This morning, my co-host Pat Taylor corrected me. In my last blog I erroneously stated he is a Libertarian... He has told me he is not.
Well, we certainly agreed a lot today, didn't we?
(Corrected) *Dave, Pat and I often have different opinions on the many topics we discuss... mostly based on our ideologies and upbringings...*
HOWEVER, we all agreed on the issues of Marriage Equality and Prayer before a public government meeting.
Why shouldn't a marriage between a same sex couple be recognized by the state? I can't think of any reason. Some say it erodes the moral fabric of a community and I still ask how does it do that? Love is never immoral. If a couple decides to committ themseves to each other and want to be allowed the privilege of certain rights that other married couples enjoy, then why not?
Prayer means different things to different people and prayer is different in every religion. Why must we pray out loud in a public place...even if it is a genric prayer? Is it necessary to have everyone listen to a single invocation before a meeting or would it be more beneficial to reflect quitely a few moments. I don't need to show anyone that I am Christian by praying out loud. It is supposed to show through my actions... and by loving my neighbor whether I like them or not. A listener called in today and shared a great quote... I think it was from Matthew 6:1 ...Jesus says, Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Well, even though I may have disappointed many of our staunch conservatives out in WRNN listener land, I have no apology because I believe that I am following my morals closely. I believe in what I believe because of who I am, how I was grown-up and through the teachings of my religion. However, I do have a critical mind that likes to listen to all sides before forming my own opinion on social topics and I don't have the arrogance to believe that my way is the only way. That only breeds hatred and divisiveness. So, don't bother sending me hate mail. Keep your hatred to yourself.
God Bless America.
Yeah, I'm feeling witchy today!
Kids love Halloween because they get to dress up in costumes and they get lots of candy. That's it.
We are not turning our kids into pagans. We are not teaching them to worship the devil. We are not teaching them about witchcraft and voodoo dolls.
GIVE IT A BREAK, ALREADY!
I understand no costumes during school but to ban the word "Halloween", to ban the after-school parties, to legislate costumes... come on!
It's time to get a grip on when political correctness ends and when being an American begins. As Americans, we need to stand up for ourselves when so-called political correctness proporters force how they think on the rest of us normal folk.
One school lost the fight when parents rose up and said "NO WAY" to school officials banning traditional, fun Halloween celebrations in their child's school.
Take a lesson from them. It is not politically correct to allow your freedom of speech and pursuit of happiness to be stomped on.
God Bless America.
Do you believe in ghosts? Once in a while, I dream of people that have passed on in my life... usually soon after they have passed away. And I know that my grandfather on my mother's side, John, is definitely my guardian angel... why? ... because he has come to me in a dream and told me so. Well, in any case, I don't believe that these people are haunting me ... It's quite the opposite. I believe they are trying to help me. However, there are people that believe their homes are haunted not by loved ones but by strangers who are having trouble moving on into Heaven or wherever. Who are you going to call when this happens to you? Kelly of Phasma Paranormal ... who helps you figure out who may be haunting your home or business and why. She does this as a hobby and she doesn't claim to have any special powers but rather special equipment. She help explain why the spirits are hanging around and she says it gives her a chance to help them move on. I hope to join her one day on a mission. I am cautiously skeptic about this topic but, if it is true, it will freak me out! Yeah, having a ghost answer a question that could only be heard later on an EVP recoding device is a little freaky... but Kelly says it happens all the time.
My "new" life in Myrtle Beach has been quite the ride... It is quite beautiful and fun... and adventurous...
Here's what I did last week...
Bike week rumbled into town last week, but I personally got caught up in LOUD PIPE FEVER on Thursday afternoon when I hopped on the Poker Bike Run which benefitted the Georgetown Fire Relief Fund. I really didn't mean to get on that bike run, especially without a helmet, but I go swept up when Bill Barber of SBB pulled up on a friend's bike and asked if I wanted to go... (he wasn't planning on going either). Well, 100 miles and 6 hours later, I was scraping bugs off my teeth and walking funny. The speedway laps were the best and the most frightening... I will say that will be my very last time on a bike since many rational people around me that love me asked "ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?!?" after the run. Yeah, I think I was temporarily insane. SORRY to all my loved ones I scared!
