Hi! Thanks for allowing me to introduce you to a few friends who have made significant contributions to my life. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know them as much as I have.
I have known Gary Chapman since I was about twelve years old. During my teenage years, I looked to Gary as an "adopted" older brother. He had a tremendous impact on my life. I always knew that this extremely funny and talented young man would figure out how to touch the world in a special way. He is still a character and a great friend, and I am still very proud of him. Gary's website is a reflection of who he is... very real and full of fun. You should check it out! And don't forget to pick up a CD or two while you're there. :)
Ginny Owens is more like a sister to me than a friend. We met several years ago when Ginny was a student at Belmont University, which happens to be my alma mater as well. It didn't take long for us to realize that we had a lot in common, much more than just a disability. I have found Ginny to be a treasure, a friend who truly understands my heart. You can get to know Ginny's heart by visiting her website and by listening to her music. If you have not experienced the dynamic and profound musical style of this talented young lady, I encourage you to do so. BUY music from Ginny Owens at FreshReleases.com!
I became acquainted with Brian Mason during my years as a student at Belmont University. Since 1980, Brian has been the host of "The Brian Mason Show," a weekly four-hour live radio program that has become a Sunday-morning tradition in the Nashville area. Brian's show is a combination of great Christian music and sometimes thought-provoking, often hilarious, interviews with some of the most well-known contemporary Christian artists. Even if you do not live in the Nashville area, if you love contemporary Christian music, you will enjoy listening to the Audio Archives and viewing the photos on Brian's website. On a personal note, I appreciate the fact that Brian provides text descriptions of the photos, which means that I can "look" at them too! :)
My sweet friend Ann Downing is a delightful lady. Her music ministry has always been such a blessing to me, and I am honored to be included in her HUGE circle of friends. :) Several years ago, I subscribed to her fANNtastic newsletter, and I always enjoy her fun, newsy e-mails. Every year I look forward to a call or an e-mail from Ann, asking me to sing at her annual Middle Tennessee Women's Retreat (MTWR). I always enjoy catching up with the many friends I have made at past retreats. Visiting Ann's site is quite a treat. She has a fabulous on-line store where you can purchase her music, as well as lots of fun and unique Christian gifts. You'll want to keep your credit card handy for this one! :)
Two of my favorite "MTWR friends" are Gail and Ezra, Gail Wenos and her little buddy, the "Smart Dummy" himself, Ezra D. Peabody. Gail is a wonderful lady with a beautiful spirit, and Ezra is quite the little character with a sweet spirit all his own. At the fANNtastic ice cream social held during the 2001 MTWR, I was given the great honor of being Ezra's "blind date" for the evening! :) Visit Gail and Ezra's website to find out more about their fun and exciting ministry!
Peggie's Place, "the most fun Christian home on the Web," happens to be the "cyber-home" of my good friend Peggie Bohanon. I actually met Peggie on-line, shortly after my introduction to the Internet, when I stumbled upon her massive website... and lost all track of time! I e-mailed her to thank her for making her site so "blind friendly," and we became fast "cyber-friends." Several months later I got a chance to meet Peggie in person, and I found out that she makes a sinful cherry cheesecake! Check out Peggie's site for yourself. You'll have a blast!!!
GrowingStrong.org is the "cyber-home" of my friend Sarah Blake. Like Peggie, Sarah was first a "cyber-friend". It didn't take long for me to discover that this talented and vivacious young lady is all about helping and encouraging others, using whatever means God provides for her to do so. Visit Sarah's site to read her insightful writings, and to peruse the various resources that she has included for people with disabilities. While you're there, be sure to check out her on-line store, Sarah Jane's.
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