Thoughts

Melancholy Monday

I try not to be fake in things… although sometimes my human nature overrides that and I pretend to be someone I am not.  When I am excited about something, I’ll let you know.  If I’m crabby, I try and keep that to myself because no one deserves that from me.  If I’m satisfied, content, and happy, those are things worth sharing.  When I’m sad about something, it’s nice to…

What’s Up For 2009??

I have been spending quite a bit of time thinking and planning for the new year… 2009.  There’s lots to consider, and much to be hopeful about.  One thing is for sure.  I never felt better about my decision to be doing what I am doing on the Internet than I do right now. After spending time with different family and friends over Christmas, hearing about layoffs at their jobs,…

McCain or Obama – Does It Really Matter?

I have mentioned before that in the grand scheme of things, Americans are putting WAY TOO MUCH emphasis on the outcome of this election.  Why? Because in the larger picture, no one president (even with a majority in the house or senate) can control your life… for the good or bad.  I am 100% behind McCain and Palin.  100%.  But, that doesn’t mean I am putting my hope in them. …

My Opinion On Democracy

Most people who have an opinion on democracy have never lived outside the U.S. to appreciate the freedom we have.  I have lived in countries with harsh dictators that ruled their country with an iron fist, and I have lived in countries with a ruling class.  All in all I have either lived or had a long term visit in 11 different countries.  That isn’t really that impressive, but it’s…

Getting Passionate

I remember sitting on the lawn outside the girl’s dorm my sophomore year in college.  We were having a fall revival and one of the professors was speaking, John Castelein.  Over the course of my life, I can probably recall about 6 sermons I’ve heard.  Nothing against sermons, but many of them begin to blend together, while a few of them create an incredible impact engaging the heart, mind, imagination,…

Blood:Water Mission – Getting Involved

I was at the bookstore not long ago and bought a book, “Hope in the Dark” by Jena Lee.  It is a POWERFUL book because the huge number of photos tell a story of the tragedy of AIDS in Africa, the lack of clean water, and yet the hope and healing that is coming by building wells and having blood that is free of parasites and HIV infections is helping…

Had To Put Ole Red Down

I’ve been driving a piece of junk for the last several years… a 1997 Hyundai Elantra.  Why?  Because it was paid for and I didn’t want to take on a car payment.  So, I thought I would drive it until it was a few miles short of dying… well that day came, and I knew I had to put my red Hyundai to pasture and move on to something better. …

We Want A Third Choice

If there has ever been a time for an Independent to make a strong run for president this is the year. I would rather see George W. Bush in office for a 3rd term than to see Obama or McCain win the election. I was glad to see Hilary out of the race… couldn’t even fathom what would happen with her in office! I can’t stand the thought of Obama…

Biting Back At Gas Prices – Part 2

This is part 2 of my original post on how to beat the gas prices.  If you missed that post, just go to Fight Gas Prices. Now, I mentioned that most Americans are seeing an immediate hit on their budget of about $400 extra bucks a month.  So, if you bring home $3200 per month, you just lost 12.5% of your income due to the compound effect of the rising…

Biting Back At Gas Prices

I’m really sick of all the stuff with gas prices.  There’s no reason for it except for the fact that both the oil companies and the OPEC nations can do it to us… because they know we’ll pay.  Also, I’m sick of the comparisons saying “Gas in America is cheap compared to England.”  Who cares.  That’s not even a fair comparison because of the use of public transportation and how…

Getting Out Of Debt

About 12 years ago when I came home from Africa, I was up to my eyes in credit card debt.  It wasn’t that I was living high on the hog, it was just simply debt we had accumulated while living, and then some rather large expenses associated with the circumstances of our coming home.  Eight years later, we were completely debt free… that is of credit card debt.  We still…

If You Lost It All

We had some pretty nasty storms come through Dallas last night.  Some places got wiped out, leaving many to start all over. While there are many philosophical and spiritual directions to take this question, I just want to focus on career.  If you lost it all, what would you do in starting over.  However it got taken away from you.  If you had to start at zero or below, what…