Source: John Boehner: ‘I did everything possible’ – USATODAY.com. I want to start this post out with a quote from my favorite epistle in the Bible and that is the Book of James My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, Mr. Boehner, and for that matter all the other … Continue reading John Boehner: ‘I did everything possible’
Last week I used a Will Rogers quote to basically say that if you are satisfied you are successful. But just what is satisfaction? The first thought I had was the Rolling Stones song, “I can’t get no satisfaction…and I tried, and I tried”. That is kind of the story of my life I guess. I have never seemed to be able to accept … Continue reading Satisfaction….
Greek Leaders Reach Deal to Form a New Government – NYTimes.com. This post is not so much about Greece’s problems than it is about forming a new government. Greece, like so many countries before it, is in the process of forming a new government as they lost confidence in the current one. Forming a new government is a more peaceful resolution of a bad situation … Continue reading Forming a New Government….
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. In regards to keeping a tight rein on your tongue … Continue reading More Words from James, The Brother Of Jesus
It greatly saddens me to see the degree of religious malevolence in the world today. I am particularly saddened by the Christian variety; Jesus taught us otherwise. I need to go no further than my Facebook page to see a proliferation of it!. The Christian Bible, like most other religious documents teach us to love one another; to take care of each other. So to see those … Continue reading Religious Malevolence…
The title of the post is coming out of the mouths of many of our military people since the super committee, like the rest of congress, couldn’t seem to agree with each other on anything. That means across the board cuts in all discretionary spending including the military. Even the newly appointed DoD secretary Leon Panetta is spouting off. Many of the military backers in … Continue reading We Can’t Possibly Take a 10% Cut In Our Military!!
I have brought up a new blog at RightBrainScreaming.net . This one will be used to flex my creative muscle. As I mentioned before my right brain which controls creativity has not had much exercise in my life. Being an engineer I lived primarily in the analytical world. So my right brain has been screaming for attention lately! I needed a different format for this one … Continue reading Right Brain Screaming.
A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. —Woodrow Wilson 1919 The only difference between then and now is that the group of willful men is much larger. Continue reading Woodrow Wilson Quote
Yes, even we seniors should embrace most changes in our lives. For one thing it keeps our times on earth interesting. For another it keeps us out of potentially harmful ruts we tend to get into. Change seems by nature to be something that humans adamantly resist. We tend to most often fear it rather than embrace it. This fact leads to nothing but varying degrees of … Continue reading Embracing Change….
Talk about mottos this one sounds like it should take its place beside A chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage”. That one was from the Hoover campaign of 1928. You remember that one; it was just before the great depression hit. (I don’t know why they call it “great”; there was nothing great about it.) The title here is from an email … Continue reading Where everybody who does their fair share gets a fair shake…..
Is the first amendment dead except for those who control the money?? Here is a new definitions of the Golden Rule “Those who have the gold make the rules”. Sad, Sad…. Continue reading So Much for Peaceful Demonstrations…
I have taken this picture probably a dozen times over the last twenty years. It represents an almost perfect symmetry to me. Continue reading Pleasant Hill Attic…
Here is another post on the words of James, the brother of Jesus. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down … Continue reading James, The Brother Of Jesus….About Heavenly Wisdom and Humility
Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have. -May 20, 1934 Will Rogers Oh Will you sage from the past!! But I guess the mystery of money and women even outdate you. It has probably been going on since Adam and Eve. My mother abandoned my father, brother and me when I was … Continue reading Money & Women….
Source: Cain: God persuaded me to run for president – USATODAY.com. Looking at the source article you might be expecting me to talk about how God is involved in politics but I won’t go there. God has much more sense than to get involved in the kind of stuff that is going around today. Instead I am going to talk about government spending…. Here are … Continue reading I Was For It Before I Was Against It
It looks like the super committee is, like the rest of congress, is in a partisan gridlock. As the cartoon to the right portrays the Republicans have taken a pledge to not put any additional taxes on their super rich supporters. They prefer to put the burden the poor and middle class with any deficit reduction plans. Of course this will not fly with the Democratic members … Continue reading Its Probably a Good Thing….
I kind of doubt it……Will freezer burn ruin the country instead?? Continue reading Frozen Turkeys
Some prefer to call this a weed but there is beauty in everything around us. I found this beauty against a stone wall while visiting Pleasant Hill Shaker Village last week. Continue reading There is Beauty in Everything…
“When you are satisfied, you are successful. For that’s all there is to success is satisfaction.” July 29, 1928 Will Rogers I recently visited a place I have been to on about five other visits. I can’t seem to get enough of the totally relaxing atmosphere of this place. It is called Pleasant Hill Shaker Village and it is near Lexington KY. One of … Continue reading The Definition of Success….
