Some readers might remember that a few years back I worked really hard to get an interview with Jon Bon Jovi. I never got the interview, but I did get to spend a wonderful July evening with him in New Jersey. OK, so there were thousands of other people there too, but it was also my birthday.

Some readers might remember that a few years back I worked really hard to get an interview with Jon Bon Jovi. I never got the interview, but I did get to spend a wonderful July evening with him in New Jersey. OK, so there were thousands of other people there too, but it was also my birthday.


I left the venue in wonderful spirits with a dear friend. Bon Jovi left in pain and spent weeks on crutches. I had nothing to do with the pain or the crutches. I am just saying, karma is tough and maybe Bon Jovi should have given me the interview. NO, I am kidding.


Fast forward a couple of years and I heard Bon Jovi was going to hit the road again. Instantly people started sending me stories about the new tour and asking if I was going to go to the Dallas show. A great deal has happened in my life since that wonderful night I celebrated my birthday in New Jersey, and my desire to talk, face-to-face, with the rock star has subsided a bit.


It isn’t that I think he is any less talented a song writer or that I love his songs any less. In fact, I can truly say his music helped me through what I hope is going to be the worst time of my life. Whenever I thought I couldn’t face another minute of what I was going through, I would put on, "These Days," or "Story of My Life," or "Whole Lot of Leavin’" and I would feel a little better for a bit.


When that didn’t work, I would take my MP3 player and head for the swimming pool, where I would run through the water with "Novocaine," or "Something for the Pain," or "Sleep When I am Dead," ringing in my ears. In fact, for two years, I listened to almost nothing but Bon Jovi in an effort to keep from losing myself to a depression that seemed to be destined to destroy me.


Now, I can’t give Bon Jovi all of the credit. I have a loving God, a great therapist, a wise priest, wonderful friends and the love of family to rely upon too. But Bon Jovi kept me "Living on a Prayer" long enough for the other stuff to grab hold. This week I will get to stand there with thousands of other people and applaud Bon Jovi, the man and the band, for a body of work that is consistently upbeat and positive. I know he won’t know what he did for me, but I will.


Happy birthday Thursday to Dr. Thomas Boothe and Connie Purdom, both of Sherman; Lynn Lee of Luella; Charles Lee Washington, Glenda Riddle, Sally Paddock and Sue Vaughan, all of Denison; Charles Harris of Bells; Cheryl Reynolds of Bells; Christi Walker of Decatur.


Happy anniversary Thursday to Don and Debbie Eldredge of Sherman, 36 years; Billy and Susan Vincent of Sherman, 32 years; Blair and Heather Commons of Sherman, 19 years