Ah, the Lenten season. Some of you may remember that year I decided to give up blogging for Lent. You may recall not only did I stop blogging, but I also went so far as to take the entire website down.
DaughterGeeding got a new set of braces yesterday and chose the green version. Her sole reason, so she doesn’t have to wear any green clothing on St. Patrick’s Day.
BoyGeeding is a first-grader. Nine weeks ago he had a reading assessment and scored on the second-grade reading level, which isn’t bad. He was assessed again last week and his teacher was impressed at his improvement, he’s scored above a fourth-grade reading level.
I’m sure most folks would think that the Star-Spangled Banner has been our national anthem for over a hundred years, but you’d be wrong. It only became the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover. I also bet most folks aren’t aware it has four stanzas and that we only sing the first stanza, which I always found odd. It’s not that I don’t like the song, just odd that we only to choose a part of it. We celebrate and honor our country by only singing a quarter of the anthem. Some folks prefer America the Beautifuland wished it was our anthem. Only recently, I found out that song has more than one stanza as well.
That new Micheal Jackson documentary is in the news. I only watched about 15-minutes of it. Other than emotional testimony and graphic descriptions of the accusations, I’m not aware of any new evidence and don’t understand why many think this is the documentary which will tarnish his legacy to the point of no return. I’m not defending the man. I’m not saying he didn’t do anything illegal and grotesque. I simply don’t understand what new evidence or facts make this documentary more credible than everything else we’ve already heard, whether it’s true or false.
Who sings the best version of I’ll Fly Away? I’m going to say either Johnny Cash or the Soggy Bottom Boys. I’m not partial to the Steve Goodman version, but like what he says about it, “This is the song that proves you don’t have to know very much about Jesus to like spirituals.”