It was 1945.  I was only three years old and didn’t know much about war.  I didn’t understand hate.  I didn’t know what it was all about, but I did love the music of that time period.  My parents both had wonderful voices and knew all the song lyrics of the era.  They sang along with them as the big bands pushed their way through our old console radio.

That radio was the source of the entertainment in our home for many years.  We’d sit and watch as the green light became visible.  We sat waiting in anticipation for stories about the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet and Inner Sanctum – which truly scared me to death.

Because of the seemingly endless war, we’d also listen to the news, but a three year old couldn’t make sense of any of it.  My world was filled mostly with happy thoughts.  I was queen of the house by then and had everyone eating out of my hand.

There was one song, written by Johnny Mercer, that stuck in my brain and carried me through some tougher times as my little life grew up.  The positive influence in our lives can come from many different things. We can be affected by people who have great ideas and high ambition. We might be influenced by a mentor who shows us our own talents. We could also be won over by someone with beauty or wisdom.

The song tells us to eliminate the negative which could be anything that turns us off. It could also be an opinion, a thought, an attitude or something we do. Messing with Mr. In Between is probably not wise because you aren’t really taking a stand one way or the other.

Hatred and anger are things we learn as grow.  Those negative feelings aren’t there the minute we come out of the womb. They’re nurtured and fed by those who surround us and what we’re exposed to.  Those emotions, just like love and joy, must be learned.  If we get steeped in the negative, we’ll surely fall closer to Mr. In Between and further from our Heavenly Father.

There is no in between when you’re committed to the Word of God. You either believe it or you don’t. So, you’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum, bring gloom down to the minimum. Have faith, or pandemonium’s liable to walk upon the scene.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”                               Helen Keller




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. hatrack4 says:

    We have an antique radio. It didn’t work, but it had been in the family since the 1930s, a conversation piece. I think a tube in it had not been made since 1936 and the company did not exist in the 20s. I had an electrical engineering friend who visited our house, and he begged me to let him fix the radio. He worked on it right there in our house. He replaced one broken tube and he slowly cooked the capacitors (containing oil that settles to the bottom when not used, so he slowly increased the voltage to keep them from overheating and letting the oil rise gradually). And then he had me turn the switches and dials. It had the regular AM and FM dials, but he wanted to see if we could get shortwave radio. I switched it to the shortwave setting and started spinning the dial. When I got a signal, it was on a German shortwave station broadcasting Big Band and Swing music. He jumped back and said that was the second time that had happened to him. With his father’s old radio, it was already tuned to the station and immediately started playing 40s music.

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  2. Wise words and very relevant to current circumstances. Thanks for sharing

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  3. I appreciate your memories from the 1940s about the importance of radio in Americans’ lives. It was well before my time, but I remember discussions with my parents and grandparents. My knowledge of history reminds me of FDR’s radio fireside chats, which rallied the nation during the Great Depression and World War II.

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