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Healing Music for the Heart and Soul

7 Nov

My Take

DiVoran Lites

In 1963, We settled in Titusville, Florida. We liked Park Avenue Church, where family groups formed. Dwayne and his sweet wife Jenny taught us many wonderful songs in ours. Not long ago, Dwayne said he was grateful for the grand piano at the hospital because of the practice that makes it easier for him to play when he needs to. (God has given him a dear second wife.

Reporter Flora Reigada interviewed our friend for a local paper. The blue headline below is a link to the article in Senior Life Newsletter where you may read the entire article.




Parrish Medical Center has continued its free piano concerts, which were paused during the pandemic. Each Wednesday, pianist Dwayne Crouse plays hymns, classic selections, and love songs to relax those waiting for diagnostic tests. 

Pianist Dwayne Crouse could not resist seeing a piano just sitting there and no one playing it. So he has volunteered to play it, bringing back regular live piano concerts to Parrish Medical Center’s atrium, which had been stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The free concerts are from ten a. m. to noon on Wednesdays.

“One listener requested a love song, then she sat beside me and sang along.”

                            —Dwayne Crouse

Although he and his current wife, Lisa, have residences in Titusville and North Carolina, Crouse considers Titusville home.

“It is where my late wife and I lived for 50 years and raised our children,” he said ….

 More of Flora Reigada’s reporting can be found at Senior Life Newspaper, Viera Voice.

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”


15 Jul

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

Louise Gibson




Do yourself a favor-
Smiling is good for you.
It slows down your heart beat and reduces stress,
and lowers your blood pressure, too.


A smile can delight your heart,
and is great at lighting a soul.
Lift someone’s spirit today-
Make smiling a top priority goal.


A smile is infectious-
It will always remove a frown.
Facial muscles will be raised up-
It’s the best “face lift” in town.


I put my theory to “the test”.
The woman in the mirror was frowning at me.
I gave her the brightest smile I could muster-
and she smiled right back at me!


Numbers 6:25
“The Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.”


Your smile could be a message of cheer
from God to a needy soul


Tea cup puppy


27 Oct



A word from DiVoran

 Because I remember her brothers from our childhood, I particularly loved this email from my friend, Patricia. Sometimes I was invited for supper at the Franklins and it was a world of difference from eating in a restaurant-booth with my one younger brother, though I do love my brother. Patricia had five brothers– riches indeed! What I liked most about them was that they were so sweet and funny. Patricia and I were in our eleventh and twelfth years and her bothers ranged from about eight to sixteen. Patricia has always been petite, but she never had any trouble handling all those boys and even enjoying being with them.

Now I’ll let you get to Patricia’s story


I went to the funeral of a friend this week.  She was always relaxed, pleasant, and friendly no matter what, and had a wonderful sense of humor.  She was also a leader, planner, and song leader in our prayer group. She had suffered from cancer, and knew the end was near.  She planned the simple service, including the songs.  It was very simple and wonderful.  I also noticed she, in her witty little way, included some readings for her family. I smiled through the whole service and whenever I think of her, I have to smile.  I understood that her last words to the pastor were: “Well, father, see you in heaven.” The pastor smiled, I’m sure.

Today, we went to a breakfast in the social room at the church my friend had attended.  On the way in, we met a widower we know, and asked him to sit with us.  As I was looking around, I saw my friend’s brother by himself (the brother of the lady who died).  I motioned for him to join us. A smile lit up his face and he hurried over.  Another widower came in and we gestured for him to come over too.  The four of us enjoyed some great stories together.

When we go to the ranch country where my husband grew up, we go out to meals or coffee with several of his lifelong friends. A lot of times I’m the only woman. We have a lot to talk about. One time they were trying to recall something and the suggestion came: “We should ask the old-timersWe are the Old Timers.” Everybody smiled that time.

I’ve often felt left out because we didn’t live where either of us had grown up. That’s what gives me the tendency to look for others who might be alone too.  At breakfast that day, I turned around and saw another parishioner eating alone, so I invited him to come and sit with us. We were all enjoying getting better acquainted and sharing stories.   About that time, a woman dressed as a nurse came up and speaking directly to me said, “You and your five men come on over to the health fair across the parking lot. It is free.”  I was startled the way she said it, but then I had to smile.  Yes, I always seem to end up with a bunch of guys, I have since I was a kid, and didn’t think a thing about it.  I don’t know what she was thinking.   I was just thinking how people do not seem to smile much anymore, and had decided to make a special effort to make it happen. When it does, it’s heavenly, and none of us feel lonely anymore.





12 Sep

From My Heart

Louise Gibson

author of Window Wonders


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Do yourself a favor-

Smiling is good for you,

It slows down your heart  beat and reduces stress-

and lowers your blood pressure, too.


A smile is infectious.

It will always remove a frown.

Facial muscles will be raised up-

It’s the best face lift in town..


A smile can delight your heart-

and is great at lighting a soul..

Lift someone’s spirit today-

make smiling a top priority goal.


I put my theory to “the test”

The woman in the mirror was frowning at me-

I gave her the brightest smile I could muster-

and she smiled right back at me.


Numbers 6:25

“The Lord make His face to shine upon you,

and be gracious to you.”


Your smile could be a message of cheer from God

to a needy soul.

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