Walking with Jesus Christ

“You’ll never walk alone”
“The Sweet Silver Song of a Lark”

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To Mom for all your efforts and love as a Devoted Mother!

I can always hear you singing this Classic

The Story Behind Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Beloved Song of Hope—“You’ll Never Walk Alone”  WRTI

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This is my personal story behind the song!

Mom when I was a boy you made me aware this song was your favorite contemporary classic and I always loved hearing you sing it with your beautifully trained God given talented Soprano voice!  Now no matter where I am or what condition I’m in I can recall those days hearing you sing this song that always brings tears to my eyes, and I know God meant for you to teach us with your devotion as our Mother and with your beautiful voice, what is most important in this life, as I feel it deep in my heart and soul now!  Just like this song says “you’ll never walk alone” and no matter what crisis or difficulty we may be going through as long as we have Faith in Jesus Christ, we always walk with “Hope in our Hearts” that will protect and guide us home to the Lord!  But as we walk through any storm, we should hold our heads up high, being brave and courageous, knowing that “He is always walking with us!”  I found this to be so true on those few occasions when I could have died; but was spared for His reasons or purposes!  And when I had to fight a huge battle on my own your support, comfort and prayers along with Lord Jesus was what really made the difference in finding my way through it all; to a day of rest, where I could hear “The Sweet Silver Song of a Lark!” Thank you Mom!  I love you!  Thank you Jesus for bestowing these miraculous gifts and opportunity upon us!   All the Glory is yours our Savior Jesus!

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Mom your Loving Son in Jesus Christ,

Lorenzo

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Andrea Bocelli – You’ll Never Walk Alone (Believe Studio Session)

Elvis Presley “You’ ll Never Walk A lone” best version, with beautiful slideshow

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

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“You’ll Never Walk Alone” Virtual Choir/Orchestra 15 Countries: 300 People  (During Lock-downs)

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Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

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Dog Gone It If These Aren’t The Cutest Dogs On The Net Right Now

OH MY GOD!!! Thank You Lord! And thank you Friend!

I just have to reblog this now! This is one of the most amazing and happy blog postings I have ever seen! They can call me a nut but I’m a total Dog Person or man! I love them all; I was talking to a lady just the day before Thanksgiving at a store when doing some shopping and her dog an Australian Shepherd are not common at all in these parts, and actually quite rare, but I went on and explained how I helped facilitate the placement of one into a forever home working with my local shelter! And the added good news in general is any dog that meets me seems to have the same good feelings toward me that I have toward them!

These are all amazing photos, very well done; but mainly because these pooches are so amazing and adorable! God I would have them all at once if I could, but, I did have 5 for a while and that was great fun; maybe more than that would be a bit of a stretch! If I can’t get straight in through the narrow gate when my time comes and I have to do some waiting, I pray it’s at Rainbow Bridge! Amen.

God bless all involved in taking care of those doggies and bless these and all of God’s little creatures! Amen.
A Dog’s Best Friend!

“Dogs never bite me. Just Humans– Marilyn Monroe”

I didn’t know she and I were so much alike; well in this regard!

https://lawrencemorra.com/2019/08/14/a-special-dog-angel/

Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence

Clever Journeys

A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.–Robert Wagner

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.– Orhan Pamuk

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.– Elizabeth Taylor

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.– Roger Caras

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”– Charles De Gaulle

Dogs never bite me. Just Humans– Marilyn Monroe

The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s. – Mark Twain

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job. – Franklin P. Jones

Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. – Franklin P. Jones

We Are Thankful To…

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Especially to All the Lonely People from “Eleanor Rigby”

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” “He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”
“Don’t give up Until you drink from the silver cup”

On Thanksgiving here in America let us thank God for our lives and the greatest opportunity it provides which is to serve His plan and purpose while we devout our love to Him our Father in the Holy name of Jesus. Amen.

As we share our love with family during holiday festivities remember to pray for all those who are alone or in any difficult unfortunate circumstances, those multitudes that are suffering; that they are blessed to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who wants to lead them home!

“To me the lyric of a song is secondary, but the song in question is a welcome departure from the usual, overworked theme of love, but also it has a good melody and expresses sympathy for the lonely.” Bernard says: December 24, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Like anything in this life truth and facts must be ferreted out so carry on from here listening to the tune then read all of the text, there is a second version of the story behind the song, and then another song that nails down the significant all encapsulating meaning of “Lonely People!”

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby
Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Father McKenzie
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working
Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby
Died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie
Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people (ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people (ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all belong?

Bitrok 997

4 months ago

“This song makes me feel something that I can’t express with words”

Jerry Solis

1 month ago

“It’s the cello. The full haunting sound that reaches inside you. I heard a cellist in church play once and I wept. That haunting full enthralling sound. It pulls at your soul.”

Robert Davis

2 years ago

“Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name.” One of the most famous and hauntingly poignant lines in all of rock history.”

SoldierWombat

 13 days ago

“Best song from the Beatles and one of the best scenes from Yellow Submarine.”

The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” Lyrics Meaning

by SMF · Published February 18, 2020 · Updated February 19, 2020

“Eleanor Rigby” is a certified Beatles’ classic, indeed somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in and of itself. And as such, certain information should be established from the onset.

First is that for all intents and purpose it is safe to say that the titular character, Eleanor Rigby, was not a real person. This seems to be an idea that many fans of the song have a hard time accepting. But throughout the years, for the most part Paul McCartney, the primary writer of the tune, has contended that Miss Rigby is indeed a fictitious character. Yes, at one point he did acknowledge that his conjuring up this name may have been the subconscious result of being influenced by a particular tombstone in a graveyard he used to hang out in during his youth. But he has also contended that she is a totally-fictitious character, one whose people’s insistence to prove is real has to some degree confounded him.

Indeed at the end of the day, the factual consensus is that he got the first name of the character from an actress (Eleanor Bron) who was associated with the Beatles at the time. And the last name was derived from a liquor store (Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers) he was familiar with in the UK.

Father McKenzie is not real!

And the same also goes for the second character we are introduced to in this song, Father McKenzie. In fact he was originally named Father McCartney after Macca himself. But to Paul personally, this appellation invoked images of his father. And upon realizing that his dad is nothing like the character portrayed in the song, he decided to rename him.

