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Thursday April 8, 2024


Thursday morning in the Alps.



Our little family drove and hour and half through the beautiful countryside in Austria headed to Admont, Austria. We awoke to snow in the morning so our drive over featured every weather element.





And even sunshine. It turned out to be a beautiful drive over.


Pulling into the town of Admont you can’t miss the steeple of the Abbey-Church.


Centuries old this church is beautiful.


And didn’t my wife Kathy make it look even more awe inspiring?


The museum was cool.


Lots and lots of ancient displays and artwork.


And the violins pictured were from the 17th century. I don’t know if any of the Monks knew the “Devil Went Down To Georgia” or not. I did not ask.


And this was awe inspiring.


The library here is the reason most folks come to see the Abbey. Heck, even you’re admission ticket is artsy.


And what can you say about this library?


It’s the world’s largest monastery library in the world and the ceiling reminded me a bit of staring up at the Sistine Chapel when we toured the Vatican in Rome.


And how about the gold clock?


An off duty tour guide noticed us taking pictures and asked us if we wanted to see the hidden door in the library?


 Did we ever.


I’m guessing the monks slipped out of the library from time to time to have some of the wine they make there. They actually have a wine vending machine.


And yes…you got a free sample.


Our kids have visited here once before so Heather and Casey made for great tour guides.


I would highly recommend seeing this beautiful place if you are ever anywhere nearby.



I do hate missing the Darin and Brooke Aldridge album release party that’s going on tonight at the Station Inn back in Nashville. I’m thrilled to have two songs on this album. “Wildflower Too” and “Where You’ll Find Me”. They will play every song off this new project “live” tonight with their great band. If I were not here in the Alps I would certainly be there.



Health experts say a lack of sleep…7 to 8 hours can lead to a “silent epidemic”. Lack of sleep affects 1 in 4 Americans.


Data shows more and more US cities are removing fluoride from drinking water.


A new study reveals that alcohol sent nearly twice as many women to the hospital during the pandemic.



Little Johnny: “Mom, Dad just backed out of the garage and ran over my bicycle!”


Mom: “Maybe in the future you shouldn’t leave it on the front lawn”.



Caitlyn Clark who was the #1 WNBA draft choice this year for Indiana just signed an 8 million dollar deal with Nike to wear their shoes. I have GOT to get me a shoe deal. Wonder if Crocs would consider giving me one?



Wallet Hub just listed the happiest and unhappiest states in the US to live in. How they determine this is beyond me.


The unhappiest state in the Union according to them is West Virginia. Followed by Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky. (Apparently we are unhappy in the south)


The happiest state in the Union is Utah. Followed by Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, and New Jersey.




Proof that folks will protest just about anything.


Heck, I even wrote a song about duct tape and it’s not a protest song. Check THIS out from independent artist-writer Gary Cavanaugh who I co-wrote the song with.



We’ll be working our way back to our base in Wiesbaden, Germany which will take about 6 hours with stops. It will be a long day as we plan to stop in Salzburg for a bit to soak up some the Mozart culture that is there. And of course it’s where the “Sound of Music” was filmed. My Mom always said that was her favorite movie. So, we have to stop for a bit.




Have a great Thursday!




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