What Modern Conveniences Could You NOT Live Without?

If we all took the time to stop whatever it is that we’re doing at the moment — even a brief moment — to think of all the modern conveniences and technology that fill our daily lives such as communication devices, computers, vehicles, appliances, televisions, audio and video players/recorders, power tools, electronic gadgets, etc. — it’s quite overwhelming! It’s simply amazing to think how dependent we have become on them as the years pass by. Can you imagine your life today without some of them?

What “Modern Conveniences” Do You Feel You Can’t Live Without?

Those of you born in the late 70’s or early 80’s  and beyond probably can’t remember a time when microwave ovens, cell phones, computers, cable television, and other modern conveniences and luxuries didn’t exist, but I was born in the late fifties, and I recall a time when life was much easier, simpler and considerably less expensive. Of course, even these days it isn’t really necessary to have a cell phone, cable or satellite television or even a computer, unless you’ve allowed yourself to be taken in by modern technology. Many of these modern conveniences I swore I’d never need or want, but now I find myself not wanting to live without them because they have made living so much easier.

Are you old enough to remember when cable television and satellite television didn’t exist? Or are you old enough to remember when there were only three networks on the air – ABC, CBS, NBC and they all signed off at midnight… except on Friday and Saturday nights? I vividly recall watching shows like Bonanza, Combat, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Father Knows Best, Gilligan’s Island, The Flintstones, Wild Kingdom, and The Wonderful World of Disney on a 19-inch black and white television set with rabbit ears, and was quite content with that.

So… What Are Your Thoughts?

Nowadays there are more than ever modern conveniences — so many that I couldn’t even begin to list them all. The past three decades have seen amazing advances in technology, and the list of things that we’re used to at the present that were NOT even thought of when I was a child would probably span several pages. I’m fairly certain that it would be very difficult for younger people to imagine never owning many of the items we currently consider a commonplace staple, typical and/or necessary.

I guess that we can’t miss modern conveniences we’ve never had.

What “Modern Conveniences” Do You Feel You Couldn’t Live Without?

Your answers will greatly depend upon your age and what you grew up with and without. It will be interesting to learn what people in different age groups consider necessary, and what they consider an unnecessary modern convenience.

Give Your Input In The New Voter’s Poll

There is also a new voter’s poll (April/2010) in the right hand column of this website asking the same question… along with a sizable list of modern-day conveniences. Please take the time and give your input on this subject. You can also check to see how others have replied to this question at the bottom of the poll.

Here is the Poll Link:

What Modern Conveniences Could You NOT Live Without?

Songs About Rain & Storms

AHHH!! …Very Refreshing. In the early morning hours just before dawn, there’s nothing more refreshing or invigorating than fresh steady rainfall — The aroma in the air — There’s a cleansing of Mother Nature during the first solid rainfall of the season. At night, there’s nothing more calming and sleep inducing than the steady “rhythm of the rain” sound on virtually everything within earshot ….. the windows, roof, trees, plants, grass ….. everything. And  having the windows open helps to enhance the senses even more. Below you will find a good assortment of songs about rain, storms, thunder, lightning or derivatives of the words within the song title. This should help you make a decent playlist for your next themed party or event and should also work very well for downloading your mp3 collection or burning to disc to enjoy while going about your daily activities around the house, or on the go. Several genres and several decades of music have been included here. Enjoy!

