During Open Lines, George offered a special topic line to find out how callers have played the cards they've been dealt in life. Chris said he had a rough last year, enduring unemployment and the loss of his girlfriend, who died in his arms one night as they slept. Despite his tragic circumstances, Chris managed to find a positive outlook and said things have recently started to look up for him.
Sarah from North Dakota was not so upbeat about her life. She told George she suffers from depression and a host of health problems: chronic pain, diabetes, amputated foot, and peripheral neuropathy. Only 39 years old, Sarah said she feels "stuck in a 90 year old body riddled with pain." She admitted having been very close to giving up.
A Caller in California listed some of his rotten cards, which included contracting meningitis, drowning in a bath tub, losing an eye in a bb gun accident, and being robbed at gun point and shot. The caller said he remains positive on life and believes his purpose is to help people.
In the last half-hour, George played a clip from one of his past interviews with the late Dr. Paul Pearsall.
In the first hour, founder and president of the Georgia Fine Arts Academy, William Bray discussed how genealogies can be used to discover past lives. "Each of has a subconscious memory of who we were and what we did in our past lives," Bray explained, "and there are clues in the choices we make."
Bray said he first realized this after speaking with a former student, who he suspected was a reincarnation of the 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Bray later came to believe that he had once lived as Georges Izambard, Rimbaud's mentor. According to Bray, genealogical research can aid a person in finding his own "soul group" by revealing behavioral patterns that are repeated from one lifetime into the next -- in his case, Bray had been a mentor in both lifetimes.
Bumper music from Friday April 11, 2008