What We All Need

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Many of the songs on the radio, whether you are talking about rock, rap, country, jazz…the primary theme of most songs has something to do with love.  Everyone wants to be loved, and to have someone to love.  Maybe I didn’t say that strongly enough: we don’t just want to love and be loved – we all need it. Some folks never find love from another human, but they find it from a pet or from their God. What would a life be without love? How much would we be missing if we missed knowing and experiencing love.

At the Johns Creek Art Festival that we went to a bit over a week ago, one book had art that was taken from words from rock songs. Stills/Nash/Young, the Beatles, Lynyrd Skynard and others were represented. I thought it was rather creative, but I don’t know if he is violating copyright laws by doing this or not.  Still, it was interesting.

You didn’t grow up in my generation without knowing these songs. It was the greatest era of popular music ever, in my humble opinion.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1994, Susan Smith reported that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith’s car. After nine days of intense national media attention, Smith finally confessed that the carjacking tale was false and that she had driven her Mazda into the John D. Long Lake in order to drown her children.

Both Susan and her husband, David Smith, who had had multiple affairs during their on-and-off relationship, had used their children as pawns in their tempestuous marriage. Apparently, Susan was involved with another man who did not want children, and she thought that killing her children was the only way to continue the relationship.

Ironically, Smith’s murder came to light because she had covered her tracks too well. While believing that the car and children would be discovered in the lake shortly after the search was started, she never anticipated that the authorities might not be able to find the car. After living under the pressure of the media’s scrutiny day after day, Smith buckled. She was convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In a book David Smith later wrote about the death of his children, Beyond All Reason, he expressed an ambiguous wish to see Susan on death row because he would never be able to relax and live a full life with her in prison.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: When Pluto was discovered in 1930, many people wrote in suggesting names for the new planet. Some suggestions were Cronus, Persephone, Erebus, Atlas, and Prometheus. Eleven-year-old Venetia Burney suggested the name Pluto. She thought it would be a good name since Pluto is so dark and far away, like the god of the underworld. On May 1, 1930, the name Pluto became official, and the little girl received a £5 note as a reward.

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