We have recieved another email this time from Wynand Dreyer that we believe is worth sharing with all our readers. We don’t know who at the US Postal Services replied to this letter but we at WHISNews21 say thank you. The Mother of this child writes: Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:
Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much.I’m happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey & Meredith, addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Dear Meredith, Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I’m sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank-you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.
So, now if you are thinking of avoiding your vacation to the country, we will understand and know why!!! This Black Mamba was caught on camera close to an Orange grove in Karino near a town called Nelspruit in South Africa. Mr Mamba is estimated to be about 6 and half meters long and is estimated to be about 45 years old. It is believed that a Mamba this size has enough venom to kill 400 men.
Now if this Mamba is over 45 years old then how many men has he killed in his lifetime? Has he got rights? Does he have a lawyer? Does he have insurance? Can he also slip over the border and become an Alien? Is he also welcome to eat at the local McDonalds or Burger King?
Ok I know, you have also known a snake or two in the music business with enough venom to kill 400 men, but that is another story, let’s just stick to the story above.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy another world-class Poem written especially for you by our Internationally acclaimed Poet and friend Patty Patrick, for all our wonderful WHISNews21 visitors.
I think about him day and night.
Wish he wouldn’t have to fight
a war in a land
where he doesn’t understand
the language that is spoken,
to pick up pieces that are broken,
where missing comprehension
leads to deadly tension.
My husband is a soldier
with a gun over his shoulder.
It is not for his protection,
he has no right for objection,
must follow orders
to cross foreign borders.
If it was up to him
and he could do something,
he would turn the knob
and stop this fighting job.
I miss him so much.
The only way to stay in touch
is the monthly call
and the letters we write all.
After what he’s seen
he will be torn between
dividing an enemy from a friend –
between trust and misunderstand.
He will cry at night in dreams,
will see the terrible scenes
over and over again,
the government has put him in.
What have they done?
This battle cannot be won!
Destroying lives and everyone involved
without the problem being solved.
Every day is full of fear –
for us over here,
for him to survive
and to stay alive.
I’m longing for the day
when he comes home to stay,
It will be difficult, I know.
But because I love him so
and with God’s help combined –
we will one day leave it all behind.
© Patty Patrick
Rhonnie Scheuerman writes: My Husband Bob and I have been friends with Richard & Joanie Draime for many years. When we visit family in Florida we always try to meet them for dinner and have a great time. Over the years Richard has recorded many of my songs that were on the ECMA charts plus many other worldwide top charts shows. I have always enjoyed working with Richard and have always felt blessed that Richard took so many of my songs and recorded them and took them straight up the charts.
Richard has always loved to sing and about three years ago, got the courage to enter a Contest and won a certificate to record a 10 song CD at Chartbuster Studios, from there he got a contract with KMA Records where he recorded 2 albums. Since then Richard has been busy recording as an Independent artist. He recorded a thirteen song cd which has Country, Gospel, Patriotic & Oldies on, a great gospel album with all the songs written by Ed Gowens and recorded the CD at Echota Recording Studios. Richard has just finished an 11 song album, which has songs written by his wonderful promoter and friend Rhonnie Scheuerman, Jim Flynn a great songwriter from Maine and Lawrence Miller another Great song writer from Canada.
Richard also wants to say thank you to Stan Anderson for making some great music for some of the songs. The latest album is titled “Bringing It to You” by Richard Draime (a k a The Peppermint Kid) His Maine friend DJ Tommy Dean gave him that nickname at the jamboree because Richard was always eating & handing out peppermints. He is now working on some new songs which should be released later this year.
Richard thanks’ God everyday for giving him a gift that he feels he can share with everyone. Richard says “One of the nicest things about performing is the opportunity to meet and make friends with so many people”
Richard is proudly promoted by RhonBob Promotions. You will find some of Richard Draime’s music available for free download on Wildhorse Entertainment www.wildhorse.co.za
I love to start my days with reading the Bible. It always reminds me why I am here, and to give glory to Jesus for all he does and the many blessings and people in my life . I am sharing an email I received today, as it truly touched me and I hope it will bless & touch you today as you are very welcome here, visiting the Inspiration Station with me, Rhon
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?
This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true:
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘ This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there.. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.” How is it that there is no work going on here? ‘ I asked.
“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments”
“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? ” I asked..
“Simple,” the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord. ”
“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.
“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. ”
“And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness .. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. ”
“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation … You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.”
“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”
“If your parents are still alive and still married ….you are very rare..”
“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….”
Ok, what now? How can I start?
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are
ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
“Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. ”
Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs, a singular talent of collective import, died Wednesday morning at a Nashville hospital. He was 88. A quietly affable presence, Mr. Scruggs popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument, inspired nearly every banjo player who followed him and became a central element in what is now known as bluegrass music. But Mr. Scruggs’ legacy is in no way limited to or defined by bluegrass, a genre that he and partner Lester Flatt dominated as Flatt & Scruggs in the 1950s and ‘60s: His adaptability and open-minded approach to musicality and to collaboration made him a bridge between genres and generations.
Rather than speak out about the connections between folk and country in the war-torn, politically contentious ‘60s, he simply showed up at folk festivals and played, at least when he and Flatt weren’t at the Grand Ole Opry. During the long-hair/ short-hair skirmishes of the ‘60s and ‘70s, he simply showed up and played, with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and The Byrds. And when staunch fans of bluegrass – a genre that would not exist in a recognizable form without Mr. Scruggs’ banjo – railed against stylistic experimentation, Mr. Scruggs happily jammed away with sax player King Curtis, sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, piano man Elton John and anyone else whose music he fancied. “He was the man who melted walls, and he did it without saying three words,” said his friend and acolyte, Marty Stuart in 2000. In truth, Mr. Scruggs could sometimes be quite loquacious, but he rarely made an utterance that wasn’t considered. He said what he thought, but never before he thought.
