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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Elvis Presley - You Gave Me A Mountain(Live Hawaii 1973

"Lord I've been in a prison for something I've never done, its been one hill after another, I've climbed them all one by one....But this time Lord you gave me a mountain, a mountain I may never climb, it isn't Lord a hill any longer - You gave me a mountain this time...." I believe this is a perfect description of Alzheimers disease (it also happens to be a song that was beloved to Mahota.)

My Grandmother also loved the words of Dr. King....
"Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight.

I'm not worried about anything.

I'm not fearing any man!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"

Martin Luther King, Jr. Mountaintop Speech

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I shall not pass this way again…

Mahota Walker Salerno left this world in the early morning hours of December 20, after a well fought battle with a despicable and horrific illness that robbed her of one of her greatest attributes- her mind. It was unable to steal her great ability to love however, and her presence has left a lasting impression on many. Her calling hours will be held at the Baris Funeral Home 5-9pm Wednesday December 22, Funeral Service at the Rose Methodist Church on School Street 10am Thursday December 23.

While going through her papers I found the following poem she had copied down from somewhere:

I shall pass through this life but once.

Any good, therefore, that I can do-

or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,

let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it,

for I shall not pass this way again. --Etienne de Grellet




If you have a story or memory of my Grandmother please feel free to shareJ


as you know, Mahota is the reason I am who I am. For the short time I was around her, she showed me so much, it is hard to explain. The lessons of life she taught me, is why I am who I am. Her strength, still leads me through every day. I wish there was a way for me to return that strength to her now, to give her a short period of peace. My heart will never forget all she has done for me, and let everyone know, my prayers and love go out to "all of you".

-Bruce Redden


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tara's Theme ~ Gone with the Wind

theres nothing like a southern lady

Carol Burnett - Gone With The Wind Part 1

nothing better than the Carol Burnett show, miss scarlett in her curtain rod dress - Mahota loved it almost as much as her beloved "Gone with Wind"

Rat Pack on Johhny Carson

11:35p was Tonight show time at the Salerno house- religiously....maybe with a snack of saltine crackers, Peanut butter& apples - milk for me coffee for Mahota....

Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water Original Version

One of Mahota's favorite songs....she was always on your side, a comforter....Pain is all around me now without her, but just the though of who she was lifts my spirits & even through the veil she is able to ease my mind..... - Sail on silver girl, all your dreams are on their way..................................i love u

Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace

Miss you Mahota

Monday, December 20, 2010

Peter Paul and Mary, Paul Stookey, The Wedding Song, Sydney Australia


John Denver - Leaving on a Jet Plane

Elvis Presley An American Trilogy Live Hawaii - AO VIVO

a southern song for our lady

GARTH BROOKS - THE DANCE (clip) - Country Music Television - 1990

for Mahota

All you need to know, according to Mahota

The Lord is my shepard I shall not want,
He makes to lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters he restores my soul.
He leads me on the paths of righteousness for his names sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil -
thy rod & staff they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies,
you annoint my head with oil -
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
& I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

You are more sinful than you could ever know, and more loved than you would ever dare believe.

Love is a verb ....LOVE IN DEED NOT IN WORD.