Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Finally! an update on Evie Tornquist
If you were an Evie fan back in her heyday...basically, the mid to late '70's...you've probably wondered whatever happened to the pretty, petite blonde with the golden voice. In fact, it always amazes me that many hits on my website are from people looking for info on Evie (I mention her in my article on Christmas music.)
Well, CCM Magazine actually has an article about Evie in its June issue (although I wasn't able to find it on the magazine's website...you'll have to get a physical copy of the mag to read the story.)
Just thinking about Evie brings back memories of my days at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. I don't think there was a red-blooded guy on campus who didn't have a crush on the little Norwegian songbird. And I just about wore out the 8-track of her "Mirror" album...come on, there were some really good songs on that album! We're talking "Lord Send that Morning," "If Heaven was Never Promised to Me," "Jesus Was There All the Time," and more.
According to the CCM article, Evie left the Christian music scene in 1981, while she was still quite popular. She told CCM in 1996, "Interestingly, people think I got out of it because I started having kids. But toward the end of that time, '79 or '80, I felt somewhat uncomfortable with what was happening. I felt as though my hands were tied in terms of ministry. I wanted more freedom to pursue ministry; but when people pay to hear you sing, you have a responsibility to do what they paid you to do." Evie does say she looks back on that time with pleasant memories, calling them "wonderful experiences."
Evie is 48 now, and lives in Florida with her husband Pelle Karlsson and their children, Kris and Jenny. Says CCM: "The Karlssons have continued their musical ministry as a family over the years, largely out of the limelight."
Evie did appear with Mark Lowry at a concert here a couple of years ago, sponsored by Radio 91. Although I didn't make it to the concert, I saw pics that were taken there, and Evie looked as lovely as ever...and I understand she's still in fine voice.
Too much exercise?
Some interesting viewpoints this morning on 101QFL from a guy who bills himself "Professor Do-Less."
He's actually Brian Todd, an MIT-educated scientist with some ideas that may be controversial to some. "Professor Do-Less" thinks we need only around fifteen minutes of exercise at a time. He says people who run for hours a month don't lose weight and in fact may gain it because of increased hunger and cravings.
Todd also thinks we eat way too many carbs (duh!) and should stop avoiding protein...in fact, he leans toward the Atkins diet, although he doesn't think we need to drop carbs altogether. Start with cutting your carb intake in half, he says.
What we really need, according to Todd, is oils containing parent Omega-3 and parent Omega-6. NOT fish oil (although EATING fish is good)...he says the fish oil just has omega derivatives in it and can actually be harmful. Todd gets his oils from sunflower oil tablets or primrose oil tablets, and advocates eating plenty of sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
Todd doesn't think we need a lot of fiber and he thinks anything made from soy is horrible.
Our engineer, JB, thinks the guy is full of it..especially in his disdain for fiber. But after the interview, I got a call from a lady who said primrose oil has changed her life--helped with migraines and alleviating menstrual and menopausal symptoms.
My take on it? Well, I like the less-is-more idea when it comes to exercise (I'm lazy!) And he did sell it all well enough for me to decide I'm going to buy some primrose oil capsules and start snacking on sunflower seeds more often.
I've known all along I eat too many carbs, and I'm REALLY going to try to cut down on those.
Oh, if you want to know more about this guy and his plan, you can go to Body By Science. As with all health and diet info, take it with a grain of salt. (I guess just a grain of salt won't hurt you. :))