I went to two funerals within days of each other – two men, one 58, one 92, who could hardly have been more different yet both made substantial contributions to many. And me.
David died from throat cancer. He smoked and was overweight and hated exercising and was crude and sometimes an adult bully.
But, man, was he a great firefighter. He was also one of the five funniest guys I’ve ever known. His astonishing quick wit would sometimes be vulgar but his retort would be eye-watering hilarious.… Read the rest
I’m a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and at every meeting we say the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag and also to the Texas flag. Both have the word “indivisible” in the pledge. Of course, the Civil War settled the issue that states may not leave the Union. I’ve heard people comment that Texas reserved the right to secede. No, that is not true.… Read the rest
Texas’ primary election is set for March 4, 2014, and the list of candidates for statewide office is largely settled, with Dec. 9 as the filing deadline.
Most recently gaining notice was state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Nov. 23. Van de Putte has 22 years of experience as a state lawmaker – eight years as a state representative and 14 years as a senator. She serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations.… Read the rest
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Of course, in some places, that started months ago. It is, after all, convenient to be able to buy your Zombie Halloween costume on one aisle and your tinseled garland (or is it garlanded tinsel?) on the next.
Other signs of the season: people with cuts, bruises, and dark, baggy eyes still recovering from Black Friday shopping; credit cards hot to the touch from the friction of holiday-pace swiping; turkeys that survived Thanksgiving starting to look over their shoulders again; boycotters getting ready for every “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Xmas” sign.… Read the rest
Whenever I hear or read something that I think is profound or cool, I write it down in my phone’s note section. Here are this year’s:
Everything great starts out scary. – the movie Warm Bodies
Give a lot to get a lot. – a church sermon last February
Make people feel something more than they understand. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
We are mortal but poetry is not. – some PBS special… Read the rest
I saw this quote on Facebook: “75% of Facebook quotes are made up” (Abraham Lincoln)
While I’m pretty sure he didn’t say that, I saw another Lincoln quote that seems to be legit based on what little research I did. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
I have used that quote to help people (and myself) gain perspective in the middle of a “whiny” time. It is good to look for the blessings in the middle of the challenges of life.… Read the rest
The big billboards with varying comments from two cows promoting Chick-fil-A that have been seen recently remind me of a similar advertising campaign: Burma-Shave. Only folks in their late fifties or older will remember those small red and white signs with rhyming jingles that travelers enjoyed reading along the highways for nearly five decades (mid 1920s to mid 1960s).
When the Interstate highways came along with faster travel, the little signs in farmers pastures were more difficult to read.… Read the rest
Texans, Americans and citizens of the world in the past week remembered the shock and aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963.
Many newspapers and other media reflected on coverage of those days, some expanding on how the assassination changed views on public safety and kindled the public’s desire for a faster-moving stream of news.… Read the rest
I like Facebook. It’s a great way to keep up with family and friends and force lots of people to look at photos of your adorable grandchildren.
But there’s some pretty ridiculous stuff on there, too.
You know going in that you’re going to get pummelled by your friends’ political beliefs.
Some people use the cyber-pulpit to bombard everyone with how horrible President Obama is. (“Here’s The Proof That He Is Not A REAL American!!!)… Read the rest
Have Thine own way, Lord. Have Thine own way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will; While I am waiting, yielded and still.”
Those words were written by missionary Adelaide Pollard after attending a 1902 prayer meeting. I grew up singing those words in church. That “while I am waiting” part was frustrating for Adelaide Pollard while she was trying to raise funds to go for mission work in Africa. That “while I am waiting” part has been frustrating for me many times when I have had great visions of what I wanted to do for God.… Read the rest