Monday, February 28, 2011

Saddest Letter I Ever Read

I received a link to a web page from a friend this weekend that really grabbed me and I knew that I had to get it spread as far as I could to hopefully help others, especially those with children or who may minister to or deal with children on a daily basis.

The web page concerns a letter written to a pastor. He describes it as the saddest letter I have ever read and it could come from anyone's child, especially if they are teens. Please read this letter and take note that there are links on the right side that lead you to other resources that may be so valuable in helping our children through these difficult times. Then if you can please pass it on so that others will have this information as well. Thank you

Don't know what's going on with blogger today but when I open it up the link is not highlighted. If you put your mouse over "saddest letter" in the second paragraph it will open there.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Looking Back for Caterpillar

Today I was over at Caterpillar's blog Musings N'Confessions and she was asking if we stop and look back at our life would we classify it as "Survival" or "A Full Life".

Well Cat considering what has transpired during the last 63 years I think it would have to be a combination of the two.

There were times when survival was key. Times like the 13 months in Viet Nam and struggles in my first marriage that ended in 2002. But as that was not fulfilling the birth of my three girls certainly was fulfilling.

Also in my previous life all I did was work but after I met my new wife Linda I was introduced to what it is like to actually take a vacation and enjoy seeing other parts of this beautiful world.

So, Cat my friend, I was surviving but currently I am experiencing a full life with more to come. Maybe others will take this as a blog project.

Conversations I would have for "Chief"

My friend, Chief over at Unsound Reasoning wanted me to pick two people that are not living now that I would have a conversation with. So here are my selections and if you haven't been over to Chief's blog, please visit him today.

Michael Landon is an actor and individual that I have always admired and have wanted to sit with him and hear about his actual life growing up.

I am sure many of you spent many hours watching "Highway to Heaven" as he played the part of Jonathan Smith working with Mark as his job as angel doing the leading of the Lord. I really miss that show.

Of course his role as Little Joe Cartright on Bonanza really got his career started and my whole family loved that show.

Kenneth E. Hagin started the Rhema Bible Training Center out in Broken Arrow, OK and has really influenced my spiritual journey and I would love to just sit and listen to him share his wisdom with me. His son, Kenneth Hagin now ministers at their facility. He was a great author and I have a lot of his books and encourage you to check out his awesome teachings that are available at

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Brad Paisley - Whiskey Lullaby ft. Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss is one of my favorite performers and this one is especially good teamed up with Brad Paisley. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sad Time

Sanjay went to be with the Lord Friday at 9:25 PM

New look for my blog

Happy saturday everybody and I hope you like the new look on my blog. I was so unhappy with the previous look but needed help so my good friend Katherine over at Made it for you did a makeover and it is awesome. She has a button on my page so if you need assistance just click on it anytime and she will make you happy. She also has other sites that offer recipes, advice, gifts, handmade jewelry, etc.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Urgent Prayer Request For A Child

Above is a picture of Sanjay. He is a special little boy that is home schooled and friends with my friend Jamie Jo and her 5 precious children who are also home schooled. Sanjay has been very sick and you can read his story here.
He just had a very serious operation and we just got some results from his father that you can see here. Please join me in prayer for Sanjay, his family and the doctors that are treating him.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday

My Health

Lately I have read too many blogs about friends that are feeling horrible with what is commonly referred to as the "crud". It's also happening to many people around me where I live and work. I pray that any of you reading this will be better very soon if you are unfortunate enough to have this mess that has been going around.

I am very thankful that I have not experienced any cold or flu like symptoms for over a year now and that is not the norm for this old guy. I did start taking the flu shot last year and have been trying to eat better and take vitamins so I do not know what to say is the primary reason for staying healthy. I just know it is a blessing and I thank God for his hand upon my life. As the words to the song goes "Praise God from whom "all blessing" flow".

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You just have to see this amazing dog

My good friend, Gloria Fred sent me an email with this adorable dog doing some of the most amazing things I have ever seen a dog do. Take a minute and watch this video. You'll be glad you did.

You may not be ready for this -BUT

A word of explanation and warning. I have been wanting to post this blog for some time and hesitated due to the nature of it's content but I think it's funny to a certain extent and oh so true on the other hand. This will concern as we used to refer to it talking to our children as #2. Need I go further? So if you are not ready for this you may want to check my archives and try something else today. Otherwise, hang on and enjoy.

