Culture, Humor, Living, Poetry

Jumping the Cactus

No matter how often I've seen it, this 2017 Progressive Insurance commercial always makes me laugh. I'm reminded what the commercial says about human nature. More to the point, it demonstrates the human propensity to ignore the old adage:  speak less, listen hard. When someone mentions taking the kids to soccer practice and you're willing… Continue reading Jumping the Cactus

Goodbyes, Happiness, Hope, Living

Sweeping Away the Old

Goodbye to 2017. Was it a good year for you? Or a bad one? Either way, it's done and we have a whole new year on the horizon.Time for making a fresh start, beginning tomorrow. Make the most of every opportunity! See you in 2018.

Blogging, Culture, Dying, Goodbyes, Living, Rants & Opinions

My Days Are Numbered

Given the bleak title, people may automatically expect to read a wretched tale announcing I've contracted a dreadful (probably incurable) illness. Not so for this post, though there's no avoiding the truth:  my days are numbered. Frankly, so are yours. Though we try to forget it, we are all mortal. As 2016 wound down and the obits… Continue reading My Days Are Numbered

Culture, Family, Grandchildren, History, Living, Love & Marriage, Rants & Opinions

Between Friends

Friends don't let friends drive drunk. You've probably heard a version of this message from the Ad Council, a gentle caution for drivers and passengers alike. I've decided a similar message should apply with respect to social media. Maybe something like this:  Friends don't let friends contrive junk. I know, I know! It's clunky and doesn't roll off the… Continue reading Between Friends

Happiness, Living, Rants & Opinions

The Fragrance of Life

Southern Living has long been one of my favorite magazines, one of the few print magazines to which I steadfastly subscribe. While leafing through a recent issue newly retrieved from my mailbox, one full-page ad (pictured below) caught my eye. Now you might assume the radiant, air-brushed smile is what drew my attention ... but no. Maybe it… Continue reading The Fragrance of Life

Abortion, Brave New World, Christianity, Culture, History, Living, Poetry, Religion

Supreme Poetaster

Here's a word that doesn't get much use these days: Poetaster. One of the memorable ways to define this word – as well as to remember its pronunciation – is to take the word Poet, marry to it the last two syllables of disaster, and you have Poetaster. A Poetaster is simply "an inferior poet, a writer… Continue reading Supreme Poetaster

Christianity, Culture, Dying, Faith, Heroes, Living, Religion

An Elisabeth Elliot Smile

Posting Monday about the death of Elisabeth Elliot, I used a couple pictures of her ... one was a familiar publicity photo and the other was a pen-and-ink sketch used on her website. In the World Magazine tribute noting Elliot's death, they used the photo below. A follow-up post noted that some readers of World had… Continue reading An Elisabeth Elliot Smile

Abortion, Brave New World, Culture, History, Living, Politics, Rants & Opinions

The Right to Define

UPDATE:  Yesterday (6/17/15) on the World Magazine website, Editor Marvin Olasky made a similar comparison to this post, also citing the quote below. "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." If you're not familiar with this quote, you… Continue reading The Right to Define

Culture, Happiness, Living, Poetry

Sat-Your-Day

You may be geared like me. No matter what the rest of the week brings my way, Saturdays are usually a day of ambition for me. All the tasks still on my list (because I failed to complete them during the week) get shuffled into Saturday!Of course that means I have to get an early start on… Continue reading Sat-Your-Day

Christianity, Faith, Living, Religion, Sports

Quest For A Crown

Watching American Pharoah win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park today,  I was reminded of an article I read early in the day. The headline said:  Science Says American Pharoah Won't Win the Triple Crown. So much for prognostications, huh? The spectacle surrounding a horse race, particularly at this elite level, is striking. First off,… Continue reading Quest For A Crown