It seems that stock market trading is quite different from when I was dabbling in it in the past. In those days I studied several different parameter including the P/E ratios and such before deciding which company to invest in. And when I did buy a stock I held it for at least a couple of years. Now days trading in the stock market seems … Continue reading Gambling or Not??
Source: Column: Washington leadership’s grade is a solid F – USATODAY.com. Cal: McConnell and Boehner, challenge the wealthy. The “rich” should be the model for reaching out and helping people so that we can have less government and lower taxes. Churches should be called upon, too. Those megachurches with ornate architecture and huge budgets? How about living up to your commission to help the poor? Bob: You’re right. … Continue reading Give them an "F"
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau These are words written by Thoreau in his famous book Walden Pond. Anybody who has read any of Thoreau knows that he was a guy who marched to his own drummer. That alone makes him one of my heroes. Although he died at the … Continue reading A Song Still In Us??….
A Quaker friend recently introduced me to the concept of attentive idling. The concept is so thought provoking I want to pass it on to all you seniors out there. The idea behind these words is that all of us need to occasionally shut down our iPods, smart phones, PDA, and the like and just listen and observe things around us. The last ten years … Continue reading Be An Attentive Idler…..
I got to thinking recently about what did Jesus teach us about where we were supposed to come together to worship God. As I have mentioned before there is actually almost nothing in the Bible about this topic. But I can take the many other words of Jesus and postulate what he would likely say if he had addressed this area. Here is what I … Continue reading Today’s Church Building, What Would Jesus Do……
The title to this post certainly sounds like an ultra pompous statement doesn’t it? But this is indeed what some Christians are saying when they cling to the “Sola Scriptura” doctrine. To say that God has nothing else to teach us besides what is contained the documents that were collected more than sixteen hundred years ago is depriving them of much needed help in living … Continue reading I Don’t Care To Know Anything More About God….
Let me bring up the same Lincoln quote that I used yesterday but this time for another purpose: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln I can say that more often than not this quote is applicable to people especially politicians. But one case where it is not true is with President Obama. … Continue reading All I Know — And Then There is…
Lets jump a little further in the chapter of John cited in the previous post. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does … Continue reading My Commands (again and again)….
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln I haven’t put up a Lincoln quote in quite a while so here is one that interlaces with what Will Rogers also said. And it seems very appropriate to the current crop of presidential wanna-bes out there. The one who keeps his/her mouth shut long enough … Continue reading Quotes – The Wisdom of Lincoln
source: GOP ignores growth despite ’90s tax hikes – USATODAY.com. As I have mentioned several times before I am a history buff and have been for more than fifty years now. So, I am a believer in the saying “Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it“. With that in mind here is a quote from the above article (click on the link above to … Continue reading All I Know — Ignoring History…
As promised here is another mural found on the side of a building during our recent visit to Old Town Quebec. Continue reading In The Slow Lane – Another Quebec Mural
I have been away from the red letters for too long in this blog. For that reason we will spend the next several posts getting back to the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and that is to take his words and especially his commands to heart. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is … Continue reading Getting Back to the Red Letters….
Source: Golden decade is ending for defense industry, and stocks – USATODAY.com. The article above is about how our defense budgets and prosperity of the our military contractors might be taking a hit in the coming years of apparent austerity (that is except for the richest of us). It mentions that military budgets might be trimmed as much as 10% in the coming years, especially … Continue reading All I Know – Where Did Our Debt Come From??
It has been a while since I relayed any stories about my deafness so I thought I would present one here. One of my favorite singer/composers was Simon and Garfunkel from the 1960’s. I still have all their albums including perhaps my favorite song from them which was “The Sounds of Silence”. Little did I know back then that the title of this song would … Continue reading The Sounds of Silence…
When we insist that our version of God is the only true one are we putting God in a Box? That is are we limiting him to how we currently perceive him or maybe just want him to be? I think that is the case with many Christians today. Here are some examples of putting God in a restrictive box: The Bible contains everything we need to know about … Continue reading Putting God in a Box….