The Perfect Dump
Every once in a while everyone experiences the perfect dump. It's rare but a real thing of beauty. You sit down expecting the worse, but what you get is a smooth sliding, fart-less masterpiece that breaks the water with the splash-less grace of an Olympic high-diving champion. You use the toilet tissue to find that it was totally unnecessary. It makes you feel that all is right in the world and that you are in perfect harmony with it.
The Beer Dump
Nasty! Depends upon the dumper's tolerance and is the result of too many beers - doesn't matter if it was 2 or 22. What you get is a sinister, lengthy, noisy dump accompanied by an odious malevolent fog that could close the bathroom for days. Naked flames are ill advised....
The Chilli Dump (aka The Japanese Flag)
Hot when it goes in and napalm when it comes out. It stays with you all day stinging yer ring and generally making your choccie starfish feel like the Shuttle's heat shield. Also makes your ass look like "a Japanese Flag".
The Empty Roll Dump
Relief - you've finished and reach for the tissue only to find an empty cardboard cylinder staring back at you. Panic overcomes you. You could use the curtains but then someone would ask "where are the curtains?" Use the rug? Nah, too bulky and cumbersome. You then come to the same conclusion that every "empty roll dumper" must face...pull up yer kecks tighten yer cheeks and shuffle yourself to the nearest loo roll. Failing that you could always use your shirt-tail or one of your socks!
The Splash Back Dump
This one drops like a depth charge creating a column of cold water that washes your sphincter with a startlingly unpleasant shock. Now your wet - and embarrassed if the column of water went half way up your back. Tip of the day: blot instead of wiping.
The Childbirth Dump
This one is just too big to go through the aperture provided by nature for this purpose. You sit there thinking over your dilemma. First it hurts, and then gets no better. You sweat violently and wonder if you'll ever see your loved ones again. You imagine the newspaper headlines screaming "Man dies trying to hatch monster loaf!" There are only three things you can do: 1. Scream 2. Call an Obstertrician 3. Hope to hell you've got some Vaseline to help you get through it.
The Machine Gun Dump
Best utilized in public conveniences. You sit there in sublime peace when suddenly you emit a group of noisy gassy bursts that break the tranquility like machine gun fire. The guy in the next cubicle hits the floor like a Vietnam veteran, cradling his umbrella like a M16....damn commies.
The Sound Effect Dump
You feel a noisy one coming on but relatives, friends or work mates are within earshot. So, you must employ some clever techniques to cover the disgusting sounds you are about to emit. Timing is of the essence. At the precise moment of release, try the following: 1. Flush the toilet 2. Drop loose change on the floor, 3. Sing the first two stanzas of your favorite opera.
The Cling-On Dump
You've finished but there's one damn morsel that refuses to drop. You grip the seat with both hands and wriggle. You twist and pump but the little bastard just hangs there, suspended, clinging like a canned peach between you and the water below. If only you had some scissors.....
The Whole Roll Dump
No matter how much you wipe, it just isn't enough. You blow the whole roll and have to flush at least a dozen times. The whole episode is consumer waste. Eventually if your toilet paper runs into minimal supply anything will do, towels, wash clothes, carpet, walls, whatever it takes.
The Encore Dump
Ahhh, you've done, so you wipe, dress, flush, wash hands and are about to leave the auditorium when you feel another dump coming on. You must therefore return for a curtain call. The world record is seven encores....
The Houdini Dump
You go, you stand to flush and it has disappeared! Did it creep down the pipe or did you dream the whole thing? Should you flush? Oh yes as you can guarantee that if you don't, it will reappear and smile at the next person who comes in.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Segment 3 - A picture of the engaged couple

Allow me to introduce you to my long time friend Gloria Fred and her soon to be new husband Frank Pollard. I wish them happiness forever.

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park

I was thinking about Lynne & Julie when I knew this sign would be in the blog.

The Tree House quite a ways off the ground.

An actual tree coming up through the center and actually supporting the roof.

This is a treat for my wife since she love turtles so much. There were plenty of them sunning themselves today.

The blind allows you to see the wildlife up close and personal through the small holes in the side walls.

Even playground equipment for the children to play on.

Update on A friend forever

I received an email from Gloria after my post yesterday and discovered some exciting news. There's going to be a wedding!! Yes, Gloria has met this wonderful man by the name of Frank Pollard who originates from Haida Gwaii. He is an artisan and works with silver & gold. He is from Skidegate and has not been back there for 30 years. They will be traveling there in May to meet his folks which should be an interesting experience for both of them. Before I forget Gloria has 4 grandchildren now and she said having grandchildren is better than "peanut butter" and for her that says a lot. You can learn more about Haida Gwaii by going here and here.

This is called the spirit of Haida Gwaii

Town limits sign of the town Frank Pollard came from.

Totem poles are everywhere there.

A very appropriate statue for this part of the world.

The fish plays such an important part of their lives so their art shows this.