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Just the other night
at a hometown football game
My wife and I ran into
my old high school flame
And as I introduced them
the past came back to me
And I couldn’t help but think
of the way things used to be
She was the one
that I’d wanted for all times
And each night I’d spend prayin’
that God would make her mine
And if he’d only grant me
this wish I wished
back then
I’d never ask
for anything
again
Sometimes I thank God
for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’
to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer
doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts
are unanswered prayers
She wasn’t quite the angel
that I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too
it seemed
We tried to talk about the old days
There wasn’t much we could recall
I guess the Lord knows what he’s doin’
after all
And as she walked away
and I looked at my wife
And then and there
I thanked
the good Lord
For the gifts in my life
Sometimes I thank God
for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’
to the man upstairs
That just because he may not answer
doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts
are unanswered
Some of God’s greatest gifts are all too often unanswered…
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
   —  Written by: Pat Alger, Larry Bastian and Garth Brooks
   —  Performed by: Garth Brooks
[The version I prefer is by Garth Brooks.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t allow most of his work on YouTube, so below is a cover version by Buddy Jewell.  I’m not a fan of Jewell, but this is one of the better covers of this song which I’ve been able to find.  —  KMAB]
    —  Video performance by: Buddy Jewell
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At the time, I was living overseas in Liverpool, but I remember the days and days of news coverage…
On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City was the site of a domestic terrorist bomb attack.  Carried out by two survivalist and white supremacists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others.  They were seeking to punish Federal law enforcement agencies for perceived attacks on anti-Federal groups at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and in Waco, Texas.
The following year, Garth Brooks sang “The Change” which is a tribute to those lost and injured and to those who rushed into harms way to provide aid.
See the video on YouTube.com at:   http://www.youtube.com/embed/LAJ9tNXZfu8 or you can click through the embedded video below.
The lyrics are available on my poems page at: “The Change
The song – and the memories it stirs – still brings tears to my eyes…   KMAB
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On This Day In:
2014 Who Was That Masked Man?
2013 Enemy Mine
2012 Strengthen Me
2011 Service, Please
2010 The Church In Crisis…

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Accepting ones inner child has its problems as most people are afraid of how people will react to such childish behavior from an adult.  However I don’t regard the ones that cast such opinions to be worthy of my upset, I see these types on a daily basis, most regard me a fool or a clown, yet it is I that pities them, for what is the point in living, if you cant feel alive?
   —    From a blog I follow at: http://tearmatt.com
The specific blog was: http://tearmatt.com/2012/12/06/the-beautifully-brief-moment/
[For me, this is reminiscent of the Garth Brooks song, “Standing Outside the Fire“.  Particularly the line that goes:
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire
Click the song title above to read the full lyrics, then go check out the song on YouTube or your favorite music source.   —    KMAB]
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Last Thursday was Thanksgiving.  We collected Mom and drove down to have dinner with my sister’s family.  I got to talking about the different jobs I’ve had with my nephew (Patrice, who’s attending Harvard Law) and it got me thinking back about options, choices, paths not taken and fading memories.  Later, I heard an old favorite song of mine by Garth Brooks titled: “Every Now And Then“.
If Robert Frost is correct and the paths we choose to take make all the difference in the world (see “A Road Not Taken“), then I imagine lost loves make up a big part of the difference.  I’ve added the link to the lyrics to my poems page.  As usual, read the lyrics and then go find the song – the words, the imagery, the music – are haunting.
On a lighter note, as usual, after eating, we sat around and played team Jeopardy.  Neither team did very well.  Art’s team (Bec and Sarah) won, but mostly because they had a whole category they killed on – nicknames for musicians.  We fared about even on most of the other categories.  Playing Jeopardy always reminds me how uneven my own education is.  I know very little about the Arts – literature, art/paintings, music, etc.  I always tell myself I’ll spend more time on broadening my education, but I’m afraid I’m very much a creature of habit – in reading as much as in everything else.  Well, some time ago, I bought “An Incomplete Education“.   It’s a book dedicated to teaching / reminding / exposing its readers to a broad range of liberal education.  The topics include US history, world history, Art, Literature, Economics, Psychology, Science, Religion, and Philosophy – pretty much all the stuff I should have learned about from Grammar school through University (but never did).  The book is only 700 odd pages, so it obviously can’t get too deep into any single topic, but I’m hoping it will whet my appetite to go back to school to gain more depth.
Today I read the first 70 pages – mostly about US history – poets, literature, political parties and historic scandals, and, finally, important Supreme Court decisions.  To tell the truth,  other than the political parties and Supreme Court cases, it was a dreadful bore.  Even the few paragraphs on Frost were not particularly interesting.  I’m surprised because I like his poems, but didn’t find Frost himself interesting.
I guess when I’m done with the book I’ll have to re-evaluate the plan.  Reading the Percy Jackson (Greek mythology) series was vastly more interesting.  At least that series prompted me to Wiki some of the characters and stories to learn more about the real Greek myths.   The funny thing is, it’s not really the writing style of the authors, which is, in turn, straight-forward, sarcastic, ironic, humorous, pithy, and seems well organized.  I’m just not finding the ideas from the people they are covering to be particularly of interest.  Quite discouraging actually!  Still, I’ll plod through, gleaning what I can…
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Back in 1998, I took a contract for work in Saudi Arabia for Hadeed – the Saudi national steel company.  The first weekend I was there, I bought a boombox and some CDs.  One of them was by Garth Brooks.  The first cut on the CD was “Standing Outside The Fire“.  Needless to say, it was love at first hearing and I played it over and over and over.  This is one of the songs my kids can sing in their sleep.  Despite all influences since, they are still Garth fans (and country music fans too).  They also listen to a lot of other types of music too, but when they hear this, I know they think of me (too).
We spent two years in Jubail, KSA and they were good times for us.  I will forever be grateful to the people of Saudi Arabia for hosting us and giving me a chance to work there, live with them and get to know them.
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