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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


     Thank you Joyce for more thought provoking questions on this April Showers Hodgepodge!

1. April showers bring May flowers...what have you been showered with this month?
     I was showered with love and good wishes on the occasion of my 59th birthday. I am humbled by the number of people who hold me in such high esteem and at the same time am very grateful for it.

2. What is the nature of compassion?  Is it learned or innate?  Can compassion be learned?  If you're a parent is this something you've purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?
     Compassion is that quality where you recognize another's suffering and desire to relieve it. Compassion is something that must be taught AND modeled and is therefore learned. As parents, SWMBO and I sought to instill compassion in our children by example. When someone we knew was ill or otherwise hurting we taught compassion by showing compassion. We explained what we were doing and why.

3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama...or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?
     I'm with the "rolling your eyes" crowd but I will sit through a romantic comedy with SWMBO. If I'm choosing the movie though, bring on the adventure, action and mayhem, please!

4.  It's April which means baseball season is officially upon us here in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." Agree or Disagree?
     Although, I love a good roast beef, I have to go with Bogie on this one. I love the ambience of a professional ball park. The smells of the food cooking, the sound of iced beer flowing, and the crowd cheering is just magnificent!

5. What's something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?
     By and large our community is fairly well run. We have a terrific police and fire department. Our highway department does a good job of maintaining our roads and our taxes are reasonable. One improvement would be if we had a Sonic drive-in restaurant in town.

6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.
     "Every Rose has a Thorn" by the hair band "Poison!"

7. April 22nd is Earth you believe there's life on other planets?  That wasn't the question you were expecting was it? 
     I don't believe that there is life on other planets. I think that we're the only planet that has life on it, the only game in town as it were. Having said that, I am open to the possibility that I am wrong and that there is, in fact, life on other planets. There's no reason to conclude that God could not have created life on other planets, I just don't think that He did. It's a difficult proposition to prove one way or the other!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     Last week was a difficult week for the people in the Boston metropolitan area because of the Boston Marathon Bombings and the resulting loss of life and the number and severity of the injuries.
     As difficult as last week was for us Bostonians, the people in the small town of West, Texas, have suffered an incredible trajedy with the explosion of the local fertilizer plant. Fourteen people were killed, twelve of which were first responders. Over two hundred people were injured. About eighty homes and a middle school were levelled in the blast. May God bless that suffering community.
     Last week was a difficult week, especially for first responders. GOD BLESS ALL FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE - FIRE - MEDICAL!


  1. When we watch those events on TV I am so thankful that you are retired. No more do I have to worry if my 1st responder will come home after heading into events like this. I'm so glad God has kept you safe and I have you back. I understand the compassion of 1st responders and I understand the fear of 1st responders families.

  2. Please don't think I'm taking this lightly, but when I read "Bostonians" I actually read "Bohemians" instead. My dad told me that West, Tx. is a Bohemian town (that's his neck of the woods). Weird.
    So, you're LynnMarie's husband? Thank you for all of those years you responded! My youngest brother is in the Boston area, so we were keeping in contact with him to make sure he was okay.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad that your brother is okay.

  3. My thoughts were with the town of West, Texas as my nephew-in-law is a volunteer firefighter and my heart went out to them.

    1. I hope that your nephew is okay! It's really tough to deal with the loss of friends and colleagues. My prayers go out to the entire West, Texas, community...especially it's first responders.

  4. Hello Lynn's hubby,

    Your have the sweetest wife ever! She's a wonderful blogging friend. I didn't realize you had a blog too.

    I loved your answer for compassion being learned...I absolutely agree!

    Love a simple hotdog at the ballpark too! :)

    Just had to say that our church is hosting a BBQ dinner for all First Responders and I'm so proud that we are! Thank YOU for your service!


    1. I do have the best wife on the planet. God bless your church family for reaching out to your first responders. Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower. Welcome aboard!

  5. I forgot to say that I'm your newest follower.