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February 28, 2017

    So, what are your thoughts and feelings about tractor trailer drivers. Do you tense up when approaching one on the highway? Do you fume when following one up a steep grade? Do you perceive them to be roadhogs? Or, do you value them? They drive for a living. They are professionally trained. They deliver goods and groceries for our purchase and consumption. They have families to feed. They have feelings...

    After a meeting last nigh...

February 27, 2017

    Quick, name one delectable smell that gets your attention and won't let you leave a place till you find the source!  That's easy. For me, it is the smell of freshly made pretzels in any shopping mall. When I smell that aroma, I am like a 'moth to the nightlight'.  It is possible the pretzel stores might subtly blow that aroma into the mall corridors in order to prime our hunger. If so, THANK YOU!

    Thinking along those li...

February 26, 2017

    I continue to marvel over new cars that alert a driver of lane drift, blind spot obstacles, they park themselves and even brake when the driver fails to do so. While I celebrate technological advances in auto safety, I wonder if all these driver assists are creating less attentive drivers. Driving a 3500 pound vehicle on a highway with other motorists requires undivided attention and exceptional reflexes. When a vehicle pays attention to thin...

February 25, 2017

    Nothing worse than getting stuck in mud or snow.  Once your vehicle gets pulled into the stuff, you are pretty much done. Assessing road conditions and possible risks ahead of an expedition is absolutely essential. Heeding warning signs and public service announcements is always wise too.  We must consider our own skill in driving and the unknown skill level of the other drivers around us. This time of year carries with it driving uncertainti...

February 24, 2017

    The wonderful 'Maps' app on my phone is so smart.  I give it a destination. It searches and asks me if it should use my current location to begin. I say yes. It plots a course and away we go. "Turn right onto Grand Parkway North; in one half mile, turn left onto south Main street....

    Confusion abounds when the app gives me the best route according to its search pattern and I go a different way. The app and I don't always see eye...

February 23, 2017

     Competition among people for resources can be cut-throat. If resources are diminished then competition rises dramatically.  When we are the ones looking for scarce resources we know what we want and we'll do whatever it takes to procure them. We have selfish hearts.

    I'm guessing that many of the goofy reality TV shows are based upon this principle. Sociologists must marvel at how far a person will go to undermine anoth...

February 22, 2017

    I think a lot when out running. It is a rich time of free thinking, planning, and praying. Just yesterday, I was thinking of world class athletes. In case you're confused, I am not one. No really, I was thinking how they use the best training facilities, eat the healthiest food, have the best medical care, and in general have the best training gear. They are endowed with special physical and emotional attributes that qualify them as world cla...

February 21, 2017

    I have a misguided habit. Well, actually I have many but you get to hear about one today. 

When I cook, I don't always follow the recipe. I free-wheel it. Phew, I said it. I'm sure there is rehabilitation for people like me. Someday I will tell you about my bread dough making and yeast.

    As I begin a dish, I start with the key ingredient, then I think a little of this and a little of that might enhance the flavor so I throw it...

February 20, 2017

I appreciate the subtle (and not so subtle) reminders of God's nearness.  Whether it is a broad beautiful landscape or a fragile blossom, I see God's handiwork and marvel.  Is some imagination involved? Maybe. Is it seeing the divine in the mundane? Perhaps. Is it me seeking to be near God and realizing how aware my soul is to divine nearness? Probably.  It is much like knowing there are thousands of radio waves and TV signals hovering all around...