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Monday, May 2, 2022

Wynonna Judd (and Ashley Judd) Accept the CMA HOF Induction Plaque for "The Judds" Just One Day after Mother Naomi's Death ...

 

... which we are presuming was from suicide, considering the statement released by Wynonna and Ashley said the cause of death was "mental illness" - super sad :(

The presenter is legendary Bluegrass musician, Ricky Skaggs - also a Kentuckian - giving the introduction tribute - Wynonna and Ashley enter at about 10 minutes.




Sometimes despite all the love in the world, despite always putting on a smile in public, depression can privately leave you not to feel it - all you can feel is shame and pain and can't see past it.  

Sometimes people just get tired of the chronic pain and just want it to end, I guess.  However, I wish she had just hung on just one more day for this :(


In fact, anyone struggling with depression or suicidal feelings, no matter how strong they are, no matter how trapped in it you think you are - just hang on for just one more day - one day at a time.  So much can change in single a day.  

If you can't do it for yourself, then find just one thing to hang on one more day for, big or small - one person, one pet, one plant - heck, even one show or story you want to see the end of, before you end yours  - just one thing for one more day, okay? 


Regardless, what a strange mix of feelings, Wynonna must be feeling - imagine that you're scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in recognition for your lifetime achievement - but one half of the duo that got you there - who happens to be your mother - dies the day before :(

I don't even know how she did it - especially with such composure - but Wynonna managed to do it  - teary-eyed, but without breaking completely, even making a little joke. 

(Ashley did a bit, but Wynonna is used to handling live performance despite whatever is going on in your personal life.)

That is testament to what these women have endured in life and how much strength they actually have, how much they have always had, to be able to do that, day after day, night after night, right?

Though not a huge country music fan, I have always like the Judds and identified with them - maybe because my family was from Kentucky, endured similar trials, and also because Ashley was at UK at the exact same time as me :)


Not that I ever met her - my only personal connection to Ashley during my time at UK was that she and I were both chosen to be in a fraternity-sponsored calendar called "The Women of UK"  - which was never released because the fraternity sponsoring it ran out of enough money to mass-publish it lol.

*BUT* - the calendar was NOT what you think - we were fully clothes and no body shots - and most importantly, you had to have a brain - because the women chosen also had to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 GPA (but most of us had a 3.5 or above).

The fraternity's  idea was to create a calendar that would provide an alternative for women from the draw of the popular "Women of (Insert College Here)" series being featured in Playboy, at the time, to encourage women aspire for better  overall self-value  -  so this one would feature fully clothed, attractive women who also had a brain :)

Among those chosen that year was Ashley Judd, Miss Kentucky that year, Melania Glasscock -  and me, the nobody, believe it or not - but I did have a cumulative GPA of 3.77? :)

I didn't have a whole lot of confidence, at the time, so my boyfriend, encouraged me to send my pictures and my transcripts with grades in, so I did - mostly because  I wanted to reward this behavior from fraternities lol. 


Carry on, ladies, like you always do  - God bless you :)


"Love Can Build a Bridge" - The Judds 



I'd gladly walk across the desert with no shoes upon my feet
To share with you the last bite of bread I had to eat
I would swim out to save you in your sea of broken dreams
When all your hopes are sinking, let me show you what love means

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?

I would whisper love so loudly, every heart could understand
That love and only love can join the tribes of man
I would give my hearts' desire so that you might see
The first step is to realize that it all begins with you and me


Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?

When we stand together, it's our finest hour
We can do anything (anything)
Anything (anything)

Keep believin' in the power
Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?
Yeah, yes I do

Ooh, love can build a bridge
Whoa, love and only love
Between your heart and mine
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Love and only love
Don't you think it's time?
Ooh, don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?
Love and only love
Love and only love

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