Pink Monkeys and Backslidden Guitars

Every seat in the Main Street Music Hall was sold on Saturday night…as it was last year.  The Booth Brothers were the featured artist for the closing night of the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing and 1000 fans were in their seats and ready to go when Todd Foreman walked on stage.  After…

The Lesters and The Pat Barker Quartet?

Ah, yes.  I know you’re just dying to know what the title of this post is referring to…but alas, you’ll have to read the review to find out!  (I know, I’m mean.  LOL)  It was the second night of the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing and if you haven’t already guessed, The Lesters…

Tornado Sirens and Gospel Sings

A shrill wail howled outside the hotel window.  Peeking between the curtains, I noticed a darkening sky.  Then the announcement blared over the loudspeakers, “Seek shelter immediately.”  I would’ve called the front desk, but when I checked in the guy behind the counter informed me that the hotel was changing phone systems, so the phones…

A Crowd That Talks Back

In Southern Missouri, winter should have be over and “done with” by the end of March.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t.  Bitter temperatures still clung to the air and cut through our jackets.  Yet, what we call the “desolate winter” concerning the amount of Gospel concerts one can attend between Thanksgiving and Easter was breaking.  For example,…

One More Song

One by one, the folks in the lobby made their way into the auditorium for the last night of the Truthseekers’ Homecoming. I felt like I was the last person to my seat! As I slipped through the door on the right side of the theater the Truthseekers were already on stage singing Who Am…

Crowd Control

The harsh weather of Thursday night was behind us.  Though cloudy and chilly, no tornados loomed on the horizon!  Yes, that’s right – I just said tornado.  Mother Nature has a way of showering her presence upon us and we experienced that first-hand the night before when the electric went out!  It just so happened,…

Bus Power

Dark foreboding clouds hung in the sky and unleashed a downpour that kept me from driving the speed limit.  The windshield wipers were on high and everyone (well, the sensible ones!) was driving slow.  We had just crossed over the Illinois border and drove right into the storm.  I glanced at the clock on the…

The Sea That Leads Home

The last day of the cruise was a full day at sea.  We were on our way home.  This was sad for me because I so wanted to spend more time exploring the Bahamas!  But even the best vacation must come to an end.  On a brighter note, I was determined to enjoy every minute…

Home of Blackbeard

  The Golden Age of piracy lasted for thirty years…from 1690-1720.  It was said that when a pirate slept he didn’t dream of going to heaven but to his favorite port of Nassau on New Providence Island.  Why?  Nassau was well suited to be a pirate base of operations because its waters were too shallow…

The Shallow Sea

                                                                                                                                                                      Half Moon Cay, or, San Salvador, was the second destination on our tour of the Bahamas.  At 9:00 AM, the announcement was made that you could begin disembarking for the island.  At nine o’clock, I was in the Coconut Lounge eating breakfast and looking out on the turquoise waters.  We agreed the day before…