St. George, Utah, Good Times…………

 

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Our neighbors Bob and Barbara have become very dear friends of ours.  They invited the “fishing buddies” and their wives to St. George for a wonderful getaway.  We had a phenomenal time and the most delicious homemade food by some very talented cooks. Each couple was in charge of a meal for each of us to enjoy. Milt and I served barbecued Tri-tip steak, glazed and grilled pineapple, maple glazed carrots, a relish tray with carrots, celery and zucchini with a yogurt dill dip, a delicious green salad full of all kinds of fresh vegetables, baked potatoes and fresh berries for dessert with a brown sugar whip cream topping. It was delicious and there were plenty of leftovers for yummy steak sandwiches for the next day’s lunch.

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We went to the St. George Temple on a very rainy and cold morning. When we came out of the temple the stormy skies had cleared up and the sun was shining through the trees making for a stunning sunburst in the photographs and it turned out to be a beautiful day.  While we were in St. George we had snow, hail, rain and sunshine all in 3 three days time.  In Salt Lake the weather was snowy and cold so we did have a little reprieve from the winter.  We would like to thank Bob and Barbara for their hospitality and their friendship.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”– Marcel Proust

General Conference, April 5 and 6, 2014

General Conference is a renewal session for your soul.  Every year, twice a year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meet together to listen to messages prepared by the leadership of the church.  The meetings take place in Salt Lake City in The Conference Center that holds 21,000 people.  Throughout the world others can watch conference through multiple social media sources such as Facebook, twitter, you tube, The Mormon Channel and much more.  What a wonderful time of communication levels we live in.  We have a stewardship to use these resources for good and uplifting messages.

WEB Layout April general conference 2014

The Piano Guys & The 7 Wonders, Second Wonder

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The Piano Guys just posted the second video on their world tour at Rio de Janeiro.

The Mission: How Great Thou Art

We’ve set an ambitious goal to film in front of all Seven Wonders of the World. We started with the Great Wall of China (link). As our tour of Brazil approached we set our sights on our next Wonder: Christ the Redeemer. This incredible piece of art soars 10 stories in the air, stretches 100 feet wide and weighs 1.4 million pounds (630,000 kg). But even more impressive is that it was built in the 1920’s on a peak of a sheer 2,300 ft. (700 meter) cliff overlooking Rio de Janeiro.

Not far from this inspiring statue are the Iguazu Falls – a natural Wonder of the World. Made up of 275 waterfalls that stretch across 1.7 miles (2.7 km), to match the amount of water that flows down these falls you would need 2 million people to each pour a quart of water every second.

As we considered what piece of music would be worthy of such incomparable locations we looked to songs that have been composed or used to praise Jesus Christ, for whom the statute was built and who billions believe created all the natural wonders of this world. We wanted to combine the melody of the heartfelt hymn of praise “How Great Thou Art” with one of the most beautiful melodies ever written – the theme from the movie “The Mission” (“Gabriel’s Oboe.”) “The Mission” is a movie that powerfully depicts the lives of men that lay down their lives for others. It was also filmed at Iguazu Falls. “How Great Thou Art” praises God and all that He has done for His children on this Earth. The two harmonize so beautifully with each other, both musically and thematically. As we played these pieces in front of the Christ Statue and Iguazu Falls we felt an overwhelming sense of wonder, peace, and joy.

This music video is not meant to exclude anyone that does not believe in God. We hope that it instead promotes spiritual feelings that can be felt by all – gratitude for a beautiful Earth, for life, and for joy.

A wise man once said, “If we thought of life as a gift, we might not demand nearly as much from it. And if we lived more graciously, giving of ourselves more freely to the well-being of others, many of our personal concerns would disappear, and life would become easier for all.”

We respect all beliefs and opinions, but we hope that in the comments everyone can set aside religious differences and instead focus on building each other up – through gratitude, inspiration, kindness and mutual respect.

Thank you so much for watching! We are grateful for you!

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The 7 Wonders and Number One: Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends

 

 

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I have always been a huge fan of The Piano Guys.  They are a local Utah group of everyday Dads.

They have a wonderful sense of humor and their concerts are so enjoyable.

Last December we went to their Christmas concert at The Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City.

I definitely would go to another concert.  At the concert, the group mentioned that they had filmed the first video of their quest to play at all of the 7 Wonders of the World.

