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Etta James: Settling for the Gold

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Music, people, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by Rick

Proverbs 16:16 “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!”

It’s amazing how age wears on people in different ways. My father seems to get wiser and more methodical as his years accumulate. I love to sit and listen to my friend Derrick’s dad because he drops nuggets of wisdom like F-bombs in a Tarantino flick. Even the most trivial subject can elicit a Job-like “one-to-grow-on” from that guy. I feel great about getting older because of the wisdom that diverse trials, disappointments, failures and triumphs can afford me……and then there’s Etta. You know! Etta James? The golden-haired, satin-voiced crooner whose timeless song “At Last” has dazzled love longing listeners for four decades and counting. Etta’s now 71 and still performs the classic her classic for audiences worldwide. However, one performance passed her by and she expressed, in no ambiguous terms, her disdain for the snub, thereby exposing her shortage of winter season wisdom or, at least, her reluctance to use it. 71 year old Etta, grow up!

*disclaimer* these comments are in response to Etta James’ recent rant against the current President and Beyonce. Her behavior in this situation could very well be an anomaly.

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What if…?

Posted in Early Death, Faith & Religion, Family, Life, people, politics, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Rick

That’s a question my father always asked when explaining to my siblings and I the travesty of abortion. He was conceived as result of date rape. In 1957 his young mother was faced with two unpopular options. She could abort my father, justifiably by many standards. She was young, severely underemployed, and the victim of rape. Her other choice was to have the baby, knowing its father would not be around to support it, and place a heavy burden on her lifestyle and those that loved her. Praise God she chose the later. My father was raised with the support of his mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles, and some close friends of the family and he lived to play significant roles in the lives of his mother, his birth-father, everyone that helped raised him, his eight siblings (papa was a rolling stone for REAL, but found redemption and reconciliation before death) and countless others. My father is now a devout Christ-follower and  a successful husband, father, church elder, friend, brother and business man. His story of triumph in adversity is not an anomaly, but the testament of millions like him who were given a chance to live despite the odds. It all started with mothers’ selfless decision to say abortion is not the only answer to unwanted pregnancy. Granny exercised the audacity of hope.

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Today I saw a video that my friend Ben Washer posted on his blog after seeing it on BET. It’s not sponsored by a political party, person or organization but by the Fidelis Center for Law & Policy through CatholicVote.com.  I don’t know if it is marketed beyond BET but when I saw it I thought, “What if…?” Like dad, I pondered “What if this man and his unique path had never been actualized?” What would that mean socially and politically in America?

It’s painful to think that our new President, with my vote, will push legislation allowing mothers to snatch hope, potential and possibility out of the hands of deserving lives.  The unborn won’t have the opportunity to follow  in his footsteps. It’s like getting to Heaven and closing the door on those behind you. On this issue, I pray his political rhetoric was just that.

For the record I am not a one-issue-voter. Had the election outcome been different this post would be on a different yet equally painful attrocity in government.