America Will Always Stand

Hurricanes and forest fires.  Not to mention the political climate.  We would all do well to take a breathe and pray for our friends and neighbors.


The Iditarod Trail Song Hobo Jim

There’s a really good reason why today’s song is The Iditarod Trail Song by Hobo Jim.  My present to my parents for Christmas is a trip for the three of us and my aunt to see the start in March in Anchorage, Alaska.

I’m typing this in November, and I’m planning on filming them.  I hope to have yesterday posted a video of their reaction.

We’ve followed the race all my life because of our huskies.  When we went to Alaska, in 2009, visiting Jeff King’s Husky Homestead ( was a highlight.

And yes, hopefully, this will lead to several blog posts.

Could I have this dance?

So maybe this doesn’t appear to have that much to do with traveling (and maybe I use the word “so” to much.)  Anne (is with an e a Canadian thing?) Murray is from Nova Scotia.  In high school we toured the museum to her near the Bay of Fundy.  I recommend it, and my parents loved it.  (Not sure why I’m having trouble creating this as a link)

Usually I try to get the music video, but I count Dancing With the Stars, Dirty Dancing, and Amy Grant as some of my favorite entertainment options.  How could I resist?  And wouldn’t this make a great first dance at a wedding?

Wild Again

Sticking for a second week with 80s movies.  This one is from Cocktail, which is probably just bad.  The soundtrack is good though, at least according to 13 year old me.  This song is the one I would crank up when I was annoyed.  Perfect song when you want just say “Whatever” (or something less nice) and take off in you car for parts unknown.

The Shag

My favorite movie ever is Shag: The Movie from 1988.  The choreographer was Kenny Ortega (after Dirty Dancing, before High School Musical)  4 friends sneak off to Myrtle Beach and have the expected hijinks.  It’s not profound, but it is incredibly fun.

Here’s Tommy Page doing the title song from the soundtrack.  I know the video is about the cheesiest thing ever.  Do you think he was contractually obligated to do it?

Heads Carolina, Tails California

Yes, I know I’ve been AWOL, but it hasn’t been without some gain.  I’ve learned how to schedule posts.  For example, I can do several posts tonight  and save them to be released at later times.  Then when I’m tired I won’t have to start from scratch.

The song for today just reminds me to be open and not worry about everything and to go with the flow.  I would love if this blog eventually covers from Carolina to California.

Music Monday

Introducing Music Monday.  On Mondays, I want to share a song or video that talk about exploring the city, state, country. 🙂

We’ll start with the city.  This is Connie Smith’s song “Cincinnati, Ohio.”  I have lived my entire life near the city, and never heard this song until last winter.  We went to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman (yeah, that was cool to be there rather than the new theater).  Connie Smith came out and sang this song first.  My Mom and I just looked at each other and wondered why we had never heard this before.  I came home and downloaded it because yes, my IPhone isn’t confined to recent music.  I hope you enjoy it.

What song reminds you of your home?