Remembering Karen Carpenter

Someone whose voice and music I admired died on February 4th too, singer Karen Carpenter. πŸ‘©πŸ»πŸŽ€πŸŽ΅ She had such an amazing, angelic, yet haunting voice. This song is one of my favorites that she and her brother, Richard, recorded and in which Richard wroteβ€”along with songwriter John Bettis. πŸ™‚

Remembering My Grandma

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Your strength, courage and perseverance is what pushed you to emigrate to this country.

Raising six children alone was not easy. πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘¦πŸ½πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘¦πŸ½πŸ‘§πŸ½πŸ‘¦πŸ½

The sacrifices you made and the risks you took to give them and your grandchildren a better life did not go unseen.

I will be forever indebted to you for what you did for all of us: to provide a better, enriching life. Β πŸ™πŸ½β€οΈ

I take pride in having known you for just a short time.

But it was in that short time that I discovered your strength, determination, hard work and never giving up are all traits you have passed down to me.

I will continue to push towards achieving my goals and dreams, and will always look above to say “thank you” for being a part of my life and for guiding me in to who I am today. πŸ™‚

This Day In History: Rick Nelson Dies

On Dec. 31, 1985, actor, singer, songwriter and musician Rick Nelson, along with his fiancΓ©e Helen Blair, four members of his band and Nelson’s manager, were killed when the fourteen-seat, DC-3 private plane they were traveling in crash-landed near DeKalb, Texas.

From 1952 to 1966, Nelson appeared on his parents’ television show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. It was while he was on the series that he began singing, which eventually propelled his career into Rock and Roll stardom.

Here’s one of my favorite Ricky Nelson songs. πŸ˜€ ❀

On This Day In History: Natalie Wood Dies

It was 35 years ago today that actress Natalie Wood was found dead, believed to have drowned after she fell off a 60-foot yacht while on vacation on Catalina Island with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and her Brainstorm costar, Christopher Walken.

Several theories have been discussed as to how Wood died. She may have fallen into the harbor after attempting to secure the ship’s dinghy. Wood had a lifelong fear of dark water and being helpless in it. Three decades later, her death still remains a mystery.

To read more about Wood’s death, click here.

Still Missing You

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A decade has gone by and I still think about you. You left a huge void in your family when you were called by God. Your brothers and sisters, your nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and your numerous cousins–including myself–mourned for you. 😒 Your voice still resonates with me and every time I see a butterfly, I’m reminded of your humility, love and dedication for your entire family. I know you’re in a better place–free of pain–which you bravely fought just before it took your young life.Β  πŸ™ πŸ’–

I love you cousin and you’ll always be in your family’s thoughts and hearts.Β  ❀️ πŸ™‚