Slowing Down

Have you ever been riding behind a car that’s just poking along? And when you finally had a chance to pull around, you noticed the driver looked pretty ancient compared to you? And you felt like shaking your fist and yelling, “What business do you have to still be driving at your age?”

I’ve certainly experienced that. My father got to be one of those turtles a number of years before his death. I’m sure he didn’t realize that staying beneath the speed limit made him a hazard. Thank goodness I’m not that kind of driver, and I hope and pray I’ll never become one.

No, I’m not slow that way.

But I’ve never been fast. In fact, “rush” and “hurry” are NOT in my personal dictionary.

You think I’m exaggerating? In 1968 I served as the photographer for the staff yearbook at the place where I was working for the summer. That was my extracurricular job, though. I was actually one of the cleanup crew for the auditorium and classroom buildings at a Lifeway Conference Center in North Carolina.

I was what I suppose kind people would refer to as a plodder. I definitely didn’t work rapidly.

So when my fellow auditorium crew members started calling me “Flash,” they weren’t talking about my photography. They were making fun of my slowness in performing my job.

That was forty-eight years ago, and I certainly haven’t gotten any faster in the interim.

Fortunately, my slowness is physical, not mental. Yet it’s also a matter of attitude. I can’t stand to push or to be pushed.

All of that to say that I love writing posts for this blog, but working on them has become more and more of a problem. Coming up with two topics a week has put me in a bind I don’t enjoy. Especially when I’m less proud of some of my topics than I am of others.

Oh, no. I’m not giving up this blog. Many of you have been wonderfully supportive, and I need my interaction with you. But my wife–bless her heart!–has convinced me I would be better off (and so would you) if I limit myself to one post a week and am more selective about what I write about.

So today is my last Wednesday post. I’ll continue to post on Sundays. If you don’t already subscribe to my other blog, As I Come Singing, you might want to check it out HERE. I post to it once a week (on Wednesdays), and since I recycle those posts every three years, all I need to do is select an old post–they’re based on the lyrics of my original songs–and edit to improve them.

I want to thank everyone who’s been following this blog and hope you’ll continue to enjoy and benefit from it. All comments are  welcome.

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Roger

My Two Favorite Beauty Queens

janet     jane

My attitude towards beauty pageants and beauty contestants for many years was much the same as Gracie Hart’s initial attitude in the movie Miss Congeniality. Disgust. Major disapproval. After all, beauty is only skin deep, right? And what beauty queens are beautiful except on the outside?

Not until I met the two women who became my favorite beauty queens and learned to admire the women inside those evening gowns and swimsuits did I learn how wrong I’d been. Uh, not that I’ve ever known any other ones.

Strangely enough, I met Janet Roller and Jane Herlong (pictured left to right above) at the same place, the Lifeway Conference Center at Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

Janet led the worship music at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC) for several years (and will do that again next month for the Novelist Retreat at Ridgecrest). She’s one of the best musicians that conference has ever had and has written a number of songs and at least one novel so far.

I don’t know how many CDs she’s recorded, but I have two of them. She’s also a teacher and motivational speaker. Oh, and did I mention she’s an excellent pianist?

Jane was the keynote speaker at the BRMCWC banquet one year. “Speaker” is an inadequate description of Jane, even though she has recently been inducted into the prestigious CPAE Hall of Fame for her speaking; she is both a gifted singer and a hilarious comedian. Oh, and now an author of several nonfiction books as well. Not to mention the endorser of one of my yet-unpublished novels.

Janet is a, uh, a few years younger than Jane, but they’re both still attractive women. I can only imagine how they must’ve looked as Miss South Carolinas–yes! they’re both from the same state–at an earlier stage of their lives. But the important thing is they are both wonderful and talented ladies, using their talents for the Lord.

Both women are quite approachable. No conceit about accomplishments past or present. (Neither became a Miss America.) In fact, I especially treasure both of them because of their receptivity to a request I made about one of my original songs–one I’d written as a duet.

During different years, Jane and Janet agreed to sightread my song and sing it with me just for the heck of it. How many professional singers do you know who would do something like that?

Nobody else was around at the time that I can recall, but that wouldn’t have mattered. They didn’t act like they were lowering themselves to sing a song with a non-professional like me. In fact, Jane emailed me these gracious words after the conference: “Roger- It was such fun meeting you and sharing your wonderful music!  Thanks for letting me sing with you!”

Jane and Janet, you’re beautiful people inside and out, and I feel blessed to know both of you.

Do you have someone special you’d like to write a tribute to? Feel free to do so in a comment.

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Roger