Happy Hallowed Eve!

Today is All Hallowed Eve more commonly known as Halloween. It is the night when ghosts and goblins rise from the grave according to tradition before the pure of heart come alive on All Saints Day.

Tricksters and those seeking treats will don costumes of scary characters, cute munchkin looks, glamor and home created styles. Children, solo and accompanied by parents, will seek out the homes with porch lights on in search of candy with the customary, “Trick or treat?

Within the gay community, Halloween to many has become the social event of the year. For many clubs and bars, it is the busiest night of the year.

With the dark glasses I was wearing to protect my right eye following cataract surgery a couple of years ago, I dressed one year as the Unabomber for Halloween.

 

Happy Halloween from Mark’s Den!

Sunday Gospel: The Wind Is Blowing Again

In the 1980s and 1990s, my step-father, Reverend Jack L. Hollifield, founded and pastored a small church in Dugger, Indiana called The LightHouse Chapel.

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Jack had to retire after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but to the end, he persevered.

Over the years we had a very active youth choir known as The LightHouse Beacons. The group was a member of the Greene County Gospel Music Association for awhile.

This Sunday’s Gospel comes from a cassette recording of a live performance at The LightHouse Chapel.

My Aunt Nancy Shipley served as the director and pianist. I was also sometimes on the piano. Mom (Sharon Hollifield) was on the organ.

Most of the choir was made up of cousins: Leticia (my Sister), David and Joseph (Uncle Allen’s sons), Travis (Aunt Nancy’s son), Tonya and Anna (Aunt Donna’s daughters) along with several other children from both Sullivan and Greene counties.

I had to record it from the cassette onto a cell phone voice recorder then upload to my computer. Next I had to convert the file to be usable.

Enjoy – The Wind Is Blowing Again!

Wind Down

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

We are once more at that time of the month when the wind down begins. After today there are only two days left in October.

Monday we will celebrate Hallowed Eve, the night before All Saints Day. But tricksters will be out throughout the weekend. A community Halloween is taking place tonight at the Ruritan across the street from Stonebrook.

All dressed up and nowhere to go! Halloween, 2015
All dressed up and nowhere to go! Halloween, 2008

I wonder if I will see any ghosts and goblins knocking on my door.

At the end of my annual check-up at the VA clinic in Terre Haute Wednesday, blood was drawn to test for the Heps – A, B and C.  The tests came back negative. But I am getting the first of three inoculations against the A & B viruses next Friday, with the second a month later and the final six months after that.

The weather has been pretty good for my respiratory concerns most of this week. Not that there are not moments when I struggle, the cooler temps and lower humidity has been a godsend.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Saturday going?

Happy 60th Birthday, Lynn!

Today my brother, Lynn, turns 60.

Lynn was born a short 22 months after my arrival in Charleston, West Virginia. Dad was pastor at the Church of God in St. Albans at the time.

As with most siblings, Lynn and I have had our ups and downs. But one thing that has been constant is that we are brothers and love each other.

Here is a slight pictorial of Lynn in honor of his birthday:

Newborn Lyndale Ray Ivy

Mom (Sharon) showing off Lynn to the world

Lynn Getting Bigger

Posed with my new little brother

Our first boxing match – Lynn was not happy

Look at that smile

Lynn posing on the bleachers

Wishing Lynn all the best of this his day. May he have a day of joy and love. May peace be his.

Annual Goes Well

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Wednesday was the day for my annual check-up at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic of the Veterans Administration in Terre Haute. All went well.

My cholesterol is better than good, both types. The only downside was I need to drink one extra glass of water each day, per the lab work.

There was also a microscopic find of a tad of blood in my urine, which is of no consequence unless it becomes noticeable to the eye.

No need to return for another year.

My blood oxygen level was better than those checking it out. I was at a 99% while in the clinic. People with two functioning lungs seldom rate that well.

I woke at 6 a.m., but took me an hour to have me together enough to let family know I was up and moving.

It is going to be one of those days.

With rain moving in last night and the damp remaining this morning, it plays havoc with my system. My brain is scrambled. My eyes are having trouble focusing.

Such is life.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Thursday going?

#ThrowBackThursday photo:

It was 45 years ago this month in Marked Tree, Arkansas I posed for my senior picture. What happened? LOL
It was 45 years ago this month in Marked Tree, Arkansas I posed for my senior picture. What happened? LOL

Another Check-Up

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Difficult to believe a full year has passed. Time for my annual check-up at the Veterans Administration clinic in Terre Haute today.

The appointment is set for 11 a.m. Ugh!

This means Kernels From the Cornfield will be late in getting published today.

And there is a lot to talk about.

For now I have to get my head together, then clean up and ready to leave Mark’s Den around 10:15 to make the nearly 30-mile trip to the clinic.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Wednesday going?

Happy 30th Birthday, Iohn!

 Iohn Beasley and his twin brother, Nate, turn 30.

Sending out a wish for a very Happy Birthday filled with love, joy and peace. May your dreams come true and your goals be met.

In honor of his birthday, here are a few images of Iohn through the years.

Hope you are having a great birthday, Iohn.

Fleeting Fright

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

For a few moments this morning as I rose to face the day, I had a fleeting fright as my ability to breathe was impacted. For a tad I was concerned I may have to make that call for an ambulance.

Fortunately, the incident passed.

I am not completely recovered slightly more than an hour later, but I am fighting back.

Such is life.

The mercury fell back into the 30s overnight. The temperature is now in the mid 40s.

Don’t forget this weekend the ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be out walking the streets in search of treats. Be careful out there.

Tomorrow morning, I will be driving to the Veterans Administration clinic in Terre Haute for my annual check-up. Wish the appointment was in the afternoon and not at 11 a.m.

The leaves are slowly starting to change as I look out Mark’s Den to the field behind Stonebrook of Hymera. Surprised there is not more color yet.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Tuesday going?

Monday Hitting Hard

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Not sure what it is, but my body is being hit hard by this Monday morning.

From respiratory concerns to cluster headaches to impaired vision to deepening depression, this Monday does not bode well for the last full week in October.

Wednesday I am scheduled for my annual check-up at the Veterans Administration clinic in Terre Haute. I had my lab work done over a week ago. Only problem is the appointment is for 11 a.m. I try to schedule my appointments for the afternoon.

Need to pick up a few treats for next weekend. I moved in after Halloween last year, so am not sure if the tricksters will be out and stopping by.

OK, time to pull myself together. Time to face the day. Time to put on a happy face. Time to push my ignore.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Monday going?

Happy Birthday, Aunt Doris!

Today, my Dad’s older sister celebrates her birthday. So here is wishing Aunt Doris all the best on this her special day.

auntdoris7e0HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Aunt Doris!

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