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Rain cloud serendipity: Blown Away

Updated on August 29, 2017

Storm Clouds are common in the Ozarks

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"Something you did yesterday" created a serendipity experience I am sharing here today!

My Clouds in Motion: But where is the rain? article was currently my top ranked article at Squidoo when I wrote this. Over the weekend, "Yesterday" we had some rain clouds and and got some rain... Today, I met with a distant cousin, Gail Payne, for the first time - we talked family history. But her husband, Bill Payne, it turned out, was recently inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame... I looked that up via Google, see below... and ended up watching "Blown Away" the Music Video by Carrie Underwood... All very serendipity, all tied together - these folks were visiting from Oklahoma! This will be documented, below. Enjoy!

All for Squid Challenge Monday - can you believe that? Also, yesterday (literally) as I was posting my mother's diary entry for 75 years ago - it was about an electrical storm on that day - and I pulled this photo off of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_Storm

Bill Payne inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame

When I accessed this page, today, 6 July 2012 - the Carrie Underwood "Blown Away" Music Video was advertised in the banner ad at the top! It had storm clouds that inspired me to put together this Serendipity lens on Squidoo… now transferred to HubPages! ;-)

Carrie Underwood, in 2012

Carrie Underwood performing
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Carrie Underwood - vocalist in Blown Away Album

Carrie Underwood was the American Idol season four winner in 2005. She is from Checotah, Oklahoma, a small town along I-40 in east central Oklahoma. My wife and I drive by there regularly when we go to Austin, Texas, to visit our grandchildren. Small world.

Carrie Underwood has become a very successful person in the music industry. As I am writing this update, she just announced that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, will become parents.

Carrie Underwood on Amazon

Where is the rain?

Have you gotten the rain you need?

Bill Smith, Gail and Bill Payne

Bill Smith, Kinnick cousin Gail Payne, husband Bill Payne
Bill Smith, Kinnick cousin Gail Payne, husband Bill Payne | Source

Have lunch with a KINNICK cousin from Oklahoma

Gail and her husband, Bill Payne

Gail and I have corresponded via email for years as we have each worked on our mutual family history and genealogy of our KINNICK connections. Our common ancestor is Sgt Major William KINNICK, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, if you can believe that! Gail and I are 5th cousins (one generation removed), as we genealogists say it. Although we are basically the same age, through the generations one of us had one less generation from here to there than the other.

We talked family history and got to talking about their Oklahoma radio stations and the fact that he (not a KINNICK) was recently inducted in the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville (see separate linked story). Neat! It was a good time. Thanks, Bill and Gail, for inviting me to spend some time with you! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Pat Goltz: Regular rain will become more critical as each year goes by. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. They are appreciated! ;-)

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      Pat Goltz 5 years ago

      I should note that when I talk about rain, I'm talking about Arizona.

      On the other hand, some places get too much rain (or snow as the case may be).

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @takkhisa: Thank you... it was an interesting time! ;-)

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens and topic.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you. Always nice to get your comments! ;-)

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Interesting story behind the lens, nice read.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @choosehappy: Thank you, so much! ;-)

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      *Blessed* ;)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @whiteskyline lm: ;-) Me too! ;-)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      I love the topic of serendipity

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JuserTM: Thank you very much! ;-)

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      JuserTM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, Thumbs up!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love serendipity - the word - I like the way it sounds - and the experience is like getting a personal message from the universe.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a delightful lens!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: I could not agree more. Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Milet_Mcqueen: You are very kind... thanks for stopping by! ;-)

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      Milet_Mcqueen 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of information :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @grifith: Glad you liked it! ;-)

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      grifith 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @benny77: I appreciate your visit! ;-)

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      benny77 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Heroear: Thanks for liking and leaving a comment... each one is appreciated! ;-)

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      Heroear 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @DLeighAlexander: Thanks for like and blessing. We are to get rain, again, tomorrow... hope they are right. Still way short... but at least temps have been seasonal... finally! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SheilaSchnauzies: Thanks, Sheila... it was kind of on a whim, as you can tell... and one of my highest ranked, ever... weird how that works! ;-) Thanks! ;-)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      This is a hot, dry summer again. A walk outside should not have the "crunch", "crunch" sound. Praying for rain daily. Enjoyed your lens, seeing some rain clouds was nice. Blessed :)

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      What a neato lens! (Now I'm aging myself, LOL) But really! I love serendipity when it happens. And I also love rainstorms, thunderstorms, and secretly dream of being a storm chaser.... great lens!! I didn't get to do one for SquidWootless Monday, glad you did!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @GarminApproachGPS: So glad you enjoyed it! ;-)

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      GarminApproachGPS 5 years ago

      Amazing lens indeed!! I love rain and clouds...and here it is, all about it!!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Perhaps we'll each be in for a change, soon! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!!

      But here in the netherlands we have a little to much rain :P

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @pheonix76: Sadly, the numbers seem to point in that direction. Thanks for your comments! ;-)

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Thanks for sharing -- I do hope we all end up with the rain we need, but it seems these summer droughts might soon become the norm.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @SheilaSchnauzies: Chance of rain are better than they were... hoping you get some! ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @JoshK47: Glad you liked it! ;-)

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Love your lens, congrats on the front page honors! Can you send some rain here please?? Blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite a great read here - thanks for sharing!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Love your comments! Thanks, again! ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      May you have many happy accidents and pleasant surprises along your way. How interesting that you an Gail are about the same age, yet one is short a generation along the way....another serendipity! Bill Payne's story is fun and starting out at age 12 and now being inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame for his dedication is very cool...I was Blown Away! Congratulations on home page honors!

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