Source Article: Businesses turn to private exchange health insurance – USATODAY.com. This is an interesting article about how some CEOs are giving up trying to figure this health insurance mess out and passing it on to their employees and pensioners. They just give them a set sum of money and basically hand them over to some former insurance executives for advice. In other words they are on their … Continue reading I Can't Figure It Out, So You Are On Your Own…
I must admit that I am becoming a big fan of Anthony Bourdain and his show No Reservations. Anthony is a TV celebrity/chef/author who travels to other countries to try to get a real feel for their culture and also their food. He doesn’t spend any time in the touristy places; he goes and meets the real people. Tony is kind of like the guy I would have liked … Continue reading Enough for Everyone
It has been a while since I have done any “deep” posts so this post will start a series on how I view the Bible and how that might differ from some mainline denominations today. The first two post are about how I personally view the Bible and other related Christian text. The third post is about how some of these belief are contrary to how others, … Continue reading About The Bible — Part 1… What I believe
While most of the barns in our portfolio were taken on one of our many road trips this one is just a few miles from our home. We pass it several times a week. The backside of the barn sustained considerable damage in the Spring storms. I hope it stay up. Continue reading Indiana – 2011
Pre April 27 – (Republicans) – Obama is not a citizen so he is an invalid president Post April 27 – (Republicans) – Why is Obama wasting his time producing a birth certificate; he should be creating jobs!! Please stop the spin cycle – I was dry months ago…. Continue reading
GOP pivots on ‘birther’ questions, blames Obama for media attention Ok, here it is. Now that President Obama finally tried to put the birther issue to rest the radical right in the Republican party are hitting on him for wasting time with providing his birth certificate! They say he should be producing more jobs instead of settling this issue. It is just totally amazing to … Continue reading What's Obama Doing Wasting Time….
We visited Montpelier in Virginia a few weeks ago. James Madison is one of my heroes so it was good to make this connection with him. Continue reading My Hero – James Madison (and Dolly too)
I want to continue on with my report of our vacation through West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia last month. This post will be about another of the five presidential homes we visited on that trip. I admit that one of my heroes in life is the fourth president of the U.S. James Madison. There are a number of reasons for that admiration not the least of … Continue reading My Hero.. James Madison
I have been getting more questions lately from some in our old church asking why we haven’t been there for such a long time. I got a very heartfelt note in the snail mail today from one of those friends. She said that she really misses my wife and me on Sundays especially in the Bible classes. She mentioned that when I had a disagreement … Continue reading Where Have You Gone??
One of my regular rituals is to go to McDonald once every month or two and get a steak & egg bagel for breakfast. I did that this morning. I found a picture of one and included it here but it really didn’t resemble the one I got at the counter. Mine had the steak hanging out the right side of the begal while the egg … Continue reading Being Deaf Is Lonely…
Let’s finish up this journey through our tax code in the U.S. and its reform. I know many people out there think that taxes are just government shaking them down. But I don’t see it that way. I enjoy going to the store to get a gallon of milk and be assured that drinking it will not make me sick. I also enjoy driving down … Continue reading More About Taxes….
The title question came to me from a fellow blogger of the Quaker persuasion. The premise around the question is at the end time will there be more people in heaven or hell? If you answer hell then it appears like satan wins. From an evangelical Christian perspective I’m sure the answer is satan will win. By their very nature evangelicals believe that if you … Continue reading Is God a Winner or a Loser??
Having just survived another April 15th tax day has been topic on my mind. As I always say I am just a simple guy and all this tax mess seems to be easily fixed if the politicians just had to courage to do it. But with all the loopholes in the current tax code there are at least thousands of people occupying each of them … Continue reading About Those Taxes….
One of the things I have regrets about now that I am in my senior years is not having kept up with friends from my past. I guess that mistake is mainly a “man” thing as my wife has regular communications with friends she made over 50 years ago. The girl she shared an apartment with in Milwaukee in the 1960s is among several others still … Continue reading The Depth of Friendships??
Remember being a Christian is all about Jesus Christ. Everything else is small stuff. Continue reading Happy Easter Everyone
The picture shown above is of President Woodrow Wilson’s car from 1913 which is currently housed in his Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton Virginia. The library was somewhat spartan by today’s presidential libraries but it was well worth the visit. The reason I chose the his car to represent this visit is that it languished in oblivion for nearly 50 years before it finally found and … Continue reading Woodrow's Car… Staunton VA 2011
We now move on with our recent vacation trip through Virginia. I must admit that I have been to this State several times and even to a couple of the sites we visited. But one city I had not been to was Staunton, Virginia. Among other things with was the birthplace of one of my heroes Woodrow Wilson. I’m sure not too many people put … Continue reading Oh Virginia… Here’s To You Woodrow
Over all, it (a poll) showed that Republicans who are considering making presidential bids will have to woo a party that largely identifies with the Tea Party movement…. …more than half of Republican voters said they considered themselves Tea Party supporters — and has questions about President Obama’s origin of birth. A plurality of Republican voters, 47 percent, said they believed Mr. Obama, who was born in … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Me With Facts….
