Source: The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse – BusinessWeek. Too bad the person who wrote this article didn’t snail mail it to everyone. It is seven pages long so it would have brought in big bucks to the USPS. 🙂 Seriously though (at least as serious as I get on this blog) the postal service is in pretty deep trouble and it is not going to … Continue reading The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse – BusinessWeek
One thing I definitely miss about New Jersey is all the diners that were there. We frequented many of them but this one was perhaps our favorite. If you notice from the picture that gas prices were considerably different in those years!! Continue reading Diners… Freehold NJ 1999
Before our New Jersey years we lived in a house on the north side of Indianapolis. While we were there we “adopted” two of the neighborhood cats that came to our door about to have kittens. Big Red, as we named him also came to our door for his regular dinner. He was a scraggly cat and looking at his ears and belly it was … Continue reading Big Red…
Being Memorial Day it is a time to mourn all the people who have lost their lives in the world’s many wars. If only we would learn the lessons of Jesus they could all have been prevented. God grieves with every death, especially when we futilely take up weapons against each other. Jesus said two thing encompass all God’s laws: To love God with all our hearts … Continue reading Memorial Day….
Given the large loss of life due to the Goplin Missouri tornadoes recently I got to thinking about why we call tornadoes and other such events an act of God? Isn’t it really just an occurrence in nature? Did God really conger up these weather events to kill so many people in that city? Many search throughout the Bible for the answers to these types of questions and they … Continue reading An Act of God???
The title to this post seems to be more frequent the last few years. When the kids are grown and out of the house (sometimes those are two totally separate events 🙂 ) then Mom and Dad make the announcement that they will no longer be living together. This often comes as a shock to the kids but maybe it shouldn’t. When Mom and Dad … Continue reading Mom and Dad Are Getting a Divorce?????
A couple of posts ago was about the so-called Republican plan to change Social Security. It is championed by Congressman Ryan. As I mentioned in that previous post this new social security is supposed to empower seniors to get the best plan available but they limit the choices to private insurance companies. I personally have had enough dealings with those for-profit insurance guys to know … Continue reading If It's So Great Then…..
It is heartening to see that seniors medical care means something to the nation as a whole. After the Republican defeat in the very conservative district in New York on Tuesday maybe they will get the message. Why do so many politicians, almost all of them of the same party, think that the solution to Medicare is to end it and put seniors out on their … Continue reading Don't End It; Fix It…..
It is heartening to see that seniors medical care means something to the nation as a whole. After the Republican defeat in the very conservative district in New York on Tuesday maybe they will get the message. Why do so many politicians, almost all of them of the same party, think that the solution to Medicare is to end it and put seniors out on their … Continue reading Fix It Don't End It….
The above cartoon kind of mirrors what I think of the Obama administration to date. I actively supported his candidacy for president based on his rhetoric during the campaign. He said he was for change and I think the country can use an awful lot of that right now. I had very high hopes for the first African-American president. And then came the compromises. They all … Continue reading I Kind of Figured….
The source: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/cycling/2011-05-22-armstrong-doping-60minutes_N.htm The headline: Armstrong encouraged doping Tell me it isn’t so; Lance doped!! Here we are with another sports legend falling from grace. I often proudly admit that I know little to nothing about the sports world. When I was younger I like all kids had my favorite sports idols. For me it was Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Duke could do everything as far … Continue reading Tell Me It Isn’t So……
So here it is Monday and I am right where I was last week. What happened to the predicted rapture? Of course this prediction that failed to happen is among a long line of similar predictions. Every time someone insists that they know the heart of God in minute details they tarnish Christ a little more. He seems to be very tarnished lately. The only … Continue reading Another Sad Attempt….
Has the phrase “I am a Christian” lost its meaning in today’s world? A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament. That is one definition out of many. Here are some of the words in Wikipedia describing a “Christian”: The term “Christian” is also used adjectivally to … Continue reading What Does “I am a Christian” Really Mean??
It wasn’t the end of the world just the end of Oprah. Continue reading A Slight Miscalculation….
Here is one in Staunton Virginia near the Frontier Culture Museum. If you are ever in the area the museum is well worth the visit. Continue reading Staunton, VA – April 2011
It seems I am drawn by bronze statues of people lately 🙂 Anyway here is one of Minnie Pearl from the Grand Ole Opry. Her most famous line was ”How-dee!!! I’m just so proud to be here! I was not a regular viewer of the show so the name of the other person in the picture escapes me right now. Continue reading Grand Ole Opry, Nashville – April 2011
I must admit up front that I have never been much of a country music fan. The folk music of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary consumed my music tastes during my earlier hearing years. But I did occasionally watch for a few minutes of the Grand Ole Opry when it was on TV in the 1960s. Some of those characters were quite entertaining! So … Continue reading The Grand Ole Opry…
This post is going to start a new category for me entitled “My Conservative Friend”. It will be about some conversations I have had with some of my conservative friends. It will also be about some of the conversation I have yet to have with them. Yes, even though they deem me a liberal I still have some conservative friends; in fact some of them … Continue reading Paying Taxes….
