Sunday, April 26, 2009


A friend of mine's mother sent him a pic of a funnel cloud that
crossed the road in front of their vehicle several weeks ago. If
you've ever seen a twister, or if you've ever heard one passing near
by with the sound of a freight train you'll never forget it.
It's tornado season here in what we call 'Tornado Alley', stretching
from Texas to Chicago in a N by NE line. Often, twisters come in pairs
and triplets that can devastate entire towns and villages along their
At noon, in the village I live in Church Bells chime. In the next town
down the road sirens scream at noon. They have memories of
destruction, and test their warning system daily. We pray a lot.

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Smooth - Carlos Santana

Friday, April 17, 2009

Learning To Mow From An Expert

The sun was out for two days in a row, so we finally had a chance to get the lawn mowed. We've been looking for a riding mower for weeks now, but have had no luck. So, we hired an expert ( that's her, standing next to the young man on the mower ), that is to say we talked to a neighbor lady who had a son that needed to earn some money ( he mumbled something about a hat that he really wanted at Walmart when I asked him what he would spend the $15 on ).

Mom was a patient teacher, and was standing close by from beginning to end. 

Things got a little tough, that is to say the lawn wasn't quite dry yet. So like a good Mother, she gave her son a 'little boost'. Sometimes there's no better lesson than a little applied energy. 

When he got going again, he finished the lawn in short order. 

The young man is eleven years old, but big for his age. In another year or so I'm sure he'll be hiring himself out to local farmers. By then, he'll have developed the skills, and the confidence to handle much larger equipment. But I think he'll always remember this day, when Mom had enough confidence in him, to allow him to take his first step into a 'Man's World of Great Big Toys'....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Talent, Poise and Presentation

I got this replacement video from Linda, thanks Linda!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter

I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Of Captains and Pawns

Captain Richard Phillips was taken from his ship ( Maersk Alabama, a US flagged ship ), about 500km off the Coast of Somalia yesterday. 

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

I, Government

I'm wondering if Assimov's 'Laws of Robotics' should be applied to Government ( as if the Government was an artificial person ). Our Government isn't really alive you know, but it does present that illusion. That illusion does have power though, and power must be managed well. So, why not manage Government as Assimov suggests?

I would rewrite the laws to state;

Government may not injure a human, or through inaction allow a human to come to harm while it obeys the will of the people. Nor should Government allow itself to be altered or abolished as long as it protects and serves the people above it's own interest.

These principles could marry the American Conservatives passion for the individual, and the American Liberals desire for a Nanny-State.

This, of course assumes that Government has it's own interests, identity and spirit.

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