“Eleanor Rigby” is partially based on Reality

But with those facts being established, this is not to imply that “Eleanor Rigby” does not have any basis in reality. Rather let’s say that the titular character is a composite of a number of different elderly ladies Paul McCartney used to hang out with when he was a child. Indeed he even used to run errands for them. So you can say that his sympathy for the type of person Eleanor is depicted as is real.

Narrative

Now as for the narrative itself, it centers primarily on the Beatles acknowledging “all the lonely people”. More specifically it depicts Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie as lonely souls themselves. And the first of the two we are introduced to is Eleanor. Interestingly enough her age is never specified. However, one peculiar characteristic she has is her tendency to ‘pick up the rice in a church where a wedding has been’. And despite this being somewhat of an unorthodox statement, it does effectively relay the fact that she is indeed lonely, perhaps even suffering from some sort of mental issues or poverty as a result.

Father McKenzie is also an interesting case. We see that he is in fact a priest of some sort or a head of a church. However, his congregation is nonexistent.  Thus his loneliness is manifest by him being akin to a leader with no followers. Yet despite this, he stays committed to his profession.

Climax of the Story

So the way the story climaxes is with Eleanor Rigby eventually passing away.  And sadly enough, “nobody came” to her funeral. But furthermore it is Father McKenzie who actually buries her. And so the story ends, with the Beatles apparently lamenting for “all the lonely people” throughout.

Now it’s debatable that they are trying to relay certain messages, lessons if you will, via this tale. For instance, it has been speculated by some fans that the case is presented as ideally Eleanor and Father McKenzie would have met when she was still alive, became friends and thus served as the remedy to each other’s loneliness. There is also a peculiar, ambiguous line at the end of the third verse, after Rigby is buried, which reads “no one is saved”.

Now at the time this song was dropped, the Beatles, particularly John Lennon, was going through an anti-Christian phase, so to speak. So it is honestly quite-feasible that since the church is one of the settings of this song, as well as a priest being one of its central characters, that the band is actually taking a jab at the organized religion. And if so what they would basically be pointing to is the idea of Christianity failing some of its adherents in the most-fundamental way.

Conclusion

Verily, if a listener wants to look for additional meaning in this song by examining the rich history of the Beatles, combined with the symbolic nature of some of its lyrics, there is definitely enough there to lend to varying interpretations. But by and large, the narrative featured within “Eleanor Rigby” is straightforward and easy-to-follow. That is to say that most people who appreciate the tune lyrically do so because of the parts of the song that are simple to understand. And in that regard, it is fundamentally a sad song. It is a sorrowful song centered on an old lady who lives with no one to care for her and dies with no one to bury her.

In other words it’s the type of track to invoke sympathy for those who may actually be living under such circumstances, i.e. a humanitarian tune. And at the end of the day, “Eleanor Rigby” is one of the reasons why many people feel that the Beatles were musical geniuses. They were pop artists who were able to write and recite a hit song about such thought-provoking and heart-wrenching subject matter as care for the elderly and sympathy for the lonely.

Facts about “Eleanor Rigby”

The credited writers of this song are Paul McCartney and an entity known as Lennon-McCartney. The latter would be a combination of Paul McCartney and his Beatles’ bandmate, John Lennon (1940-1980). Furthermore it is noted for being the first song which Mr. McCartney had written which was not centered on the theme of love.

The musical score of this song was composed by another Beatle, George Harrison (1943-2001). None of the Beatles themselves actually played instruments on this track. And in that regard, “Eleanor Rigby” is said to be one-of-a-kind. In this case what they did do was employ session musicians consisting of two violists, two cellists and four violinists. And

due to the complexity of the instrumental, the Beatles never played this tune live.

The producer of “Eleanor Rigby” was the Beatles co-worker on most of their hits, Sir George Martin (1926-2016).

This track originally came out on 5 August 1966 as part of the Beatles’ album entitled “Revolver”.

“Eleanor Rigby” was quite-successful. It topped the UK Singles Chart and performed likewise in Canada and New Zealand. In fact it is noted for being the top-selling song in the UK for 1966.

Moreover it peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Apparently it was not promoted as heavily in the United States as it was in the UK due to the religious references in the song.

“Eleanor Rigby” also earned Paul McCartney in particular a Grammy Award. This was in 1966, and it was awarded in the category of “Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance – Male or Female”.

Moreover as of 2011, Rolling Stone has ranked this track at number 138 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Popular Covers of “Eleanor Rigby”

A number of prominent artists have covered “Eleanor Rigby”, especially during its heyday. Amongst them are:

     Ray Charles (1968)

    Aretha Franklin (1969)

    John Denver (1970)

    Tony Bennett (1971)

    José Feliciano (1992)

    Pearl Jam (2005)

Paul McCartney also did his own remix of this song and featured it on his 1984 solo album, “Give My Regards to Broad Street”.

The Eleanor Rigby Fascination

Despite Paul McCartney acknowledging, as aforementioned, that Eleanor Rigby is not a real person, fans of the tune have still been obsessed with tracking down a real person by this name who fits the character described in the song.  Indeed sometimes their efforts are borderline comedic. For instance, the aforementioned headstone in Liverpool, England (i.e. the Beatles’ hometown) which cites an “Eleanor Rigby” has accordingly become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Said headstone is even depicted on the music video to the 1995 Beatles’ track “Free as a Bird”. Moreover a document from 1911, which Paul McCartney at one time personally handled, which references a Eleanor Rigby (more specifically “E. Rigby”) was auctioned off for a whopping £115,000 pounds (approximately $250,000) in 2008.

Interesting to note is that there is also a real Eleanor Rigby statue located in the English city of Liverpool. It was erected in the aforementioned city in 1982. And interestingly, it is directly based on the character from the song.

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Paul McCartney wrote most of this song. He got the name “Eleanor” from the actress Eleanor Bron, who appeared in the 1965 Beatles film Help!. “Rigby” came to him when he was in Bristol, England, and spotted a store: Rigby and Evens Ltd Wine and Spirit Shippers. He liked the name “Eleanor Rigby” because it sounded natural and matched the rhythm he wrote.

