“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Grand piano at center stage of
the Eleanor Pickup Arts Centre
I have mentioned in previous blogs that my life is surrounded by creative people. There is a Canadian small town arts centre named after my mother who taught music for more than 60 years. The arts have made my life so rich despite my disability.

I enjoy Rod Stewart. Recently I came across a YouTube video of him performing the classic "What a Difference a Day Makes". Unexpectedly part way through the song a beautiful blonde woman (Karen Straw) stepped forward with a trumpet solo. 

My daughter 
She made me think of my lovely blonde daughter. In the 1990s, she also enchanted audiences with her trumpet. She worked her way up to be 1st trumpet for the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.[1] I have a tender memory of her playing with the orchestra at the Convocation Hall at the University of Alberta, with her adoring family in the audience. Her grandparents and great-grandparents (all gone now) were in attendance too.

Thank you Mr. Stewart and Ms. Straw for reminding me of my beautiful blonde daughter and her trumpet. 

[Click on image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YugDdRFiSPE For Rod Stewart performing "What a Difference a Day Makes" on the Alan Titchmarch Show.]

[1] Edmonton is the capital city for the Canadian province of Alberta

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