Happy July 4th

Happy Independence, Everybody!

I hope your summer is shaping into a solid regimen of fun, relaxation and plenty of sunscreen. The experts say that as you get older, you should increase your spf number; I’m currently using 100:)

I just finished a summer course and am excited to have some free time before the fall. I’m doing some concerts for some longtime friends this summer, but mostly catching my breath from the academics of the last year. A friend of mine would say, “It’s all good.”

If you are in the Toronto area, I’ll be in concert on July 13 in Cobourg. Beautiful scenary, beautiful people, and God always shows up. I’m taking my sister again this year; I think they schedule me because they love her so much! If you are nearby, we’d love to see you. The information is posted on www.janetpaschal.com

The WebMaster is selling my latest release, Treasure, for $9.99 online. It is regularly $15.99. The WebMaster knows I love bargains!
(correction: The July Special is the Home Again CD for $8.49)

We love you all and hope to see you sometime soon. Watch out for the stingrays!


Homecoming Magazine recently celebrated 10 years of providing a first rate publication with a Christian perspective. I am honored to be a regular contributor for more than five of those. For the anniversary edition, I took the readers back to where and when it all began. Those trips are almost always beneficial.


Anniversaries are for remembering, revisiting, and celebrating. To that end, I thought it might prove interesting to revisit some of the random events that have taken place in the world since the Homecoming Magazine began arriving in mailboxes 10 years ago. When the ink dried on the introductory issue, these were our headlines:

The price of Gasoline is $1.86/gallon.
The US Department of Homeland Security begins operation.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates, killing all 7 astronauts aboard.
Nine months following her disappearance, Elizabeth Smart is found.
Army PFC Jessica Lynch is rescued from her Iraqi captors.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from the Supreme Court Building.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California.

Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars.
Google introduces Gmail.
Oldsmobile builds its final car, ending 107 years of production.
The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC.
Longtime Jeopardy! champ, Ken Jennings, is beaten. His winnings: $2,520,700.
Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
The cornerstone of Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center.

YouTube is launched in the United States.
Condoleezza Rice becomes the first African American Secretary of State.
Lance Armstrong retires after record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.
Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.
Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad.

The United States population reaches 300 million.
All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.
Barry Bonds hits home run # 715, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

Apple announces the iPhone.
Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The tomb of Herod the Great is discovered.
Jack Kevorkian is released from prison.
The Dalai Lama receives the US Congressional Gold Medal.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the UK.

Dictator Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba.
Gold prices on NY Exchange hit $1,000 /ounce for the first time.
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300: the first female to win an Indy car race.
The US Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.
Barack Obama becomes the first African-American President of the US.
Bernard Madoff charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

US Air Flt 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River. All survive.
Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
General Motors files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the fourth largest in US history.
All US television broadcasts switch from analog to digital transmission.
Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam in tennis.
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends.

Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail around the world solo.
John Isner wins at Wimbledon in the longest match in tennis history.
BP Oil rig explodes off the gulf coast of Louisiana.
Operation Iraqi Freedom ends.

Attempted assassination of AZ congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
Osama bin Laden is killed by US special forces in Pakistan.
Oprah Winfrey ends her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends.
Occupy Wall Street movement begins in NYC.
World population reaches 7 billion.

Wendy’s overtakes Burger King to become the second best burger chain.
The Lion King becomes the highest grossing Broadway show.
Tiger Woods’ matches Jack Nicklaus’s win record.
The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York.

Sixty issues later, we wonder what the next 10 years will hold, but we do not wonder Who holds it. What a great adventure!

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