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Thursday, May 28, 2020

I have lived through a lot of historical things in my life.. On November 22, 1963 the John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated. I was a sophomore and vividly remember the very moment the news came; sending shock waves across our nation.
(I only mention a few--or I could go on all day)

On August 16, 1977, I just got home from work and my son broke the news to me that Elvis Presley had just died at the young age of 42. Again the country mourned and I cried for days. I still can't listen to the song I share at the end of this blog without getting tearful.

As a baby boomer, I lived the Bandstand years; ran home every day from high school so I could tune in to Dick Clark and American Bandstand.

Now having lived and gone to live concerts and seeing countless entertainers perform such as The original Temptations, the Four Tops, Roy Orbison, (one year before he passed) The Moody Blues, Celtic Thunder, Smoky Robinson, the group America and many many more---these were good times that will never come again. (Glad we do have the DVD's to recapture) but many of these incredible artists are gone.

I look back with great joy, gratitude for all the life I have been privileged to live. I got to care for the sick as a nurse, working in Intensive care, and shared of my experience in my memoir, "It Happened at Dawn." I am thrilled to add Author to my resume after forty three years in nursing and working on my second book as well.

At this stage of my life, I look back and I look forward.

Nothing lasts forever including what our world is experiencing right now. We all came into this world and drew our first breath, and it is inevitable one day we will take our last breath. I'm not trying to rush the process, mind you, and am grateful for good health. I have said for so long---to everything there is a beginning, a middle, and an end.

And here is one of my greatest joys--Peyton, my second of five grand daughters by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco-where she lives.

In closing I would like to share the link to a song that comforted me in a very dark time in my life. (many of you will remember!)

I wish you well and thanks for stopping by today.

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  • JUDITH316
    emoticon For sharing, It's good to keep Memories alive with reflecting and remembering those times shared...
    11 days ago
    Memories are priceless, and the wisdom that comes with them is even more valuable!
    21 days ago
    Vividly reminds me that I was a third grader standing outside the school office when I saw teachers in tears over the breaking news of JFK’s assassination. I also remember hiding under our desks during bomb drills during the Cuban missile crisis since Florida is so close..
    25 days ago
    28 days ago
    Yes I have also seen so many changes in my 76 years. And yes I can tell you where I was when Kennedy was shot.
    29 days ago
  • CATE195
    My first husband who passed away after a long battle with brain cancer loved Elvis Presley and any time I listen to him I have such fond memories of the special person that my husband was.
    30 days ago
    This is such great writing. Thank you for sharing memories that many of us lived through as well. Time goes on and there is much to remember and miss, but much to look forward to as well.
    30 days ago
    Our country is descending into anarchy...and I’m scared.
    30 days ago
  • ANTJE20
    I too have those memories. Music is the thing that sets off most memories. Hear a song, and know exactly what was going on at the time the song was out.
    Martin Luther Kings death is still the one that gets to me the most. The opening words to his speech is all I need to start crying. Loved your post. Thank you so much
    30 days ago
    Interesting Thank you for sharing...
    31 days ago
    I so enjoyed your blog and perspective of the current situation in our world. Yes, we have gone thru some challenging times and wonderful times in the last 60+ years. I think of all the challenges are nation has gone thru in the last 250 years and we have still prevailed. Thanks for the wonderful uplifted song. Andrea
    31 days ago
    Thank you. I hope someday soon that I too will be able to look forward or back and seethe good there was and is in each of those days.
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  • SHARON10002
    Oh do we have memories, trials, upheaval, wars, terrors, and sadness that we have witnessed and lived through. I remember also where I was when the president was shot. Two more stand out in my mind - where I was when the Challenger exploded, and where I was when 9-11 began.

    I also love that song, and Elvis was well known for it. The other memory I have of this song was from the Sound of Music when the Mother Superior sang it to Maria.

    It was so wonderful to watch the successful launch the other day, and that moment brought back many memories of my younger years and following the space program and launches on TV.

    Your granddaughter is so lovely and beautiful, and you are blessed with five of them!

    Thank you for your memories, and now we'll have to add another couple of "notches" in our belts after this weekend . . . I hope you stay safe.
    32 days ago
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  • HEDSTS58
    Isn't amazing how many things we have seen. You mentioned a few, here is a couple of more. 1st space launch, man on the moon, You mentioned Elvis (my Dad was having open heart sugery that day), I remember Ricky Nelson's death. The assassinations of RFK, Martin Luther King.
    Peyton is beautiful

    32 days ago
    I have always associated that song with Jerry Lewis and the MS Telethon though I knew my cousin Elvis Presley (yes I said cousin) used to sing it as well. Even in this journey we don't have to walk it alone. We can reach out and should reach out if we are having trouble. This is a great reminder Jan. Have a blessed day. emoticon Donna
    32 days ago
    That song we use to sing in Church. When my mother had to have surgery WAY back when, I wrote the words down on pretty paper & sang them to her, in the hospital. Then left the page for her to see over & over. Touching moments in our lives!

