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“When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: ‘Pain is the touchstone of progress.’ . . .’Fear no evil.’ . . .’This, too, will pass.’ . . .’This experience can be turned to benefit.’ These fragments of prayer bring far more than comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance; they break up my compulsive themes of guilt, depression, rebellion, and pride; and sometimes they endow me with the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 
Bill W., AA Grapevine, March 1962 
c. 1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 110 
Thought to Consider . . . 
God enters us through our wounds.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily actions. 
If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness.


Gossip barbed with our anger, a polite form of murder by character assassination, has its satisfactions for us, too. Here we are not trying to help those we criticize; we are trying to proclaim our own righteousness.
Sometimes I don’t realize that I gossiped about someone until the end of the day, when I take an inventory of the day’s activities, and then, my gossiping appears like a blemish in my beautiful day. How could I have said something like that? Gossip shows its ugly head during a coffee break or lunch with business associates, or I may gossip during the evening, when I’m tired from the day’s activities, and feel justified in bolstering my ego at the expense of someone else.

Character defects like gossip sneak into my life when I am not making a constant effort to work the Twelve Steps of recovery. I need to remind myself that my uniqueness is the blessing of my being, and that applies equally to everyone who crosses my path in life’s journey. Today the only inventory I need to take is my own. I’ll leave judgment of others to the Final Judge — Divine Providence.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“I believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete
emancipation from all discord of every nature,
and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.”
Ernest Holmes The Science of Mind

I’m happy now, but I won’t be happy long.

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. 
I’ll meet you there.



ACIM Workbook Lesson 290 Insights
“My present happiness is all I see.”
In the present moment, happiness is all there is to see. If I am experiencing anything that is not supreme happiness, it is because I have placed an illusion in the way of my seeing the truth. God’s Will for me is that I be happy, that I share His happiness. Anything less than perfect happiness is not worthy of God’s Son and therefore not worthy of me. If I experience any discomfort, pain, upset, sadness, fear, guilt, resentment or lack and don’t do something about it, then I am settling for what is not worthy of me. I am accepting less than the perfect peace and supreme happiness God wills for me.
I am grateful for the Course, which gives me the means to not settle for less than God’s Will for me. It is very simple. I need only give every thought of lack and loss, pain and suffering, to the Holy Spirit and open my mind to His translation of the mistaken thought in to the vision of perfect Love. He will undo the effects of all my mistaken ideas by deciding for God for me, if I but let Him.
This turning over of my thoughts requires steady vigilance and practice. I have been accustomed to letting my mind run wild in the fields of the ego thought system. Peace cannot be found in those fields. I must train my mind to not seek there for happiness, but rather to turn to the Holy Spirit in my mind.
As I make each recognition of a less than peaceful thought a reminder to turn to Holy Spirit, guilt fades away. Instead of using lack of peace as an excuse to punish myself, I use it instead as a reminder to listen to God’s Voice in my mind. His Voice speaks of my innocence and the innocence of all my brothers. It speaks of our holiness and wholeness. It speaks of the Love we are and share. Today I would listen to His Voice and I will see only my present happiness.
The sentence that stands out to me in this lesson is, “Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer.” I am learning how important it is to recognize when I am allowing my mind to be deceived. I recognize clearly that the dreams I dream at night are not real, but now it is time to recognize that what I experience during the “day” is also a dream. The dream I am making during the “day” is also not real. It, too, is a dream and I need not be deceived. I can learn to recognize the “day” dream as a dream with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I always have the help of the Holy Spirit to show me the difference between what is real and what is not real. The dream I am dreaming during the “day” is also a projection that is made up by me. I understand that this need for projection comes from guilt that has been made unconscious. I now have the opportunity to see this guilt as it shows up in the dream and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, let it go.
In truth, nothing has really happened to change my Reality as an extension of Love. But at some level I am thinking that something has happened to change that truth. The fact is nothing has changed. I have just dreamed a dream and its content is not true. I am still universal Love and everyone is still universal Love. That is my lesson today and every day. “Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer.” (1:5) What I have seen in every dream I dream is not there. As I truly get this, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will stop choosing to project guilt in dreams. As this happens, my present happiness will be all I see.
Because dreams look so real, I need the Holy Spirit to help me see their unreality. I need the Holy Spirit to show me everyone’s oneness in Spirit behind the dream of separation. I need the Holy Spirit to show me the innocence behind the dream of projected guilt. The time is now to hand every dream over to the Holy Spirit to be seen for what it truly is.
Sometimes as I am reading a lesson I feel a momentary sense of panic as I think, “How can I ever do this?” Then I remember that I only need to be willing. I only need to want this and allow Holy Spirit to heal my thinking. Then I relax into certainty again, because I know I can do that.

