The Final Countdown

Tonight’s prompt is the top 5 songs you would want played at your funeral. I haven’t looked at anyone else’s post  because I wanted to see how similar or different our selections were.

Number One is easy: If I Ever Leave this World Alive by Flogging Molly:

Number Two is from Barrage an awesome string ensemble I have seen more that once with my daughter. This one is called Mountain Spring:

Number Three is Bring Him Home from Les Miserables by Colm Wilkinson. I saw him perform it in Toronto and Buffalo and I just sob every time:

Number Four is one of my favorite hymns from when I was little. It’s called The Prayer of St Francis, sometimes called Let There Be Peace on Earth:

Number Five is a more modern hymn, more the praise song genre. I have only learned it the last few years, but it’s a beautiful song. It’s called Open the Eyes of My Heart and this is the Mercy Me version:

Honorable Mentions go to:

Here I am to Worship

How Great is Our God

Siya Hamba


Readers, Are You Reading?

I’ve been an avid reader for decades but lately I find that I get sidetracked all the time with a million other things.

Most notably in recent years, the Internet.

I read, I read all day. I read websites, I read blogs, I read twitter, I read shared items on Facebook. I read news sites, I read RSS feeds, I read newsletters.

But I don’t read books as much as I did.

I’m committing myself to a daily page count because I have a serious backlog.

How are you carving out some reading time?

5 Must-Read Books About (and by) Ernest Hemingway

This is from the Barnes and Noble Book Club and could not come at a better time:

5 Must-Read Books About (and by) Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson

Hemingway: The 1930s through the Final Years by Michael Reynolds

Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife by Gioia Dilberto

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes   by William Kennedy

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway  by Ernest Hemingway


These cover a range of times in Hemingway’s life. His life may be even more interesting than his writing. I do wonder though if I am the only one who noticed that there are six books.