Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"The winner ain't the one with the fastest car; it's the one who refuses to lose." the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., known as the Intimidator
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
"The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting." ~ Dave Barry
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Hello and welcome. I know many if not most of my regular readers prefer something other than the political commentary that I serve up on occasion, however, I am pretty much limited to whatever I happen to be focused on and fussing about on any particular day. The good news is found in how easy it is to skip over, avoid, and if nothing else, completely ignore the material if it doesn't strike your fancy. I fear that way too many are doing just that pretty much all the time when it comes to the stuff going on in Washington, D.C. But, that's mostly what I wrote about yesterday so it is time to move on, on this Thursday, February 20, 2014. I could talk about the weather because we all do, but I think I've said about all I can think to say about it up to this point. I would caution any who might be persuaded to put away their coats thinking that winter is all used up for the season. It's just me talking here but I really don't think we will be waiting for the fall before we see a little more frost on the pumpkin, so to speak.
Our internet connection here at the office was cut on Monday and I went for 2 and ½ days serving a form of isolated confinement. We suddenly found ourselves slammed back into the old school mode of looking up information in something called the Yellow Pages, and using printed catalogs, manuals, and tools called a pencil and paper. How dependent are we on immediate online access all the time? I can only say I wouldn't want to figure out the full answer to that question because having everything at your fingertips and available instantaneously, well, as far as I can tell, in a practical sense, it's the only way you can get the job done today. I'm not sure that's altogether a good thing but I am sure that to try and go back and do it like we did prior to online access would be like returning to the stone age. Literally. I know. There are some people who refuse to connect into the brave new world. They luckily are most likely not at a competitive disadvantage for doing so. I will not say how many times I did, without even thinking, attempt to log in even though I knew we had no connection. The answer is more than a few and that just goes to show you how it does become integral to how we function each day.
Last week we were privileged to have our great grand Madi Girl staying with us for a few days. All I can say is that she is one funny girl. I know the wife was on the front lines during most of her visit, but, it's remarkable how much excitement that comes with having a four year old hanging around. I can truthfully say that she was lavished upon during her time with us, as in spoiled, but, it doesn't happen very often, and without a doubt I could tell she tended to enjoy it, and so did those pouring on the special treatment. I know I am a serial sucker for the déjà vu all over again but in this situation it's impossible not to mentally relive these same feelings we felt with Madi's mommy. I don't know that much about all the DNA and Genome matching stuff but I can tell you that little Madi is carrying around a near perfect match to her mom, at least at this age. I'm talking everything from demeanor to nuanced inferences. What a blessing! The wife was tired but I think she would be the first to say it was a good tired, and, as for me, the more or less innocent bystander, it was a blast because let me just say this about that, she is one funny girl! Have a great rest of the day and may God add His blessings to it. Amen. ….More later.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
"The political spin in Washington is revolting, just revolting. It's a callous political game." Rob Bishop, Republican U.S. House Representative from Utah
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
"Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!" (Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 23, Verse 24)
You just have to love the weather around these parts. It's almost like being out of the frigid into the frying pan. Maybe it's out of the fire into....well, I think you get my point. We literally have moved within hours from shivering to sunning. We went from talking about how many layers to doing yard work and complaining about seasonal allergies. Take this week. We are supposed to make it up to nearly 80 degrees. Just last week we were concerned about driving on frozen roads. And, I don't know if those kinds of shifts are really hard on our bodies or not. Some say it is and typically people go from being cold to having colds and they blame it on the weather change. I wonder sometimes if it is what we think that brings on a problem, so we end up having the problem. You know what I am talking about. "As a man thinks, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) I can have my theories. I didn't say it was a proven fact, just my thoughts on how it might work. I suppose that's it for today where I urge you to keep on keeping on and oh yeah, and please pass the Kleenex box. (Joking only.) Take care and may God bless each one. Amen. ...More later.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Genesis 29:20 “Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
"President Obama may truly live to regret his unparalleled disregard for the Constitution, but so may all presidents who come after him." Editorial Page, Boston Herald, January 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
"It's not just a rock. It's forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold. Okay, so in and of itself it looks like it has no practical purpose, but it's a repository of possibility. And, when it's handled just right, it exacts a kind of poetry - as close to poetry as I ever want to get. The way it moves.... Not once, in everything I've done, have I ever felt the same wonder and humanity as when I'm playing the game of curling." ~ Paul Gross, John Krizanc, and Paul Quarrington, Men with Brooms
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
"This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect." Dwight D. Eisenhower
Monday, February 10, 2014
"Growing old's like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed." ~ Anthony Powell, English Novelist, 1905-2000
Friday, February 7, 2014
"All the good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow." ~ Grant Wood, American Painter, 1891-1942
|In 1930, Iowa artist Grant Wood painted American Gothic. The models (pictured here) used for the painting were his sister Nan Wood Graham and his dentist, Byron McKeeby.|