Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
For a Day of My Life, By Samuel F. Pugh: "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it, or use it for good, but what I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving behind in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain and not loss, good and not evil, success and not failure, in order that I shall not regret the price that I have paid for it."
Help Me Thanksgiving Day PrayerO God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.
(Written by Samuel F. Pugh. Rev. Pugh died peacefully in his sleep on December 23, 2007. He was 103 years old and had been an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for over 70 years.)
May God bless our preparation and planning but also may He work in us the true spirit of thankfulness that expresses His love to others. May God bless each one. Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." ~ Erma Bombeck
Monday, November 24, 2014
"Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." (Book of James, Chapter 4, Verse 14)
|Shoveling time in Buffalo, New York.|
Friday, November 21, 2014
Well, what do you think about this? It's Friday! I see that smile. It's the 21st day of November 2014 and we are beginning to get ready to get ready for our Thanksgiving Day celebration next week. When you go to the doctor for a check up they occasionally give you one of those heart test thingies, the electrocardiogram. I don't know if my situation is a benefit or a liability but traveling over the hills and through the woods each day to my workplace I get the heart test quite frequently. Just the other day about 3:45 a.m., I was driving down this crooked country lane of a road when I came around a curve and a big old fluffy deer came right across the nose on my car. I was almost a casualty of a close encounter of the worst kind. Fortunately, I was only driving 40 miles per hour which is the speed limit. I don't know if it rubbed my headlights and bumper but it did get my attention, filling up my windshield completely. All systems went into overload. I typically am on the lookout but because of coming out of a blind curve this one was a complete surprise. Had I been hooked up to one of those heart test machines I may have melted the motherboard. Once I caught my breath I was immediately thankful that we didn't have an actual collision and if it's okay with everyone else I'll clean my own headlights. Please inform all the deer that I too was sad when that gun was heard in the Bambi movie. I think it's important that they know that.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” ― Dorothy Parker, American writer and poet, (1897-1967)
|Bob Bailey (1913-1983)|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Mount Midoriyama, in Japan. Some 2700 have attempted but only three have been successful. Sorry to be more reserved in my expectations, but, sometimes we have to face up to the reality we have to work with, not the one we would like to see. With that news, I will say farewell for today and remind us all that God is the final decision maker in all things. We can count on Him! Amen. ....More later.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." ~ Washington Irving
Monday, November 17, 2014
“I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.” ― Groucho Marx
|Hornbeck High School, Class of 1964. Six of the 15 showed up.|
Friday, November 14, 2014
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." (Nelson Mandela)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Studies sanctioned by the major networks indicate that viewers pay more attention to news that has been teased. (Findings from a research paper: The Role of News Teasers in Processing of TV News, by Hao-chieh Chang, Syracuse University)
Good morning folks. How in the world are you getting along? I'm fine, thank you, and glad to greet you once again. It's Thursday, November 13, 2014, and I have something astounding that you need to know about. I will share it with you when we come back from the break. I'm sure you recognize that tease which we are inundated with as we attempt to watch any kind of news broadcast. I listen to the live feed of news programming on my satellite radio and I heard one that really got me going. McDonald's has announced a recall on over two million toys placed in Happy Meals, stay tuned to hear which ones they are, when we come back. That most likely got plenty of parents to wait. Well, I just hate it when they do stuff like that. Therefore, let me provide that information right away: "McDonald's is recalling about 2.3 million Hello Kitty toys that came with some of its Happy Meals because they pose a choking risk. The item in question is a red whistle that came with the Happy Meal Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop Toy (No. 6) -- a plastic Hello Kitty figurine holding a pink heart-shaped lollipop." I do observe the antics they employ. "We have information necessary for you and your family's survival, stay tuned, we'll be right back." "Could that asteroid enter earth's atmosphere and obliterate our way of life? Hang on, we'll have the answer when we return." Here's the truth, for me anyway, I usually change the channel because I'm hacked off that they do things like that. Just me. That's my way of seeing it. Maybe I didn't like being teased as a child. Stay tuned because some day I may have the answer.
While I may hate that it works that way. The key for those who are trying to maintain audience ratings is just that. It works. The study I mentioned in the title attempted to examine the influence that this teasing approach has on the actual processing and reporting of the news itself. Which is more important? Providing accurate information to the viewers or maintaining ratings? Good question. I think we all know that this is not limited to news programming. It covers just about every area of life today. Politics uses every tool imaginable to try and get people to watch their promos. If we are not careful we can become tools being used in this media control apparatus. How do we defend against it? Change the channel. Refuse to participate. And probably the least used response: Check it out for yourself. Many outlandish threats have been reported that were used to try and motivate particular groups to go and vote. Outlandish but here again, they tend to work. Sad to think that we as a people are so easily deluded. And, I'm not talking about any particular group because these techniques are being used by every news organization, every political organization, and every type of commercial business that seeks to gain people's attention. I am surprised when folks who I consider to be thoughtful and intelligent tell me stuff and present it as fact when I know it is mostly out of context malarkey. Be on guard. Be aware. Be forewarned. Be all you can be. (That last little ditty might not fit but it sounded like it might be a way to close this out and move on. Mercifully.)
It's like that commercial everyone laughed at. You know where the person says it has to be true because they read it on the internet. Everyone laughed. Yet, most folks are somewhat swayed by these techniques. What about me? I'm certainly capable of being influenced but I do try my best to keep my distance. The number one area I see as a risk is to buy into something just because it fits into the narrative that you subscribe to and agree with. Here's an example: The President intends to put forth a measure that will require every person to have a number stamped on their forehead. It will not be a number that can be seen but it can be read with a special device. I made that up folks but if that were to be said by some particular person on their radio program, pretty soon it would be the latest absolute facts that prove up the worst fears about the current occupant of the oval office. See what I mean? One more time: Be on guard. Be aware. Be forewarned. And, yes, be all you can be. Thanks for tuning in for today's advice column. I'm not sure which hat I was wearing when I wrote today's blog but it is something that does cause me concern. Take care. Enjoy your day. And, may our Great God add His blessings to us all. Amen. ....More later.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
It was so cold I had a brain freeze so bad I began to think that Taco Bell was a Mexican phone company.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thanks to all those who have worn and are wearing the uniform of our nation's armed forces. Today we remember them all as we consider the magnitude of this truth: Freedom is not free.
Monday, November 10, 2014
"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers." ~ Dave Barry
God, grant me the Senility
To forget the people
I never liked anyway,
The good fortune
To run into the ones I do,
And the eyesight
To tell the difference.