Source: 10 great places to experience the simple life – USATODAY.com. It’s not uncommon at Shaker Village to see a pair of oxen laboring in the field or a blacksmith in period clothing shoeing a horse. It’s a delightful step back in time and “a testament to the simplicity of the Shaker lifestyle,” van Ogtrop says. “Plank-and-stone fences lace together nearly 3,000 lush bluegrass acres … Continue reading 10 great places to experience the simple life – USATODAY.com
According to most Biblical historians the Book of James is one of the earliest letters/epistles written. It is believed to have been written by the brother of Jesus in the year 45AD or so. James was one of several brothers of Christ, probably the oldest. At first he did not believe in Jesus and even challenged him and misunderstood his mission. Later he became very … Continue reading Book of James….
“The Bible speaks with remarkable frequency of ‘bearing.’ It is capable of expressing the whole work of Jesus Christ in this one word… Therefore, the Bible can also characterize the whole life of the Christian as bearing the cross. It is the fellowship of the cross to experience the burden of the other. If one does not experience it, the fellowship [one] belongs to is … Continue reading Bearing our Burdens for Others….
This is the official kickoff of a new category for me so I thought I would delve into the origin of the title. Here is what I found: Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there … Continue reading Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder…
Course there is one thing about economics and money theories, your theory is always right for it’s never tried. -October 15, 1933 Will Rogers It seems like all the “smart” guys have theories on how to fix our current economic conditions. That is particularly true of all the Republican candidates for president. They all say “When I’m elected president and am going to institute … Continue reading Oh Those Theories…..
Here is a picture from our recent visit to Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Lexington KY. This was our sixth visit there. This Shaker community did a prosperous business in seeds. If you are looking for a quiet respite from your hectic life you should consider a visit here. Continue reading Shaker Garden Seeds….
But every one of us write our own history. If it sounds better the way we want it than the way it might have been why that don’t stop us any more than an amber light. -September 17, 1933 Will Rogers I think that this is one of those saying that is probably more true now than when it was in Will’s day. … Continue reading Writing Our Own History….
Source article: Happy? You May live 35% Longer, Tracking Study Suggests | digtriad.com. Here is an interesting article about happiness. It seems if you are generally happy in life you live longer. We do know that happiness is associated with an extended life span,” she says. If we can get people to be happier, would that extend the lifespan? We don’t know that yet. Future … Continue reading You Live Longer If You Are Happy….
Why didn’t God write a book or maybe I should say scroll? Of course many of you Christians will mention the Bible. Many Muslims will point to the Koran. Many Jews will say the Koran. But I guess I have a different understanding of those documents. Yes, they have God’s fingerprints on them but they were not written by God himself. There is one religious … Continue reading Why Didn't God Write a Book?…..
This picture was taken in July of this year while on our trip in Canada. While the cows back home were trying to get nourishment from the parched land the ones here had too much to eat. Continue reading Too Much to Eat….
Source: Obama college loan plan aims at an old voting bloc – Boston.com. Everybody in Washington seems to be apologizing to each other. In Washington they just generally figure that one hatred offsets the other and they are both even. -January 25, 1935 Will Rogers The above article is about a new tact that President Obama is now beginning to use. He will basically provide … Continue reading Maybe He is Starting to Lead??
Looking back at the prosperity of the Clinton years of the 1990’s I’d say we’ve lost a lot of ground in this country. Are our best days behind us? They don’t have to be but given the current circumstances they might well be. If we cannot put aside our hatred of other political persuasions and creeds we may have peaked. The “us” vs. “them” mentality that … Continue reading We've Lost A Lot Of Ground In This Country….
source: Silence is My Leading – QuakerQuaker. One of the most fascinating things I find from Quaker religious practices is their unprogrammed worship. That is where they spend time simply sitting and waiting for a message from God. This activity, or should I say inactivity, is unheard of in most other forms of religious practices. From the source article I have found that there are … Continue reading Silently Waiting for God…..
The short answer to this question at least to those of us who love our neighbors as the Lord taught us is an emphatic YES The longer answer follows: Going to war should be the very last thing we do when we have a conflict with another nation. But at least with our last two wars that does not seem to be the case especially … Continue reading Is Technology Making War Too Easy??