shm)&...

Cover of You`Re All I Need (Mlps) (Shm)

Last night I was watching the new musical show called “Duets” and heard this great duet as made famous by the late Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye.  I had to look it up and post it for you to enjoy today.  There are many music videos of this song on youtube – but I think this is the nicest one – what a GREAT song!!

It’s a funny thing – how listening to a certain melody or some past lyrics in a forgotten song,  can totally transport me to an earlier time and circumstance.

The year was 1968 – I was 7 years old.  I used to watch a television show that would feature different popular artists in the 60’s.  My favorite song was “Up, up and away” by the 5th dimension.  I thought it was important to have a favorite song, even when I was 7 – so that was it.  And only because I saw them perform that song on television.  I’m sure that I must have also heard “You’re all I need to get by” on that same program because I am almost sure that it is on that show where I first heard it.  But if I’m wrong about that detail it would have been when moving to Seattle from Canada in 1969 and I listened to top 40 hits on a little transistor radio.

Do you remember it?  Where were you when you first heard it?  Take a listen and see if it doesn’t take you back.

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Catch The Wind

When I hear the following song – I’m lost in an episode of “The Wonder Years” – and somewhere in the 60’s with all of its innocence and restlessness. A time gone by – another place – another season.

What song does this for you? Takes you back to another time and place when you hear it?

Recorded by Donovan in 1965 – Enjoy and God Bless

In the chilly hours and minutes,
Of uncertainty, I want to be,
In the warm hold of your loving mind.

To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand, along the sand,
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

When sundown pales the sky,
I wanna hide a while, behind your smile,
And everywhere I’d look, your eyes I’d find.

For me to love you now,
Would be the sweetest thing, ‘twould make me sing,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.

When rain has hung the leaves with tears,
I want you near, to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind.

For standin’ in your heart,
Is where I want to be, and I long to be,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.

A Lesson From Jean-Luc Picard

Star Trek: The Next Generation

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I am a Trekkie.  I admit it.  I’ve been a fan since the 60’s when Kirk, Spock and McCoy were first roaming around the galaxy.  I remember watching the show on a black and white TV – and then moving to a color set sometime later.  This show was in reruns on cable for years after and when I heard that they were going to start “The Next Generation” series in the late 80’s – I was not interested in watching it – being loyal to Kirk, Spock and McCoy – but after it came to an end – some seven seasons later – we started seeing it in reruns and got caught up into it.  Now I am a fan – and own all seven seasons on DVD – as well as ALL the Star Trek movies 🙂

One story in particular from “Next Generation” has always been interesting to me.  It is an episode in which Captain Picard receives an opportunity to go back into his past and change things.

Time travel has always been an intriguing notion for me.  I love the “Back to the Future” trilogy with Michael J. Fox and pretty much any movie that deals with that subject.  And I mean, who doesn’t want to see what life was really like for your parents or grandparents?  I’m sure it wasn’t all “pie in the sky” as they sometimes try to tell us.  People are people with the same inclinations and temptations – in any decade or century since the beginning of time.

In the episode where Captain Picard goes back in time – it is to change a circumstance in which he got into a bar fight as a young cadet – and in that fight had a sword put through his heart – and would have died if there had not been an artificial heart (only in the 23rd century people).  And though he was grateful to be alive with that heart – it was not without its problems as with any technology.  So “Q” takes him back to “fix” the mess that got him into that fight to begin with.

Ultimately he learns a lesson about himself. It was his feisty and competitive nature that got him into that fight – but also propelled him into opportunity for his future.  He was a risk taker and someone who lived on the edge.  He was not afraid to go after things with gusto and dare to excel in places that most would not.  When armed with the knowledge of the future events about his artificial heart – he goes back to the past – determined to avoid the fight and keep his heart in tact.  But because of his new cautiousness – everything in his life changes in the future. He jumps to the “present” after carefully avoiding the bar fight – and now in an “alternate future” – with his own heart – he finds himself on-board the enterprise once again – only this time he is NOT the Captain – but a lowly ensign. He overhears his “superiors” doing a review of him – and they say that he is a nice man – but one who has always been careful – and afraid to take a risk. It was too bad, they said – he had a lot of promise.