Source: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/19/6677671-is-the-bible-full-of-forgeries Just a short note to refer you to the article above. It is about the Bible and how it was written. For those who think the Bible is 100% from God this article will probably be somewhat disturbing. The article reports that through the ages many believe that most of the books of the Bible were probably not actually written by those whose … Continue reading About the Bible
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42769004/ns/travel-destination_travel/ The above article is about the ten most beautiful churches in the world. Since I take my life lessons from Jesus I went to his words to find his opinion about building monoliths to God. I did not see anything that remotely suggested that God wants us to spend massive amounts of our resources in monuments to Him. Quite the opposite appears to be … Continue reading Christian Spending on Massive Churches???
I see where Indiana’s Governor just signed a law to take another layer of healthcare away from those who cannot afford to pay on their own. He is de-funding Planned Parenthood because up to 3% of what they do is abortions. The other 97% are for completely other things. This brings up the title for this post. It seems the Republicans insist on yielding a merciless meat cleaver where … Continue reading Merciless Meat Cleaver vs. Compassionate Scalpel..
The last presidential home we visited on our April vacation was the Hermitage of Andrew Jackson. I must admit that I had read various things about “Stonewall” before I visited and there was not much of what I read that I liked. After visiting his home just outside of Nashville Tennessee and learning more about him I can say I like him even less today. … Continue reading And Then There Was Andy……
Ryan Says Medicare Plan Would Empower Seniors to Seek Cost-Cutting Plans By Brian Faler – May 17, 2011 8:52 AM ET Source article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-16/medicare-plan-would-empower-seniors-to-seek-cost-cuts-ryan-says.html This article was like a giant leap back twenty years for me. I can remember when my employer started taking benefits away from us. His constant mantra was he “was empowering us to ____ (fill in the blank)”. This statement was always followed by a … Continue reading Deja Va All Over Again…
Here is a pretty good place to eat that is just down the road from the USS Wisconsin in the previous post. It is pretty much “old school” but well maintained and seemed to have a pretty good following for at least the Sunday we were there. Continue reading Freemason Abby @ Norfolk VA – April 2011
This is the final post on looking for the U.S. number one export. Maybe I am just an idealistic dreamer but I am hoping that this one is our actual number one export. Is there a commodity that the U.S. exports much more of than any other country? Could our number one export be Compassion? We are by far the most affluent nation on earth. … Continue reading America's Number One Export? – Part 4
Here is one of the final destinations on our trip in April of this year. Since my great-grandmother was a Shawnee squaw I have a definite interest in native american culture and history. In some ways I value that part of my heritage more than the European parts. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is in Cherokee, NC. Of course one of the most remembered … Continue reading Museum of the Cherokee Indian
This looked like a working farm but I couldn’t figure out the white fence. Continue reading Northern Wisconsin – October 2010
I’m going to do a restaurant review here. No I am not Tony Bourdain but then again I didn’t need any reservations to get in. The restaurant is called Salsa in down town Asheville North Carolina. We ate there during our recent trip through West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. I know this is NC and not on the list. We didn’t actually know we were going to go … Continue reading Salsas….
OK, here is another shot at trying to decide what we in the U.S. are true experts about and therefore export more of than any other country. I don’t claim to be a sage about this sort of thing but I think I am on to something with this one. Is there a commodity that the U.S. exports much more of than any other country? Could … Continue reading America's Number One Export? – Part 3
This is a continuation of the search for the U.S. number one export. Is there a commodity that the U.S. exports much more of than any other country? Could our number one export be Bravado (some call it Machismo)? We certainly like to strut around and show the world how “manly” we are. I wished it didn’t but this even seems to apply to some … Continue reading America's Number One Export? – Part 2
Here is one from North Carolina. We only skirted the State so it is the only barn we saw there. Continue reading North Carolina – April 2011
When it comes to the Bible some Christians seem to fall to the concept of “can’t see the forest for the trees”. That is they concentrate so much on the words they totally miss the underlying messages. Some, at the drop of a pin, can quote chapter and verse for many of the sayings in the bible. I am definitely not one of those people. Yes, … Continue reading Can’t See the Forest for the Trees…
This post will start a series on the search for the U.S. Number one export. It is widely known that the U.S. has a mammoth trade deficit. We import much more than we export. I can’t understand why this isn’t considered a factor in our current government deficit talks. Sending all those $billions to foreign makers seems just as, or maybe more detrimental, than the government borrowing money much of … Continue reading America's Number One Export?
The picture above is of the Battleship Wisconsin. Running around on the decks gave me an eerie feeling remembering all the massive shells fired from those huge guns. There was much collateral damage in those days. Continue reading Norfolk VA – April 2011
When I was in the corporate world I flew to different parts of the country and Mexico on at least a monthly basis. When I started flying business more than forty years ago it was a somewhat luxurious thing. Often I would get a pretty good meal returning home from business trips. And when we happened to end a meeting a couple of hours early we could … Continue reading I Don't Fly Anymore….
I worked over forty years of my life. During that time I paid social security taxes on almost all my income. Of course I realized that much of those taxes were used to pay my father and grandfather’s social security income and medical expenses. That was fine; that was the way it was supposed to be. After all there is a social contract in our … Continue reading Are Commitments to Social Contracts Dead??