Song of the Day

Thought I would start the week off with this song. I’ve been listening to is over and over and never get tired of it.

This was one of the very first songs I looked for when I got my very first iPod. I have always loved this song. It came out the year I was born, so a lot of things come out of the year!

Oh How Happy” (1966) by Shades of Blue

The Shades of Blue were an American blue-eyed soul vocal group from Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

The band started in high school as The Domingos. Original group members included Nick Marinelli, Ernie Dernai, Linda Allen, and Bob Kerr. By 1965 The Domingos signed a recording contract for the Detroit-based Golden World label. John Rhys, a sound engineer, suggested a name change and The Shades of Blue was the result.[2]

Their biggest hit was the 1966 song “Oh How Happy“, written by Edwin Starr, which reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 16 on the US Billboard R&B chart,


In case you need to words to sing this song.


Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

I have kissed your lips a thousand times
And more times than I can count
I have called you mine
You have stood by me in my darkest hour

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

In our years together
We have had stormy weather
But our love has been so strong
That somehow we’ve carried on

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

And all that was wrong
You have made it right
And I love, I love, I love you

Oh, how happy
You have made me
Oh, how happy
You have made me

(Oh, how happy)
Oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy)
Oh, how happy
(Oh, how happy)

(You have made me)
You have made me
(You have made me)
You have made me
(You have made me)
You have made me

Side Note:


A Night With Janis Joplin

Another great shpow at The Tobin Center in San Antonio.

“A Night With Janis Joplin.”

The show featured Kelly McIntyre as Janis Joplin and she was amazing!

Some of the songs from the show were:

“Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime.”

The show’s Joplin interjects the songs with stories about her life, and also showcases some of the singers who influenced her, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Odetta.

I had no idea what to expect. I’m a fan of her music and know a little about her. But I learned so much more about her, her life and her music.

I’m so glad I got again tickets to see some fabulous shows at one of my favorite places to see shows… The Tobin Center.

Till the next show.

Side Note:

Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, and died of a heroin overdose a mere 27 years later on October 4, 1970, in Los Angeles, California. But, in that all too brief interim, she managed to pack a helluva lot of living and became one of the biggest female rock stars of her time.

Last To Know.

OK, I just found out the country singer Vince Gill was in the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979, appearing on that band’s album Can’t Hold Back. He is the lead singer on their song “Let Me Love You Tonight“. (

Here is one of their songs, that I have always liked.

It amazes me when I find out singers were in other bands when they started. I feel like I’m the last to know. 😁

R.I.P. David Cassidy

Today, David Cassidy, pop culture idol of the 1970’s, has died as a result of complications from dementia. The musician and actor was 67.

I remember watching David Cassidy on “The Partridge Family” growing up.

Here is one of his songs that I liked.

It’s sad that stars from my youth are passing away.

Here are a few more stars that recently passed away.

Mel Tillis

Della Reese

John Hillerman

You will be remembered through your work.

Getting To Know Me

I’m curious to read other people’s answers and get to know some of you better! Here goes nothing!

Four places I’ve lived:

1. Flint, Michigan 

2. Brockton, Massachusetts 

3. Louisville, Kentucky 

4. Von Ormy, Texas

Four places I’ve worked:
1. Y.W.C.A.

2. Palace of Auburn Hills

3. Humama

4. Schlumberger 

Four things I love to watch on TV:
1. Food TV

2. Hallmark Channel

3. Scrubs


Four places I have been:
1. New York

2. Vancouver, BC

3. Toronto 

4.  Las Vegas, Nevada 

Four things I love to eat:
1. Mexican food

2. BBQ Ribs

3. Red Beans & Rice

4. Crab Legs

Four favorite drinks:
1. Water with fresh lemon

2. Sweet Tea

3. Iced Coffee

4. Cherry Kool-aid

Now here is what you’re supposed to do, please don’t spoil the fun, copy and paste this in the comments and update it with your responses.


For all my fellow Michiganders!!!


Detroit is known as the car capital of the world. 

Alpena is the home of the world’s largest cement plant. 

Rogers City boasts the world’s largest limestone quarry. 

Elsie is the home of the world’s largest registered Holstein dairy herd. 

Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.. 

Colon is home to the world’s largest manufacturer of magic supplies…. 

The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879. 

Although Michigan is often called the Wolverine State,  there are no longer wolverines in Michigan.  (However, one was spotted in 2007, so there are some. )

Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.  

The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939. 

The oldest county based on date of incorporation is Wayne in 1815… 

Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States 

In 1817, the University of Michigan was the first university 

 established by any of the states. It was founded by priests. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit . The name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841. 

The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI. 

Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture.. 

The largest village in Michigan is Caro. 

Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey, is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan . 

The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan ….. It spans five miles over 

the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The “Mighty Mac” took three years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957. 

Gerald R Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. 

The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry. 

The painted turtle is Michigan ‘s state reptile. 

The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan . 

 Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower. 

Vernor’s ginger ale was created in Detroit and became 

the first soda pop made in the United States ….. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor. 

The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. 

Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office…..The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years. 

Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods. 

Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world 

Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska . 

The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name, Detroit-Windsor International Bridge , as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals. 

Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. 

Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900’s furnishings and maritime artifacts 

Forty of the state’s 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes . 

Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes . 

Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes ..   

Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area, 1,194 square miles of inland waters, and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area. 

Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies. 

Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries. 

Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education. 

Four flags have flown over Michigan – French, English, Spanish and United States . 

Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States ….. 

Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan ‘s inland seas. 

The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world. 

The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany’s of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece, they are composed of copper, iron, and pewter. 

The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River . 

The world’s first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891. 

The nation’s first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926. 

In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls. 

In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.. 

Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo. It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere . 

The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”  

Was that interesting or what?

With all of the negativity due to poor economics and housing markets these days, let us try to remember and say something positive about our beautiful and interesting Michigan!! We will strive to thrive once again! It would also be a good thing to keep our Michigan in our prayers and thoughts, too. 

Thank you, and may God bless Michigan and her people.

Born Between 1930’s – 1980’s

I’ve shared something like this before. But I wanted to share it again. It amazes me the young people now a days have no idea of what people before them went through or have done. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930’s, 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and Early 80’s !!! 

First, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, your baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking .. 

As children, you would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun. You drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. You shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. You ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but you weren’t overweight because…… 

YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! You would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach you all day. And you were OK. You would spend hours building your go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out you forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, you learned to solve the problem . You did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….

YOU HAD FRIENDS and you went outside and found them! You fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents you played with worms(well most boys did) and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although you were told it would happen, you did not poke out any eyes. You rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. You had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and you learned 

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! 

CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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