This is the worse thing that you could ever say about Jean-Luc – and he repents of wanting to go back and “fix” his past – just so he could have his real heart. He gladly accepts his fate as part of his journey for being himself and following his heart – so to speak 🙂

How many of us face a similar crisis of faith?  Faith that things happen in life and along our journey because it is the way it needs to be? There is a rhythm to our lives and only God knows the back story and our future story and all the reasons for things in between.  When we try to “fix” things – we are never successful.  It is like gambling about our future and not having the right cards.  Never a good idea.

All of us were given character traits and gifts.  If we are using them as God intended – we are going to have things that happen to us along the way.  Things that are uncomfortable – and things that we would sometimes like to change.  But because we don’t see the “big picture” of all of our events, like God does – changing things in our past would only be harmful and leave us feeling empty and be a life squandered. There is a reason things happen as they do.  It’s taken me many years to be comfortable with that knowledge – and just when I think I really do understand it – I slip back into the “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME??” thing again.

God knows all about our lives.  Things come to us to shape us and make us who we are. Those hard and painful things – are more than just inconveniences and things to avoid – I believe in every one of them – there is a lesson. And I am grateful for all of them – for the friends I’ve had to say goodbye to – for the situations that I had to go through, but them ultimately walk away from – for the uncomfortable process of learning more about myself and others – and for separation from things and people who I really thought I couldn’t live without.  Through all of these things – there has been a reason.

And in all of this I say, “Thank you Lord – for your blessings – through the storms of my life.  For the things that have made me who I am today.  For the additions and the subtractions of my life – for the pain and regret – the friendships and loss – for all of it  – Thank you”

I want to live my life with the unswerving conviction – that all things happen for a reason – and not live with regret – but press forward – using everything that God has given me – unafraid to take those risks and try new things – those things that make me uniquely – me.

God Bless

From The Earth To The Moon

 

From the Earth to the Moon (TV miniseries)

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We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. John F. Kennedy

We are watching the mini series, produced and directed by Tom Hanks – “From the Earth to the Moon‘ – the wonderful reenactment of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights of the 60’s – in the effort of the ultimate goal – to land a man on the moon.

I love Kennedy’s speech in the intro – it is both moving and emotional every time I hear it.  And after he was assassinated – it became the goal of every one in government and at NASA to make sure that his wishes were carried out by the end of that decade – and they were.  In one sequence the man in charge asked another man – ‘Can we do this?”  That indeed was the question.  The reply, ‘Yes.  We have to’  – and they did.

It’s amazing to us to watch this drama unfold before our eyes – stories taken from things that really happened.  In a day and age before the internet – fancy state of the art equipment or the facilities that make them.  Technology that was decades before its time – all because they felt compelled – they had to do it.

‘Not because they are easy, but because they are hard’ became the battle cry of the sixties – for the space program and every astronaut and those working behind the scenes to make it happen.  It is fascinating.  It shows what can be accomplished when the human mind and heart is challenged and has the right leadership to make sure that it does.  It also shows what a little competition can do for the human spirit – and we wanted to BEAT RUSSIA to the moon – plain and simple.  And so we pressed on and had the most brilliant minds working on it – until finally in July, 1969 – we accomplished the task – a man on the moon.

This story is one we will tell our grandchildren about and they will tell theirs.  Even now it seems unlikely and impossible that we actually had the technology to do this – and yet – we did.  Unbelievable and Extraordinary.  It makes me SO proud to be an American.

Where were you when a man landed on the moon?  I was 8 years old – watching it on a TV in my parent’s home – although I must admit – looking back on the events I am a bit fuzzy on them.  It was years later that I learned that the actual ‘moon landing‘ happened in the summer – in my memory I was sitting in my classroom at school with my chair turned to face the back of the room where the ‘mobile’  TV was wheeled in.  We all watched in hushed wonder as the first man stepped onto the surface of the moon.  I don’t know why I remember that – it might have been a recording from the actual event – given to our school so the classes could watch it again – I’m not sure.  But that is where I will always remember the wonder of it.

I still look up into the sky at night and think to myself, “Wow – we really went there.”  It’s amazing to me.  Still.

Below is the intro for “The Earth to the Moon” – I double dog dare you NOT to get a little choked up when watching it.

God Bless

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