Thursday, July 2, 2015

Desert Trail Column, June 2, 2015

Fifty-eight years ago this week, in Liverpool, England, 15-year-old Paul McCartney watched a band called the Quarrymen led by the almost 17-year-old John Lennon. The two teens met later that day and before long created one of the most popular rock groups of the 20th century – The Beatles.

Are you bored? Do you like cherries? Yes to both? Then hop on a plane for Eau Claire Michigan this week for the 42nd annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship. Entrants eat a cherry and then spit the pit as far as possible on a blacktop surface. How exciting!

Penny and Ron Root are celebrating 22 years of marriage this week. Happy anniversary to you, Ron and Penny!

Famous people celebrating birthdays this week include Lindsay Lohan (29), Dave Barry (68), Geraldo Rivera (72), Huey Lewis (65), Ashley Tisdale (30), Gary Shteyngart (43), Milo Ventimiglia (38), George W Bush (69), Shelley Duvall (66), Anjelica Huston (64), Hillary Mantel (63), Steve Lawrence (born Sidney Liebowitz, 80), Julian Assange (44), Lisa Leslie (43), Michelle Kwan (35), Dalai Lama (80),Eva Marie Saint (91), Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, 53), Jorja Fox (47), Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (33), Pau Gasol (35), Amelie Mauresmo (36), Becki Newton (37), Teemu Selanne (45), Johnny Weir (31), Richard Petty (78), Jose Conseco Jr (51), Montel Williams (59), Michael Weatherly (47), Neil Simon (88), Francois Arnaud (30), Joe Thornton (36), Nancy Davis Reagan (94), Doc Severinsen (88), Jeffrey Tambor (71), Kevin Bacon (57), Kevin Hart (35), Thomas Gibson (53), Toby Keith (54), Horace Grant (50), Chris Gratton (40), Allyce Beasley (61), Joe Sakic (46), Beck Hansen (45), Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey, 75), Della Reese (born Deloreese Patricia Early, 83), Billy Campbell (56), Gina Lollobrigida (87), Moises Alou (49), Berenice Bejo (39), Billy Crudup (47), Ralph Lee Sampson (55), Sylvester Stallone (69), Pierre Cardin (93), Burt Ward (70) Ned Beatty (78), Sophia Bush (33) Geoffrey Rush (64), and Grant Goodeve (63).

The Food for Life Ministry prepares delicious hot meals at Little Church of the Desert every Saturday afternoon. The meals are free, plus delivery is free to your home if you are unable to travel to the church. Call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410 for further information.

The Christ of the Breadlines, Fritz Eichenberg
Handy Hint:  When you get a splinter, reach for the Scotch Tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the Scotch Tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch Tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Thought for Today:
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
– Decca Records executive, rejecting the Beatles in 1962

Until next time . . . remember to take time to enjoy the WONDERs all around us.