Hello! Yes, I'm posting this week's blog on Thursday. I have some other irons in the fire (love that phrase) tomorrow morning.
Most of you who take time to read this blog-thank you by the way- already know how much I love the music of B.J. Thomas. I've been hearing his version of the song, “I'm so lonesome I could cry” over the radio a lot. I dare say anyone hits those notes the way he did. Hank Williams was good, but I guess it's your preference.
This week's local event pick is Community School's play, “All My Sons,” which runs all weekend. Go out and support these kids. The admission is reasonable and money goes to their scholarship.
Before going to the play Saturday, have a plate of spaghetti. There are plenty of opportunities.
Blankenship United Methodist Church's spaghetti supper is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. It will benefit the youth department. Hurricane Grove Baptist is having one as well from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. This one will benefit a church mission project.
See the community calendar in the T-G for more activities.
One of my favorite spaghetti recipes of all time comes right from the kitchen of my friend, “sister” and aunt, Grace C. Jones. It's simple and features the correct balance of tomato paste, lots of fresh green peppers and lots of gooey Velvetta Cheese. What's not to like, right? When we were two single gals, a few short years ago-Emoji wink-this was one of our go-to meals.
Sadly, this week, we lost two pillars of this community-Wilene Sanders Bomar and former Bedford County Mayor Eugene Ray. Both served this community well for most of their lives; she was the former associate publisher and office manager at the Times-Gazette for 50 plus years; he a successful mayor and a county commissioner for about 30 years.
Mrs. Wilene always impressed me when I was a young woman working at the T-G. She was a beautiful Southern lady full of faith and grace, you know, someone we should all look to as a mentor.
I don't remember her uttering an unkind word to anyone. However, she did her job well, helped others in the process of doing the same and comforted all our ills. She was one of the best friends to previous publisher and owner, the late Franklin Yates. I say that because he always referred to her respectively as “Mrs. Wilene.”
So did we. And we all loved her. Prayers to Pam, her daughter, and the family.
I went into the front side office where Mrs. Wilene worked for years and, yes, wept some. Then, I thought about how she earned the unique privilege this week of joining our other T-G family members who've passed on to heaven. What a reunion that must be right now.
What a great man was Mr. Eugene. I remember many, many years ago how he shared some sage advice with me. He was that kind of giving soul. Bedford County is the better for his service and I will never forget his kindness to me as a reporter and person.
Sometimes we have raindrops mixed into our sunshine. This could be one of those weeks.
Then I hear a favorite song on the radio, “Well Done” a contemporary Christian song by the group, The Afters. Then, come the rainbows and pixs of sweet little girls riding bicycles in the rain. (See Thursday's T-G.)
I dedicate this blog this week and a few lyrics from my favorite contemporary Christian tune to Mrs. Wilene and Mr. Eugene. Thanks for being a part of my life here.
What will it be like when my pain is gone; And all the worries of this world just fade away?
Well done, well done; My beloved child
You have run the race and now you're home
Welcome to the place where you belong. (From Well Done by The Afters)