Songs About Rain & Storms

  1. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan (1963)
  2. About To Rain – Neil Young
  3. After The Rain – Nelson (1990)
  4. After The Rain Has Fallen – Sting (2000)
  5. American Storm – Bob Seger
  6. And On A Rainy Night – Shawn Mullins
  7. Another Rainy Day In New York City – Chicago (1976)
  8. Baby The Rain Must Fall – Glenn Yarbrough (1965)
  9. Bad Rain – Allman Brothers Band
  10. Black Rain – Ben Harper
  11. Black Rain – Staind
  12. Black Rain – Ozzy Osbourne (2007)
  13. Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli (1989)
  14. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson (1975)
  15. Box Of Rain – Grateful Dead
  16. Bring On The Rain – JoDee Messina & Tim McGraw (2001)
  17. Buy For Me The Rain – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1967)
  18. Can You Stand The Rain – New Edition (1989)
  19. Can You Stop The Rain – Peabo Bryson (1991)
  20. Candy Rain – Soul For Real (1995)
  21. Can’t Stand The Rain – Missy Elliott
  22. Chocolate Rain – Tay Zonday (2007) [originally debuted on YouTube]
  23. Come Back When It Ain’t Rainin’ – Trisha Yearwood
  24. Come In From The Rain – Captain & Tennille
  25. Come Rain Or Come Shine – (recorded by over 40 artists over the years – a pop standard)
  26. Crying In The Rain – Everly Brothers (1962)
  27. Crying In The Rain – Whitesnake
  28. Day Without Rain – Enya (2000)
  29. Desert Rain – Iced Earth
  30. Don’t Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) – Serendipity Singers (1964)
  31. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Barbra Streisand (1964) (Funny Girl soundtrack)
  32. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin (1966)
  33. Dry The Rain – Beta Band
  34. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot
  35. Early Morning Rain – Peter Paul & Mary
  36. Electrical Storm – U2
  37. Every Time It Rains – Ace of Base
  38. Fire & Rain – James Taylor (1970)
  39. Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin (1979)
  40. Gentle Rain – Diana Krall
  41. Georgia Rain – Trisha Yearwood
  42. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1971)
  43. Heart Full of Rain – Collin Raye
  44. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again – The Fortunes (1971)
  45. Here Comes The Rain – The Mavericks
  46. Here Comes The Rain Again – Eurythmics (1984)
  47. Hold Back The Rain – Duran Duran (1982)
  48. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles (1973)
  49. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Eruption (1978)
  50. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Tina Turner (1984)  dark-stormy-sky
  51. I Love A Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit (1980)
  52. I Love The Rain – Lenny Kravitz
  53. I Made It Through The Rain – Barry Manilow (1980)
  54. I Sure Can Smell The Rain – Blackhawk (1994)
  55. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today – Randy Newman (1968) covered by many artists
  56. I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations (1968)
  57. I Wish It Would Rain Down – Phil Collins (1990)
  58. If It Should Rain – CeCe Peniston
  59. I’m No Stranger To The Rain – Keith Whitley (1989)
  60. In The Rain – The Dramatics (1972)
  61. It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond (1972)
  62. It’s In The Rain – Enya (2005)
  63. It’s Raining Again – Supertramp (1982)
  64. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls (1983)
  65. Just Walking In The Rain – Johnnie Ray (1956)
  66. Kentucky Rain – Elvis Presley (1970)
  67. Kiss Me In The Rain – Barbara Streisand
  68. Kiss The Rain – Billie Myers
  69. Laughter In The Rain – Neil Sedaka (1974)
  70. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) – Melanie & Edwin Hawkins Singers (1970)
  71. Let It Rain – Eric Clapton (1970)
  72. Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christie (1965)
  73. Like The Rain – Clint Black (1996)
  74. Listen To The Rain – Stevie Nicks
  75. Listen To The Rain – Evanescence
  76. Lizzie & The Rainman – Tanya Tucker
  77. Looks Like Rain – Grateful Dead
  78. Louisiana Rain – Tom Petty
  79. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby & The Range (1987)
  80. Naked In The Rain – Loretta Lynn
  81. Naked In The Rain – Blue Pearl
  82. Naked In The Rain – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  83. Nine Million Rainy Days – Jesus & Mary Chain
