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Dish TV

This is such a random post – but since we all tend to write about what we like, I thought I would share a pretty cool feature from Dish TV.

We have always been cable TV people, but when we recently relocated to east of the mountains in Washington, cable TV seemed expensive compared with Dish or Direct TV.  It was suggested that we try Dish TV.   One of the many features that we LOVE is the ability to record programs – but play them back on iPhone, iPad or anything portable with WiFi.  This has been a HUGE benefit, as there are many times that Greg wants to watch football or other sports shows on our flat screen and now I am not forced to watch them as well.  I can just log into our Dish account and watch my recorded programs on my iPad with my headphones on and be in the same room.  It’s pretty nice 🙂

Dish also has a cool feature called “The Hopper” which automatically skips all the commercials for prime time TV shows.  It also records all the prime time programs so you can watch them anytime.  With “The Hopper” DVR you can record up to six programs at once.  So handy!  We could only record two at a time on cable and many times had to choose between a third program we normally recorded and watched.  Now we don’t have to choose.

 

If you are wondering if Dish saves money – it does!  There is a promotion on right now – sign up with Dish and get a free iPad or $20 off every month for the first year.  We pay only $44.00 per month.

English: Logo of Dish TV

English: Logo of Dish TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Winner Is

Carrie Underwood performing at the World Arena...

Carrie Underwood performing at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lately I’ve been fascinated by a new musical reality show “The winner is” where contestants sing six songs to win a million dollars.  I watched the first episode purely out of curiosity and found it to be strangely compelling.  First of all, there is no feedback from judges.  All 101 of them sit up high observing and voting silently.  Two people perform and then there are two scores that pop up on the big screen above – one is for one contestant – the other score for the other – but nobody knows which is which.  It moves along quickly, part of its appeal.  But the most interesting part for me was the fact that they let the contestants choose who they think did a better job – themselves or their competition after the panel of judges vote.  If a contestant prefers the other before themselves – they are instantly rewarded with $10,000 and have to leave the show.  If they are wrong and were voted with the top score but decide to take the money – they still have to leave the show.  It is a wonderful tension.   To me it’s pretty clear who wins every time.  I have been wrong only once.  But what puzzles me – as in any vocal competition is this:  why can’t people tell when they are not as talented as someone else?  Can’t they hear it?  It’s the same on American Idol.  People audition when they clearly don’t have it.  And then they act so hurt and surprised when the judges are not impressed.  What is the difference in their hearing?  Is it different from mine?  After all – there are not many who can claim great success like Carrie Underwood – an unknown until her entry on the scene several years ago through American Idol.  But not everyone can boast of greatness – and that makes for great entertainment.

Ah the tension.  The great human factor.  Ego.  Pride.  Inability to hear anything else.  It amazes me every time!  How strong the desire to be the best, the most talented, the winner.  And it continues to baffle me – this need that some people have – to be noticed – to stand out – to showcase.

I guess this is why these shows are so entertaining for the rest of us who would never dream of going on a show like this.  It takes guts,  desperation and last but not least –  hopefully great talent.

I have heard some of that great talent already early on in this new show – and also have really enjoyed “The Voice” this season.  I know that we soon will be hearing those voices on the radio!

God Bless

You Set Me Free

Angela Miller. American Idol. Enough said.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Are Tears Healthy?

The Lost Valentine

The Lost Valentine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday I watched two very sad things on TV that I had recorded earlier.  One was a movie I had seen a few years back starring Betty White called “The Lost Valentine“.  Not sure if the movie is based in fact – but it could have been.  The premise:  A young married couple during WWII,  the husband called away for duty.  She gets a telegram saying her husband is missing in action.  For over 60 years.  A young female television reporter hears about the story and becomes curious.  After interviewing the elderly woman who has never had any other word from her husband or the war department after that fateful day of the telegram, the young woman sets about to do some investigating.  Through a series of events and a lot of digging she finds a man who was with the missing man in the jungle across the sea, during his last days.  Through a Skype call to the widow – he is able to tell her what happened to her husband all those years ago.  He was a hero.  He could have come home – but wanted a man more seriously injured than himself to be allowed to go first.  There was only room for one man.  He stays and helps those men there in the jungle – gets caught in a cross-fire and is shot and killed.