They showed the video of The Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends to the audience.

I loved it and knew I would have to do a blog post about the Piano Guys.

About “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends”
Since ThePianoGuys began, it has been our impossible dream to put a grand piano on the Great Wall. People laughed at us when we said we were determined to do it. It is done. All of us at ThePianoGuys would like to dedicate this music video to the visionary behind it all and the man whose dream this has always been: Paul Anderson.

About “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends”
Since ThePianoGuys began, it has been our impossible dream to put a grand piano on the Great Wall. People laughed at us when we said we were determined to do it. It is done. All of us at ThePianoGuys would like to dedicate this music video to the visionary behind it all and the man whose dream this has always been: Paul Anderson.

ALL THE SOUNDS YOU HEAR WERE CREATED BY THE CELLO, PIANO, AND ASIAN PERCUSSION

THE STORY:

Yes. That is the Great Wall of China. No. It’s not green screen.

It is difficult to detail each of the many miracles that were stitched together in time turning this dream into actuality. Master Oogway, himself, said, “A destiny is not realized until we let go of the illusion of control.” To say we made this happen of our own accord would be to fall victim to this illusion. An invisible hand guided us, for which we are eternally grateful. This was a life-changing experience for us.

We’d like to thank the main players in this story that made it possible:

Our managers at DSW, David Simone and Winston Simone; Sony Masterworks, and especially to the woman that climbed every wall that stood between us and The Wall: Ivy Song.

When we found out we had been granted a permit to film on The Wall we were intimidated by the prospect of choosing what song to write. A pop song arrangement seemed irreverent! We talked about writing an original tune, but we wanted something more relevant. We’re big fans of the Kung Fu Panda movie series (and we’ve all got kids that love it too.) We had what we call a “chills up” moment as we listened to “Oogway Ascends” from the soundtrack. Steve was inspired to figure out how to create a sound on his custom electric cello (named Bruce Lee) that mimicked the Chinese fiddle (Erhu) and the plucked instrument, Guqin. As we often love to do we wanted to include a classical influence. There are over 30 million piano students in China. That’s more people than the entire population of Australia! It’s probably safe to say the great Polish pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin has more groupies in China than anywhere else. We had been working on an arrangement of his Prelude No. 20 (nicknamed “Chord” or “Funeral” Prelude). It fit the theme and the vibe of Oogway’s “Ascension” AWESOMELY (as Po would say). Between it all we wanted a bridge that sounded like a Kung Fu battle. Once the concept had solidified the song seemed to write itself.

We only had a day to film. Wow. Capture the epicness of the Great Wall in 12 hours or less? Add in the challenges of weather (lighting), limited equipment and crew, and, of course, the people climbing the wall – many were very nice and stayed back as we filmed, but we couldn’t keep everyone off which eliminated a lot of shots. We wished we could have done so much more, but we’re grateful for what we were able to do.

Nifty Gifties Version Two!

 

 

Update:  This blog post never made it on the day that Lisa had it posted, sorry!

And this is not an April Fools’ Joke!

April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1.

People like to play practical jokes on their friends and family.

I can honestly say that I have never played a joke on anyone.

I guess I am just too serious! LOL!

My sweet friend Lisa Bearnson posted this on her blog today.
I made all 25 cards that come in the Nifty Gifties Verson Two

Here is the link to her blog, http://www.lisabearnson.com/blog/Nifty Gifties Version Two!

March 18th, 2014

One of my most favorite products ever sold on HSN is Nifty Gifties–a card kit solely dedicated to gift cards. This kit sold like wildfire the first time it was featured and is no longer available–it completely sold out on HSN.com.

Good News! Nifty Gifties version two will be featured next week (currently scheduled at 2:00 p.m. ET on HSN on March 24th). It also is already available on HSN.com.

Just check out this collection:

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Bright new patterns, designs, sentiments and also clear bags with bag toppers (with a slot for gift cards or redeemable coupons!). This is ONLY found on HSN. Just look at all this goodness!

The  bags and bag toppers are worth their weight in gold (and totally customizable with the gift card tucking inside the topper):

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And then there are all the cards:

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My pal, Pam Taylor, played around with one of the kits and took a pic of her creations. She had so much fun with it and loved the versatility and designs.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for another product highlight!

Lisa

Update 2:

The HSN show was a great success for Lisa and her crew.

 

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