Love Themes Music Video, and “Hope”, a Forte Post!

What the world needs now . . . Love! Remember the song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Dionne Warwick? Well, those words are as true today as back in the 1960's when she sang it . . . maybe more so. Because of all the issues around our nation and the world, I thought I'd share the music video from my Love Themes album. There are music clips of three of the songs, some of my favorite from this album.  The music video was done by Jadon Barnes, a young man who is a super talent with computer generated image work. And, I'm also sharing one of my songs, "Hope", that has been a favorite with my listeners. The "Love Themes" album . . . I wrote the songs for the "Love Themes" album in 2009-2010, but the album was actually released … [Read more...]

Mary’s Song, an album for Good Friday and Easter!

Mary's Song . . . a Love Song . . . With tomorrow being Good Friday, followed by Easter on Sunday, I thought I would share with you three of the songs from the album I composed and recorded, "Mary's Song". This album is about the emotions Mary Magdalene felt in the days, maybe weeks, leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. In order to understand, it is important to look at her life as it related to Jesus. Mary Magdalene and Jesus . . . a love from a pure heart. We can see in the scriptures that Mary Magdalene is mentioned several times: Jesus cast demons out of her. It was Mary who sat at Jesus feet while her sister, Martha, was "cumbered about many things". She anointed His head and feet with oil prior to his … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mama, and “To Mama with Love”

(L to R) Back Row--Candace, Jeri, Jason, Trey Front Row--Amber, Me, Mama) Today is Mama's 93rd Birthday!!! Mama is 93 years old today! She's been saying for six months that she's "93", but in reality, she did not cross that marker until today, January 6th:) Because of the threat of a winter storm coming to central Arkansas, we decided on Wednesday (Jan. 4) that we would get together instead of waiting until today. And, just as the weather forecasts had indicated, we did get snow this morning. We began planning on Tuesday. I baked the white birthday cake, and Victoria frosted it. Didn't she do a great job? It was a hit for sure! We ALL loved it! And, all the girls at Candace's shop signed a card for Mama:) She was so touched by that! … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from Food and Forte!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas! Lynn and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! As you sit down to enjoy your Christmas dinner, and open your presents, I hope you will take a few moments to remember the baby in the manger, Jesus, who is truly the "reason for the season". God bless you and your family, and I pray 2017 is an even better year for all! Sincerely, Maribeth Alexander … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving: Teaching Your Children About Thanksgiving and Thankfulness

Teaching Your Children About Thanksgiving and Thankfulness . . . The focus has been on being thankful in many of the posts this month . . . an attribute that is so important in our lives. It's important to have a thankful heart, not only during the Thanksgiving season, but every day. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." God wants us to be thankful for all our blessings, many of which go by each day unnoticed. The Twelve Days of Thanksgiving . . . the "Why" Last year, as I was thinking about the Thanksgiving season, an idea came to me to write a book to help teach children about Thanksgiving and being thankful. I have been concerned for … [Read more...]