Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
While travelling and stopping to eat along the way, we came across a “Tidbits” paper in which I found a very interesting article containing facts which I had never heard before, and thought I would like to share them with you. Being a product of “the 50’s and 60’s”, I was most interested to learn some facts about Paul Anka. I had been aware that he is a Canadian who made it big in the music industry. The songs he recorded were among the most popular of the time. “Diana” skyrocketed to Number One on the charts making him a Teen Idol when he was only 16 years old. I was not aware, however, that he is a songwriter inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in the U.S.A. in 1993 and into the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2008. Did you know that the Buddy Holly hit “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” which he recorded shortly before his fatal plane crash in 1959, was written by 18 year old Paul Anka? At 19, as well as playing the part as an army private in the film “The Longest Day”, he wrote the theme song to the hit and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. He wrote more than 900 songs, including Frank Sinatra’s signature tune “My Way” as well as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “I’ve Gotta be Me”, and Tom Jones’ biggest hit “She’s a Lady”. I have heard Elvis Presley sing “Blue Christmas” every Christmas for my whole adult life and did not realize this wonderful song was written by none other than Paul Anka! Another interesting fact is that he has had the distinction of having a song on the Billboard charts in every decade since his 1957 debut, including singles in the Top 50 during five different decades. He has recorded 125 albums including songs in Japanese, German, Spanish, French and Italian. Worldwide, he has sold more than 15 million records. At 72, he still performs on a regular basis as well as appearing on a motivational speaker circuit. What a fantastic career!
It was hard to believe that the snow was still coming down at home almost all the time we have been in Kelowna! And then today we learn that on the anniversary of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the outskirts were hit by another tornado – thankfully with no loss of lives. However, people were killed by tornadoes in Arkansas, and there was damage in Oklahoma and other states as well. And so tornado season begins… Our hearts go out to those people who have to suffer such tragedies!
Now that we are back from Texas, we decided it was time to head out to Kelowna to check on John’s brother, George, who is in a special care home after suffering a severe stroke last December. We would have liked to have spent Easter at home with our kids and grandkids, but George and Mary do not have any family and our hearts were pressed to spend Easter with them and hopefully ease their burdens a mite… Our sister-in-law Rita had arrived there a week before we did, as she had spent some time holidaying down south with her daughter and felt the need to be with her husband’s brother and sister-in-law as well.
Well, it sure is good to be home. We had a very good trip, with clear roads and sunny skies the whole way from Texas to Saskatchewan. There was no snow until we reached South Dakota and the geese by the millions were flying back north as well. Our friends from Winkler, Mb. also returning home after being in Bastrop, Texas, just south of us, were not so fortunate. The roads they travelled further east through Sioux Falls, were still recovering from a snowfall. They shared on Facebook that they hit a patch of ice on the highway and their RV passed their practically new King Ranch truck, providing a high degree of anxiety; however, when they came to a stop, although the RV did sustain some damage, they were still able to pull it home and assess the damages there. Thankfully they were not injured. We have been very blessed to have safe travels thus far….