“Sunday Thoughts”

“Do all the good you can,doing-good
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.”

misattributed to John Wesley (but it is great advice, even though we don’t truly know who said it)



Carson Kelso, 10, gives lunches and blankets to Corrina Eastman, left, and Merris Wallulatun on West Burnside Street in Portland on December 19, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / for The Columbian

Carson Kelso, 10, gives lunches and blankets to Corrina Eastman, left, and Merris Wallulatun on West Burnside Street in Portland on December 19, 2009. Andrea J. Wright / for The Columbian

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“This Is Me”

the-greatest-showmanI like “musicals”. I’m talking about Broadway musicals-movie musicals-TV musicals. I have quite an extensive collection of Broadway musicals soundtracks on vinyl. “Hair”, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”, “They’re Playing Our Song” are among my favorites. “All That Jazz” is one of my favorite movies, and I own it on DVD. And oddly enough, I love when a television series experiments with a musical episode. Don’t tell anyone, but I was sad when they cancelled “Cop Rock”.

So, tonight I want to introduce you to a musical movie. The movie did not start as a Broadway play; but was created strictly for film. However: the director, Michael Gracey,  did take the film on; as a production much like a Broadway play and “workshopped” many of the scenes just like a play. The movie, I am talking about is loosely based on the early life of The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum. First, take a look at the trailer.

The Greatest Showman is available on Blu-Ray and DVD and you can have it delivered to your door currently through NetFlix.   The song, “This is Me”, featured in the movie was nominated for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)” and was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. These two lyricists and composers also won the 89th Academy of Motion Picture Sciences’ Oscar® in the same category for “City of Stars” for the movie, La-La-Land.

This is Me is sad, inspirational, and rousing all at the same time.  I find it uplifting and motivational.(Of course, I would)

This is Me.

This Is Your “Saturday Diversion”

Buy The Movie Here.

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“Sunday Thoughts”

wooded-pathYou are a self-choosing mind in a Divinity that permeates everything. You are always in the midst of Life, a Life that lives eternally and lives through you now. Therefore, you need not be disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around you, nor the variations of your experiences. There is something within you that remains unmovable, that always speaks directly to you, saying, Be still and know that I am God.”

–Ernest Holmes

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Aaaannnnnd We’re Back!

At about 7:30AM this morning, I tried to log in to “On  The Road With Dave” and I could not access the site.  I was met with a white screen and the horrible message,

Internal Server Error.  DNS Failure.  Service Unavailable

Or something like that–I can’t be sure because almost immediately blood began to shoot from my eyes and I suffered a massive brain aneurysm.  Did I mention, I hate to have website issues?

I admit, in the past, I have done things to this site that caused some massive failure that was my fault alone. But today, I had done nothing.  This was a server issue over at GoDaddy, where I host “On The Road With Dave”.

I logged in to my account and started a “Support Chat”.  They were cheerful, yet apologetic and explained that they were aware of the issue and scores of technical guys were in the middle of a bank of servers with hammers and duct tape and were attempting to correct the issue.  They would have my trusted blog back online in no time.

Well actually, they said they had no clue as to how long it would take, but they were trying.

I could hear the angry mob assembling across the world, with torches and pitchforks ready to storm the gates of GoDaddy in their quest to Make Dave Great Again…or at least online again.  For the next many hours, I toiled at my “day gig” and saw legions of readers in my mind being met with my website’s failure to respond.

So, I messaged GoDaddy again around 3PM this afternoon; after checking my site every 15 minutes throughout the day to see if it was back up again and being met with disappointment each time. They said that they were still very sorry; but the hammers were not working and the duct tape was gone and now–they’d be ripping out cables and chips and inserting some wire clothes hangers and aluminum foil and to be patient–ye olde blog would soon be whirring out its message to the ether above and scrolling onto a computer near me.

At 8:14pm this evening, I was informed by email that the website was back online.  12 hours down.  You got to give aluminum foil credit…it’s a miracle worker.

If you didn’t see my message on Facebook during today telling people the website was unavailable and you happened to visit today and was greeted with that ugly error message…here’s a belated announcement.


But the real message with tonight’s posting is…

Aaaaannnnd, We’re Back!

And I’m damn, glad we are.


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