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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


      Welcome back Joyce and thanks for another set of thought provoking questions. I don't know where you come up with all these posers. Anyways here are my thoughtful responses.

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?
     There have been a coupe of weekends where the chores were done and we didn't have anywhere we needed to be so we went out to dinner. On Monday SWMBO and I reflected on the weekend and realized that we had a really nice weekend.  Moral of the will have good times often without noticing them. PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE!

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least?
     I was a police shift supervisor working 5:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m., Wednesday thru Saturday. I had three days off each week. That was my favorite assignment. The worse job I have ever had was as a busboy/dishwasher in a restaurant. The job drew a huge vacuum and my boss was a jerk. 

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?
     Some parochial and charter schools begin before Labor Day. Some towns begin the school year before Labor Day. Others begin after Labor Day. I would prefer that school begin after Labor Day. As far a starting time goes I don't have an opinion. I leave it to the Educrats!

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?
     Recently SWMBO told me that I was cooking supper. I asked her what she wanted for supper. She said that she did not care as she was not cooking it. So I diced a Kielbasa and sautéed it with onions, green and red peppers and vidalia onion BBQ sauce and served it with a side of macaroni and cheese. We both enjoyed it. That was a labor of love. The best part is that I cleaned up the kitchen and dishes afterwards so SWMBO didn't have to.
5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'
      Definitely "A woman's work is never done!" The proper training of a husband takes a lifetime and that job is never done. I have always suspected that that's why SWMBO learned how to train dogs because she has much better success with them than she does with her husband who has a mind of his own. 

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?
     Thanks but no thanks! I have a food allergy to seafood. 

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'.
     I'll go with "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." The entire history of man has been the pursuit of trying to make difficult things easier and more efficient to do. Case in point the farm tractor, the washing machine and dryer, central heating and central air-conditioning, the automobile, etc.
     Also Super Glue, WD-40, Post It Notes and a whole panoply of things that we use today were created out of trying to create something else. These are the quintessential examples of Einstein's third rule in my humble opinion.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     Are Christians persecuted in the United States today? Some would answer that question with an unqualified "Yes!" They go on to explain that the courts are hostile to religion given the decisions that bar the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. They might recount an anecdote where a teacher refused to allow a Christian student to write an essay on a Biblical topic or story. Another may recount an experience where they were required to work on Sundays thereby preventing them from going to church and practicing their religion.
     In my humble opinion the Christians ARE NOT persecuted in America. Consider the Sudan. A group of Christians worshipping in their building are interrupted by soldiers firing their rifles into the building killing as many worshippers as possible or soldiers throw a couple of hand-grenades into the assembly also killing as many worshippers as possible. In Nigeria 200 plus Christian girls were kidnapped by Muslim extremists and are being forced to either convert to Islam or be sold into slavery. 
     Consider China...Christians are routinely imprisoned for years for simply preaching the name of Jesus. In North Korea a Christian is put into prison for simply possessing one page of the Holy Bible.
     So if you ask me if Christians are persecuted in America I have to say "No." However, if Christians do not participate in society by speaking out for the cause of Christ, or standing up for their civil rights and for the cause of Christ, or performing their civic duty by voting for God fearing candidates, then things could degenerate to the point where real persecution occurs in this so called Land of the Free. 
     What do YOU think?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


1. The best part of waking up is____________________________________.
     Folgers in your cup! All kidding aside the best part of waking up is that you get another clean sheet of paper to fill in and add to the book that is your life.

2.  Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for those non-adventurers...which would you dislike the least?)- Swim with the dolphins at one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California condors?
     I am going with swimming with the Dolphins. 

3. What is something you fear about 'old age'? What is something you look forward to?
    I fear not being clear of mind and/or vision. I look to growing old gracefully with my beloved SWMBO and enjoying our grandchildren.
4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10 how hot is too hot?
     I am not a fan of hot sauce per se. I do like some hot dishes such as chili and some salsas.
Anything hotter than six or seven is too hot.
5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?
     I think they learned the importance of loving and obeying God every day. I think they learned to treat people with respect and kindness. I think they learned that marriage is a tremendous blessing. I also taught them the importance of laughing every day.

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?
     I have several - Thirteen Days in October (Cuban Missile Crisis); Zero Dark Thirty; Stalag 17; The Dirty Dozen; Gone in Sixty Seconds, to name a few.

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day...share one here.
     What do you do with an elephant with three balls? 
      Answer - Walk him and pitch to the rhinoceros.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     We learned on Monday that Robin Williams succumbed to depression and took his own life. Robin Williams was an immensely talented comedian and dramatic actor. By all accounts by those who either knew him or encountered him, Robin was a decent, generous, unpretentious man. He treated all with respect and went out of his way to encourage others. He was a fervent supporter of our troops and often went overseas to entertain them.
      Depression is such a horrible and insidious disease. It's kind of like a cancer of the soul. I wished that Robin had reached out to someone and let them know how much he was hurting. If you, like Robin, are hurting please reach out to someone, anyone! Suicide has been described as a long term solution to a short term problem. IT IS NOT THE ANSWER!
     May Robin rest in peace!