McCartney explained at the time that his songs came mostly from his imagination. Regarding this song, he said, “It just came. When I started doing the melody I developed the lyric. It all came from the first line. I wonder if there are girls called Eleanor Rigby?”

McCartney wasn’t sure what the song was going to be about until he came up with the line “picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been.” That’s when he came up with the story of an old, lonely woman. The lyrics “wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door” are a reference to the cold-cream she wears in an effort to look younger.

The song tells the story of two lonely people. First, we meet a churchgoing woman named Eleanor Rigby, who is seen cleaning up rice after a wedding. The second verse introduces the pastor, Father McKenzie, whose sermons “no one will hear.” This could indicate that nobody in coming to his church, or that his sermons aren’t getting through to the congregation on a spiritual level. In the third verse, Eleanor dies in the church and Father McKenzie buries her.

“Father Mackenzie” was originally “Father McCartney.” Paul decided he didn’t want to freak out his dad and picked a name out of the phone book instead.

After Eleanor Rigby is buried, we learn that “no one was saved,” indicating that her soul did not elevate to heaven as promised by the church. This could be seen as a swipe at Christianity and the concept of being saved by Jesus. The song was released in August 1966 just weeks after the furor over John Lennon’s remarks, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now.”

For the most part, the song eluded controversy, possibly because the lilting string section made it easier to handle.

A string section scored by Beatles producer George Martin consisting of four violins, two violas and two cellos were used in recording. Paul may have been inspired by the classic composer Vivaldi.

The Beatles didn’t play any of the instruments on this track. All the music came from the string players, who were hired as session musicians.

Paul McCartney recounted this song’s origin story in a 2018 interview with GQ. He said: “When I was really little I lived on what was called a housing estate, which is like the projects – there were a lot of old ladies and I enjoyed sitting around with these older ladies because they had these great stories, in this case about World War II. One in particular I used to visit and I’d go shopping for her – you know, she couldn’t get out. So I had that figure in my mind of a sort of lonely old lady.

Over the years, I’ve met a couple of others, and maybe their loneliness made me empathize with them. But I thought it was a great character, so I started this song about the lonely old lady who picks up the rice in the church, who never really gets the dreams in her life. Then I added in the priest, the vicar, Father McKenzie. And so, there was just the two characters. It was like writing a short story, and it was basically on these old ladies that I had known as a kid.”

In Observer Music Monthly, November 2008, McCartney said: “These lonely old ladies were something I knew about growing up, and that was what ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was about – the fact that she died and nobody really noticed. I knew this went on.”

There is a gravestone for an Eleanor Rigby in St. Peter’s Churchyard in Woolton, England. Woolton is a suburb of Liverpool and Lennon first met McCartney at a fete at St. Peter’s Church. The gravestone bearing the name Eleanor Rigby shows that she died in October 1939, aged 44.

However Eleanor was not like the lonely people in McCartney’s song, as she was married. Another of the gravestones there has the word “McKenzie” written on it. McCartney has denied that that is the source of the names, though he has agreed that they may have registered subconsciously.

This was originally written as “Miss Daisy Hawkins.” According to Rolling Stone magazine, when McCartney first played the song for his neighbor Donovan Leitch, the words were “Ola Na Tungee, blowing his mind in the dark with a pipe full of clay.”

The lyrics were brainstormed among The Beatles. In later years, Lennon and McCartney gave different accounts of who contributed more of the words to the song.

During recording, microphones were placed very close to the instruments to create an unusual, vaguely distorted sound.

Ray Charles reached #35 US and #36 UK with his version in 1968; Aretha Franklin took it to #17 US in 1969. A year later, an instrumental by the group El Chicano went to #115. The song reached the chart again in 2008 when David Cook of American Idol fame took it to #92.

Because of the string section, this was difficult to play live, which The Beatles never did. On his 2002 Back In The US tour, Paul McCartney played this without the strings. Keyboards were used to compensate.

This song was not written in a normal chord, it is in the dorian mode – the scale you get when you play one octave up from the second note of a major scale. This is usually found in old songs such as “Scarborough Fair.”

Vanilla Fudge covered this in a slowed-down, emotional style, something they did with many songs, including hits by ‘N Sync and The Backstreet Boys. Their version of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was a #6 US hit in 1968. Fudge drummer Carmine Appice told Songfacts: “Most of the songs we did, we tried to take out of the realm they were in and try to put them where they were supposed to be in our eyes. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was always a great song by The Beatles. It was done with the orchestra, but the way we did it, we put it into an eerie graveyard setting and made it spooky, the way the lyrics read. Songs like ‘Ticket To Ride,’ that’s a hurtin’ song, so we slowed it down so it wouldn’t be so happy. We would look at lyrics and the lyrics would dictate if it was feasible to do something with it or not.”

In 1966, this song took home the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male. It was awarded to Paul McCartney.

In August 1966, the long-defunct British music magazine Disc And Music Echo asked Kinks frontman Ray Davies to review the then newly released Revolver album. This is how he reacted to this song: “I bought a Haydn LP the other day and this sounds just like it. It’s all sort of quartet stuff and it sounds like they’re out to please music teachers in primary schools. I can imagine John saying: ‘I’m going to write this for my old schoolmistress’. Still it’s very commercial.”

The chorus of this song was sampled as part of Sinead O’Connor’s 1994 song “Famine,” which is based on the story of the potato famine in Ireland.

In 2008 a document came to light that showed that McCartney may have had an alternative source for the Eleanor Rigby name. In the early 1990s a lady named Annie Mawson had a job teaching music to children with learning difficulties. Annie managed to teach a severely autistic boy to play “Yellow Submarine” on the piano, which won him a Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. She wrote to the former Beatle telling him what joy he’d brought. Months later, Annie received a brown envelope bearing a “Paul McCartney World Tour” stamp. Inside was enclosed a page from an accounts log kept by the Corporation of Liverpool, which records the wages paid in 1911 to a scullery maid working for the Liverpool City Hospital, who signed her name “E. Rigby.” There was no accompanying letter of explanation. Annie said in an interview that when she saw the name Rigby, “I realized why I’d been sent it. I feel that when you’re holding it you’re holding a bit of history.”