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    33 days ago
    Yesterday another historic event happened - the Launch from American soil that sent 2 Americans to the International Space Station. Pray for a safe docking today. A bright spot in a very dark time in American and World history. I've lived through all the things you mentioned (except I haven't been to that many concerts) but I remember them well. I was in Jr. High in Dallas when Kennedy was assassinated and my dad worked very near the triple underpass where it happened. I couldn't wait to get home from school and dance around the living room to American Bandstand. Such sad and happy memories of a much different time than now. Thank you for sharing.
    33 days ago
    me too
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    33 days ago
    Thank you for this lovely blog. Looking back on my life, too, I've been feeling nostalgic about the people and events you mention here. I've been crazy into the Everly Brothers recently, and this comes after a six-month-long obsession with Elvis (reignited from my childhood, when I used to get chills listening to his music). Before that, it was a few months of the BeeGees, and before that the Eagles. So many of our beloved stars are gone, and it's painful to still be mourning their loss and knowing that we will lose others in the days to come. I'm so grateful for what they brought us.

    Your grandchildren must bring you great joy and give you hope for the future. You are indeed blessed!
    33 days ago
    emoticon That is a beautiful song! emoticon
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    34 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    So many things that will be learned about and talked about in history. My daughter talks of 9/11 as she learns about it in school. I tend to forget she was not on this earth as of yet. My son was only months old when that happened. They will remember the Covid pandemic and now the riots in the Twins Cities. It will be stories they can pass down to their children one day.
    34 days ago
    So many memories. emoticon
    34 days ago
    Beautiful post, song and grand-daughter!
    34 days ago
  • NJJEZ1
    Glad to be a Baby Boomer. We have so much history. It still amazes me of what my daughter has no clue about. I am sorry to say that she is of the "ME" generation, and she lives that to the fullest. I still hope that I will be able to share with her some day.

    Thank you for your blog, and I will put your book on my
    'to read" list.
    34 days ago
    Thank you for this. I will listen to the song.
    34 days ago
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    35 days ago
    When someone passes, so much history passes with them. So important to share with the next generation. I learned a lot from the generations before me, and wish I had asked even more questions and kept a record of the stories.
    Congratulations on your book. Awesome accomplishment.
    35 days ago
    Congratulations on your book! I hope it becomes a best seller! I loved the song! Thank you for posting it!
    35 days ago
    Elvis. How awesome, yes!
    35 days ago
    Great blog! I too have been to many live concerts- Sting, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Doobie Brothers, Chicago and more. Those were my faves. I don't like crowds like that anymore, so with this happening, I wouldn't go back to one. Glad I got to experience it before, and the CD's, YouTube videos and performances on TV are fine with me.
    LOVED Elvis... I cried also when we got the news. He was an icon, and how he does made it even more tragic. I still get weepy too, when listening to If I Can Dream and the one you linked too. Sniff.
    Glad you are happy with your life. That helps with longevity.
    I still want to get your book. I keep forgetting.
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    35 days ago
    Thank you Shanna Lee for the memories!

    I was 17 when I was standing in my living room in Corpus Christi, TX watching TV while holding my month old daughter and I heard that our President Kennedy had been shot. I, like everyone in American was in shock.

    I was 27 and driving in downtown Seattle WA with my 14, 7 and 4 year old son and daughters when I heard on the radio that Elvis was no longer with us. Again, I couldn't believe my ears.

    Two very sad days in a lot of our lives.

    I loved watching American Bandstand too! Some very happy days.

    Your Peyton is as pretty as you are. Thank you for your service as nurse for 43 years. I know you made a huge difference in a lot of lives. You have made a difference in this world and I'm proud of you. I'm especially proud of you for becoming an Author.

    emoticon (((Hugs))) Bobbie
    35 days ago
    I love that version by Elvis and the pictures were beautiful.
    35 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Thank you for the link, it brought back many memories and so did your blog. We must be about the same age as I lived through the same historical events. It sure has been an interesting life and continues to be so. Have a great Friday. emoticon emoticon
    35 days ago
    Great blog thanks for sharing emoticon
    35 days ago
    I have similar memories, though I was in middle school when JFK was assassinated. I was in California when elvis died. I remember those days vividly. I am blessed and have no regrets. emoticon
    35 days ago
    Wonderful blog post. Good luck finishing your second book!
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    35 days ago
    Love this
    35 days ago
    Thanks for the great blog. I can relate to all you said. Good memories and we are blessed to have had them.
    Prayer and faith will get us through this hard time plus taking social distancing serious and abiding by the rules . Take care Jan and be safe, Enjoy the day. Off to my zoom class now for Zumba on my computer.
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    35 days ago
    Thank you for the memories. The song was one I sang in a school choir when I eas 10. It made a huge impact on this young girl
    35 days ago
    what a fantastic blog and so much to reflect on thank you
    35 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    Awesome memories! Where can I find your book? I would love to give it a read!
    35 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Bless your day Jan.
    I loved your book. Have fun writing this second one.

    Stay safe friend.
    I love Elvis. He was one of my favorites.

    Hugs today,

    35 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    These days I think we are all reminiscing our past. Like you I remember John F. Kennedy's death. However I was in second grade and I remember Sr. Medarda stop class and we all knelt and prayed for him. I remember the other points of life you mentioned. As long as we do the best we can, we can have no regrets. Regrets get us no where. You can't live for the past, you must face the future with courage and strength. And go to or reward knowing we did the best we can do. Thanks for sharing your blog.
    35 days ago
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