By James Chambers

This can be the tale of the doomed romance among Charlotte, inheritor to the English throne, and Leopold, uncle of Queen Victoria and primary King of the Belgians. Charlotte was once the single valid royal baby of her new release, and her dying in childbirth used to be by means of an unseemly scramble to provide a alternative inheritor. Queen Victoria was once the product. Chambers brilliantly demonstrates how the private and the political collide in scheming post-Napoleonic Europe, providing a vibrant and sympathetic portrait of a pair whose lives are in lots of methods now not their very own. Charlotte & Leopold is a relocating and continuously interesting royal biography with an eye-catching modern resonance.

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Willie Nelson happened to be one of the guests. I didn’t grow up listening to country music, although I owned one Willie Nelson record. By the end of the evening, I was a huge fan. Willie was playing the classic songs “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy,” and I would try to play along. His guitar playing and lyrics were mesmerizing. I couldn’t believe this was the guy who wrote these songs. The guitar was passed around the room and other singers sang Hank Williams tunes or ones they had recently written.

He’s a great guy and an old friend. I’ll see him tomorrow night in Helotes, Texas, at our show at John T. Floore Country Store. John T’s is one of the better beer joints in Texas. John T. Floore was a really good friend of mine and loaned me money one time when I really needed it. I wrote a song about him: SHOTGUN WILLIE Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t play music if you don’t know nothing to play Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Now, John T.

God said It’s a sign of the times I said. IN GOD'S EYES Never think evil thoughts of anyone It’s just as wrong to think as to say For a thought is but a word that’s unspoken In God’s eyes He sees it this way Lend a hand if you can to a stranger Never worry if he can’t repay For in time you’ll be repaid ten times over In God’s eyes He sees it this way In God’s eyes we’re like sheep in a meadow Now and then a lamb goes astray But open arms should await its returning In God’s eyes He sees it this way Thought for the Day: Sometimes I think, Well .

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