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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


     Summer is well on it's way here in the Granite State. We have been having a greater number of thunder storms this summer some of which have been quite violent. Last year we were in drought conditions. This year we are not. Lightning is Nature's fireworks display and is stunning in appearance. We have been blessed with a number of awesome displays.
     The Wednesday Hodgepodge is also stunning but in a different way. It's Americana on display. Voices from all over the country giving opinions and recounting their life experiences on display. Thank you Joyce for your continued efforts in providing this weekly pause from the rigors of life. And now, the Hodgepodge...

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)
     It''s been awhile since I have chatted with a neighbor. We often exchange pleasantries in passing but the opportunity to engage in extended conversation just hasn't presented itself. When we do speak it is usually concerning work/retirement, family and current events.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?
     I think that I am most like a river. I am always moving forward. Sometimes I am smooth and placid, other times I am rough and choppy but I am always flowing on. Sometimes I am overflowing and affect those around me. Sometimes I am low, revealing things that were usually hidden. Yeah, I think that I am a river.

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?
     I have driven through Delaware but I have never visited there. My state is called the Granite State and the name makes great sense to me. There is granite everywhere. It also fits the character of the people who live here. We are a hearty and independent minded people. Our state motto is "Live Free or Die." Our state constitution explicitly gives us the right to revolt and overthrow our government should the government ever come to oppress the population. You gotta love a state like that.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?
     The last dish that we brought to a pot luck was a fruit salad consisting of watermelon, strawberries and blueberries. I do not have a go-to meal, it's generally pot luck.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?
     Think "Tag Team." It took two of you to create this new life and it will most certainly take the two of you to raise and care for the little bugger. Sometimes your partner needs to tag out and get some relief . There will be times when you need to tag out for the same reason. There are no "Your Job/My Job" tasks. Both of you are responsible to get the jobs done. Love each other, support each other and take time for each other.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
     Lately things have been difficult for New York law enforcement. A NYPD officer, a 12 year veteran and mother to three children, was assassinated while sitting in her department vehicle. 
     Two days ago a New York State Trooper was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. 
     Men and women willingly answer the call to serve by laying their lives on the line to make their communities safer and a better place to live. They, more than anyone else, understand that they may be required to make the ultimate sacrifice and do so without hesitation. 
     God bless the men and women who serve in law enforcement. May God watch over them and protect them and bless their families. Please say a prayer for your police officers and their families this week. 
     Enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. Hello,
    Praying for the law enforcement. October 2016 an officer was also killed in an ambush here in our rural area. The fella called in a stalled car and needing help. The officer went to help him, the fella was waiting in a field and shot the officer as he approached to help.
    The family of the officer lived in our little town. The brother and sisterhood of the law enforcement was amazing as the funeral shut our town down. The love and respect shown. States as far as Missouri came up to Northern Wisconsin to show love and respect to the family.

    Sending prayers,

  2. I have the deepest respect for Law enforcement... these are such troubling times.I don't feel like I raise them up in prayer nearly enough...I do are scheduled prayer events of which I do attend regularly but these faithful men and women need daily prayer!

  3. I agree, you gotta love a state like that! Yum on the fruit salad. I like your advice for new parents. That is terrible news about New York. Prayers going out to their family.

  4. I'm behind in my reading, but am catching up! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge and tip my hat to your random. God bless them indeed!!