May 11, 2011
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In today’s world it is difficult to identify all our problems.
Together they transformed a frightening situation into a creative experience.
Remember, all of these conclusions are purely my opinion.
Cooperation, sharing, giving and receiving makes the system work.
The power of imagination helps us to form a reality that is creative and productive.
By remembering, we keep our values alive.
By 1952, when I graduated from high school, the war had wound down. After two years of college, I joined the Marine Corps in order to avoid being drafted.
To broaden our understanding of when help is truly help, we need to explore co-dependency.
Apparently, our youth have always received bad press.
Every addiction has its rationalizations.
This guy dressed in a gorilla suit tried to hold up a McDonald’s in McDonough with a banana as a weapon.
Many potential problems can be avoided with proper planning and preparation.
The following story involves cleverness at its best and its worst. You be the judge.
The longer I live the more I realize that we need to laugh more.
Well, the joke is coming first in this article.
Solving this problem is grist for the mill in our society today.
A few years later, Crusoe nursed an injured, deserted native to good health and taught him many skills.
Vice President Bush received a lot of criticism about his statement of introduction.
The Italians have a saying, “Since my house is burning, I may as well warm myself in it.”
While assigned to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, I observed many training exercises at the Fire Academy.
It is amazing that a sip of water can cause such an uproar.
In every occupation, there is a period of apprenticeship. Through trial and error, usually we discover what our strengths are
Our existence would be more meaningful if we could learn to share more care and concern for each other.
It is imperative that we condition ourselves to listen in the present because when the present becomes the past it will surely influence our future.
There is an old saying that states; “You should not take what you can’t give.”
Wise consistency, to me, is the epitome of wisdom.
To help our bodies remain healthy, we need a proper diet, regular exercise, reasonable rest and to avoid the no-no’s of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
The solution to education and other fields is that we have to remember to remember to think.
The spirit of Santa, to me, is still very much alive and I hope it continues to live.
Early in my life, Grandpa taught me how to plow a mule. He taught me not to look back to see if the row was straight
Today, I fear that we really do not know what a quality role model is
The message is that we need someone, like a child, to help us keep life in perspective.
Jerry Clower tells this story of a potential candidate to preach a trial sermon in this country Baptist church.
Whether we agree or not, the pastor had a lot of backbone.
Whoever Murphy is, I know he or she is always on the job.
In reality, we must remember, it is how we look at things.
All of the sudden, this small truck cranks and backs up very fast toward me.
In reality, limits are a necessity. By setting realistic limits, we enjoy as much freedom as we can tolerate.
Terms that have understandable meanings are used as shortcuts in our communication with each other.
So words and work are similar. Less is sometimes better.
In reality, it boils down to individual responsibility. A choice has to be made.
At times, we are so prone to take credit, even at great cost.
When you marry the wrong one, you are “finished.”
Having an open mind often pays off for us.
Mount St. Helens, tornadoes, floods, etc., are just examples of tragedy and upheaval.
This system is foreign today, in an age of cell phones and other devices that are remote.
Why are we so afraid of plain truth?
We believe that this angel in the image of a frog was instrumental in finding her gold bracelet.
What do you call cheese that’s not yours?
Franklin D. Roosevelt in my youth was considered a hero to the common person.
Timing that works to our advantage takes us outside of ourselves.
Oh, how we look in the wrong places.
Lessons from the past help us adjust to the present and to prepare for the future.
It is important how we look upon or interpret situations
For those of us who believe in the afterlife, there is the concern of the soul. This concern was my purpose for being there.
It is difficult to wear shoes that do not fit properly. So its is when we try to be something we’re not.
One thing I do know from experience is that it is imperative that we must really want our marriages to work.
It is amazing how leaving a couple steps out of a process can literally mess up things.
It appears that we just want to beat the legal system.
Good business persons make it a practice to take a half an hour each day and relax in their chair and forget his or her business concerns.
What we can do is to treat all persons with dignity and respect.
The exception would be vehicles with loud exhausts. The speed indicators get our attention. When our speed appears on the monitor screen, hopefully we slow down if we are over the speed limit.
Today in this informed world, we know what is unhealthy for us, but we still indulge in what is harmful to us.
It was my job to keep the stalls clean and it was my brother’s task to milk the cow.
My hope is that you will keep in touch with those significant others who have taught you what you know today
The well we find ourselves in is different from all other wells that others are in.
