I’ve brought this song especially for my good brother, Ben Nelson, who didn’t think he’d heard it before when I mentioned it to him. It’s a “rockin’ Christian song! 

I met Ben through blogging a decade ago, and can’t brag enough about him—if you’d like to meet him, here’s the link to his blog:


Enjoy the song! 💖Leyde/Leslie

Mighty Clouds of Joy (Sunday Song)

Sadly for us who remain, but happy for him—BJ Thomas went Home last year.  He remains one of my fave singers, and this “contemporary gospel” song is at the top of my list…so filled with joyous hope.  (He’s also known for dreamy, secular love songs!)  I hope you enjoy, God bless you all💙Leslie/Leyde

Summer Lakes, The Dock (WQW)


I’m pleased to be back here with Marsha and WQW!  The concept of adding quotations (or songs) to whatever art we share thrills my English Major heart…and allows me to browse Bartlett’s Quotations at rich leisure.

Now before everyone thinks I’ve lost my mind entirely due to heatstroke, I’m gonna tell y’all why I chose the song I’ve included.

  1. Don’t blink, you’ll miss it—this song uses the word “lake” only one time…at the beginning.  I’d have preferred some repetition of it, but we don’t get everything we want in life.
  2. With most of the world languishing in the intense, uninvited, unappreciated HEAT—I thought a winter song full of snow might cool us down a bit (if you play it over and over, focused on the exquisite video).
  3. Lastly, I like Sarah McLachlan very much.  It’s a winter/Christmas song, and mournful, but I like that too.  (I’m itching to start decorating for the holidays!)  Her song follows my poem.


We were younger then

Close sisters…closer than now

Summers were the lakes

Wherever family traveled…

Single sparkling memory:

Us sitting on dock

Together, dangling our feet

Away from others—

Otis Redding’s song was big

We began singing lyrics:

“I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time”*

It didn’t matter

That our dock was lakeside, and

Otis had the bay…

We had space to be happy

Silly…floating young girls dreams…

We were clueless…for

Time, Life would leave us estranged…

Blissful ignorance

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.


*Songwriters: Otis Redding / Steve Cropper
(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness

My long-distance friend, Malcolm, has brought us another wonderful post–with a song that rings true in my heart. Gratitude is one of my keys to a better life lived each day. To God be the Glory.

Hope you’ll read and enjoy–and if you wish to leave a comment, please do so on his original post/blog, thanks much! God bless you all today💖 Leslie


My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart

Today’s ‘Sunday Song’ starts with thankfulness… and not just a little bit – a heart-full. In a world of sadness, despair, conflict and grief that encourages criticism, gossip, blame and dissatisfaction I’m full of thanks.

My gratitude comes because my God took all of my old pain, disgrace and mess and replaced them with His new life, light and power.

I’m thank-full.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me…

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