When the slip went up for auction later that year, McCartney told the Associated Press: “Eleanor Rigby is a totally fictitious character that I made up. If someone wants to spend money buying a document to prove a fictitious character exists, that’s fine with me.”

This was released simultaneously on August 5, 1966 on both the album Revolver and as a double A-side with “Yellow Submarine.”

The thrash band Realm covered this song on their 1988 album Endless War. It is a speed metal version of the song that got them signed to Roadrunner Records.

McCartney told Q magazine June 2010 that after recording the song, he felt he could have done better. He recalled: “I remember not liking the vocal on Eleanor Rigby, thinking, I hadn’t nailed. I listen to it now and it’s… very good. It’s a bit annoying when you do Eleanor Rigby and you’re not happy with it.”

Former US President Bill Clinton has stated that this is his favorite Beatles song.

Richie Havens covered this on his 1966 debut album, Mixed Bag, and again on his 1987 Sings Beatles and Dylan album.

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About Lonely People

“Lonely People” is a song written by the husband-and-wife team of Dan Peek and Catherine Peek and recorded by America.

This is for all the lonely people

Thinking that life has passed them by

Don’t give up

Until you drink from the silver cup

And ride that highway in the sky

This is for all the single people

Thinking that love has left them dry

Don’t give up

Until you drink from the silver cup

You never know until you try

Well, I’m on my way

Yes, I’m back to stay

Well, I’m on my way back home

This is for all the lonely people

Thinking that life has passed them by

Don’t give up

Until you drink from the silver cup

She’ll never take you down or

Never give you up

You’ll never know until you try.

God gave so much by His expression of love when he created us and all of this the seen and the unseen; then even gave Himself as the Redeemer to bridge the chasm between imperfection and corruption unto Holiness and Eternal Perfection in God’s glory for those of faith through Jesus Christ the Savior and Good Shepherd!  During the Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas as well throughout the year we must do our best to remember these facts and truth that tells us so clearly how it is better to give than to receive!

God bless you.

Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesians

“34You yourselves know that these hands of mine have ministered to my own needs and those of my companions. 35In everything, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Himself: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36When Paul had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed.”  Acts 20:35

“John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses of all time. It says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

“In the very presence of Jesus, God demonstrates that He is love—and love gives. If we truly want to be like Jesus, we’ll give.” pushpay.com

  • Giving reflects God’s character
  • Giving is commanded
  • Giving makes you happy
  • Giving makes you healthier and live longer
  • Giving expresses your trust in God
  • Giving advances the Kingdom of God

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Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

If You Need More After All That and You’re Not Crying Already Like I Am; An Extra Grand Exit Song…

Now As We Weep!

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We’ve all had the Big Wake Up Call; the Warning Alarm! 💜

Thank you my Dear Lovely in the UK! I hate to make a fuss but it’s a relief to know you could bear it and then did this too! The photos are Divine and they help touch my soul gently!
Bless your kind heart!

God bless you!
Your thankful Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence

Veterans Affairs Ends Cruel Cat and Monkey Experiments

These are inhuman and unconscionable acts of cruelty that are absolutely not necessary for any other purpose than they could just do it and play mad scientists getting away with it for so long! I know that many of those that can do this sort of thing have to be spineless or sociopathic twisted individuals to not have compassion enough to see how wrong this is! It’s like they have no moral integrity at all!

But to me the bottom-line was always to gain money or techniques that could be used for sinister very diabolical purposes; Communist China as we know just from Fauci using their labs for the secretive research conducted by the NIH does this and so much worse all of the time even with humans, but nobody can stop them; pure evil! No one in their right mind that has a conscience or heart can do such horrendous criminal behaviors day in and day out as was done! Now the proof and long fight has come full circle to bring closure to this laboratory of horrors!

We can never stop all of the evil demented acts of cruelty in this fallen world but we can never turn our backs from seeing the truth and doing what is right or acting upon such injustice if we are to maintain our humanity and God given purpose; to do good, and be eventually in paradise!

A great classic movie with excellent actors and story-line called Hud!

Hud (1963)
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Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, and Brandon de Wilde star in “Hud,” an unsparing 1963 morality story about a Texas rancher, Homer Bannon, his bastard son, Hud, his housekeeper, and his grandson. The bastard, of course, is Paul Newman, who doesn’t have a decent bone in his body.

This movie many years back when I first got to watch it on TV really touched me because my grandfather loved animals and cared for them on his farm in a same or like manner that this elderly man in this great story did his! It breaks my heart when the scene comes where he must see to it that his prize breeding animals must be destroyed because of Anthrax right after the government destroyed his whole herd! when it comes to the two last animals he had many years He tells the government agent leave them alone I’ll do it myself and he does, you hear the gun shots off camera; even makes me cry now knowing that a person that loves the Lord and their animals that much is so hurt by their death or suffering! That is what God means!

https://www.tcm.com/video/1488507/hud-1962-movie-clip-youre-an-unprincipled-man

God bless all the folks that did this great human feat of rescue and love!

God bless you Nancy for bringing this great good news out now; when there is so much horror in this world.

Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III

"OUR WORLD"

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Thanksgiving Dinner from the 1950s Housewife

“Home Sweet Home” 
“New Pilgrims Now”
“the best of the best”
“We Shall Overcome”

on November 6, 2021

Reblog by: Lawrence Morra  III

Zero Lift-Off   Only The Beginning

Yes Dawn a beautiful reminder of so much good back in those fine days of genuine family tradition, full of love and beautiful standards!  Sad to see what has happened to this nation especially the nasty displays of arrogance and disrespect for just about anything good in recent years that has the name American associated with it, all triggered by the most nefarious enemies among us! 

But, the good thing is Truth never dies and will always prevail like Justice; as the light overcomes all darkness or despair!  The power of prayer and hope are what this is all about, just like those original Pilgrims proved back in 1620 when they crossed an ocean in wooden ships putting everything on the line to find peace, freedom and to build a “Home Sweet Home!”  Home is where the heart is, and that is what you and anyone thinking about this right now should focus on for this coming Thanksgiving, letting all the good flow from within pouring out from the heart to all those we love and care about, while even extending some of it to those who are having it very tough and even alone!  We can begin with prayers and then genuinely put our best foot forward like those brave and good heartened Pilgrims did way back in the day!

