Monday, March 11, 2019

Where the Greatest Still Play

We start this month’s “When Swing Was King” schedule of 11 senior care facilities tomorrow and, as always, we will be sharing a fresh collection of 12 original songs from the big band era, over 200 inspiring photographs from those same years, a program narration that takes an interesting look back at the featured musicians, and the opportunity for sharing with one another wonderful memories and fellowship.

We will also be handing out to our audiences this month copies of our 4-page quarterly newsletter, complete with a big band quiz and plenty of other trivia, nifty quotations, and a personal note from Claire and me. If you would like to check out that newsletter, you can do so in the collection we’ve uploaded on the Vital Signs Ministries website right here.

All in all, March would be a fantastic time for you to drop in on one of our shows. We love to have visitors and our audiences do too. The schedule and locations can be found (also at the Vital Signs Ministries website) right here.

And, by the way, here is the songlist for this month’s terrific program:

1) Glenn Miller Orchestra (with the vocals of Ray Eberle) — “When You Wish Upon a Star”

2) Nat King Cole (backed by a swinging Billy May studio band) — “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”

3) Harry James Orchestra — “Crazy Rhythm”

4) Artie Shaw Orchestra (with vocals by Helen Forrest) — “I Have Eyes”

5) The Andrews Sisters (backed by the Eddie Haywood band) — “The House of Blue Lights”

6) Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra — “Blue Room”

7) Andy Williams — “Days of Wine and Roses”

8) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”

9) Dennis Day (backed by Frank De Vol Orchestra) — “Where or When”

10) Gene Krupa Orchestra (with vocals by Carolyn Grey) — “They Didn’t Believe Me”

11) Benny Goodman Sextet — “Rose Room”

12) Frank Sinatra (backed by the Count Basie Orchestra) — “Fly Me to the Moon”

Great, great stuff! So, why don’t you make plans to come along for the happening? Again, the schedule is right here.

Monday Morning Reality Check

Here's a selection of some of the best “dispatches from the front” of the culture wars.

* “Cast Into the Outer Darkness: An Open Letter to Facebook — A Christian human rights activist and Stream contributor loses her account. Facebook rejects her appeal and walls off further communication.” (Faith McDonnell, The Stream)

* “On Christian Millennials Who Believe Evangelism is Wrong” (Chelsea Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism)

* “Kamala Harris Is Wrong. Keep the World’s Oldest Profession Illegal” (Scott Yenor, Daily Signal)

* “In Defense of Women’s Sports” (Rich Lowry, National Review)

* “Drunk Driving is a Violent Crime” (Helen Witty, President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

* “Boycott Girl Scout Cookies, They Partner With Groups That Promote Abortion” (Jane Chastain,

* “The Folly of Solar Energy” (John Hinderaker, Power Line)

* “Recycling Is a Waste” (Kyle Smith, National Review)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Outrage Alert!

Causes for outrage? You'd better believe it. However, let that anger be righteous and channeled into proper responses like intercession, advocacy of holy solutions (including letters and calls to the relevant people), spreading the word to others, and encouraging individuals who are working for God's truth in these critical culture wars.

* “Cecile Richards: Force Christian Doctors and Nurses to Perform Abortions” (Steven Ertelt,

* “The U.S. Sends Millions to Countries That Persecute Their Own Citizens — for Being Christian” (Kerby Anderson, EPM Blog)

* “Christian adoption agency sues New York after state tries to shut it down” (Caleb Parke, Fox News)

* “Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference” (Sydney Volanski,

* “CBS’ Lara Logan Just Exposed Leftist Media Bias. Again. So Why Do So Many Media Members Ignore The Criticism?” (Ben Shapiro, Daily Wire)

* “Crash that killed woman was driver's 6th DUI in 9 years, police say” (Amy Lieu, Fox News)

* “The Jussie Smollett Haox and the Media’s Tribal War on America” (Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage Mag)

* “Chicago Police Chief: Smollett Staged Hate Crime because He Was ‘Dissatisfied with His Salary’” (Jack Crowe, National Review)

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Wild Knights & That Printer of Udell's

“Many of Reagan’s accomplishments, as well as his outlook on life, can be traced back to that dog-eared copy of That Printer of Udell’s.” (John Fund, Senior Editor of the American Spectator and popular National Review columnist)

On Saturday, March 23rd at 10:00 AM, Denny & Claire Hartford will be hosting the latest discussion of the Wild Knight Book Club. This time around it’s a Saturday brunch with bagels, scones, fruit, coffee and tea.

And the book? Harold Bell Wright’s classic novel, That Printer of Udell’s.

Would you like to read (and discuss with friends) the book that made such a profound difference on Ronald Reagan? Of course! So why not plan on joining us Saturday morning, March 23 at 10. RSVPs are required but very easy to do. Call, email, or send us a private message via Facebook.

“I found a role model in that traveling printer whom Harold Bell Wright had brought to life. He set me on a course I’ve tried to follow even unto this day. I shall always be grateful.” (Ronald Reagan, in a letter to Harold B. Wright’s daughter-in-law in 1984.)

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The State of the Union...and of the Culture Wars

* “Trump's Comments About Abortion at the State of the Union Were Historic” (Michael Brown, Town Hall)

* “Life Is Under Attack” (Vice-President Mike Pence, National Review)

* “Media Misses: Bias Exposed Over Abortion Extremism” (Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal)

* “A Defining Moment in Obama's Legacy” (Terry Jeffrey, Town Hall)

* “When Democrats Accidentally Told The Truth, America Hated It, & The Media Tried To Pretend It Never Happened.” (Kevin McCullough, Town Hall)

* “Democrats have made a sharp left turn – Here's what's behind it” (William J. Bennett, Fox News)

* “The Pope's Stubborn Silence on the Persecution of Christians” (Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute)

* “Ignoring Biology Doesn’t Make It Less Real” (Walter E. Williams, Daily Signal)

* “This Is What Anti-Christian Bigotry Looks Like” (David French, National Review)

The Monthly Letter: The March, the Walk, and More

“I’m actually writing this February LifeSharer letter even before January is finished.That’s unusual. But I’m doing so because I wanted to review for you (while they are still fresh in my memory) some of Claire’s and my experiences at the March for Life in Washington D.C. and the Nebraska Walk for Life in Lincoln. And I’ll also include a few photos from the Washington March. So, let’s get right to it.”

Reflections on the March for Life