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I am a member of the church of Christ. I have been writing things since I was little. Some have been printed, some posted. I write to teach or encourage; to blow off steam; and for fun! I had my own motorcycle in my 40s; I was a bluegrass music DJ for about 13 years; I've performed some. I am a member of the NRA. In 2003 (age 59), I became high partial legally blind; in 2005, I had to get hearing aids! Franklin Field said: "Poor eyes limit your sight; poor vision limits your deeds". And no kidding, the picture was made April, 2012!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

STRINGING BEANS and SINGING HYMNS



Verse 1 (6/8 time):
When I was younger I heard a sweet song
about things that happened in days that are gone –  
before high tech gadgets, before Life's fast pace –  
being with family and giving God praise.

Chorus 1 (4/4 time):
We'd be
on the front porch, stringing beans,
filling corn and peas to the cook pot's brims –  
families on the front porch all day long –  
laughing, working, playing, and singing hymns!

Verse 2 (6/8 time):
Families had gardens, sometimes smoke houses, too –
Maybe chickens and hogs –  oh what hard work they’d do.
Simple but healthy, the food that they raised –
Praying and thanking and giving God praise.

Chorus 2 (4/4 time):
We'd be
on the front porch, shucking corn,
shelling peas and beans from about mid-morn –  
families on the front porch all day long –  
laughing, working, playing, and singing songs!

Verse 3 (6/8 time):
Now I'm much older and fast go my days.
My voice is much weaker but I still sing God's praise.
Food is now canned goods from some grocery store,
but families on front porches meant so very much more!

Chorus 3 (4/4 time):
We'd be
on the front porch, stringing beans,
putting squash and peas to the cook pot's brims –  
families on the front porch all day long –  
laughing, working, playing, and singing songs!

Repeat Chorus, adding:
(Tag): stringing beans and singing hymns!

- by Netagene. I wrote 2 verses and 2 choruses in maybe 15 minutes on October 29, 2013. I wrote another verse and another chorus during Bible class (oops!) October 30. Years ago, a man and his 2 teen daughters played bluegrass. He wrote a song by that name. I bought their cassette, but I can't remember their name or where they were from. My cassette was gone in a fire in 1989 ... so I wrote my own song by that name (you can copyright a song, but not a song title). I have a tune for it, and will probably notate it eventually. I have to sit at the piano with paper and a good pencil with a good eraser and hand-write it. -

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just for A While



I know you are hurting – that you have bad days.
Your spirit is crying. It's hard to give praise.

Maybe something's gone wrong with your house of fine bricks –
Some pests, or a fire, or some vandals' bad tricks.

You forgot about a bill that now is past due.
You're overwhelmed with things – feel broken in two.

A friend has done wrong, or someone has died –
Maybe recent, or years – oh, the tears you have cried.

I truly do care, but there's One who cares more.
He gave His Son – and He can restore ...

All good things to us – one day it is true.
Like Job, we'll be blessed if we follow though.

Our sickness, our pain is just for a while.
The Great Physician can heal – change our tears to a smile.

Sorrow's for a season, then morning will come –
As we walk that last mile to our Heavenly home.

- by Netagene, started during Bible class (oops!) Wednesday evening, October 16, 2013, finished late October 18, 2013. -

I couldn’t think of a title so I asked several friends. My favorite, the one I chose, was suggested by Joyce Brumbeloe (who also writes some good poems), taken from the next-to-last verse. I was thinking especially of 2 real good friends who've each had worse-than-usually bad times this year. I first sent it to them shortly after I finished it.

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