IN THE PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Walk:
I walked with over 1,000 people wearing pink for two miles on the Marsh Walk in Murrell's Inlet to help the Georgetown Hospital System raise money to help those who can't afford a mammogram and cancer treatment. A great cause and a great effort by GHS to make it such a success. The survivor's celebration was moving as was meeting those that were walking for loved ones lost. Cancer effects us all ... unfortunately.
MARILYN McCOO & BILLY DAVIS JR:
WOW! Did that bring back memories! I remember Marilyn McCoo back when she was the host of the TV show SOLID GOLD. She was beautiful then and beautiful last Saturday night! She's 70 years old and she looked and moved like she was 30 years younger than that. It was such a treat to see her and Billy Davis, Jr... hear them sing all their biggest hits (to which I know every word) and listen to them talk about their 44 years of marriage through music! They packed the house at the Reserve Golf Club for the Pawley's Island Music and Art Festival. What a venue... and perfect weather, too!
One of our own at Next Media has been fighting a strong fight against cancer so last Sunday we banded together to help raise funds for him as he embarks on a clinical trial this week. Phil is a young man and a father... and obviously has many friends! We raised $5,000 for him and hopefully we raised up his spirits by letting him know how much we care about him.
Right after Monday's show... I was off to NOWHERE!!! That's right! I was supposed to be on a 2 pm flight out of Myrtle to NY... but it turned into a 5:30 PM flight! UGH! I hate to wait! Well, finally we arrived in NY with plans for dinner with family blown up. My daughter and I were so tired, we went straight to bed in order to get enough rest for her Confirmation and subsequent party. For those of you that don't know what a Confirmation is in the Catholic religion, it's the final sacrament of initation into the Catholic church. After Baptism, Reconcilliation, First Holy Communion... and years of religious education... you received your Confirmation which makes you a full-fledged member of the Catholic Church. It was great seeing my old friends from NY.... seeing my religious ed students ( I taught 18 kids since they were in 1st grade) and, of course, my family. Then OFF TO NOWHERE again!!! That's right! My 6:30 pm flight turned into an 8:30 pm flight... but that's OK... We eventually got home safe and sound!
I'm looking forward to all the fun ahead this weekend ... and to "seeing" you on the air...
Today was the second time I attended a funeral for someone whom I had never met. If you have never had to do this, you could imagine how awkward it feels. Regardless, I felt it was necessary to pay my respects to such a well respected man and the creator of WRNN's Hot Talk Morning Show... Steve Porter.
I learned much about Steve through the eulogies from his brother, a former co-worker, an old friend and his stepson. I learned of his early beginnings as a news reporter working at CBS and NBC radio, traveling with the Secretary of State as a White House reporter and, finally, his impact on radio on the Grand Strand. He had such a rich life... one that young reporters fantasize about. However, his life also had many tragedies that shaped him.
His mother died when he was three while she was giving birth to his brother. His father never remarried so he essentially was grown up by his father and his aunt that lived nearby. After getting married, he had his first son. His son died at one year old from a rare disease. His second son died of cancer in 1994 followed by his wife just four months later. Losing his family lead him to the shores of Myrtle Beach where he questioned his next move, his path, his existence.
He went on to become quite community figure through the news business, of course. He created the WRNN Hot Talk Morning show and he wrote columns for local papers. News was in his blood and it's what made him run. I learned how he met his second wife and together they raised her three children. His passion for his family and his work rang through in each eulogy.
Selfilshly I wondered if he had listened to the show lately. What did he think about me being added to the show? Would he have approved? Would he have given me some constructive criticism... direction... advice? I wonder.
I also wonder if he could have offered me some direction regarding what to do when you find yourself on the shores of Myrtle Beach in the middle of a life change... especially when you feel alone and displaced. I could have really used that! He would understand.
I guess all I can do now is wonder.
I wish I did have a chance to meet him... even if it were just to thank him for creating this morning radio show. If Steve hadn't landed on the Myrtle Beach shores, I wouldn't have landed at WRNN. In case he was listening in recent days, I just hope Dave, Pat and I made him proud for carrying on his vision.
Rest in Peace, Steve Porter.