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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Charice Pempengco, a rising star

A few weeks ago I heard of an aspiring young singer from the Philippines named Charice Pempengo. I was so amazed by her voice that I decided to share a few videos with you, and you may have already noticed the MP3s playing in the playlist. You may have seen her on "Oprah", or "Ellen" here in the US, or on "Sharon" (there Oprah) in the Philippines and who knows where else. Charice Pempengco is a rising star in the Phillipines and soon the world. She has an amazing voice and so much control, passion and range even at the young age of 16. (Some videos are older).Please excuse the subtitles and the poor quality of some of the videos, but they are from the US, the Philippines, Korea and the UK. David Foster is her new talent agent, so you can expect her to have more available soon, keep your ears and eyes open for this girl! She is going to be big!

I also included her first official music video release since her appearance on "Oprah". It is called "It Can Only Get Better". So will she, you can be sure of that!

Opens in a new window so be sure to stop my ORB music player by pressing the little x or press II to pause if it is playing.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Harry's final visit to the cabin

On Saturday I went to the celebration of life ceremony for Harry. I missed most of it because I had to work, but it was so nice. They had a 30 foot table filled with memorabilia and photos and awards and photo albums. There was also a DVD slideshow of his photos with his favorite music playing on a big screen TV. There was even a flyover by 2 black hawk helicopters. I saw the helicopters at work on their way to the ceremony.

Today (Sunday) we went to the cabin on the river to spread his ashes. Again, it was a celebration of his life, not a mournful day. He wouldn't have wanted that. It was a beautiful day, just a little hot. We saw a Bald Eagle right after crossing the tracks and tried to follow it to get a picture, but we didn't see it again. It was the first Bald Eagle Sue had ever seen. It was Harry.

We all thought at first that his wife Ruthy should be the one to spread his ashes, but it was decided that we would all spread his ashes wherever we thought he would want to be. As unceremoniously as Harry would have wanted it, we each took a handful of him and cast him where we wanted to. Some chose the dock, or the hog cooker or the picnic benches he built and we pretty much covered the entire area. I chose the area where the steps used to be before he built the new ones because they are fading away over time, and at the steps that he just built this summer and the hog pit as it was called.

To give you an idea of the mood, even though there were moments that you could feel that someone would break, Heather, his Daughter was spreading his ashes and said "oh no Mom!, now I have Harry in my shoe!". it was a lighter moment that we all needed. Then Kayley, his grand daughter walked by his daughter Melony and patted her on the back with the hand that she had grabbed his ashes with and left a hand print of Harry on her shirt. Everyone thought it was funny and some noticed the symbolism. We all felt the joy of having Harry there, and only moments of missing him.

It was a day filled with so much joy and some sorrow, but above all it was a celebration and remembrance of the man that he was. When I grow up I hope that I am half the man that he was. He was someone that you were happy to know the minute you met him and his friend as soon as he knew your name. He's not gone, he has just moved on to his next assignment.

The pain has almost passed, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Is summer over already?

Today is the unofficial last day of summer. Labor day seems like it came and went just weeks after memorial day. This summer has passed so quickly. I don't know about all of you, but I had a pretty good summer. I didn't go camping as often as I would have liked to, but I did enjoy going hiking and sight seeing this summer. I doubt it will end now that fall is on our door step.

I ended this summer revisiting Silvermine Park for a short walk in the woods. It was an enjoyable distraction after the past weeks events. I saw a large hawk, or maybe an owl shortly after entering the park, but I was unable to get a picture of it, it was too elusive and faded away above the tree line before I was able to get the camera to my eye. I saw a few turtles again today, you will have to look closely at the photos to see them, but It was nice being able to hear the splash of a turtle and find it, and wait for it to struggle back to its perch back on the branch it dove in from.

I hope you all had a great summer, and don't forget that fall is another great time of year to go hiking and enjoying the outdoors.