This is a true story about how our values have changed as to what is important in life. Our environment has no meaning, our minds decide value.  
"The Situation"   
"In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.  
About 4 minutes later: 
The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.  
At 6 minutes: 
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.  
At 10 minutes: 
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.  
At 45 minutes: 
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.  
After 1 hour: 
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.  
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.  
This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and people's priorities.  
This experiment raised several questions:  
*In a common-place environment,  at an inappropriate hour,  do we perceive beauty? *If so, do we stop to appreciate it? *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?  
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:  
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world,  playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..  
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?  
Enjoy life "now" .. It has an expiration date.
"The Happy Hangover"  
Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He had vague memories of being very loud and screaming at his wife. This did NOT promise to be a good morning for Jack. 
Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean.   
He takes the aspirins and cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. 
Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make your favorite dinner tonight. I love you darling!  
Love, Jillian"  
He stumbles into the kitchen and sure enough, there is a hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee, and the morning newspaper all waiting for him. His son is also at the table, eating. Jack asks, "Son... what happened last night?"  
"Well," said the son, thoughtfully, "you came home after 3 in the morning, drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door."  
Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?"  
His son replies, "I don't know. The only other thing I remember is mom dragging you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, 'Leave me alone, I'm married!'"
Time is free, yet it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. But alas, once you've spent it you can never get it back.  
Never try to teach a pig to sing, it wastes your time and annoys the pig.
May we walk with God. May he guide us and protect us all.
"After All These Years"  
Foster & Allen  
Irish Country - Folk 
Designed & Compiled 
Ev & Els 
If it be thy will, 
please keep our country  
safe from those who seek 
to destroy it. 
In Jesus name we ask. 
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Irish - Country-Folk
Click name of song to play. 
Irish - Country-Folk
Ciao now. 
Wonder what happened  to the  Canary?  Har Har
Dear God,