The Sun, the Sea and the Singing

This year I had a mission.  There was something I wanted to see, but it wasn’t just a port of call or an artist singing my favorite song.  I wanted to see the sun rise over the water.  Of course, there are photos online of such things, but I wanted to experience it in person. …

“Where Y’all Going?”

The Paradise glided along the waterway, slowly leaving Tampa behind.  On two decks in the front of the ship, passengers stood watching the city disappear and the water unfold before them.  Though this was only my second Singing at Sea cruise, I had a feeling that this part of the trip would become tradition.  There’s…

Midnight Makes The Year New

On New Year’s Eve Day, after the morning session, we had lunch in the Delta and walked the gardens.  It’s a tradition for us.  Nothing initiates the creative process in me like a camera in my hand surrounded by perfect scenery!  We meandered through the walkways and I stopped to snap a photo of a…

Good Morning New Year’s Eve!

“How was lunch this morning?” Scott teased the crowd.  He prayed and then the “don, don, don,” kicked off the intro to He Loves Me So, their first song.  “This is the very first song that this group ever sang and recorded 15 years ago,” Scott informed, “and people are still requesting it, and I…

The Eve Of The Eve…

Water surged straight up into the air; stretching, reaching for the highest places before it fell back into the pool and dissipated into the calm waves.  You could say it is my favorite fountain in the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  After all, being so near the Governor’s Ballroom, it’s the one I see the most during…

2014 in Review

Are you ready to see 2014 at a glance?  Below are some tidbits and interesting facts – hope you enjoy! Highlights of 2014…   The Singing at Sea cruise!  My first cruise too!  I will never forget Monday evening – the ship had sailed, land was nowhere in sight and for the first time I…

Who Said Egg Nog Wasn’t Good?

The second stop on the Home For Christmas Tour happened to be Vilonia, Arkansas…not too far from Branson.  So…why not! From the beautiful day before – when we sailed off into Table Rock Lake with highs in the sixties – we experienced frigid weather in Arkansas.  It was so cold that you could set Egg…

Home For Christmas on the Belle

I stood on the top deck, leaning on the rail and looking below.  A man on the ground was uncoiling a rope the thickness of my arm on the dock – it was almost time to sail!  Ever since the Singing At Sea cruise in February I’ve been looking for an excuse to be out…

GIVE-A-WAY: Still…

I just came home from a wonderful few days in Nashville at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort.  Legacy Five hosts their NYE Celebration there each year and it’s a blast!  This year, well, actually the last few hours of last year, I heard the Booth Brothers with their new baritone singer, Paul Lancaster, and picked…

The McKameys in Mountain Grove

How do you spend the first day of November?  If you live near Mountain Grove, Missouri you may just spend an afternoon at Duane Garren’s 11th Annual Gospel Concert!  This is the second year Duane brought in The McKameys from Clinton, Tennessee in addition to the group that always appears at this concert, Mountain Grove’s…