Asked about recording with Baez during a time period when Baez was viewed by many in Nashville as hyper-liberal and undesirable, Mr. Scruggs said, “Well, I didn’t look at it from a political view. And I thought Joan Baez had one of the best voices of anybody I’d ever heard sing.” Of course, none of that would have been notable or possible had Mr. Scruggs not mastered the banjo in a way that no one before him had, and in a way that almost everyone after him sought to. Before Mr. Scruggs came to popular attention in December of 1945 when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys on the Grand Ole Opry, the banjo was as likely to be employed as a clattering comedy prop as it was a serious music-making tool. Perhaps Mr. Scruggs did not “invent” the technique of striking the banjo strings with three right-hand fingers in a way that produced sounds of far greater intricacy than could be summoned through the then-popular “frailing” style of banjo playing. But while others in Mr. Scruggs’ native North Carolina and in neighboring South Carolina practiced with three fingers, Mr. Scruggs perfected and popularized the style.
When a 21-year-old Mr. Scruggs auditioned for Monroe, the bandleader heard the final piece in a sound he’d been working to construct. And Mr. Scruggs’ first performance with the Blue Grass Boys, on Dec. 8, 1945, was the “Big Band of Bluegrass,” offering a template – guitar, mandolin, upright bass, fiddle and Scruggs-style banjo – still employed today. During Monroe’s performances, Opry boss George D. Hay often introduced Scruggs as “The boy who made the banjo talk.” If others had made it speak, Mr. Scruggs taught it a master class in what must have seemed a foreign language, offering a vocabulary and clarity of expression never before attained and rescuing the instrument from creeping oblivion.
Keeping Country’s Memory Alive, as Marty Martel remembers the friends and family who pass through the Country we all love so very, very much
Once again I deliver great sadness to our music industry with the death of Bluegrass & Country icon, Earl Scruggs. I cannot find words to say how much this one man has means to all of us, and he will continue to be a guiding light to the music industry. He leaves behind a legacy that was written in stone by the hands of time and his wizardry, and his life is etched forever in our hearts and minds. He is one of the greatest losses in our community. At this time I have no cause of death or funeral arrangements but I will send them out immediately when I receive them.Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in this their time of sadness and heartache.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN OUR BLESSED SAVIOR LOVING ARMS.
Donna Cunningham defines the meaning of the phrase “Exception to the Rule.” She is extremely talented, beautiful, and without a doubt, a great vocalist. All of these attributes come into play with this release of her new single “A Satisfied Me,” from her new project “An Exceptional Woman.” I promise you that this song will be adding new fans to her already growing fan base. She has hit a Grand Slam Home Run with this great song. She will make you a believer of every word that she is singing. The story of the song comes to life with her super performance, and the production is equal to her vocals, making the combination a sure fire #1 hit for what promises to be a string of #1’s from her new CD. Donna sends her sincere thanks to each and every DJ and media person worldwide for your great support of her music. Please enjoy her new exciting single “A Satisfied Me,” and I know you will be satisfied once again with this “Exceptional Woman.”
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IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT: Thomas Bertram (Bert) Lance (born June 3, 1931) is an American businessman, who was Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter. He is credited with coming up with this saying. Although this saying is accepted worldwide and has been an inspiration to millions, I wonder what the APPLE CORPORATION thinks of this? Not a day goes by that a new device or an improved device doesn’t show up somewhere in their Marketing strategy. If they adhered to this saying we would still be walking around with the first product to come off their assembly line. Other companies such as FORD didn’t pay attention to the saying either. I doubt if the first cars that rolled off their assembly line are still running and on the road today. Don’t get me wrong. I love doing things the old fashioned way and I don’t embrace change very easily. However, INDIE ARTISTS now enjoy new and improved graphic designs when showcasing their new releases to radio. They now have VIRTUAL RADIO TOURS made available to them. Their music is available for download to the public and a chart to reflect the song’s popularity with the world. I could go on but I am only allowed so many words in each article. All of the things mentioned here are a direct result of going against the saying, IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT.
The Bradford Files supplied by Keith Bradford Nashville Tennessee. Email Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lebanon, Tenn. (March 26, 2012) – Now fans can spot Josh Turner riding into town more easily than ever as the multi-platinum country artist’s equipment tractor trailer sports the familiar Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®logo. From Arkansas to Virginia, New York to Florida and all the highways and byways traveled in between, Cracker Barrel is sponsoring Josh Turner’s tour through December 2012.
“We sponsored Josh’s tour and released the CD Josh Turner Live at the Ryman in 2007, and we’re very pleased to be traveling down the road with him a second time,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. “He’s an indelible part of country music and we are proud to continue our association with such a talented, grounded, and genuine artist. We’re looking forward to working on another new project with Josh later this year, but we’re not quite ready to share the details on that just yet.”
About Josh Turner
One of the format’s most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart-toppers): “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance” (a four-week No. 1 that was named the most-played song of the year in 2010 by MediaBase). His song, “All Over Me,” from current album, Haywire, also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010. A Hannah, S.C. native, he has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts/music. As a high school student, he had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts in the schools. Celebrating the release of one of his fastest-rising singles to-date, “Time Is Love,” Turner will soon release his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, this summer. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming headlining tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.