I can't think of a better depiction of 'Center Stage' than this image of my long time friend, fellow picker and brother in Christ, Danny Ruckel. Danny celebrated his 60th birthday last week and unfortunately, Dianne and I were unable to attend. Tonight, I will drop off his belated birthday present; a Center Stage Floor Lamp.
I love this picture of Danny, his wife Marlys and their three daughters; (L-R) Robin, Jennifer & Carrie. It was taken at the birthday party we missed. Danny truly is Center Stage; surrounded by four of the most beautiful women on God's green earth. He's a very blessed man.
In addition to their three daughters and a growing brood of adorable grand kids, Danny and Marlys have adopted children, raised and continue to raise more foster kids than I can remember (shame on me). Marlys and Danny truly are saints - well okay, Marlys is a Saint. Danny is a buddy of mine, so his discernment is questionable. However, we'd probably get to see them a lot more if they weren't so busy raising foster kids, advocating for children's welfare and feeding the homeless on their 'time off'. Hundreds of lives have been directly touched and brightened by the Ruckel family and it is one of my greatest blessings to know them.
I know you like to hide in the shadows particularly on stage Danny, but you're a Frontman in my book. Love your show, bro!