Struggling. I haven’t posted for a little while (again…). One reason is that I am struggling. I am not struggling with my faith. God, who “has begun a good work in me is carrying it on to completion until the day of Christ.” I’m not really struggling all that much physically. I am of courseRead more

Good news or bad news?

Most of us are familiar with the “bad news” of extended waits for obtaining medical care within the VA system. Social media and “real news” reports have cataloged the unacceptable and looooong delays for medical care. I am no stranger to such delays. To be fair, however, I’ve also benefited from very quick responses, someRead more

Package coming tomorrow…

I opened my email this morning to find a message indicating that some birthday gifts I had ordered from Amazon would be delivered tomorrow. No big deal – get those all the time. Next, I receive a message from my Internet provider indicating that a serviceman would be calling between 3 p.m. and 5 PMRead more

Proud to be a slave and proud of my heritage…

I am a white, male, American, born into a lower working-class family. I’ve had to work hard all my life and was blessed to have the strength and stamina to do it. I grew up believing that if I “went to college” I would have a better income and lifestyle.   So that’s what IRead more

Hurricane Harvey Horrified Houston

  For the past week, almost everyone I speak to is concerned about the effects of hurricane Harvey which struck Houston, Texas with a vengeance. Dropping over 52 inches of rain water in many places, the storm ravaged and pounded the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. Making landfall and turning inland, the massive stormRead more

I don’t stand up for the National Anthem anymore…

At the beginning of last football season, Colin Kaepernick staged a “silent protest” against the perceived evils of America by not standing for our National Anthem. After a few weeks, the media furor both pro and con, settled down. Since then, he has lost his starting position and has been released from his team. NoRead more

Trumpet lesson

When I was a young boy and continuing through my teenage years, I loved to play the trumpet. I played in the marching band, concert band, brass ensembles, and even played taps at military funerals. On most Sunday mornings and evenings, I offered a trumpet solo as special music in our church’s worship service. OneRead more

Christmas in July

  Christmas in July – I first heard of this concept while residing in Australia, many years ago. It was used in advertising a weekend getaway package to a mountain resort. It kind of made sense since Christmas is summertime in “the land down under,” where the seasons are flip-flopped from what I was accustomedRead more

One cute con job leads to another… and others…

This afternoon I took three of my grandchildren “to the tree.” They love it there. Our street has two islands which separate the two lanes of our road. In the middle of each island, there are trees and bushes which are quite mature. Some of the trees are conifers and appear to be some kindRead more

Remember Mrs. Manicotti?

Remember Mrs. Manicotti? Do you remember Mrs. Manicotti? She was the chronic complainer I commented on in last week’s blog. She delighted to give organ recitals as she regaled her various ailments and physical problems. I also pointed out that we tend to emulate her frequent grumblings. Like it or not, every one of usRead more