We can be the “New Pilgrims Now!”  It’s about overcoming all the odds that can at times be stacked up against us!  We’re from “the best of the best” and not quitters; “We Shall Overcome!”

God bless you and yours, and a Special blessed Thanksgiving!  Amen.

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

Thanksgiving Dinner from the 1950s Housewife

by Dawn Pisturino on November 6, 2021

Thanksgiving menu 1950s style

Clear chicken or turkey soup

Bread sticks

Salted almonds

Celery

Olives

Roast turkey

Giblet gravy

Chestnut stuffing

Mashed potatoes

Brussel sprouts

Jellied or whole cranberry sauce

Romaine salad with French dressing

Cheese plate

Hot mince pie

Bonbons

Coffee

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How to make chicken or turkey bone soup

“Never discard the bones of turkey or chicken as they always will make a delicious soup. Scrape the meat from the bones, break the bones, pack in a kettle, and cover with cold water, adding a small onion. Cover closely and simmer very gently for three hours. Strain and cool. One-half hour before it is to be served, return to the fire, and for every quart of stock, add one cup of the cold meat, season, and keep hot till needed. This soup may be greatly improved by adding to it, three minutes before serving, ten oysters to each quart of soup.”

Chestnut Stuffing

1 quart chestnuts

1/4 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons cream

Salt and Pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion juice

Shell and blanche chestnuts and cook in boiling water until tender. While hot, rub through coarse sieve. Mix with remaining ingredients. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

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Formal Table Settings and Service

Housewives of the 1950s set their holiday dinner tables with their finest china, bearing the most exquisite designs. If the dinner was served in courses, a different design might be used with each course. All the dishes used in one course would match.

Place Plate – 10-11 inches across. This was the base plate on which the dinner plate was set.

Dinner Plate – 10-10.5 inches across, used to serve the meat and side vegetables.

Entree Plate – 8.5-9.5 inches across, used to serve an entree, salad, or fish. May have been used for dessert if the fingerbowl was brought in on it.

Dessert Plate – 7.5-8 inches across, used for dessert or salad. Used for the cake plate at tea.

Bread and Butter Plate – 6-6.5 inches across.

Soup Plate – 8-8.5 inches across with a broad, flat rim. Or a bowl could substitute.

Cups and Bowls

Cream Soup Cup – A low, broad cup with two handles, 4.5-5 inches wide and about 2 inches deep. Used for purees, bisques, and cream soups.

Boullion Cup – Looked like a tea cup with two handles that was used for clear soups, consommes, and bouillons.

Chilled Cocktail Bowl – A low, broad bowl inside a separate container. The bowl would be used to serve grapefruit, shrimp cocktail, and other chilled foods. Crushed ice would be packed around the bowl.

Glass

Colored glassware was very popular in the 1950s and would have matched the colors in the china dishes. Crystal glassware was preferred for formal dinners, either etched, cut, or rimmed with gold.

Goblet – The main component of the glassware setting. Two other glasses would have been set alongside the main goblet, usually a claret glass and a champagne glass.

Sherbet Glass – A medium sized bowl on a short stem used to serve sherbet, ice cream, and other frozen dessert.

Finger Bowl – a low, broad bowl used to dip the fingers in water.

Silver

Polished silver gave an air of sophistication to the table setting. Besides the usual dinner knife, fork, and spoon, the 1950s hostess might have provided an array of cutlery including a butter knife and smaller knives and forks for fish, entrees, salad, and fruit.

A List of Useful Serving Pieces

2 or 3 tablespoons

2 or 3 dinner forks for serving

Medium sized carving set

Butter knife or butter pick

Gravy ladle

Sugar tongs

Pie or tart server

Cold meat fork

Olive spoon or fork

Berry spoon

Jelly server

Preserve spoon

Long-handled fork and spoon

Pickle fork

Pierced server

Salad dressing ladle

Lemon fork

Asparagus server

Entree server

Cake fork

sardine server

Ice tongs

Ice spoon

Sugar spoon

Sugar sifter for powdered sugar

Ice-cream knife or server

Cheese server

Melon knife

Grape scissors

Linen

The 1950s hostess preferred white linen damask for a table cover at dinner. The napkins always matched the tablecloth. Monogramming was very popular in the 1950s.

Centerpieces and Decorations

Flowers were popular centerpieces in the 1950s. The colors had to blend in with the rest of the color scheme. Candles were usually white or natural wax color. The candles were lighted before the guests entered the dining-room and were kept burning until after they left the room.

From The American Woman’s Cook Book, 1950

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Sounds like a lot of work! A lot of serving to do, and a lot of dishes to wash! But the 1950s housewife took pride in setting a well-appointed table. She derived satisfaction from pleasing her guests. Of course, we all know that that does not always work with family.

Most importantly, however, Thanksgiving is and was a time to spend with family and friends and to be thankful for what we have. Washing dishes is a small price to pay.

Thanksgiving Prayer

Lord, source and giver of all things, we give You thanks and all the glory on this Thanksgiving Day for the splendor and majesty of creation. We give You thanks for the blessings of family and friends: both those gathered around this table and those who are present only in our hearts. We give You thanks for this food, prepared by loving hands, and for the graces You provide to nourish our spirits, souls, and bodies so that we may continue to serve You passionately. Help us to be faithful stewards of all we have been given. May we reflect Your love and that which we have received to all those we meet, especially the less fortunate in our midst. Amen.

Practice Gratitude – Conversation Starters for Around the Table

Name two things you are thankful for this year.

Who are you thankful for, and why?

What part of nature is inspiring and beautiful to you?

What is something that makes you laugh out loud?

What is an unexpected blessing you’ve received this year?

Choose someone you are with and share three things you admire and appreciate about that person.

What is something you love about your family?

How are you going to practice gratitude this year?

Have a Safe, Happy, and Blessed Thanksgiving this year!

Dawn Pisturino

November 4, 2021

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Hearing His voice in my Heart

“this if you will, wake up and smell the coffee moment happens; our epiphany”

Another unmistakable and profound message came to me from our Lord Jesus!

