Friday, June 29, 2007

A Good Day

Some days are okay and some days are great, but every once in awhile that Good Day slips in there. It really isn't anything special. Last Saturday was one of those Great Days. The Dareing Family got together for fun, food, singing and laughter. Today was just one of those Good Days.

The bloomin' cat woke us up earlier than usual. We had breakfast, read the paper, and watched a little TV. Then, we got ready and went to Walmart to pick up some necessities. We always see someone to talk to at Walmart and today was no exception. Of course, we forgot a couple of things so they have been added to the next list. We came home and had some lunch. Sounds exciting doesn't it?

Hubby D checked the movies at the new cinema right here in good ole Miami town and discovered that Bruce Willis' new Die Hard movie was on. So instead of changing out of our shopping clothes, we or at least I flopped on the couch to do a little reading and TV watching. Hubby D ran some errands for his mom. He is such a good son and a better husband!!! About 3:45 we started getting ourselves moving and headed to the movies.

This Die Hard is like the others. ACTION, EXPLOSIONS, BLOOD, DEATH AND MAYHEM!!!
We really enjoyed it. Let's face it. Having an old guy whup ass and still come out on top can't be beat especially when you get to be our age. Reality must be checked at the door when you buy your tickets. Nobody could live through all of the things that happen in this movie except a good ole smart mouthed hard as nails cop.

On the way home we stopped at Montana Mike's for dinner. It was busy. Of course, it's Friday night. Oh well, we got to see people we hadn't seen in ages and I got to talk some more. I usually don't leave the house more than once a week during the summer if I don't have to. I don't do the hair and make up on a regular basis during my time off. I talk on the phone and via the net, but sometimes I need face to face interaction. I got that today and it was nice.

We have spent the rest of evening watching TV and here I am blogging. Life is good and so was today.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Church of Tom Jones

As I perused the Joplin Globe this morning, I came across an article in the FAITH section that got my mind going again. I have kept my thinking at a very low level since school has been out. I watch "Magnum" reruns, "The Price is Right", "Family Feud" and of course "Wheel of Fortune". None of these take very much thought on my part so I have really had no incentive to blog. However, this article screamed "Oh, my goodness!!! What?", and I felt the need to blog again.

The title of the article is "Church of Tom Jones: It's not unusual...or is it?

Some of you may not have a clear idea about who Tom Jones is or how his show impacted the world but let me tell you---Tom Jones was hot back in the day. He had his own TV show where he sang and gyrated so that the camera could only show the upper part of his body. I knew a girl in Tulsa who was very active in her church and Tom really got to her. I don't think her reactions to him were of the spiritual nature. She blushed and giggled everytime he did that hip/hunch thing. Yeah, we were clearly quite naive back then.

Back to the article...Somehow he struck a cord with a 7 year old boy back in the day and now Pastor Jack, Jack Stahl, uses Tom's music to minister to the world. The article said, and I quote, "His voice enables me to get in touch with the holy spirit and cast out demons. I don't know how it works, I only know it does. It has nothing to do with the lyrics of a particular song. ...It has everything to do with his voice."

When I first started reading this article, the only lyrics that came to mind were "What's new pussy cat, whoa oh oh oh oh?" and "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone. It's not unusual to have fun with anyone." I was relieved to get further into the article to find that he didn't use the lyrics because I don't know about you, but those are not songs I ever heard in church.

This man evidently casts out demons while listening to Jones' music. He has a 24 hour Tom Jones Exorcism Hotline for help "If the devil has slithered into your life." That number is 206-309-0GOD. The church is The Progressive Universal Life Church and is located in Sacramento, California. Pastor Jack dresses like Tom Jones and uses Tom Jones' music in his sermons. He says, "I perform marriages, baptisms, funerals and exorcisms with the aid of Jones' music." The church's Web site is

This man has his own radio show where he preaches and offers online certifications to those who want to be ordained ministers. He has appeared on more than 100 radio and television shows in seven countries.

I'm not making this up.

I don't know about you but to me this is strange. I know that Jesus works in wondrous ways so I am not going to totally count this out. The man isn't touting Tom Jones as a saint or promoting the worship of Jones. If we truly believe that nothing is impossible when we put our faith in God, we have to give the guy credit for having faith and moving on it.

BUT it is strange.