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“Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions,” [Sri Yukteswar said]. “Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

The Four Aces

For other uses, see Four Aces.
The Four Aces
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The lineup in 1957.
Background information
Origin Chester, PennsylvaniaUnited States
Genres Pop
Years active 1950–present
Labels VictoriaDecca
Associated acts Jack Pleis Orchestra (1953–1955)

The Four Aces are an American male traditional pop musicquartet, popular since the 1950s. Over the last half-century, the group amassed many gold records. Its million-selling signature tunes include “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing“,[1] “Three Coins in the Fountain“,[2]Stranger in Paradise“,[2] “Tell Me Why“,[3] and “(It’s No) Sin“.[3] Other big sellers included “Shangri-La“, “Perfidia“, and “Sincerely“. The original members, responsible for every song made popular by the group, included Al Alberts, Dave Mahoney, Lou Silvestri, and Rosario “Sod” Vaccaro.[4]


Alberts went to South Philadelphia High School and Temple University, and served in the United States Navy, where he met Mahoney. Originally, Alberts sang with Mahoney playing behind him, and later they added Vaccaro on trumpet and Silvestri on drums.[4]They played locally in the Philadelphia area, and Alberts started his own record label, Victoria Records, when they could not find a distributor to release their first record, “(It’s No) Sin“.[4] It sold a million copies, and Decca Records soon signed the group, billing them as The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts.

Alberts left the group in 1958 to try to make it as a soloist, but never made the charts. He was replaced as lead singer by Fred Diodati, who had attended South Philadelphia High School a few years after Alberts. After Alberts had left the group, Mahoney and Vaccaro also left. Silvestri never left the group, but led three new members: Diodati, Tony Alesi, and Joe Giglio. The Original Aces later asked Silvestri to rejoin the original group, and he did.

It was then that Diodati led a new line-up, which consisted of Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Harry Heisler. After almost 19 years with the group, Alesi developed a medical condition that forced him to leave the group. As of 2013 the Four Aces members are Diodati, Giglio, Heisler, and Danny Colingo. These members sing all the songs the original Four Aces had made popular at one time.

In 1975, Diodati, Alesi, Giglio, and Heisler were awarded the right to the name in a court suit in which the original members tried to re-establish their right.[4] The court allowed the founding members to tour as “The Original Four Aces, Featuring Al Alberts”, which they did, finally retiring the act in 1987. Diodati, Giglio, Heisler, and Colingo continue to legally use the name of the Four Aces and perform the songs made popular by the Original Four Aces.

The founding lead singer, Alberts, died of natural causes on November 27, 2009 at age 87.[5] Mahoney died on July 12, 2012 of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at age 86.[6] Silvestri died on January 27, 2013 at age 86.[7] Vaccaro (born in 1922) died on April 5, 2013 at age 90.[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Four Aces were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Four Aces were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame in 1988.


Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
1949 “Baby, wha hoppen”
b/w “Try, try again”
Non-album tracks
1951 (It’s No) Sin
b/w “Arizona Moon”
4 1 Non-album tracks
“There’s a Christmas Tree in Heaven”
b/w “There’s a Small Hotel”
Tell Me Why” / 2 2 Sentimental Souvenirs
1952 “A Garden in the Rain” 14 17 The Four Aces Sing
b/w “You Brought Me Love” (Non-album track)
7 7 Sentimental Souvenirs
“Two Little Kisses”
b/w “Who’s to Blame”
29 34 Non-album tracks
“My Hero”
b/w “Spring Is a Wonderful Thing” (Non-album track)
20 Sentimental Souvenirs
“I’m Yours”
b/w “I Understand” (fromSentimental Souvenirs)
21 Heart and Soul
“Should I”
b/w “There’s Only Tonight” (Non-album track)
9 16 The Four Aces Sing
“Heart and Soul” / 11 14 Heart and Soul
“Just Squeeze Me” 20
1953 “Ti-Pi-Tin”
b/w “Heaven Can Wait”
“La Rosita”
b/w “Take Me in Your Arms”
“I’ll Never Smile Again”
b/w “My Devotion”
“You Fooled Me”
b/w “If You Take My Heart Away”
22 32 Non-album tracks
“Organ Grinder’s Swing” / 17 18 Heart and Soul
“Honey in the Horn” 24 23 The Four Aces Sing
“False Love”
b/w “Don’t Forget Me”
24 23 Non-album tracks
“Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)”
b/w “I’ve Been Waiting a Lifetime” (Non-album track)
22 28 The Four Aces Sing
Stranger in Paradise” / 3 1 6* Mood for Love
The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart 7 5 Sentimental Souvenirs
1954 “Bandera (Texas Polka)” (Al Alberts solo)
b/w “What More Is There” (Al Alberts solo)
Non-album tracks
“Amor” / 21 20 Heart and Soul
“So Long” 26 20
Three Coins in the Fountain” / 1 1 5 Mood for Love
“Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine)” 22 18 Sentimental Souvenirs
“Dream” / 17 13
“It Shall Come to Pass” 37 Non-album Track
“It’s a Woman’s World”
b/w “That Cuckoo Bird in the Pickle Tree”
11 15 The Four Aces Sing
Mr. Sandman
b/w “(I’ll Be with You) In Apple Blossom Time”
5 1 9 Sentimental Souvenirs
1955 “Melody of Love”
b/w “There Is a Tavern in the Town” (from Sentimental Souvenirs)
3 1 Mood for Love
“There Goes My Heart”
b/w “You’ll Always Be the One” (Non-album track)
b/w “Sluefoot” (Non-album track)
13 12 The Best of The Four Aces
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” / 1 1 2 Hits from Hollywood
“Shine On Harvest Moon” 45 Non-album Track
“The Christmas Song”
b/w “Jingle Bells”
Merry Christmas
“O Holy Night”
b/w “Silent Night”
A Woman in Love” / 14 16 19 Hits from Hollywood
“Of This I’m Sure” 56 47 Non-album tracks
1956 “If You Can Dream” / 62 34
“The Gal with the Yaller Shoes” 91
“To Love Again”
b/w “Charlie Was a Boxer” (fromThe Four Aces Sing)
43 26
“I Only Know I Love You” / 22 38 The Four Aces Sing
“Dreamer” 86 43 Non-album track
“You Can’t Run Away from It” / 20 The Four Aces Sing
“Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)” 45 10 29 Hits from Hollywood
“Someone To Love” / 47 The Four Aces Sing
“Written on the Wind” 61 39 Hits from Hollywood
1957 “Bahama Mama” / 53 36 Beyond the Blue Horizon
“You’re Mine” 76 45 The Four Aces Sing
“Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”
b/w “Three Sheets to the Wind” (from The Four Aces Sing)
Non-album tracks
“Half of My Heart”
b/w “When My Sugar Walks Down the Street”
“How Do You Say Goodbye”
b/w “I Would Love You Still”
1958 “Rock and Roll Rhapsody”
b/w “I Wish I May, I Wish I Might”
“Saturday Swing-Out”
b/w “Take My Heart”
“Heartache in Costume”
b/w “Two Arms, Two Lips, One Heart”
“Roses of Rio”
b/w “Hangin’ Up a Horseshoe”
“The World Outside”
b/w “How Can You Forget” (fromHits on Broadway)
63 25 18 Beyond the Blue Horizon
“Ol’ Fatso”
b/w “Christmas Tree”
Non-album tracks
1959 “No Other Arms, No Other Lips”
b/w “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness”
74 28
“Ciao, Ciao, Bambino”
b/w “Paradise Island” (from Beyond the Blue Horizon)
“The Five Pennies”
b/w “Anyone Would Love You” (from Hits from Broadway)
“Waltzing Matilda”
b/w “The Wonder of It All” (Non-album track)
Beyond the Blue Horizon
“Til Tomorrow”
b/w “I Love Paris” (from Beyond the Blue Horizon)
Non-album tracks
1960 “Poor Butterfly”
b/w “You Are Music”
“Dolce far niente”
b/w “Searching”
1961 “The Ballad of Patrick Henry”
b/w “Me Without You”
1962 “Lonely Hill”
b/w “It’s All Over but the Crying”
1963 “Marina”
b/w “When Will You Come Back to Me”
1965 “Dans nos souvenir”
b/w “Dis pourquoi”
1969 “Always Keep Me in Your Heart”
b/w “Didn’t We”
120 A Time for Us
“I Started a Joke”
b/w “Summer Won’t Be Summer”

* “Stranger in Paradise” charted in 1955 in the UK

Other uses

In the 1930s a vocal group recorded under the name The Four Aces (A Human Orchestra). They vocalized not only the lyrics, but all instrumental parts of their music, recording on the Decca label in the UK.[10]

In 1948–49, Bill Haley fronted a group called the Four Aces of Western Swing – often referred to as simply The Four Aces. The style of music this group played was country and western and it was with the group that Haley recorded his first singles for the Cowboy Records label in 1948. The group disbanded in 1949 and Haley went on to form The Saddlemen, which later became Bill Haley & His Comets.


  1. Jump up^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 73. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. Jump up to:a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 68. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. Jump up to:a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 55. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  4. Jump up to:a b c d “The Four Aces – Inductees – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation”. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame Foundation. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  5. Jump up^ – accessed April 2011
  6. Jump up^ Naedele, Walter. “David A. Mahoney, 86, 1950s singer was one of Four Aces”. Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  7. Jump up^ Obituaries
  8. Jump up^ “Rosario Vaccaro Obituary” Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  9. Jump up^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 209. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. Jump up^ “78 RPM – The Four Aces (A Human Orchestra) – Diga Diga Doo / Dinah – Decca – UK – F5198” Retrieved 2014-08-23.

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