Kristy Landgren

Thanksgiving

 

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us (where has 2018 gone!?!) but the time for reflection has arrived.  Psalms 51:15-16 reminds us to "Offer unto God thanksgiving;and pay thy vows to the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me."

Such a great promise that reminds us God appreciates when we acknowledge His blessings in our lives.  This is one of those areas in scripture where He makes a command and then states the reward He intends to give us.  When we are thankful and when we "pay vows," or worship and keep commandments, He guarantees deliverance from life's troubles and sufferings.  Then, as we enjoy the healing balm He provides, we return thanks back to Him and glorify His Power and Goodness.  It is one complete circle, cycle, or tiding of comfort and joy!

First comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas or Hanukkah, then a New Year's celebration.  "Tis the season of lights, family, friends, food, fun, music, reunion, love and joy!  The miracle of the season

Habitat Heartbreak

 

Fierce winds fueling horrific fires: News reports that more than 45 deaths are confirmed with many more people missing. The winds are ferocious again today; many trees uprooted around neighborhoods and tremendous damage. This Twitter photo captured the horror and heartbreak; I truly hope that whomever took it helped the horse get to safety. I am heartsick over the people and animal lives already lost to the State's greatest fire disaster. "Heaven Heals (by Understanding Abraham's Covenant)," speaks to the sorrow and sadness experienced from loss of loved ones through the normal course of life events or these kinds of devastating tragedies, ones for which we attempt to understand and try to explain. To all those who have a hope in faith, or even to those who simply desire to believe, there is a Perspective greater than the eye can see, one that enlightens the mind and warms the heart, in happy times and during the tragedies of life; all we have to do is ask the questions for which we long to know answers.  Usually, of course, answers do not come overnight but continued efforts to ask and keep "eyes" open, eventually lead to small events or thoughts that come to mind and, over the course of time, those lead to other circumstances or impressions, which all work towards guiding us to the insight we ultimately seek.  We've all heard someone express a similar episode:   

Wise Advice

 

Melanie Davey re-posted an article posted by Warren Thrasher. I don't know the original author but it sure is mature analysis and wise advice for our times. In this very divided society of ours, isn't it appropriate to look for the good in others and apply constructive criticism (key word: "constructive"), when needed, in an attempt to improve our public arena and discourse? We are all flawed individuals but there is also much value in the contributions everyone has to offer. Here's to the return of the all-American credo: "Let's agree to disagree"!

How Will It End?

 

When I was in college, my roommate’s sister discovered the Moody Blues, and turned us onto the music. They quickly became our favorite band of all our “favorite” bands back then.  Then I discovered Fleetwood Mac and they soon became a close 2nd favorite band.  And they still are.  Over the years, we expect things to inevitably change (they always do) but a favorite band should not ever change, right?  

Welcome!

 

Welcome to the newly redesigned website, highlighting the “Heal Heals“ CD and the engaging new book of the same name.  To give a little background, this book is the culmination of a year‘s work and the CD contains music which has inspired the book:  A cozy little pair, these two are!  The motivation for the book stems from a life-long enjoyment and desire to learn about religions.  I love to hear others’ explanations about their religious practices and traditions, which often provides validations of or insights into my own religion. For example,  

 

Inspirational Read

 

Michael Phelps "return"; article by Eric Metaxas

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Tonight was an evening of parades, salutaions, music, and fireworks - a celebration of America's independence 235 years ago. The Original Founders were not stodgy, old Englishmen (as some have alleged) but were well-educated, community leaders, who were among the most brilliant thinkers of all time. They studied governments and societies, financial structures, political systems, and human nature. They proclaimed a Declaration of Independence, participated in an American Revolution, and constructed a Constitution, the supreme framework for the organization of the U.S. government. The Constitution defines the relationship government has with the states, it's citizens, and all people living within the United States. 

Noble Profession

 

It's been said that playing live is a noble profession for a musician. I think it's true. There are a few who do it exceptionally well and I have always stood in tremendous awe of their professionalism. It is such a wonderful gift to be able to make a living doing what one loves most - music. I wish I could say I were in that League. My little league is the one that works by day to pay the bills and lives by night to make the music. Nevertheless, whether it is from the fifth row of an intimate theater or the pigeon rafters of an enormous auditorium, I find it remarkably rewarding to observe the great ones and try to take away some morsel of craft that I can use to help improve my performance skills. One of the covers I always enjoyed doing was

Go, Blackhawks!

 

Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Champions!

Kris' iPod

 

What a month it has been - two Chicago trips, a convention, and a graduation. I still feel my head spinning but after three days back to work, I’m finally settling into “normal,” whatever that is! Anyway, if my little iPod hadn’t gotten me through so many long flights, I would have lost my mind! I’d been hauling around my Bose and headphones forever. My sister had been telling me for years that I needed something tiny for travel but I couldn’t justify replacing a perfectly good Bose, albeit a little clumsy. So she gave me an iPod back in March. I have been having so much fun going through all my old CDs and pulling out favorite songs. Some CDs are worthy of complete importation and I do have my favorite albums. Of course the early Beatles qualify, as well as, Moody Blues,

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