We Christians seem to like to take ownership of others actions. If a missionary is killed in South American we say that proves that we are suffering and dying for Jesus Christ. Somehow or another that death gets attached to our individual selves as if we were the ones who died. We just can’t live vicariously through other. We are each responsible for our own actions. The … Continue reading Taking Ownership of Others Actions….
Keeping in line with a few other of my blogs here is a barn picture taken in Virginia during our recent trip there. There didn’t seem to be as many of these types of barns there as I had anticipated. Continue reading Virginia – April 2011
One of our first stops in Virginia during our recent vacation was at Luray Caverns. I must admit that being deaf I have a fear of caves. If the lights went out I would totally panic for lack of sensory perception. It was neat but I don’t really care to see any more caves. That is me on the left. The dark area in the middle … Continue reading Luray Caverns – Virginia 2011
I have grown totally tired of the comments sections that follow many of today’s new articles on the Internet. If it were possible I would blank them all out. We used to be a nation of civility. At least most of us didn’t get into each others faces to scream and rant. That civility seems to be a thing of the past the last few … Continue reading Is the Internet the cause of much of today's "hate" talk?
Why did God go to all the trouble to create the universe? By any standards that was a massive undertaking. I am one who believes in the day age interpretation of the Bible. In the last century or so God has given us the scientific understanding to know that the creation of the universe took millions if not billions of years to complete. Why did … Continue reading Earth As A Proving Ground???
This post is a continuation on reports of our recent vacation through West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. As mentioned a few posts ago Maryland was generally not quite what I expected after reading the book “A Journey Through Hallowed Ground” by David Edwin Lillard. The book centered around a trip down US 15 from Gettysburg to Monticello. From the book’s description I was prepared … Continue reading The Thing About Maryland….
I was going to do the ceremonial first mowing of the yard today but with the storms last night and the corresponding cold front I guess I will have to put it off for a few days. I have come to enjoy mowing my 2 acre homestead; that is when I do my best thinking 🙂 Continue reading
While the governor of Indiana, where I currently reside, is not a Tea Partier he does seem to think along the same line. First of all we were told when he first came into office that the reason that more businesses did not move to Indiana was because they thought we were backwards. The reason for us being backwards, at least according to him,was that … Continue reading Some "Great" Ideas From My Governor….
I spend a lot of time on this blog trying to convince you that Jesus intended us to help each other out. Especially those less fortunate than us. I have mentioned that I volunteer to do the cooking a couple of days a week at a soup kitchen. That is one way that I attempt to do what Jesus says. But I don’t think I … Continue reading Helping “The Least of These”…
I couldn’t leave our trip to West Virginia without mentioned on very interesting thing. The State of West Virgina was formed as a result of the Civil War. Considering that Richmond Virginia was the heart of the Confederacy it is surprising that the good folk in the northwestern of that state chose to remain loyal to the Union. Part of that probably had to do … Continue reading One Last Thought about WV
Sundays continue to be a strange time for me. Up until last November I could always be found in a church pew on Sunday morning. At that time I was told by my church of eight years that my views of God no longer aligned with what their denomination expected of members. Instead of going through an inquisition I choose to separate my self from … Continue reading Sundays???
I tried to find one picture that would sum up my feelings about West Virgina. This is what I came up with. It is somewhat typical of the many small towns we came across during our visits. The franchises were far and few between in most of the areas. And that is a good thing. Continue reading Summing up West Virginia
Ok here is what is making the news today. See the full article via the link at the bottom of this post. It seems that some of these Tea Party electees think that not only is healthcare for the poor optional but so is clean air to breath and water to drink for all of us. They have declared that many of these environmental issues … Continue reading At State Level, G.O.P. Seeks Big Environmental Cutbacks – NYTimes.com
When we were visiting West Virginia the John Denver song kept creeping into my mind. It is indeed a unique State. Both in its landscape and how it was formed. The picture above was from the State museum showing what the town looked like in the 1950’s. For those who did not live through that era this was probably a somewhat foreign picture. But I … Continue reading West Virginia… Country Home….
Ok, I admit this is not much of a barn but I’m sure it was a good one in its day. The photo below is somewhat typical of the many WV towns we encountered during our travels through the State. It is indeed a beautiful State. Continue reading West Virgina April 2011
Back from our vacation and have a lot to blog about including over 700 pictures for “These Old Barns” and “In the Slow Lane”. Continue reading
It is strange how we choose different words from the Bible to latch on to. Yvonne and I just returned from a two-week vacation through West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. We visited some historical sites there and some mentioned the Appalachian Baptist who made the foundation of their faith handling poisonous snakes. They centered their religious experiences on the Bible verse that goes “and they … Continue reading The Words We Choose….
We made it back from our “Journey Through Hallowed Ground” yesterday. As was the case with Dickens there were some joyful times and there were some disappointing times. 🙂 I will spend a couple of posts here describing parts of our visit. Being a U.S. history buff this trip had a lot of meaning for me. Our first stop was in Charleston West Virginia where we, as … Continue reading We Are Back….