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Wednesday, October 7, 2015


     I must confess at the outset that with all the horrendous flooding going on in the Palmetto State, I am pleasantly surprised that there is a Hodgepodge this week. Joyce must have posted it wearing scuba gear. My thoughts and prayers go out to those families who have lost loved ones and to others who have lost all their possessions in the floods. Lord, have mercy! Now onto this edition to the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?
     I have not jumped on the bandwagon per se, but I have sampled some pumpkin spiced coffee and Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Cheese Danish thingy. SWMBO bought some Pumpkin Coffee pods for our Keurig coffee maker.

2.  "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld  

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?
     There are many things in my life that I'd thought I would never do. Life is a funny thing though, and as it turned out I have done them. For example, I never thought that I would ever teach a class. Several years ago it was my pleasure to be an adjunct instructor in a local college Criminal Justice program.  I taught courses in Police Patrol Procedure and Constitutional Law. I take pride in the fact that several of my former students are now employed as police officers.  

3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?
     Flowers-Smowers...I'm not really a flowers person except for those occasions when I give them to SWMBO. Other than that I have no opinion on this matter.

4. What have you lost interest in recently?
     Major League Baseball! My beloved Red Sox closed out their season in Cleveland on Sunday and are done until next year.

5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?
     Wow! That is really a tough question. Do you mean by instrument? Do you mean overall? Also, by what metric do you arrive at that decision? I don't know! Great question...but I just don't know!

6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?
     I am not a fan of stores. I don't hate them, I just don't ever feel like "You know, a smore would just hit the spot right now!" I enjoy sitting around a campfire and talking with friends about life, love and memories.

7. Your favorite small town? Why?
     SWMBO and I like Quechee, VT. It has a gorge that is spectacular. There is a wonderful "Fine Dining" restaurant in town called "Simon Pearce." The restaurant is located in a glass factory that makes high end glassware. Sometimes while dining you can watch the craftsmen at their work. There's also a store called "Scotland By The Yard." They sell Scottish tartan fabric of all the clans of Scotland and everything else Scottish. SWMBO is part Scottish. It really is a nice place to get away to.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
     I wrote a blog post last week blasting President Obama for using the murders at UCC in Oregon for advancing his political agenda, specifically gun control. Well not to be undone, one of the current democratic candidates for president also politicized this tragedy during a campaign stop here in the Granite State. I was shocked! I didn't see this coming at all! (Just Kidding)
     LISTEN PEOPLE - The fact about the gun control agenda is that, at it's core, it is about CONTROL and not GUNS per se! 
     One of the statements that the former Secretary of State made that was chilling was that she would use the power of her office as president to bring forward gun control measures that would/could not pass congressional muster by means of executive orders. She must understand the concept of "rule of law" since she is an ivy league trained lawyer. 
     We are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right of Liberty. Do not sit by and allow anyone to infringe upon that God given right. This woman is NOT qualified to be president!


  1. Thank you for speaking out about Hillary!! AND that this issue on guns is only about control. Indeed. We must, must, must be smart voters in 2016 or we will be the next socialist/communist country... we're almost there. It makes me sick!

    Glad I'm not the only blogger who isn't "into" pumpkin, and also not the only person who had trouble answering #5!! I was actually looking forward to your answer, and found it was pretty much just like mine.

  2. If we devoted half as much media attention, advertising, etc to the issue of mental health and the breakdown of family as we do to gun control, we'd all be better off. I am so sick of hypocritical politicians who are under the protection of armed service agents lecturing us about guns. I will say too (then I'll quit my rant) that I never had any desire to own a gun , but after our current president had been in office a while I changed my mind. I don't feel this administration has my best interests at heart and I am not confident he has the guts required to keep Americs safe. Okay. Done ranting. : )

  3. I loved your answer to #2. Your teaching must have made an impact :)
    I also agree with your random thoughts on #8. It's ALL about CONTROL, which there is already too much of.

  4. Sorry about your Red Sox - My Blue Jays are still going strong!

  5. I feel your pain about baseball season. The Atlanta Braves didn't start winning consistently until the end of the season. Oh well. See you in April 2016 for spring training.