What a relief to finally hear.  It’s the not knowing that will kill you.  They confirm the remains of her husband and in true pomp “military style” they bring him home and parade him past his widow.  That scene is very moving.  I did not expect the flood of tears – but they came anyway.

If that was not sad enough, last night we watched “Downton Abbey“.  The episode was very sad as well.  In the days before C-sections, mothers and babies were often lost due to serious complications.  Seeing the youngest daughter die after delivering her baby with something called eclampsia from toxemia was very hard to watch.  And might have been prevented if they had taken their doctor’s advice to have her moved to a hospital and have immediate removal of the baby.  In the early part of the last century – it was not something that was done very often – and people simply did not trust hospitals because of sickness and possible infection.  Oh my.  Things that are prevented today with proper medication and hospitals.

My own maternal grandmother lost her first baby while delivering at home and too far from a hospital when a serious issue came up.  Today this would not have happened.

I cried so much yesterday because of these two very sad things.  Of course my lack of sleep (we have a new 5 month old puppy that we rescued) might have contributed to my general feeling of sadness.  But I have heard that tears are healthy.  It’s great to have a “good cry” once in a while.  It resets the switches and cleans out the toxins.  I have always wondered about this – as the only thing it seems to do for me is give me bags under my eyes and a whopping good headache!

What about you?  Ever had a good cleansing cry?  Did you feel better or worse?  Do you feel that it is healthier just getting it out?

Not sure about me – but I have always been emotional and prone to tear up.  Sometimes I wish this was not so – it tends to happen at the most undesirable times!

Here’s hoping you have that good healthy release of emotions and toxins in your body today!  Maybe a good cry?

God Bless

Everything

This week on American Idol, Colton Dixon sang this song by “Lifehouse” called “Everything”.

Whether or not you are a fan of Colton, you will have to agree that he sings with passion and is very talented. I had not heard this song before, and really liked it – so thank you Colton!

God Bless

Find me here, and speak to me
I want to feel you, I need to hear you
You are the light that’s leading me to the place
Where I find peace again
You are the strength that keeps me walking
You are the hope that keeps me trusting
You are the life to my soul
You are my purpose
You’re everything
And how can I stand here with you
And not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this?

You calm the storms and you give me rest
You hold me in your hands
You won’t let me fall
You steal my heart and you take my breath away
Would you take me in, take me deeper now
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this

Cause you’re all I want, you’re all I need
You’re everything, everything

You’re all I want
You’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want
You’re all I need
You’re everything, everything
You’re all I want
You’re all I need
Everything, everything

And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better-any better than this
And how can I stand here with you and not be moved by you
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this
Would you tell me how could it be any better than this

There Is Love

Make Your Move (Captain & Tennille album)

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When I was in the 7th grade the song, “Love will keep us together” was at the top of the charts.  It was by the new singing duo “The Captain and Tennille” composed of married couple Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille.  This unique duo made several hits records and a Grammy in 1975 for the song above.

I can remember like it was yesterday, hearing this song over and over on the radio – and seeing them perform it on TV too.  I did “human video” to this song – long before that was popular – and would entertain my family and friends every time the song came on the radio.

When I was in high school – they produced an album that had Noel Paul Stookey‘s famous song on it, “The Wedding Song – There is Love”.  And although I LOVE the original – as heard on the TV show, “The Wonder Years” – I have to admit that there is no better version – or cover that compares to the one that Captain and Tennille did back in the 70’s.

It is a tribute to marriage – the commitment and promise.  And it is wonderful to see such a long marriage in a celebrity couple – knowing they are still together after all these years.

I found this video and thought it was really beautifully put together with pictures of Daryl and Toni over the many years together.

Enjoy and God Bless!

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts
Rest assured this troubadour is acting on His part.
The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
There is Love,
there is Love.

Well a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home
They shall travel on to where the two shall be as one.
As it was in the beginning is now and til the end
Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again.
And there is Love,
there is Love.

Well then what’s to be the reason for becoming man and wife?
Is it love that brings you here or love that brings you life?
For if loving is the answer, then who’s the giving for?
Do you believe in something that you’ve never seen before?
Oh there is Love,
there is Love.

Oh the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
There is Love,
there is Love.

I Believe – A 9/11 Tribute

God Bless the families of those lost in this senseless tragedy today and always.

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