Last evening about the same time I was tired but determined to send out a message to a reply I received late yesterday afternoon to my previous comment I made the day before yesterday!  Now if you like jigsaw puzzles as much as I do you will understand how good  a feeling it is to see pieces to an evolving puzzle seemingly falling into place!

I believe without a doubt God is making His will known and leading the way here in what to me is as I call it connecting the dots in converging converging conversations and interacting events; and to me there is nothing I love seeing happen more because this is what the Lord’s Prayer states  succinctly  being most imperative; Thy Will be done on earth as it is  in heaven!  What’s more I’m so truly humbled and sorry at the same time because I’m nobody yet God allows and actually intervenes this way in my life and I just say Lord, I’m not worthy but I know you’ve shown such amazing grace and love to me that my heart is wanting to burst with sorrow and shame before you for not being the best person because I tell myself even though I’ve never been truly bad or evil I hate that I screwed up or not done better for you; and just been a fallen human being which I know you understand it all far better than I can fathom, the length and breath of it all the enormous gravity of failure that hangs over mankind and yet they produce so much more of it, far worse in many cases than all past transgressions and most frown or walk around with heads held high. 

But just like this Scripture tells us; “9What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. 10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one. 11There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” Romans 3:10

This verse is  so absolutely true but yet I know you haven’t given up on us all and I have learned and witnessed what Amazing Grace you are Lord! 

“Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. 2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear. The hour I first believed!”

I have believed since a boy but did I really know what it was like to truly believe and know what that is like; no I only learned over time and through trials and tribulations, some serious suffering which was a blessing making sure I carried my cross as I must!

Now  to clarify this more for all to understand for the sake of all, I’ve always been a good  guy in most cases better than many and always wanting to protect and watch after others; I was brought up the right way and I was blessed with a good sensitive heart that many who loved me when growing up nurtured  that good in me and then I quite naturally in turn did the same for others around me!  But regardless sin gets us all one way or another and all fall short of the glory of God!

Now  what I’m saying here should coalesce easily when I provide these couple of pieces to a puzzle or picture that God through the Holy Spirit has Divinely influenced as I and others have our hearts open to Jesus and allow the will of the Father to permeate our souls; then Jesus leads the way making it a smooth transition or at least something that we can handle.

First this text that came to me will fit very well with what I wrote last evening as you will see.  These following quoted words I provide were not solicited by me at all but came to my email inbox at about the same time of evening as when I began writing last night.

“Then there are the non-believers, many of them good people. They use human intellect to put forth all the reasons why God does not Exist. Yet they, including many of their Christian counterparts who are lukewarm in their faith – will run to Me first. Their hearts will be unlocked and because they will only see what witness I bring to bear, they will know that I Call them.  They won’t resist Me, unlike those stubborn souls who think they know more about the promise I made to return to present the Final Covenant, than Me.

Every task I give you, will lead to more and more nations taking up My Cross to create the one pathway towards Me. Never hesitate to walk alongside Me when I Call you, because when you respond to Me, you will destroy the power of evil. Evil may cause you pain, but when you allow Me to guide you, you can overcome any obstacle in your way.

I love you and I guide you, just as I protect My Prayer Groups around the world.

Your Jesus”

20 May 2013 @ 10:52pm; Message 0798

Those words provided by:

Now to what I wrote last evening that corresponds beautifully and I hope it all touches you or inspires as it has me to turn more so to our Lord for all of our needs and guidance in these extremely dangerous and troubled times and worse to come!

First of all I have to say WOW! I’m telling you this is some beautiful writing and to the heart and soul of what is going on in this world or what it’s all about and why we are here; really!  You’re so right how so many people don’t connect to this or get it; as you mentioned when we are just teens or some people even into middle age and beyond, they keep fighting the Truth that is really deep inside and nothing in this world will  bridge the gap or fill the void necessary to give that sense of completeness and joy which isn’t a material tangible thing  as it transcends time and space but it must and does exist most assuredly; as we think our lives here in this limited material plane is the what we are an all we can be, when it’s not even scratching the surface of what exists beyond our comprehension and indeed our limited cognitive perceptions!   This is where Jesus Christ can surely come in to make sure we see more than this surface value of life here, and know that He is real and absolutely wants to share all He has to offer with us out of His infinite love, and to totally fulfill us; filling us with His love and glory in a complete existence that is something that we don’t have the ability to fathom now which is why Trusting Him becomes so imperative.  Because He has told us that He wants us to walk with him and follow for a while carrying our crosses in a difficult circumstance, but, He has promised us that staying on our path doing the Father’s will is the only way to live, and to everlasting life in His kingdom!

We can see how very short our time here really is comparatively speaking in the cosmic sense of space time, our being part of the universe and its vastness, yet each of us is barely a blip on the radar, just small flickering flames like candles in the breeze not much hope it would seem to really matter to the universe, and like the old saying, “here today gone tomorrow,” is really how it measures up to be a human being in a place that in terms of the entire known universe is about 13 Billion years old and the earth around 4.5 Billion.  Depending on what school of thought and hard evidence we consider many scientists figure a forerunner of we humans was beginning life on earth about 6 Millions years ago and advanced to the more human form that we actually consider to be us more classically around 300,000 years ago, to be followed by actual Homo sapiens who were the actual ancestors that began civilization only about 6000 years ago!

Now I’m a bit tired at the moment and I know I brought this up for good reason which off the top of my head I want to say that the mystery and absolute awe of existence is profoundly captivating to me but when I place myself and my mere life into this perspective I have to admit if I have my wits about me, what can I actually amount to or what significance can I really have in the big picture or a universe and billions of people! Not much as I see it and you rightly mentioned how when we are very young we are so full of exuberance and dreams of making an impact or really becoming somebody so that others and maybe the whole world will say wow, you really did something with your life and you’re a kind of important person!  Now I have to laugh and say I felt that and know so differently now how that doesn’t mean anything it’s all a lot of hot air and whimsical nonsense!  Because say for example the universe goes on like it has been for another few Billion years and in that time the sun could become a red giant and the nearest planets including earth would be absorbed into the sun and eventually the red giant would under its own weight and gravity become a white dwarf! Just considering these concepts helps me to put my own life into perspective and realize that even all of earthly civilization amounts to nothing but a hill of beans, unless there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and that the human mind isn’t capable of fathoming!