  84. No More Rainy Days – Destiny’s Child
  85. No Rain – Blind Melon (1993)
  86. None But The Rain – Indigo Girls
  87. November Rain – Guns N Roses (1992)
  88. One More Rainy Day – Deep Purple
  89. One Rainy Wish – Jimi Hendrix Experience
  90. Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage (1996)
  91. Outside The Rain – Stevie Nicks
  92. Purple Rain – Prince (1984)
  93. Rain – The Beatles (1966)
  94. Rain – Madonna (1993)
  95. Rain – Emotional Fish (1993)
  96. Rain – (SWV) Sisters With Voices (1998)
  97. Rain – The Cult
  98. The Rain – Oran “Juice” Jones (1986)
  99. The Rain – Crush (1993)
  100. Rain Dance – Guess Who (1971)  rainstorm-at-sea
  101. Rain Falling On Me – Johnny Russell (1972)
  102. Rain Forest – Paul Hardcastle (1985)
  103. Rain In My Heart – Frank Sinatra (1968)
  104. The Rain In Spain – My Fair Lady Soundtrack
  105. Rain In The Summertime – The Alarm (1988)
  106. Rain King – Counting Crows (1994)
  107. Rain Oh Rain – Fools Gold (1976)
  108. Rain On Me – Ashanti (2003)
  109. Rain On The Roof – Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
  110. Rain On The Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp (1986)
  111. Rain Rain Go Away – Bobby Vinton (1962)
  112. Rain Song – Led Zeppelin (1973)
  113. Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – Missy Elliott (1997)
  114. The Rain, The Park & Other Things – The Cowsills (1967)
  115. Raindrops – Dee Clark (1961)
  116. Raindrops – Narvel Felts (1974)
  117. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas (1969)
  118. Rainin’ – Sponge (1995)
  119. Rainin’ In My Heart – Slim Harpo (1961)
  120. Rainin’ In My Heart – Hank Williams Jr. (1971)
  121. Raining In My Heart – Buddy Holly & The Crickets (1959)
  122. Raining In My Heart – Ray Price (1969)
  123. Raining In My Heart – Leo Sayer (1978)
  124. Raining On Sunday – Keith Urban (2003)
  125. The Rains Came – Sir Douglas Quintet (1966)
  126. The Rains Came – Freddy Fender (1977)
  127. Rainy Day People – Gordon Lightfoot (1975)
  128. Rainy Day Woman – Waylon Jennings (1975)
  129. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan (1966)
  130. Rainy Days – General Public (1995)
  131. Rainy Days & Mondays – The Carpenters (1971)
  132. Rainy Days & Stormy Nights – Billie Jo Spears (1980)
  133. Rainy Dayz – Mary J. Blige (2002)
  134. Rainy Jane – Davy Jones (1971)
  135. Rainy Night In Georgia – Brook Benton (1970)
  136. Rainy Night In Georgia – Hank Williams Jr. (1974)
  137. Rainy Night In Rio – Sam Donohue (1947)
  138. Red Rain – Peter Gabriel (1986)
  139. Rhapsody In The Rain – Lou Christie (1966)
  140. Rhythm Of The Rain – The Cascades (1963)
  141. Rhythm Of The Rain/Rain (medley) – Dan Fogelberg (1990)
  142. Riders On The Storm – The Doors (1971)
  143. Ridin’ The Storm Out – REO Speedwagon (1974)
  144. Save It For A Rainy Day – Stephen Bishop (1976)
  145. Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
  146. Shelter From The Storm – Bob Dylan
  147. She’s My Kind Of Rain – Tim McGraw (2003)
  148. Singin’ In The Rain – Gene Kelly  singing-in-the-rain-gene-kelly-motion
  149. Smokey Mountain Rain – Ronnie Milsap (1980)
  150. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) – REM (1984)
  151. Songs About Rain – Gary Allan (2003)
  152. Southern Rain – Cowboy Junkies (1992)
  153. Storms In Africa – Enya
  154. Stormy – Classics IV (1968)
  155. Stormy – Santana (1979)
  156. Summer Rain – Johnny Rivers (1967)
  157. Summer Rain – Belinda Carlisle (1990)
  158. Thunder & Lightning – Chi Coltrane (1972)
  159. Thunder In My Heart – Leo Sayer (1977)
  160. Thunder Island – Jay Ferguson (1977)
  161. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen (1975)
  162. The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks (1991)
  163. Thunderstruck – AC/DC (1990)
  164. Walkin’ In The Rain – Ronettes (1964)
  165. Walkin’ In The Rain – Jay & The Americans (1969)
  166. Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love – Love Unlimited (1972)
  167. What Have They Done To The Rain – The Serachers, Melanie, Joan Baez
  168. Who’ll Stop The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
  169. Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Travis (1999)
  170. Yesterday I Heard The Rain – Tony Bennett (1968)




