Thoughts

Staring at This Blankly

Staring at This Blankly

I’m not sure if “blankly” is a real word or even if it is proper grammar, but it is what I have been doing for the last 3 years. That’s kind of a sad testimony when you stop and think about it. Three years slipping by doing things with that blank look on your face. You know what I’m talking about. That passion-less existence That purpose-less existence That just-getting-by existence…

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…