Regardless of the reasons or lack of them, this sick entertainment gives the state inmates something to do at our expense. inevitable
Please be careful what paperwork is thrown away. It may come back to haunt and may destroy an excellent credit rating.
These fake comedians do not hold a light to authentic humorists like Jerry Clower, Jeff Foxworthy and a host of others.
For many years, I worked with many inmates and others not in prison, who were self-destructive.
Today our society is close to the edge of self-destruction. There are many signs.
The wise man gave Johnny a large bowl of pieces of bread with instructions to spread the pieces on the path to town.
All jokes aside, computers have revolutionized our culture.
To realize the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has just missed a flight.
Some of my friends still smoke and it worries me that eventually they will die of lung cancer or other respiratory diseases like my father and brother, who were heavy smokers.
By not taking care of the small issues we cease to grow and develop morally and spiritually.
To get in the rear of the restaurant, one had to give the proper password.
Someone said, “Live today as if it were your last and plan for tomorrow as if you were going to live forever.”
Changes have to begin within the family unit to put an end to the violence.
By the time where we figure out where the numbers are on the dial, the computer voice is saying something else like, “please enter your 16 (or so) digit number.”
My friend, a Lutheran minister, who made the statement concerning my being in prison for 30 years, was just jesting.
We miss out on many opportunities and suffer many hardships when we refuse to listen.
It is difficult to explain why people get the Christmas spirit. There are so many examples of this spirit taking over our lives.
By 1600, many Germans were using decorated Christmas trees.
So it is with our older persons, they are priceless. They have given us so much.
Why is it so difficult to accept the truth, whether as a nation or as an individual?
Just imagine meeting a stranger far from home who knew about the Heart of Jackson Motel. It is a small world, is it not?
If our grief is suppressed, then we become sick.
The moral of this true account is to stay focused, believe in ourselves, our abilities, and a hop will get us to the top of our mountain.
Babies have no concept of time, except when they are hungry or need a diaper change.
There are just some things that we need not break.
Most of the films were captured by the Allies when the camps were liberated.
If we overdo or become abusive with these activities, then they are not positive activities.
“P.S.: I was gonna send money but the envelope was already closed.”
In today’s world, setting boundaries or a fence line is difficult because we have become a society of enablers, not in a positive sense, but in the negative area.
I remembered a wise person telling me not to fight against the tide.
In real life, we need a little fantasy to cushion the day-to-day pressures we face.
The Confederacy would never recover even though the war raged on for two more years.
In Hawaii, his Dad kept asking when they were going to convert their money to Hawaiian money.
Not long ago, a person expressed to me relief and gratitude. His wife had been having a struggle with cancer. At the time of this conversation, she was in remission, but the anxiety and agony of the past few months had been great.
What is a friend? To me, a friend is a person who believes in you. A friend does not believe the idle gossip going around town. A friend is honest with you and tells you like it is. A friend stands by you.
Probably at one time or the other we have met people who just do not get it. Everything seems to go right over their heads. They are clueless.
Special Olympics, and other similar events such as the wheelchair event prior to the Peachtree Road Race, have always been emotional experiences. It is amazing that despite their problems they keep on keeping on. What an example of the power of the human spirit.
It is my hope that as a nation we never forget the truth. It is also my hope we will pass the test. History will eventually post our grade.
Talking with a friend last week, our conversation consisted of the topic, "Time." He stated that he "could not believe" that his grandchildren were teenagers now and "it seemed just yesterday that they were babies."
Fourteen years ago, the following true story was written by me in "News Around Town!" Maybe some of you may remember this humorous account:
The month of June is celebrated as Dairy Month, and this year is the 74th anniversary, according to the "Market Bulletin."
June 19, 2011 is Father's Day. According to American history, Father's Day is officially 101 years old this year. Yet, according to ancient tradition, tributes to old Dad were made by Elmesu of Babylon.
Our parents or grandparents, during the 1929 Depression, were forced to be thrifty. My grandfather, who was a dairy farmer, said to me that when they killed hogs they used everything for some purpose.
When we become adults our toys convert into a different form.
We live in a world today filled with a lot of tension. If we are able to intelligently counteract conflict and learn and grow from it, then we would be enriched.
Every serious history student has discovered that freedom is very rare among past civilizations. Yes, our own condition of freedom falls short of perfection, but it is the best so far in history.
On this day, May 2, 2011, I awoke to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. It has taken about 10 years to accomplish this mission. I also remember on Sept. 11, 2001, watching live commercial passenger planes becoming deadly missiles crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City.