Below are a few popular songs over the years that have lyrics about rain and/or storms but the word(s) are not mentioned in the title of the song. And I’m pretty sure that this list can go on and on and on indefinitely, but these are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head.

  1. Africa – Toto (1982)
  2. Bus Stop – The Hollies (1966)
  3. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac (1977)
  4. Horse With No Name – America (1972)
  5. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash (1972)
  6. I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff (1993)
  7. Taxi – Harry Chapin (1972)
  8. Umbrella – Rihanna (2007)



Random Thoughts To Make You Think

Here are a few random thoughts that should make you think a little… and when you do, it’s simply amazing how many of these you may laugh at… but are somehow ringing true in your head when you really stop and think about it….. Enjoy! 😛

A Few Random Thoughts To Make You Think…

  • If a man is in a forest talking to himself with no women around, is he still wrong?
  • Man’s most common fault is not knowing what he doesn’t know.
  • To steal ideas from one person is called plagiarism… to steal from many is called research.
  • I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work… I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
  • By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
  • Experience is a wonderful thing – It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
  • Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. – quoted by Mark Twain –
  • The cure for insomnia is relatively simple — Get more sleep!
  • Everyone should have a spouse, because there are a number of things that go wrong that one can’t always blame on the government.
  • Forty is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
  • If you can’t be a good example… You’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.
  • One of the life’s mysteries is how a two pound box of candy can make a person gain five pounds.
  • You know you’re into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.

Questionable Thought Process

man-scratching-headHave you ever wondered how someone comes up with names of things or words that mean the opposite of what they are really meant to describe? There’s a questionable thought process involved here somewhere. If you think about it, there are quite a few examples of them in the English language. Here are a few to start you off .

There’s gotta be tons more out there – Do any more come to mind off the top of your head?

  • Why is it that we park on driveways and drive on parkways?
  • Why is it that freight packages sent on trucks are called shipments and freight packages sent on ships are called cargo?
  • Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
  • Why is the man who invests all of your money called a broker?
  • When the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
  • Who tastes dog food when it says ‘new & improved’ flavor on the label?
  • If lawyers can be disbarred and clergymen can be defrocked, doesn’t it make sense that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

Here are a few more to ponder that I came across recently…..

  • Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you that the bench has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?
  • If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”
  • The shortest sentence in the English language is reportedly, “I am” . So isn’t it possible that “I Do” might be considered the longest sentence?
  • When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Is Life Really Measured By Numbers?

Here are a few ironic thoughts about aging and growing older – Ask yourself this…..

Is life really measured by numbers or by milestones we reach?

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we are kids?

If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ … I’m four and a half!’ – You’re never thirty-six and a half – You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key.

You get into your teens and now nothing can hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even jump a few numbers ahead.

‘How old are you?’ … I’m gonna be 16!’. You could be 13 – but hey – You’re gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life  comes — You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony — YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30 – Oooohh!! – What happened there? Makes you sound like sour milk! He TURNED 30 … we had to throw him out! Now it’s no fun – you’re just a sour-apple – What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40 – Whoa! –  Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50.

And your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would.

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing… you HIT Wednesday.

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle… you HIT lunch… you TURN 4:30… you REACH bedtime – And it doesn’t end there.

Into the 90’s, you start going backwards… ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens..

If you make it to 100… you become a little kid again…. ‘ I’m 100 and a half!’

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay “them”.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

And here’s something you should ALWAYS REMEMBER …..

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.



george_carlinThis is posted here as a tribute to my favorite comic of all-time, the incredibly perceptive, talented and great comedian, the late George Carlin. RIP George