Thoughts

Politics, Gay Rights, and Gun Control

Politics, Gay Rights, and Gun Control

Here it is, March 28th, 2013. I heard a song today on the radio called “Worn.” The heart of the song expresses exactly how I’m feeling in three areas. Politics – I wonder if my parents felt this beat down by all of the politics. After all, when I was growing up there was the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Jimmy Carter, Vietnam, Iran hostages, etc. Were my parents this worn out…

Three Do-Overs I Would Like

Three Do-Overs I Would Like

I’m approaching the ripe old age of 48 in a couple months… and I don’t really like it.  I wouldn’t mind hitting the pause button on my life so I could catch up with things. I’m certainly not complaining. I have a great life. Far better than I deserve, that’s for sure. I’m just saying that I reflect on the past from time to time to help pave a better…

2013 – It’s Time (past time) For Serious Change

2013 – It’s Time (past time) For Serious Change

Not too long ago (a few years now) I counted up ALL of the jobs I have had since I got married in 1988.  It was quite pitiful. I don’t have that list anymore. I’m sure I burned it.  But, the total number of jobs was significantly higher than the years I had been married. Granted, some of my jobs I did simultaneously because I needed the extra income. Other…

Rich’s 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

Rich’s 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve made quite a few New Year’s Resolutions over the years. I like to make them. I’m not horrible at keeping them, although I’ve blown quite a few of them along the way. So let me get started here on January 1, 2013. Spiritual Resolutions 1. I’ve always wanted to read a book of the Bible per day, plus 3 Psalms per day, for 65 straight days. Since there’s 66…

The Mistake That Keeps On Giving

The Mistake That Keeps On Giving

Back in August I wrote about the mistake I made about doing business with a friend (you can read about it here). It is 2 months later, and the mistake continues to waste my time cost me money be a headache be more than frustrating waste my time and money (I already said that) As a quick summary, back in June of this year we had some nasty storms move…

Joy In The Journey – Part 7 – Fairfield

Joy In The Journey – Part 7 – Fairfield

Click here to read the other Joy In The Journey Parts Traci and I arrived back from Africa in August 1991 and got settled back into life in Lincoln, IL. It was not a time for making decisions about our future.  The next 15 months would be a critical time, with decisions made that shaped what unfolded over the following decade. It shaped me more than I ever thought about…

My Mistake… Doing Business With Friends

My Mistake… Doing Business With Friends

This summer I broke one of my life rules – doing business with friends. I don’t sell things to friends (cars, appliances, tools, computers, etc.). I don’t buy services from friends (construction projects, services, financing, etc.). If a friend owns a restaurant, sure, I’ll go in and buy a sandwich or something. But, when it comes to exchanging hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars… I won’t do it. Period. Why? I…

Obama Not Honoring D-Day… Please!

Obama Not Honoring D-Day… Please!

Over the last week I have seen numerous people post on Facebook about Obama not honoring the memory of D-Day… as the only president in the last 68 years to snub the memory of the invasion. It looks something like the picture to the right. First of all, let me clarify something. I am not a fan of Obama. I am not a fan of Romney either. Probably even less…

Looking For Something New and Fresh

Looking For Something New and Fresh

I was on Facebook earlier today and read a post from one of my friends, Deyna, who had quoted Napoleon Hill: “Neglecting to broaden their view has kept some men doing one thing all their lives” I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but have you ever felt like your vision is so shallow, narrow, and short? If you know what I mean, it is a feeling that all you…

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

The ministry years: 1987 – 1990 Petersburg Church of Christ In my senior year of college I opened a new phase of my life, what my college major was all about, serving and working in a church as a youth pastor. I was hired on at my first church, Petersburg Church of Christ in Petersburg, IL. It was a part-time position that I could drive back and forth to while…

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

I thought I would focus this part of the journey on my wife, Traci… at least the early years before she was my wife. We met during the fall semester of my senior year in college. I first met Traci when she was working in the college cafeteria, checking off meal card numbers and washing dishes. I realized I now had a greater purpose in hanging out in the cafeteria. It all started…

Afraid of Change – Part 2

My last post was about being afraid to make a change in your life… about being imprisoned in a life based upon a series of choices (which you have made) that has you afraid to leave the comfort of your prison and thus, the deterioration of your dreams. I got to thinking more about that last night as I was out walking. I want to be clear that I am…