But now that I spaced out our existence a bit in abstract terms let’s get right back down to earth and the old brass tacks as they say.

Where are you or I going with all of this scratching the surface and digging into some fascinating ideas or knowledge that even will really matter at the end of our lives here or further down the road or timeline as to the point would anyone care if there are people around millions of years from now or even just hundreds about who I was and what I did with my life?  And what good would any of that matter in time when I’m dead and buried anyway!  It wouldn’t matter in the scheme of material existence at all.  But while looking into what you said in your commentary; maybe I can finally say what I think is the one thing that matters.

When you spoke about how when we are all very young and full of exuberance and dreams of what we will do in our future lives ahead and have such high hopes of amazing dreams and how this compelling drive is there by virtue of our wanting to make our mark on this world or leave a legacy, do something special in order to be remembered or very significant making use of all of that youthful  ambition or sometimes pride.  But then as the years pass and we go through transitions or even setbacks as life gets in the way or takes some twist and turn we start to see how the things we thought were so important recede into the background or our memories of our youth, and so we begin to let go of those desires or dreams perhaps becoming more practical, or actually seeing how those things are not so important to us and perhaps time is running out and we need to shift gears and get with the real program!  That point you made about how we are find out that what we are really yearning for is that deep, pure and perfect love that can only come from our creator; this if you will, wake up and smell the coffee moment happens; our epiphany!

I think you nailed it down dashingly and so perfectly my Sister in Christ Jesus!  You caused me to think of this Scripture immediately when I read this article essay of yours and it says so much about all of what I have written here; and what you finely tuned in on!

“10but when the perfect comes, the partial passes away. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside childish ways. 12Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

Those people you mention that say speaking about Jesus Christ and His being the Truth is all so deluded, unscientific, illogical or blinded; I can categorically and unequivocally say that I know for sure they are all of those things, and they miss the boat or point totally; they are “the blind leading the blind!”  I have discovered through my own life experiences and being open to Jesus Christ my whole life that He is absolutely real and does let me know in many ways or instances; sometimes very obvious and profound ways too.

God did not create us to be lost in the massive universe to be drifting in a material plane of existence like so many wild seeds that haphazardly float about having no greater meaning or Divine planned meaning!

We were created in God’s image meaning we have this contemplative, creative and ethereal conceptualization of existence and our own place in it, which we can only see to a point on our own!  But then He did provide us with great wisdom in His word, the Holy Scriptures to provide us a rudder to navigate in this big world with a destination in mind and heart that He has already told us about; which is to end up with Him and our Father in their heavenly eternal kingdom!

For now because its late in the day I think I can share some much further explanation here with a couple of my previous writings that speak to this very specifically and one in particular where I was led to some concrete evidence that Jesus Christ provided through design and Divine plan to acknowledge me and my faith in Him.

That is one that I wrote called “The Salvation Stone” will I hope confirms what you already know!  And then the following essay called “Always Walking with Jesus Christ” that should be self-explanatory and again further confirmation about His presence is close at hand always; He truly wants us to seek and love Him to the best of our ability and to me this is the crux of this whole subject, of what to do with our lives and what really matters! Without Jesus Christ our lives will be empty and have no ultimate true meaning, but will only serve to be like chaff or those flickering candles in the breeze, “here today gone tomorrow!”  He is our only Hope!   Jesus Christ truly saves and nothing else in all of existence will save you bringing you to eternal life in Paradise!

God bless you and I will pray that something here is truly helpful to you!

Amen.

“The Salvation Stone”

Always Walking With Jesus Christ

“Converging Conversations and Inspiration”

‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence

Reprise: Concert for the Dead

“Heartfelt Teary Eyed Halloween”
“Hi Ho the Merry (Mary) oh, no!”

Dawn Pisturino’s Blog

My Writing Journey

Reprise: Concert for the Dead
by Dawn Pisturino on October 24, 2021

Reblog by: Lawrence Morra III

Zero Lift-Off  Only The Beginning

October 25, 2021

Dawn; Lord have Mercy!!! What a Beautiful Story and Surprise! I’ve been behind the curve the last few days getting caught up so could that be why I didn’t see this coming or no matter where I was on the highway I still wouldn’t have had a clue or anticipated such an extraordinary pleasurable experience with glasses on nor if I had telescopic eyes and some advance warning system built-in!  It must be your way of making the Trick or Treat Season a “For Real Holiday Treat;” forget the standard concept altogether and bring on the show no trickery needed at all; this is the “Real Deal!”  Yes, a haunting and laughing we will go; “Hi Ho the Merry (Mary) oh, no!”  Yikes could be a nightmare coming!

Where is Vincent Price when I need him?  Met him many years ago and he was cool but creepy in a kind of pleasant way!  Because having him talking face to face with me in reality I still couldn’t disconnect that voice and face from my ingrained memories of him being the main character in the great story by one of my favorite horror writers Edgar Allan Poe who wrote “The Pit and the Pendulum” in June of 1842! 

I read on a site once that Vincent’s daughter has, and who since wrote a book about her famous spooky Dad in which Victoria Price tells us all about the 65-year career that began with radio and went on to his long list of movie credits and even his Broadway or television performances; but on the site she mentions how he would go Trick or Treating with her and friends when she was a child!  So how cool was that; imagine having Vincent Price as your Dad and he is decked out in some costume Trick or Treating with you his daughter! Now that had to be a Treat but just as much a Trick to play on people they would visit if “not expecting” them; when they hear his voice coming from behind a mask; that would make you jump!  What a lucky, “Stiff”

I was falling all over the place after reading this Line! From back in 2012 “Underneath the Juniper Tree,” interview!

“Her delightfully warped mind and find out more about her fantastic writing.”

Again; I have to ask now who creeped me out more, Vincent Price or Stephen King, both of whom I met and was taken aback by; or you, who I never met, at least not in person; or in the flesh!!?? Even met Roger Corman in LA at his production office, the director of “The Pit and The Pendulum,” who was a very interesting man, but somewhat odd too, not a mainstream person who found his niche, producing lots of creepy films on the fringe of Hollywood!  But, he didn’t spook me out too much either or as I say shock me; or totally catch me “off guard!” You get the spook award as far as I’m concerned!

