Author Archives: Ray V.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.

Choose Wisely

“Don’t speak negatively about yourself, even as a joke. Your body doesn’t know the difference. Words are energy and cast spells, that’s why it’s called spelling. Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life. What … Continue reading

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Tull Tuesday #20

This week, 51 years ago, Jethro Tull began the “Thick as a Brick” tour, supporting the album that would hit #1 on the US charts. The album consists of only one song, (Parts 1 & 2, based on two sides … Continue reading

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Be Careful

Some sage advice as we start a new week. “The tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart. So be careful with your words”. -unknown

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Sunday Pipes #99

When most people hear the name, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965) they think of the humanitarian physician, philosopher, and Lutheran minister, not the organist. Me, not so much. This video shares a bit about Schweitzer and the organ that he designed … Continue reading

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A Realization

It has been almost two weeks since a dear friend and colleague died suddenly after returning from a speaking engagement.  As countless hundreds, if not thousands of people around the world shared their memories of Todd Van Beck, I came … Continue reading

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Why Most Dog Owners Have Strong Immune Systems

I have forgotten where I lifted this from, so I can’t give credit where it is due. My apologies to the original blogger. This is why most dog owners have strong immune systems. Have a happy weekend everyone!  

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#TBT. . . Ask . . .Tell

Here is an undated photo I found going through Mom’s thousands of pictures that I had been told were lost in two floods. I believe that the man on the Left is my Great Uncle Charlie (1910-1993), but I would … Continue reading

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It Tolls For Thee

This poem was referenced during a funeral I attended Saturday and is a sobering reminder of coming attractions for us all. For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne  and now in the public domain *** No man is an … Continue reading

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Tull Tuesday #19

I was reminded the other day that “To Cry You A Song” is likely the very first Jethro Tull Song I ever heard, introduced by my cousin Karen decades ago.  She called me on Sunday to say hello and to … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2023

I have picked this video for several years as a reminder to those enjoying the unofficial start to Summer, that many a husband, son, wife, and daughter died in all types of weather for our freedom.

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