2019 August

18 Aug: Alaska!

Please forgive me this week as I take a week off from the Sunday posts. My wife and I are experiencing Alaska. Henry Gannett, Chief Geographer United States Geological Survey wrote in 1879; There is one word of advice and caution to be given those intending to visit Alaska for pleasure, for sight seeing. If you are old, go by all means; but if you are young, stay away until you grow older. The scenery of Alaska is so much grander than anything else of the kind in the world that, once beheld, all other scenery becomes flat and insipid. It is not well to dull one’s capacity for such enjoyment by seeing the finest first. I love Alaska.

11 Aug: Do Something!

In the movie,Walk the Line, the scene of Johnny Cash’s brother (Jack) dying was gripping. Cash was a little boy watching Jack die in front of his parents and the doctor. “Do Something!” the sobbing young Cash cried out. The adults in the room knew better. Those involved in the Do Something campaign today are like the deeply hurt, but clueless young Cash. There are things we can do to fight crime. If nothing could be done, I would go back to construction. I do what I do because things can be done. Wailing “Do Something” is little more than emotions and political posturing. On the other side are Trump’s 5 points; Do a better job of identifying and acting on early warning signs. Stop the ‘glorification of violence’ in our Society. Reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence. (Make…

04 Aug: I Got This

  I recently wrote of family. My wife and I had just been with all of our descendant family. Counting ourselves, all children, spouses and grandchildren, 31 of us had gathered. My wife calls these events “Chinndigs.” As I wrote in June, we had over 600 years of life experiences represented. 31 people generate another year of experiences every 11 ½ days. There are good and bad times. You don’t experience that much life without some pain. A real bad experience hit our family just 3 hours before the SOS conference ended. I found a room in the church where the conference was being held and prayed hard. What happened to our family on that last afternoon of the conference knocked the wind out of us. Laying on the floor praying, I knew I must get back up in front of folks and continue the event. I couldn’t. Then I…