Monday, May 23, 2011

False Alarm, But How Would You Spend Your Last Day

Saturday May 21, 2011 6:00 PM came and went.  No Judgement Day materialized.  Here we are, Monday May 23, 2011.  Life goes on.  The recent prediction of the end of the world got us thinking, if you knew it was your last day, how would you spend it?

I'd gather as many family members together and sit around telling stories, remembering the good times and the Lord's blessings.  Maybe I'd take a last motorcycle ride and have a last dinner of spaghetti.  How about you?  Tell us how you'd spend your last day, either here in the comments section, on the J93.3 Face Book page, or by calling us on air this morning.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

I have no regrets.  Not really.  Sure, I kind of wish I'd started riding a motorcycle 30 years ago, but I'm making up for that lost time by riding as often as I can now.

This time of year many people find themselves facing major life changes; graduating from high school or college, starting new jobs, starting college, getting married, moving away from home for the first time; big life transitional kind of stuff.

This morning on J93.3 we're talking about those kind of events and advice for those going through them and what you wish you knew back when you were going through them that you know now.  You can also post your comments on our Face Book page (there's a link over on the right hand side of this page).

For your edification I offer a few nuggets of advice, culled from my more than half a century of living.
  • Pray like it's all up to God (it is)
  • Work like it's all up to you (it isn't, but God often waits for us to start moving)
  • Every once in a while order something off the menu that you've never eaten before
  • Remember who you are and from where you've come
  • Be passionate about something
  • Don't begrudge anyone their good fortune
  • Hug your kids, your spouse, your parents every chance you get
  • Be reckless in demonstrating your love
  • At least once in your life ride a motorcycle in the rain
  • You can pray to win the lottery, but YOU have to buy the ticket
  • We each have two ears and one mouth, we should use them proportionately
  • Enjoy the ride, it's often more fun than reaching the destination

This list is far from exhaustive, but hopefully it'll get you thinking.  One of the best such lists of advice I've ever seen was in the form of a song, "Everyone's Free To Wear Sunscreen".  A little history on that song, along with the lyrics, is here.  A video version of the song is below.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Case of the Garden Stalker, or The Great Rose Con, or Maybe It's Chutzpah

Would you walk up to a stranger's home, knock on the door and ask if you could have some clippings from their rose bush?  Sheila Richards would.  Sheila Richards did!

Sheila had been driving past this particular house every day on the way to and from work.  She'd been admiring the yellow roses since they'd begun blooming.  She'd admired them so deeply that some might call it stalking.  Sheila stopped on several occasions and went up to the door and knocked, but never found anyone home.

Earlier this week she passed the house again and saw a neighbor out in the yard.  She stopped and talked to the neighbor, who just happened to be an in-law of the yellow rose owner.  The neighbor called the yellow rose owner, who was home for a change, and had the lady come out to meet Sheila.  Instant new BFFs!

Sheila got the lady's family history, and several clippings from the prized yellow rose bush.  Now she's angling for YOUR help in making sure the clippings take root and sprout more prize winning yellow roses.  That'll be among the topics for tomorrow's morning show--but I'll be asking if you would have the chutzpah to walk up to a stranger's home and ask for something like that.  Or how you'd respond if a stranger came knocking on your door begging samples from your garden.  It ought to be fun.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wrap Up From Friday & Help Still Available Through FEMA

There are still hundreds of folks trying to sort through the aftermath of the tornadoes that hit Alabama and Georgia a few weeks back.  We had the opportunity to speak with Bill Lindsey from FEMA.  If you were affected you can still register for aid by calling 800-621-3362, they're open 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM.  There are programs for home owners and renters.  FEMA can also assist you with replacing items you lost or that were damaged in the storms, including tools, hearing aids, prescription medication and cars.

On Friday Paige was filling in on the Morning Show for Sheila.  Sheila showed up unexpectedly when she heard that Paige had posted pix of Sheila's junk room on the J93.3 Face Book page.  As the morning progressed Paige nominated Sheila for the TLC show "Hoarding, Buried Alive."  The producer of the show called Paige and expressed interest in covering Sheila's story.  Stay tuned for future developments.