I shrink a little more each day. I am among a rather small percentage of men who suffer from severe osteoporosis. That along with three compression fractures that were caused by falling on ice about eight years ago has caused me to lose more than three inches in height. But now it seems I am also losing muscle mass as well. Here is an interesting article about that … Continue reading Seniors Only — The Ever Diminishing Senior
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-war-tax-its-still-not-a-bad-idea/2011/08/11/gIQAfJLwHJ_story.html Anyone who has seen much of this blog, particularly the “All I Know” category knows that I am pretty much anti-war in all regards. So, when I ran across the above article it immediately caught my attention. Here are some words from the article. Click on the source above to see the whole thing. These days, one of them, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), believes such a … Continue reading All I Know — How About a War Tax??
This post will be sort of a first review of the book entitled The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith. I say sort of because I will primarily be discussing something that the book brought to mind and not the book itself. The book is primarily about how many evangelicals have put the Bible into an impossible position by their very narrow interpretations. It goes into … Continue reading What We Read….
The condition called midlife crisis is pretty well documented. That is where a person is beginning the second half of his life and realizes that things aren’t going as planned. The response to that sometimes is constructive but often is isn’t. When people throw off their spouses, get a sports car, and look for babes (hunks, I guess for you ladies) to party with that is … Continue reading Remaking Yourself in Your Senior Years…
This is a continuation of my discussions of the book entitled “When God Is Love” by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland. Here is the quote for today: Working to make the world a more gracious place wasn’t a priority in the churches of my childhood. Some of this negligence was a result of apolcalyptic interpretations in which the world was doomed and damned anyway. One … Continue reading If God Is Love (Part 5)
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich – NYTimes.com. Click on the above to see an op-ed piece by Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world. It clearly says something very different than the current Republican party mantra. If we could just send the same bunch of men to Washington for the good of the nation, and not for political reasons, we could have the … Continue reading All I Know — Stop Coddling the Super-Rich
This is going to be kind of serious post. It is hard to be humorous about this topic. I just went through a comments round with an old high school classmate and her friends on Facebook recently. She was passing on what I deem a rather inappropriate joke about throwing the president and first lady out of an airplane. When I pointed out that “I … Continue reading All I Know – About those Jokes…
This mural was on the side of a building in old city Quebec. We took this picture while there in July 2011. Continue reading In The Slow Lane — Quebec Mural
Trying to determine the nature of God is something many who are much smarter than I am have been doing since our very existence. I don’t pretend to have any answers that they have not considered. But, I have been looking at a different understanding of God at least from a personal perspective. This new approach came from a comment on a previous post here on … Continue reading The Nature of God….
Once a person reaches their senior years should all the aspirations have been completed? First of all I guess I should make clear just which definition of the noun I am talking about. The aspiration I am talking about is: strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations; a goal or objective desired [Aspirating or taking a breath is something all of us need to do. To stop doing that is to literally stop living 🙂 ] … Continue reading Senior Aspirations…
If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing. Woodrow Wilson I don’t talk much about one of my heroes and that is Woodrow Wilson. I find that so much of what he said nearly one hundred years ago applies just as easily to these times as to his. I guess that, and his great empathy for others and for … Continue reading All I Know — Vote Them All Out……
It is amazing to me that this blog is almost three years old and now contains 300 posts. It also humbles me that so many really care enough about what I have to say to come back so often. If you want to see what I have talked about in the past the best way is to click on one of the topics in the … Continue reading I am Humbled….
I know of people who think having a passion about something is a detriment. They say “why are you going overboard about this (or that)”? This topic can be applied across life’s spectrum but I will try to limit this post to those of us in our senior years. Let’s look at how the dictionary defines passion: pas·sion [ noun] 1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. 2. strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor. 3. strong sexual desire; lust. 4. an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire. 5. a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire Although … Continue reading About Passions..
OK, this mountainous Canadian cold is finally beginning to loosen its grip on me so I will start my regular blogging again soon. There is so much that has happened since my hiatus it is hard to even try to figure out where to begin. I will be thinking about that in the coming few days and will begin building an advanced inventory of posts (I usually write a … Continue reading All I Know…Getting Back in the Saddle….
Since this is my 300th post to this blog and as I am coming off a rather long hiatus, I thought I would handle an impossible topic and that is the nature of man. I apologize in advance for this post’s length but describing the nature of man will take a few more than the five hundred words I try to limit my posts to. 🙂 The … Continue reading The Nature of Man…
We made it home from Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon. After doctors appointments on Monday we learned that my wife has a pretty severe eye infection and a rough Canadian cold. I can personally attest to the cold as I also got it! Other than that we will recover. I will likely hold off blogging for a few more days and then try to get … Continue reading Back Home Again In Indiana….