Then to really be so unanticipated like this; I walked into a doorway that I thought was open and slammed into it face first; finding I had been so wrong! Ha, Ha, Ha!!!  But no lumps or a broken nose; so it’s all in good fun after all!

I have to say this is the first Halloween Season that I got a huge “Treat and Trick” at the same moment; which proves “no one can ever be too prepared!” Now I’m finding you’re a composer to boot. another “Shocker” with your “Concert for The Dead!” Never knew I would hear or know about one of those!  And “Bloody Mary” sticks in my mind now, as I did know about the Historical Bloody Mary the monarch already, born on February 18, 1516 in Greenwich, England she known as Bloody Mary was the only child of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, as I’m sure you’re aware!!! But of course we can surmise the shame and insecurity she began to develop at 17 years of age with the split of her parents when her father annulled his marriage to her mother, how that was the catalyst or spawning ground of the legend that now still lives all these hundreds of years later in folklore and haunting tales; especially for Halloween, thank you!

Now about the Treat!  Good God; I have so much to go over here one thing leading to another with a Halloween compilation of mischievous spooky stories to the “Gala Event” of your Daughter Ariel’s beautiful Soprano performances, that was really “haunting” me in a “Very Good Way” bringing me back to a time in my youth or as a young boy listening to my mother’s singing at home, or in the occasional out of the home performances, with her beautiful Soprano voice; all of which has given me a “Heartfelt Teary Eyed Halloween” and I don’t ever remember having one of those in my whole life; not ever!

Really enjoying my reminiscing of all my Mother’s great singing that “you and Ariel” have conjured up; and now I can listen to Ariel who is still so young like my Mother was in all those memories I have; to again hear those actual memories coming to life not only in my mind, but, “For Real” to watch and listen to here in plain sight; not any “Mirror” trickery involved at all!

Thank you very much Dawn and Ariel!!!

God bless both of you so fully and richly!

Brother in Christ Jesus,

Lawrence Morra III

Reprise: Concert for the Dead

by Dawn Pisturino on October 24, 2021

Story by Dawn Pisturino.

Illustration by Job van Gelder.

Dedicated to my daughter, lyric soprano Ariel Pisturino.

Ariel knelt before the marble niche holding the remains of her dead older brother and placed a bouquet of roses in the stone vase. Six months had passed since the horrible night a drunk driver had taken Jonathan’s life. She would never forget.

“Coach Willis still talks about you, Jonathan,” Ariel said, tracing the carved letters of his name with trembling fingers. “Nobody’s beaten your track record. You were the best. You always will be.”

She pulled some sheet music from her backpack. “The opera club is doing Purcell this year. I got the lead role. I’m so excited!” She began to sing:

“When I am laid, am laid in earth, may my wrongs create

No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;

Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate . . .”*

The haunting elegy echoed through the halls of the Great Mausoleum, bringing tears to Ariel’s eyes. As the last melancholy note faded away, the mausoleum doors slammed shut. The lights flickered and dimmed.

Icy panic clawed at Ariel’s chest. She could hardly breathe. Then a long, agonizing scream tore from her throat.

She ran to the entrance and pushed against the heavy metal doors. Locked.  She searched for an intercom or emergency button. Nothing.

“Let me out!” she cried, pounding on the door. “It’s not closing time!”

Voices whispered all around her.

“No!” she howled, throwing her weight against the unyielding door.

The whispers grew louder. “We’ll let you out when the concert is over.”

“W-what c-concert?” Ariel stammered, searching the empty air.

“The Concert for the Dead.”

And then she saw them, gliding down the dark corridors, the eerie inhabitants of this condominium for the dead.

They crowded into the main hall, hundreds of them, the ghastly and the beautiful.

Men dressed in military uniforms soaked with blood, arms ripped away, legs shredded at the knees, and heads split open, eyeballs dangling from their sockets.

Women gowned in rustling silk, faded and torn, ringlets framing faces eaten away by worms. Pale young mothers with tragic eyes, carrying shriveled up babies in their arms.

Dead children glared at Ariel with menacing faces, their transparent fingers clutching moth-eaten ragdolls and time-worn teddy bears.

An orchestra appeared. Skeletons with shreds of rotting flesh hanging from their bones. The conductor raised his baton, and the slow, plaintive strains of a violin filled the air. He turned and looked at Ariel with one putrid eye, motioning her to begin.

I know this song. I can do it. Shaking with fear, she dug her fingernails into her palms and began to sing:

“None but the lonely heart can know my sadness

Alone and parted far from joy and gladness . . .”**

She sang until the sun disappeared and the stained glass windows lost their color. She sang until the moon ran its course and the stars began to fade. Finally, her throat too parched and raw to continue, she pleaded:

“The concert’s over. Please let me go.”

Hushed whispers rippled through the audience. Then a lone figure broke through the crowd.

“Jonathan!” Ariel cried, grateful to see a familiar face.

Smiling, he extended his arms to her. “We don’t want you to leave,” Jonathan said, drawing her close. “We want you to sing for us forever and ever and ever . . .”

Cold waxy fingers tightened around her throat. In the background, the orchestra played a quiet requiem.

* * *

When the groundskeeper found Ariel’s body the next morning, he noticed two peculiar things. Her throat was purple with finger marks, and her hair had turned completely white.

Copyright 2011-2021 Dawn Pisturino, Job van Gelder, and Asheka Troberg. All Rights Reserved.

This story is dedicated to my daughter, lyric soprano Ariel Pisturino.

Published in the November 2011 issue of Underneath the Juniper Tree. Read it here.

Published on Brooklyn Voice, February 2012.

Artwork by Asheka Troberg.

*“Dido’s Lament,” from Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell

**“None but the Lonely Heart,” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and J.W. Goethe

Artwork by Jason Smith. I commissioned this Concert for the Dead artwork for my daughter, Ariel Pisturino, as a gift.

Copyright 2011-2021 Jason Smith. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Halloween! Make it scary!

Photo by Dawn Pisturino.